Comedy-Horror

By Dixielord

It’s one of the most controversial films of the last couple years. It’s not Last House on the Left, it’s not A Serbian Film, it’s not even every film Rob Zombie ever made. It’s Ghostbusters. You either love it, or you’re a misogynistic pig. You either hate it or you’re a studio shill. Emotions run high and our childhoods are again being ripped apart, or a new generation is given a chance to experience the Ghostbusters magic.

The new Ghostbusters team

The new Ghostbusters team

So I went and saw the movie Trying to keep all my preconceived ideas at bay, and go in with an open palate. This is definitely not the Ghostbusters remember, it’s a different cast, and different story.  and a different team, and yes and all female Ghostbusters.  Which seems  one of the most contentious things about the film, other than the fact it is being re-made at all.

Kate McKinnon in the new Ghostbusters

Kate McKinnon was a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Well I ended up liking the movie. The new cast was really fun, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth stole every scene they were in, and I wish McKinnon had a larger role. Melissa McCarthy is always a mixed bag, at times she annoys the shit out of me, at times I think she is funny as hell. She didn’t annoy me in Ghostbusters, but I don’t think she stood out as much as the presumptive co-leader of the group. Leslie Jones was also hilarious. Kristen Wiig is the lead Ghostbuster and I know a lot of people who are giving the film a shot just because of her. She’s good, but Jones and McKinnon showed a better comedic touch than her and McCarthy.

Ghostbusters movie poster

Ghostbusters movie poster

The story, like the original, put NYC under attack by a legion of ghosts. The busters have to battle against the undead and city bureaucracy to save New York. The team once again sets out to trap the ghosts, but by the end they are more intent on shredding them and tossing them around. As a fan of the old film, I wasn’t crazy about this change, but the young audience seemed to enjoy it, and the battles were fun. Yeah I admit it, it was fun. Beyond any and everything else it was a fun movie.

The end of the final battle disappointed me. It was one of those bonding moments that just seemed fake. I’ll admit the scene may play out better to female fans than it did to me. Whatever, it didn’t ruin the film for me, I just wish it hadn’t have been tacked on. I had much rather have seen the ladies defeat the big baddie, high-five and be celebrated as heroes.

The film did throw in some great references to the original Ghostbusters. Not only did Murray, Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts show up, but we had appearances from the Staypuff Marshmallow Man and Slimer as well. We even got to see a female slimer. No it’s not the same as having the original team, but it’s a fun nod.

Final verdict, no hate for me. It was a good, solid fun movie. I don’t think it will have the cultural impact of the original. I do think it will help the originals legacy live on. The new Ghostbusters might even introduce a new generation to the original movie. We can hope can’t we? And Kudos for the cameos from the original, surviving team.

Last thought, if you really have hate for the reboot, throw it at the people who got in the way of the third film. At those who kept it from  happening while Harold Ramis was still with us. I don’t know all the reasons, but films are going to get remade and rebooted. It’s a fact. I have spent years hating on remakes and it does no good. Yeah most of them are shit, but some are great, some are epic and a few, like Ghostbusters are just good, fun movies.

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

I laughed a lot during Ghostbusters. There were a few times I felt the comedy was forced or just didn’t work, and as I said I wasn’t crazy about the movie. Overall I enjoyed the experience, and I think if you toss aside your anger about the gender change and that it’s a remake, you will probably like it too.  Kids are going to love it. It might be a bit scary to younger kids, but most should handle it.

7 out of 10 stars for a fun movie experience

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters (2016)

By Dixielord

It's one of the most controversial films of the last couple years. It's not Last House on the Left, it's not A Serbian Film, it's not even every film Rob Zombie ever made. It's Ghostbusters. You either love it, or you're a misogynistic pig. You either hate it or you're a studio shill. Emotions run high and our childhoods are again being ripped apart, or a new generation is given a chance to experience the Ghostbusters magic.

The new Ghostbusters team

The new Ghostbusters team

So I went and saw the movie Trying to keep all my preconceived ideas at bay, and go in with an open palate. This is definitely not the Ghostbusters remember, it's a different cast, and different story.  and a different team, and yes and all female Ghostbusters.  Which seems  one of the most contentious things about the film, other than the fact it is being re-made at all.

Kate McKinnon in the new Ghostbusters

Kate McKinnon was a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Well I ended up liking the movie. The new cast was really fun, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth stole every scene they were in, and I wish McKinnon had a larger role. Melissa McCarthy is always a mixed bag, at times she annoys the shit out of me, at times I think she is funny as hell. She didn't annoy me in Ghostbusters, but I don't think she stood out as much as the presumptive co-leader of the group. Leslie Jones was also hilarious. Kristen Wiig is the lead Ghostbuster and I know a lot of people who are giving the film a shot just because of her. She's good, but Jones and McKinnon showed a better comedic touch than her and McCarthy.

Ghostbusters movie poster

Ghostbusters movie poster

The story, like the original, put NYC under attack by a legion of ghosts. The busters have to battle against the undead and city bureaucracy to save New York. The team once again sets out to trap the ghosts, but by the end they are more intent on shredding them and tossing them around. As a fan of the old film, I wasn't crazy about this change, but the young audience seemed to enjoy it, and the battles were fun. Yeah I admit it, it was fun. Beyond any and everything else it was a fun movie.

