I've been super busy. But am about to start things up on this here blog again. :) I'm gonna work my way through catching up on all y'all's stuff too. Just might take me a bit to get through it all. Slowly but surely.
Being the first Terror Tuesday for December I thought I'd go with holiday horror. This cheesy, slapstick, horror film is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!
This movie is quite the hoot! Don't get me wrong, it's terrible. However it's terrible like Troll 2 is terrible. That is, it's terribly fantastic in some weird way. The whole thing is played straight the whole time and it just somehow works. It's not good by any stretch but it is an enjoyably laughable holiday horror film.
A "professional" wrestler who's not "The Rock" sharpens his acting chops as the Santa Claus for this one. Goldberg makes for the worst Santa ever, though that's how it's meant to be played. You know the movie you're watching isn't good when the pro wrestler isn't the worst actor on screen. Though all the acting plays deadpan which works to the films advantage. Truly only Dave Thomas, the great character actor, ever really rises above barely passable. His portrayal is certainly the best in the film. He's in it far too little.
The kills are all fairly simple fair. Nothing truly unique or creative, though a bunch of them are holiday themed and thus gain points for keeping with the overall style. I would like to know when a reign deer became a buffalo though.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a fun, silly, horror flick to liven up the cheer of the impending Christmas season, this one is quite fun. Swearing, gore, and Santa burns down a topless bar, after he kills some people during the middle of a dance.
If you haven't heard of this HBO 10 episode mini-series you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years. Inspired by the true events as retold in the Stephen Ambrose book by the same name, this epic saga follows the men of Easy Company a parachute company in the 101st Airborne.
We get to see this company from paratrooper training all the way to the end of the war. We follow the men as they drop behind enemy lines the night before D-day, fight through France, Holland, and into Germany. This is the company that held out in the battle of the bulge, and took Hitlers prestigious Eagle's Nest retreat.
Each episode opens with short snippets from the real mean of Easy Company. This is such an amazing touch. Hearing it from the men themselves. It's a powerful reminder that these men being portrayed in the show are real.
Filmed with no expense spared, we get everything as historically accurate as possible. Watching the documentary it was revealed there were over 2000 period military costumes used in the production as well as some 1200 period civilian costumes as well. Period vehicles, weapons, and dialogue round out one of the greatest period pieces to see the screen.
The biggest thing is the fact that these men were heroes. Plain and simple. They however never see it that way. They always say they were just men doing their job. It's amazing to see the harrowing events that these men had to go through to fight for freedom from tyranny.
Bottom Line: If you love WWII films that are about as true to life as they get, this is the series for you. It's powerful and will bring a greater respect for those that fought for our country against Nazi Germany. Language, lots of war violence, the last episode has a sex scene with a tinge of nudity.