John Carpenter's Vampires, a review by addicted2dvd
John Carpenter's Vampires
In the blood-chilling tradition of 'Halloween' and 'Village of the Damned' comes John Carpenter's unique vision of the ultimate killing machines, VAMPIRES.
"Forget everything you've ever heard about vampires," warns Jack Crow (James Woods), the leader of Team Crow, a relentless group of mercenary vampire slayers. When Master Vampire Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith) decimates Jack's entire team, Crow and the sole team survivor, Montoya (Daniel Baldwin), set out in pursuit. Breaking all the rules, Crow and Montoya take one of Valek's victims hostage.
The beautiful but unlucky prostitute (Sheryl Lee) is their sole psychic link to Valek, and through her senses they will track down the leader of the undead. As Valek nears the climax of his 600-year search for the Berziers Cross, Jack and the new Team Crow do everything humanly possible to prevent him from possessing the only thing that can grant him and all vampires the omnipotent power to walk in the daylight.
This is another of my favorite Vampire movies. I think James Woods did a great job as a vampire hunter. I have liked this one since the first time I saw it. It is a decent standard release DVD... good picture and sound... but only extras are the Trailer and a Commentary.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Vampires on September 9th, 2007)
The 'Burbs, a review by Dragonfire
Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is just a normal guy living a normal life, or so he thinks, until he spends a week at home next to his new, very strange next-door neighbors.
Yes I think this one fits because of the bizarre nature of the neighbors. This is more comedy and not that scary, but there are still horror elements in it and I think the story is rather dark and twisted. I enjoy the movie and think it is very entertaining. The humor and more scary elements work together well with what is happening and that just makes the movie more entertaining for me. The movie has a interesting mix of character and I think the cast did well. I also find it interesting that the movie was filmed on the street of the backlot at Universal Studios that now serves as Wisteria Lane. The run down mess of a house the new weird neighbors live in is now Bree's perfect house.
I did get a review posted on Epinions a few years ago if anyone would like to go take a look.
(From Dragonfire's Halloween/Horror Marathon 2009 on October 6th, 2009)
Smallville Marathon #2, a review by DJ Doena
VengeanceSynopsis: Martha is bringing Jonathan's clothes to a shelter but then she's robbed and hurt. A female vigilante is saving her but the robbers can escape. Clark wants to go after them but for this he has to find that woman. He hopes that she can identify them.
My Opinion: A very good episode to show Clark what could become of him if he would "go to the dark side of the force". I liked it how they've used Superman references but didn't simply copy them, e.g. when her glasses aren't just disguise but without them she actually can't see much.
TombSynopsis: After lightning has hit the "Talon" Chloe is possessed by a ghost that has her wrists cut open. She is brought to the hospital because everyone thinks it was a suicide attempt. Lana and Clark try to help her in different ways.
My Opinion: I am really glad that Clark kept his mouth shut. I would have hated to see an episode where he would have told someone about Chloe's mother in an attempt to help her and then see her accusing him because she kept his secret. Writers seem to love such dramas. But we have too much of them in Smallville already. Thus I am glad it turned out the way it did.
CyborgSynopsis: A man escapes from a lab and runs straight into Lana's car. The car is a wreck, Lana's is injured and the man has no scratch. He's a cyborg, "made" by LuthorCorp and he should have died in a car crash several months ago. Now he tries to find his girlfriend and to prevent from ever having to go back to that lab. Of course Clark is a big help in achieving those goals.
My Opinion: Interestingly this episode combines the previous episodes into one story. Victor (the cyborg) is of course another reflection of Clark's. And once again I am glad. It would have been easy for the writers to let Victor's girlfriend be scared to death about what has become of her boyfriend and thus confirming Clark's worst fears. But they didn't do that. It also wouldn't be plausible anymore. In a straight timeline it never happened but Clark knows now how Lana would react if she'd ever find out, they can't use that anymore as a reason for not telling her.
(From Smallville Marathon #2 on June 14th, 2008)