The end of the final battle disappointed me. It was one of those bonding moments that just seemed fake. I'll admit the scene may play out better to female fans than it did to me. Whatever, it didn't ruin the film for me, I just wish it hadn't have been tacked on. I had much rather have seen the ladies defeat the big baddie, high-five and be celebrated as heroes.

The film did throw in some great references to the original Ghostbusters. Not only did Murray, Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts show up, but we had appearances from the Staypuff Marshmallow Man and Slimer as well. We even got to see a female slimer. No it's not the same as having the original team, but it's a fun nod.

Final verdict, no hate for me. It was a good, solid fun movie. I don't think it will have the cultural impact of the original. I do think it will help the originals legacy live on. The new Ghostbusters might even introduce a new generation to the original movie. We can hope can't we? And Kudos for the cameos from the original, surviving team.

Last thought, if you really have hate for the reboot, throw it at the people who got in the way of the third film. At those who kept it from  happening while Harold Ramis was still with us. I don't know all the reasons, but films are going to get remade and rebooted. It's a fact. I have spent years hating on remakes and it does no good. Yeah most of them are shit, but some are great, some are epic and a few, like Ghostbusters are just good, fun movies.

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

Chris Hemsworth is a hit in the new Ghostbusters

I laughed a lot during Ghostbusters. There were a few times I felt the comedy was forced or just didn't work, and as I said I wasn't crazy about the movie. Overall I enjoyed the experience, and I think if you toss aside your anger about the gender change and that it's a remake, you will probably like it too.  Kids are going to love it. It might be a bit scary to younger kids, but most should handle it.

7 out of 10 stars for a fun movie experience

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MOVIE REVIEW: Stung (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Stung (2015)

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By Nick Durham

Horror comedies are a tricky thing to get the ball rolling with: sometimes they work really well and offer a good mix of scares and humor, but on the flipside, sometimes they don't offer enough of either, or one will end up dominating the other, and the whole affair will feel uneven. Stung is a horror comedy that doesn't necessarily do anything wrong or even badly, but it doesn't do enough to be too memorable either in the realm of the horror/comedy film. That being said, while it isn't perfect, it does end up being very serviceable and even mostly enjoyable regardless.

The story revolves around a pair of caterers (Matt O'Leary and Jessica Cook) working at an upscale garden party in a rural area, and wind up becoming targets for mutated killer wasps. Said mutated killer wasps lay their eggs in their prey, so as you can imagine, there is lots and lots of slaughter on the menu. Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek, Boondock Saints II) is on board as a hilariously creepy momma's boy, and genre stalwart Lance Henriksen is here as well, doing what he does best...which is be Lance Henriksen.

Stung is the directorial debut of visual effects artist Benni Diez, who shows loads of promise behind the camera, does pretty well in terms of the technical aspects the film has to offer. Not to mention the fact that the creature and makeup effects are surprisingly good as well. The gore effects are occasionally nasty, and there's some moments of crap CGI effects as well, although that's to be expected with a low budget creature I guess. The cast is good; playing their parts fairly straight given the subject matter...except for Lance Henriksen. He hams it up and chews more scenery than a cow chews grass. But it's Lance, and I can't stay mad at him even if I wanted to.

So yeah, Stung isn't anything special, but for what it is, it's plenty enjoyable. It's currently on Netflix, and is a good time killer if you have an hour and a half to spare. I mean hey, there's worse ways to kill time...like actually getting stung by a wasp. Fuck that noise.

Rating: 3/5

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SERIES REVIEW: Scream Queens

By Machete Von Kill

Scream Queens

Directors: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Bradley Buecker, Michael Uppendahl

Writers: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skylar Samuels, Lea Michelle, Nick Jonas

Rating: TV-14; Run Time: 45 min; Genre: Comedy, Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2015

Tuesday night, Fox premiered its new horror-comedy from Ryan Murphy Scream Queens. Murphy previously brought us Glee, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. In Scream Queens, Murphy takes us to Wallace University and the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house in this slasher spoof. The episode begins in 1995, with an unexpected birth by a KKT pledge in the bathtub during a party. Rather than interrupt the party and get help for the girl, the sisters decide the pledge must stay there and they will return to the party. When they return after the party, they find the pledge dead. Flash forward 20 years to the KKT new class. Lead by AHS alum Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin and her "minions" - Chanel #2, Chanel #3, and Chanel #5. Both pledges and staff are showing up dead.

I have to say Roberts plays her role of as a spoiled, vapid, self-centered sorority brat quite well. Mere minutes into her first scene I wanted to punch her in the throat. That feeling grew as the episode continued.

The one bright spot, in a cast of people I really couldn't care any less about, is horror veteran and the original Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Ms. Curtis plays the role of university dean Cathy Munsch. She has some secrets of her own - pot smoking, student seducing, covering up the bathtub death 20 years ago - but let's not focus on that just yet. She's had enough of sororities in general but especially Kappa Kappa Tau as she tells Chanel #1 (Roberts) in her office. As Chanel#1 sat there being an indignant brat, I was really hoping Munsch would come across the desk and channel Michael Myers for just a few minutes.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone that will be tuning in, but I will say there were some decent kills, some mystery and a few laughs. For me, it may be a little too spoofy. If Scary Movie, Scream 2, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Mean Girls could somehow have a baby, this little bastard would be it. I will give it another episode or two, but that's mainly out of respect and love for Jamie Lee Curtis. And I won't lie, I wanna see the demise of Chanel #1.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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