Film Review: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. REVIEW: “This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.” Sandwiched between the sweet science fiction of Starman and the dark, quantum horror of Prince of Darkness, Carpenter’s 1986 film presents a happy medium blending more genres than most filmmakers cover in their entire careers. Poorly received by critics at the time of its … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Thing (1982) Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. REVIEW: “Now I’ll show you what I already know.” John Carpenter’s most indispensable film, The Thing, is based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There?, a novella dealing with paranoia and the fear of assimilation by an alien life form. Carpenter, a fan of the first cinematic incarnation of the story, The Thing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Escape From New York (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “The year is 1997. New York City has been turned into a maximum security prison colony, when the American crime rate grows high. New York City is surrounded by a wall and the bridge is mined making sure no convict escapes from New York. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed former soldier turned bank robber arrives at New York after being sentenced to life imprisonment in New York City. Bob Hauk, police commissioner who runs the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 46

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Welcome to the Monster Movie Podcast. This week Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani cover the films an career of John Carpenter, one of the most influential horror directors of the modern era. From Halloween to Escape from New York to The Thing, John Carpenter shaped the future of horror, setting trends and creating sub-genres. He’s responsible for such horror icons as Michael Myers, Snake Plissken and Jack Burton. He’s even directed a film about Elvis. … Continue reading

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Bone Tomahawk (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Four men set out in the wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

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Film Review: Interstate 60 (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A confused young man (Marsden) takes a journey on a road that doesn’t exist on any map. REVIEW: “Interstate 60 Episodes of the Road” was one film that caught me by surprise. I’ve always associated it with the stylings of a cult film although I’m not so sure it ever caught on to signal “that” classification. For starters we’ll just stick with the shorter name of “Interstate 60″ (no one likes a run on … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Thing (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: “In the midst of the Antarctic snow-field, the scientists and workers of a small American research base are shocked when a helicopter begins to circle their camp, chasing and shooting at a dog. When the helicopter is destroyed and the passenger’s are killed by accident, the dog is let into the base and the American’s begin to wonder what has actually happened. The helicopter is discovered to be of Norwegian make, and probably linked … Continue reading

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