Now you'd think judging by the lizard-like monster running around that… MoreNow you'd think judging by the lizard-like monster running around that this is yet another nuclear experiment gone tits up by the Americans. But no, this time its actually a captured alien from theá planet Venus that has been set free by some stupid little Italian kid with a cowboy fetish.
So in this film there is life on Venus and man has been there!, some strong imagination there considering the intense surface heat, unsavory atmosphere and atmospheric pressure. The creature in question also seems to have a slightly aquatic look about it too, almost like the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' or the Kraken, similar scaly appearance, but living on Venus is quite out of the question I'm afraid.
Anyway realism aside this is your typical bog standard beastie runs amok affair really with very little on offer. I know that sounds really harsh but by this point we've had two good Harryhausen monster flicks and this does feel a bit of a rehash. We've had a giant four legged dinosaur-like lizard and a giant octopus, so this creature doesn't really feel very original, a bipedal dinosaur-like lizard creature. It still looks terrific of course, the usual high standards of Harryhausen.
To be honest there is only one truly great sequence in this film for me and that's the fight against the elephant. Not only does it visually look excellent but the detail and animation for the elephant is some of Ray's best work for me, much better than the creature. Watch its movements and even the way he's captured the thick heavy skin...even around the elephants legs, the saggy skin.
The other highlight is actually the old 50's footage of Italy and the Colosseum (yes the film is set in Italy). The film really gives a wonderful panorama of this ancient Roman architectural feat, truly superb, makes me wanna go see it asap ha!. Love how the Italian military are happy to shoot bazooka's at their priceless ancient ruins.
Another slice of monster rampage that is fun in places but is bogged down with a lot of planning dialog and the usual romantic side plot. Glad they have changed the general storyline from nuclear weapons but end of the day the film is still a bit of a cookie cutter fan film. Shame we never find out more about the alien race from Venus or how they captured one, what was that jelly stuff they had it encased in? I think it was a baby, who knows.
Another zombie flick, oh...great, but wait! this one is different, its… MoreAnother zombie flick, oh...great, but wait! this one is different, its about a zombie falling in love with a female who's still alive...wait what?. Yes that's right the zombie in this flick is the undead hero and goes after a young girl saving her life. He then goes about looking after her and trying to woo her for her affections, yeah it does sound kinda sick doesn't it.
OK so the plot is pretty unique I give it that, its original to see a zombie flick from the zombies point of view. This still doesn't alter the fact its an incredibly silly idea and amazes me it actually got the green light. The start of the film is actually quite good as we see zombie life, the kinda things we all know from zombie horror flicks of the past here presented in a mundane way, daily undead routines. Its got a nice quirky light feel to it, a horror comedy that really got me hooked I must admit.
Things do get a bit daft as the zombies try to communicate, as narrated by our hero zombie, we hear his thoughts throughout. Its at this point you're thinking this is why no one has done this before, its ridiculous. The film goes up a gear of course once our zombie meets his girl and sweeps her off her feet. Its also the start of many many plot and idea issues. Not that I'm surprised seeing the content of the film, you know not to expect a completely coherent storyline.
Why do the zombies seem to shuffle along yet in flashbacks they run? why do bonies run so well? why do bonies all look exactly the same? why do bullet hits anywhere kill bonies yet zombies need one in the head? how do the zombie masses manage to recover/come back to life? we know it was some kind of biological/viral outbreak that has killed everyone and turned them into zombies. But how would the body recover from this when its been clinically dead for a long period of time? decaying, no heartbeat.
Its funny how the zombies are suppose to be completely brain dead (including our hero) yet still manage to speak, think, act etc...At the start when the girl is taken by our hero zombie she can escape at anytime quite easily. All she has to do is run off because the zombies only shuffle around, plus she accepts so easily that she's been captured. Anyone else would have smashed his brains out at the first chance they got, and she gets many. Also why did the other zombies believe she was dead? just because he smeared a tiny bit of zombie blood on her face?? really?.
I could go on but I won't simply because its a very easy film to pick apart, but its not suppose to be a thinker. Its a silly zombie flick with a twist and leaning towards comedy, I won't say romance because its just too stupid. Yes the inevitable comparison to 'Twilight' lingers in the air but its not really like that, yes our hero zombie is an 'Edward' type of character with lots of pretty blue eye close ups but he doesn't sparkle. The female 'love' interest is not like 'Bella' either, its not that sappy thank god, although she does kiss him whilst he's still undead (seconds before he is revived), so is that soft core necrophilia?.
Nicely original apart from the whole zombie apocalypse/last remaining humans in barricaded city stuff, and I liked the undead bonie zombies. Its not overly funny nor is it overly slushy and wet, its not scary but its not for kids either, it hangs somewhere in between. Had this been a tad more adult, had a bit more dark gallows humour, it could of been in the same league as 'An American Werewolf', but it holds its own.
