Red Eye (2005)

This movie sort of took me for a ride. Yes, it has some excellent tension and both Cillian Murphy and Rachel McAdams had some great performances… but this movie kind of disappointed me too. It was hard to rate this because the first half of the film does have excellent tension and you don’t know where the movie is going to go. Then you see that this trained killer, Cillian Murphy named Jack Ripner, can’t handle threatening a woman who works at a job I used to work at, a hotel. I know giving customer service is a war zone but sheesh, Murphy almost seems like a pushover bad guy in this. I hate to admit it but I was cheering for the bad guy a little in this film, but ended up being disappointed. Still, really good performances and Wes Craven did know how to have a bad guy not go down easily. Skip the in-flight meal and skip this, unless you love Cillian Murphy as much as I do.

71/100

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The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

No this isn’t a Carebears episode, this is a horror film by the late Wes Craven. I really liked this movie in theory… zombies created in Haiti by a magic powder and a drug company from America wanting to harvest that drug for themselves as a new anesthesia method. I love Bill Pullman and I wish he was in more stuff, he was really good in this movie too, I just felt like the movie wasn’t really all that scary. I did love some of Craven’s special effects, especially when Pullman was getting pulled underground and the camera angles that were used when he was buried in the coffin. Some of the Government uprising stuff felt like it was thrown in there when it didn’t need to be, because Zombies are cool enough. I also thought that the title of the film was pretty neat, doesn’t sound like your typical horror title. It’s an average movie with some above average effects and camera work.

75/100

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Tusk (2014)

There’s something fishy about this film and it stinks. It’s too bad really, I was enjoying this movie up to a certain point. Kevin Smith’s direction builds up some good intrigue and suspense and then all the good-will that he builds up for you is pulled out from under you and the movie becomes (hopefully a satire of) the Human Centipede. Human body modification and torture galore and it’s not pretty. It’s all so very torturous and sad with a letdown ending. I did like Johnny Depp as the crazy French Canadian, it was good to see Haley Joel Osment is alive, Michael Parks was positively demonic in this, Justin Long also gives a good performance (even as a Walrus) and Genesis Rodriguez is gorgeous… so finally, I guess if you enjoy torture movies like the Human Centipede this movie will be right up your alley otherwise I would make like a Walrus and get the flipper out of there if someone wants to see this movie with you.

40/100

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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

I don’t think this movie will haunt my dreams, but it may make me think twice about renting a house in Connecticut. I know a lot of people didn’t like the family drama in this film, but I thought it was interesting to see two things happening to one family, cancer and necromancy. I thought that the ghosts were really creepy and I happen to love jump-scares and this movie had a lot of them. I liked a lot of the special effects and that final scene with all the bodies and flames was pretty intense. It’s not the greatest but if you like a good haunting tale, this one isn’t too bad.

70/100

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Trucks (1997)

Warning: some people in this movie get trailer trashed, they didn’t tread lightly and they got up in the grill of killer trucks. This movie came from an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “Trucks”. Yes, once again King has cars killing people. The shining moment of this movie is when a mailman gets killed by a RC Tonka dump truck. Otherwise you’ll suffer through some dry dialogue and rubber inflated suits killing people with axes. The biggest disappointment is that other vehicles like cars couldn’t be possessed but apparently flight vehicles could… it’s a shame this movie couldn’t keep on truckin’ towards being a least a little funny or scary.

48/100

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Whether it has wings, is on rails or burns rubber down the road… John Candy and Steve Martin are on it and are causing trouble wherever they go. I think I would have liked this movie if I would have found it just funny instead of cringe-worthy. You see, I hate traveling by just about every form of transportation except planes. So while they were struggling during this movie, I was feeling all their pain and it was stressing me out. It is still a great movie and I love the relationship that develops between the two main characters. My favorite scene is at the car rental counter where Martin loses it. John Hughes creates the ultimate road trip mixed with disaster movie. It’s also not a bad movie to pop in each Thanksgiving. Kudos to Kevin Bacon’s little scene at the beginning. Watch this if you love road trips, if they bother you like me, still watch it because it has some really funny and endearing moments.

80/100

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Coming to America (1988)

A fish out of water story or maybe a lion out of the savanna as Eddie Murphy plays an African Prince who decides he doesn’t want an arranged marriage and comes to America to find his Queen. Where does one find a Queen in America? Queens, NY of course! This movie has some really funny moments. I love how naive Murphy is and his pal, played by Arsenio Hall, is also great as his pampered and spoiled friend. The fact that Murphy and Hall play so many characters is impressive. I love the characters they play at the barber shop, always arguing about boxing. Shari Headley was a beautiful love interest for Murphy and James Earl Jones played a very commanding African King, I haven’t heard such a great kingly voice since the Lion King. Samuel L. Jackson has a great cameo as a robber. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable movie and easy to watch. It is a little lengthy for a comedy but it does take place in two different countries so that does add a lot of fillers. Not Murphy’s best movie, but one worth remembering and watching every once in a while, just remember to never throw rose petals at his feet or you’ll be answering directly to James Earl Jones.

78/100

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