Story/Writing: ★★★★ (4 / 5)
An interesting idea, with some great twists. Lots of great dialogue as well.
Acting: ★★★★ (4 / 5)
Solid acting from everyone. No award winning performances or anything, but solid.
Visuals: ★★★★ (4 / 5)
The overall visual feel is sort of a mix of Evil Dead and Dead Alive, with an Italian twist. Lots of great, and stylish cinematography / shots here.
The zombies also look pretty decent, with my favourite being the zombie biker, with the comically split helmet. Sort of a minor zombie film icon, not quite in the same league as the Tarman, from Return of the Living Dead, or Bub, from Day of the Dead, but certainly memorable.
Soundtrack: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Not bad, but nothing too spectacular.
Cynthia's got a GRAVE problem! 13 years ago, something terrifying almost killed her. Now it's coming back to finish the job.
Story/Writing: ★★☆ (2.5 / 5)
Shares a lot in common with A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. It doesn't help that the main character in Bad Dreams was also in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 as well. Not an awful story though, I guess, and different enough from the Elm Street series to be interesting.
Acting: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Decent enough acting from everyone involved. No really spectacular performances or anything.
Visuals: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Has some occasionally decent shots, and Richard Lynch's burn makeup looks pretty gruesome. Much more "realisitic" than Freddy's, that's for sure. I think I actually kind of prefer this more realistic burn makeup, over Freddy's very stylized makeup.
Soundtrack: ★★☆ (2.5 / 5)
Not a bad soundtrack I guess. There were synths, which is always good in my books. It did sound a little Nightmare on Elm Streetish at times though.
A blatant attempt to cash in on the Elm Street craze going on at the time (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 had just been released the year before). Not a bad movie really, but overshadowed by ANOES 3.
Story/Writing: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Shameless Alien knockoff, with a few twists. It has decent enough writing though, and just enough original material to keep it interesting. It even managed to get a chuckle or two out of me.
Acting: ★★☆ (2.5 / 5)
For a bunch of unknowns and relatively unknowns, everyone does an OK job. I think the only one of the lot that might be recognizable to some people is June Chadwick, who I recognized from This is Spinal Tap, the TV series V. No award winning performances here or anything - not by a long shot - but not totally awful.
Visuals: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Nothing too spectacular in terms of cinematography. Fairly average on that front.
The sets look cheesy in certain shots, but that can be forgiven, considering the budget.
The stars here are the low budget monstrosities, and gore. Certainly much heavier on the gore than Alien, which really didn't have much at all. A lot of the effects are, I will admit, fairly cheesy, but you always have to keep in mind the budget. Some of the effects aren't too bad though. They were good enough for me!
Soundtrack: ★★★ (3 / 5)
Not a great soundtrack, but I am a sucker for synths.
This movie is chock-full of gratuitous nudity. They seem to have the two women naked any chance they can. They even have the women wash each other in a shower during a scene of exposition. It was a little much, but I guess I shouldn't complain, as both women looked beautiful.
All in all, I'd say this was alright, but probably only worth a watch for those that love Corman produced flicks, Alien ripoffs, or low budget sci-fi horror.
This is, obviously, a W.I.P. (Work In Progress), and will be until 2012.
Goal: 200 movies Watched: 186 movies
A list of the films I've watched in 2011. I have only included films that I have never previously watched, or haven't watched all the way through. Re-watched films won't be on here. The order of the list is the order in which I watched them, with the most recent on the top.
I am going to try to briefly comment on each movie I watch this time around, unlike my 2010 list, which I will try (at some point) to update with comments. I am no film expert or professional critic, these are just my opinions/observations. Sorry for my poor writing and punctuation; I don't write much. I suppose this will be a good practice.
Refers to the story, and dialogue. Acting
Refers to the acting. Visuals
Refers to the cinematography, combined with special effects, if present. Soundtrack
Refers to the score of the film. Conclusion
My final thoughts on the film.