Well whaddaya know!? Another Stephen King flick! Here’s a little hint: There are many more King adaptations ahead this MASSACRE MARATHON. Will Netflix’s new Gerald’s Game live up to the box office titan that is IT or will it be a let down? Push on, dear reader…
The time has finally come. The distractions are gone. Well, not completely gone but the voices in my head have dissipated down to a soft murmur. At last, I can kick this party off! And what better film to do it with than the new horror heavy hitter IT!
Stephen King has sure hit the jackpot of exposure recently. Not that he has never been popular before, but the 70 year old writer is currently smack dab in the middle of what is possibly one of the biggest pop cultural resurgences someone in his field has ever experienced. There has always been a somewhat steady stream of book-to-film adaptions flowing throughout his career but this sudden whirlwind of new content is crazy! I feel like I’m in a Stephen King frenzy, frothing from my mouth! He has projects stacked on projects overlapping so thoroughly that I don’t even have time to come up for air!
OK. It’s time to calm down a bit. They are all looking at me. I better reel it back in and do what I came here to do. Let’s begin.
There comes a time in every son’s life where their father extends some profound knowledge to the boy to help him ascend to the status of man. In the bizarro-world of Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler the only sage advice available is EVERYTHING NEEDS MORE GREASE! Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) suggests to his son Big Brayden (Sky Elobar) that maybe a little grease in his coffee would do him good. After all, “how would you know if you’ve never tried it?”
Just in case this Netflix stars-to-thumbs ratings simplification implementation isn’t revealed to be an elaborate “April Fool’s!” joke, I went and manually transferred all 1,668 of my movie ratings to https://letterboxd.com/moviemanster/. Feel free to drop on by, laugh at my poor taste, leave a snarky comment, or maybe even follow me on there to keep track of what trouble I get into next. This WordPress blog will still be the primary channel for all of my morbidly mangled reviews, but stay tuned to the Letterboxd for ratings of movies I don’t get around to reviewing, lists of upcoming films to watch out for, and other motion picture-related nonsense!
“All Bets Are Off”. Wow, not the tagline I would choose. That sounds like they are giving up on the franchise and just putting out whatever crap they can slap together. It’s a nod to Las Vegas, since that’s where the characters eventually end up, but it still doesn’t put forth a pleasant image. It undercuts the over-the-top but fun action film Resident Evil: Extinction provides.
Remember when I said I hoped the sequel to Resident Evil would maintain the adrenaline rush? Well, Resident Evil: Apocalypse takes its predecessor’s existing drive and multiplies it by ten! Surely, this means Apocalypse is ten times better than the original, right? Wrong.
Resident Evil is the film adaptation of the survival horror video game of the same name, and with a tagline like “Survive the horror!” you might think it follows closely to the source material. On the contrary, the film takes a very different approach compared to the first game. As a matter of fact, none of the characters from any of the games appear in the movie (to my knowledge). Knowing that, most would assume the film would flop and be forgotten quickly. Well, I’m here to tell you, despite poor reviews, Resident Evil sturdily cements its place in game-to-movie history.