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Road Games, a review by Jon


Road Games
3 out of 5




Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, driving a truck (but not a "truck driver"!) across the Outback. Prone to making up stories about his fellow road users, he begins to suspect one could be the serial killer he hears about on the radio. He picks up a hitchhiker, Jamie Lee Curtis, who feeds into his theory and tries to help. But then she disappears and the police think he may be the killer...

Another serial killer film that I took a chance on fitting in the "horror" genre and there's a couple of shocks and dark humour enough to count. I think. ;)

This film is great fun, but caught me out somewhat. The first half is almost a comedy! Keach is brilliant as Quid, riding along making up stories about the other cars, chatting to his pet Dingo and quoting poetry. Does that sound weird? Well it does I suppose, but actually the mood is like a laid-back western and very enjoyable (If you're familiar with Aussie films beyond Mad Max, this balance between styles isn't unusual). Quid is just a well-read, friendly loner. And some genuine shocks and inventive camera work lift it well away from the mundane. I particularly liked the way the first victim is plucking at a guitar, which forms her own tension building theme.

Along the way he meets a variety of funny characters with their own oddities. Eventually he picks up a seriously under-used Curtis, although a running gag means we'd seen her twice already from behind, if you pardon the expression. Although while I'm bringing filthy innuendo into this, there is none at all in the film. Odd, for an early Curtis role. If you're not going to use the Scream Queen to scream, at least get her top off! I mean, it's almost slasher movie law! :devil:

After a roadside altercation with the two worst cops in film (just awful) and a campfire scene with a genuine spine-tingling shock worthy of any ghost story, she manages to get herself kidnapped by the suspected killer and Quid goes off in pursuit. Here, it all goes a bit wrong. It's like they were trying to reverse the vibe of Duel and that's just too high a target. Other variously good ideas will be bettered later by the marvellous The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer.

After a seriously daft chase the finale manages to involve all the same characters he met on the road in a sort of Cannonball Run cameo reunion. I really felt let down by that. Why would all these people be going to the same location? He's covered the distance between Melbourne and Perth. And so did everyone else?

It all finishes up in typical TV drama style and annoyingly never gives any kind of reason for what the villain is up to. Worse, the girl with the guitar is the only one killed on screen. So as a pure serial killer film, it's lacking. While it's certainly a film of two halves, the first being much better than the second, the whole thing has a tongue in cheek cartoon style that means it's never boring. And the final gag is bloody brilliant!

Note: I bought this DVD from Play.com and noticed a review from Ninehours (small world this Internet!) saying how awful the image quality was. It is bad. Sound too. I think it's just acceptable though and comparable with a lot of cheap bare-bones releases, but then thanks to Ninehours, my expectations were very low.

(From October Marathon: Horror! on October 16th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Bats: Human Harvest, a review by addicted2dvd


     Bats: Human Harvest (2007/United States)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director:Jamie Dixon
Writing:Brett Merryman (Writer), Chris Denk (Writer)
Length:87 min.
Rating:Rated R : Violence and Disturbing Images
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround
Subtitles:Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

Stars:
David Chokachi as Russo
Michael Jace as Martinez
Pollyanna McIntosh as Katya
Martin Papazian as Downey
Melissa De Sousa as O'Neal
Tomas Arana as Doctor

Plot:
Time: Present Day. The Place: Russia. The mission: To track down and capture fanatical weapons specialist Dr. Walsh hiding in a research facility deep in the notorious Belzan forest of Chechnya. Specially trained and armed, an elite unit of soldiers is combing through the endless forest looking to bring their target to justice. But what they're about to find is an enemy they're not prepared to fight - genetically altered vampire bats programmed to feast on human flesh and blood - in this horrifying action thriller.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Closed Captioned


My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first one... so thought I would give this sequel a chance. I picked up this DVD at Big Lots for $3.00 back in October of 2010 and am just now getting around to watching it. After watching the trailer my hopes wasn't up that high that it would be as good as the first one. And it wasn't as good as the first. But I was still able to enjoy it. It was definitely worth the money I paid.  Though still not what I would call a great horror movie. I don't really care for the direction it went using the military as a main storyline. It felt like they wanted to do something similar to Dog Soldiers... but they weren't able to pull it off.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From What Movies I Been Watching on January 20th, 2012)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom


13. The Zeppo (1999-01-26)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), Dan Vebber (Writer)
Director: James Whitmore Jr.
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Saverio Guerra (Willy), Channon Roe (Jack), Michael Cudlitz (Bob), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Darin Heames (Parker), Scott Torrence (Dickie), Whitney Dylan (Lysette), Vaughn Armstrong (Cop)

I always liked the idea, that they pushed the apocalypse storyline to background, and that we the worst that they have ever faced only in bits and pieces when Xander's storyline crosses the others'. Even the typical Buffy/Angel drama is made fun of this way.

Rating:



14. Bad Girls (1999-02-09)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), Douglas Petrie (Writer)
Director: Michael Lange
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Harry Groener (Mayor Richard Wilkins), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Trick), Jack Plotnick (Deputy Mayor), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce), Christian Clemenson (Balthazar), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Alex Skuby (Vincent), Wendy Clifford (Mrs. Taggert), Ron Rogge (Cop)

Faith's turn to the dark side. And the introduction of Wesley. A good episode.

Rating:



15. Consequences (1999-02-16)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), Marti Noxon (Writer)
Director: Michael Gershman
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), David Boreanaz (Angel), Seth Green (Oz), Anthony Stewart Head (Giles), Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers), Harry Groener (Mayor Richard Wilkins), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Trick), Jack Plotnick (Deputy Mayor), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndam-Pryce), James G. MacDonald (Detective Stein), Eliza Dushku (Faith), Amy Powell (T.V. News Reporter), Patricia Place (Woman)

I always liked the reaction when Willow learns about Xander and Faith. "I do not need to say "Oh!", I could it before" :laugh:

Rating:

(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on March 5th, 2009)