This odd action flick isn't too bad in spots but its still… MoreThis odd action flick isn't too bad in spots but its still horrendously bad in the acting and action department and yet another very poor film from an increasingly desperate seeming Dolph Lundgren. Here Dolph faces off against cult character actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa which is a big plus as Cary is a good baddie and has unique characteristics just like our beloved Lance Henriksen. Cary actually looks the part for 'M. Bison' in 'SFII' if you ask me, he would of been perfect for the role and you can see why in this film.
Its a weird flick set in an odd future where the baddies dress in Nazi uniforms (lol! unintended I'm sure), there is a king and Princess and everything has a 'Mad Max' feel to it. The action sequences are terrible as usual with some of the worst extras I've seen, but there are some nice martial arts moves from Cary, Shane (warrior princess) and Dolph. The film does have a slight Japanese/Chinese manga/martial arts movie feel running through at times which does save it ever so slightly but the dodgy chopper sequences ruin any chance of redemption.
This just seemed like a total waste of time as there appeared to be no… MoreThis just seemed like a total waste of time as there appeared to be no plot or action or anything happening for the whole film.
Dolph played his usual soldier role, looked the same and was indestructable as usual. If there was any actual action I might add, this seemed to be a kind of light hearted action/comedy err thing, a first for Dolph. Even if you find this I wouldn't really bother with it unless you LOVE Dolph.
Old Dolph hits rock bottom with this flick, possibly the most low… MoreOld Dolph hits rock bottom with this flick, possibly the most low budget, poorest and laughable action flick from Dolph so far. This really is a joke, even Seagal's films aren't quite as bad as this. The effects look like they been done by a high school student on his computer, the fights and gun battles are hilariously bad, dialog isn't worth mentioning and the cast are starting to repeat films if you look closely, same D-listers for these bargain basement straight to the garbage can offerings.
The plot isn't too bad though, travelling back in time to stop a team finding some infected meteors that will infect and wipe out mankind in the distant future with a plague, could be cool but I'm afraid its not. Avoid unless you want a laugh.
More Dolph action and this time, amazingly!, its a good 'Die Hard'… MoreMore Dolph action and this time, amazingly!, its a good 'Die Hard' mixed with 'Aliens' type film. A special forces team led by Dolph are double crossed whilst protecting a secret meeting by mercs hell bent on ending thus said meeting. The resulting action is actually really good as Dolph's team is killed off one by one as they try to fend off the baddie mercs and get the secret meeting members to safety.
A lot of decent gun fighting, government conspiracies, a few twists and some reasonable acting make this pretty good. Simply replace the baddie mercs with aliens and you would have 'Aliens' whilst the whole thing could be 'Die Hard' in a hotel...almost hehe. Worth a look if you;re a firm Dolph fanatic for sure.
Nope I am correct haha another Dolph film with almost the same name as… MoreNope I am correct haha another Dolph film with almost the same name as another Dolph film ('Direct Contact') and its just as bad, cheap, tacky as the other. This time Dolph is exposing crooked cops and...well basically beating and killing everyone in sight without breaking sweat, the usual stuff. Lots of gun fire and lots of missing etc...I dunno how they get funding for this identical cookiecutter stuff.
Dolph's best film for some time. Its just a remake of many western… MoreDolph's best film for some time. Its just a remake of many western movies. Loner comes into a town under gang or mob control and cleans it up. Very predictable and quite violent yet its pretty good. The native American Indian story line behind it is nice and it gives it good visuals. The whole thing is a little dull until the final showdown between Dolph and a large gang of hired bikers in the streets. Harks back to Clint's classic showdowns in the 'Dollars' trilogy. Silly but fun trash with good violence.
Now this Dolph offering is much better and even quite good as Dolph… MoreNow this Dolph offering is much better and even quite good as Dolph beats his way through many baddies across Mongolia in search of an ancient scroll thing in an 'Indy' type adventure. The film starts with a good illegal street fighting sequence which could of progressed into a really good fight flick (ala 'Bloodsport') but the treasure hunting theme is still fun.
The cast isn't too bad in this romp, Shriver being the best in a curious way as he looks and comes across as Joel Schumacher, for real!!. He also plays the creepy scroll searcher really well and with a neat camp twist. The action is OK but nothing too special where as the location work is reasonable and unique being in Mongolia but the baddies are the same usual shaven headed thugs which is just so dull. Its just acceptable in my opinion but nothing brilliant.
Why oh why do these old guys keep making these crap action films??
I… MoreWhy oh why do these old guys keep making these crap action films??
I downloaded it, surely no one would actually buy this!!!
Its the usual thing, Dolph killing loads of bad guys and saving the girl, he gets beaten up a bit and shot in the arm of course but that pretty much happens to every tough guy in every tough guy action flick.
Effects and stunts are crap apart from a few reasonable car smashes but its nothing we haven't seen before and the acting is...well...dire, oh yes I said dire.
Forget it, its shit, just like Van Damme and Seagal, Dolph keeps rolling out one turd after another and somehow manages to be able to keep doing it!!. Surely he must know he's making straight to the trash heap crap!!?