Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Think Twice Before Hurting A Fly Part Three

Posts have been a little slow coming so far this month, but I hope to kick it into high gear this week. I'm off work the whole week for no better reason than just wanting a week away from things. I have some plans, like getting the brakes on my car replaced, but mostly I want to get some reviews in. I'm not sure if I will get one in everyday, but I would like to. I got my review done for The Purge: Election Day if you are interested in reading my thoughts on that film. For here, it was time to watch another Netflix DVD, so I decided on Curse Of The Fly (1965). I didn't really intend to do a series review when I watched the original film again, but that is what this has turned out to be. I will get around to the remake and its sequel eventually as well.

Martin (George Baker) is driving to his hotel when he encounters a woman running around in just her underwear on the road. This woman turns out to be Patricia (Carole Gray), who has just escaped a mental hospital. Since they have agreed not to talk about their pasts, Martin doesn't know about Patricia's secret, and Patricia doesn't know that Martin is experimenting with a teleportation device. Martin's brother, Albert (Michael Graham), is in London with their dad Henri (Brian Donlevy) awaiting to hear from Martin so they can teleport Henri over to Martin who is in Canada. The reason Martin doesn't want to share what he does is because the experiments aren't going so well when trying to teleport a human.

Curse Of The Fly was written by Harry Spalding and directed by Don Sharp. This is kind of an odd ball film for the series. This entry is actually from the U.K., and doesn't have a fly anywhere in the film. Another odd thing is that Spalding seems to be a direct sequel to the first movie, with a minor change in that the son is now named Henri. Actually, it is hard to tell if this is a direct sequel or a sequel to the second film. The events in the second film are never mentioned, as far as I could tell, but Henri is older than his counter part in the last film. I don't know if he is old enough from the last film to have two grown sons, but I guess it is possible. Regardless, Curse Of The Fly was different in not going with a fly at all. The story still has to do with teleportation and what can go wrong with that though. This time around it has to do with disfigurements and, in one case, acceleration of aging. It was a little weird seeing side effects when there wasn't any before. Of course, in the other movies it was only used once or twice before the fly got in the way, so maybe not enough was done yet to know if there were side effects yet. Either that or these guys are shitty scientists. The device gets a makeover in this film. Before it was where you would stand, or maybe sit, but this time they lay down in it.

The story for Curse Of The Fly wasn't bad, but I'm wondering if everyone would have enjoyed it more if there had been a fly involved. Sure the story had played out already in two other films, but isn't that kind of why we are watching these films? It was disappointing, to say the least, even if they did make up for it by giving us a few failed experiments to look at. The story plays out kind of slowly, and I didn't feel all the plot points worked very well. If there was a good point, it was how uncaring almost everyone turned out to be. The wife got messed up from the experiments? Throw her into a room and lock the door. You have mental problems? Find ways to make it worse. Police are about to discover everything? Kill most of the people involved and hide the evidence.

There are some makeup effects to be found, but those are the only effects. The makeup is used to show disfigurements, which I have to admit that they looked pretty good. The acting was just okay to me. While Carole Gray does a fine job with her role, I got tired of her fainting at every little scare. George Baker was always a bit too serious, and I didn't care for the way he had to be so dramatic when he wasn't feeling good. He gets a pain and throws himself against the car. No wonder he feels pain.

While I liked the story, I wonder if would have been better off being under a different title. Also, there was just things about it that I just found too silly, even though I know they are meant to be part of the times, like women fainting. And who the hell gets married after such a short time and swearing they won't talk about what the other has done in their past? Curse Of The Fly has some moments that are well done, but it just wasn't a great film. Considering this was a rarely seen film until it appeared as a set on DVD, it might very well be worth checking out if you are looking to complete the series yourself. Not a bad film, but not a great one either.
3 out of 5 I hope I don't get locked away if I get disfigured

Saturday, July 09, 2016

New Generation Of Werewolves

I'm done with my convention reviews at long last. Only took me two weeks this time around. I was a bit slow getting them done, and I'm not really sure why I wasn't in more of a hurry to get them done. The last one I got done yesterday for the movie The Winery. Check it out sometime. I'm looking forward to watching movies again, I have watched a couple at the theater, which I plan on reviewing on my other blog, but before I get to new movies here, I wanted to get a book review in. Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz took me a while to get through. The print is very small, which I had some trouble reading even with my glasses on sometimes.

Mike has returned to his home town in time for the 10 year class reunion. Mike hasn't it easy since leaving high school though. Seeing himself as a failed baseball star, and leaving everyone behind in the processes, Mike is wondering if he should even go. Catching wind of a bonfire party in which his old friends, and more importantly his old girlfriend, is going to be at, Mike heads off to be there and almost turns back. Things don't go great, but Mike meets up with his old friends Duane, Weezer, Glenn and of course Savannah. A little ways into the party, a stranger shows up and seems to single Mike out before going on the attack. Once the attack is done, several people have been killed along with four injured. Those that survived the attack say the stranger turned into a werewolf, but of course that isn't taken seriously. The four wounded begin to believe in werewolves though when their wounds heal very quickly and they start to notice other changes as well. To make things worse, the original three werewolves are heading to the town of Lakeview in order to control this new population of their kind. All hell is about to break loose.

If I remember right, Wolf Land came out around the last part of last year. This isn't Jonathan Janz's latest novel, but it is pretty close to it. I'm actually almost caught up with all his books now. The last couple of novels by Janz were good, but not great in my opinion. This changed with Wolf Land though as I do feel Janz knocked this one out of the park, so to speak. Janz does what he does best here, giving us some deep character development. A good example of this is Mike. While he is more or less a minor character, all his friends survive while he doesn't, Janz still gives us a lot of background information about Mike. I don't think a lot of authors would have bothered going into so much detail over a character that is about to die anyway. Maybe it seems pointless to do that, but it does give some insight to the other characters who do survive as well. Not all characters in the book are expanded on though. A couple of girls who Glenn and Weezer meet up with are about as close to throwaway characters as Janz gets.

I do believe that this is the first time that Janz has tied his books together in some fashion. As far as I can remember anyway, I haven't noticed Janz mention characters or events from his other books in a new novel. They have always been separate stories, with the exception of the one sequel he has done. In Wolf Land there is a quick reference to what happened in his novel Savage Species. This makes sense because almost all his books take place in Indiana, usually in different parts of the state though. It was cool to see this, as it confirms all his stories take place in his own universe. It is easy to assume that is the case for every writer, but always nice when they confirm it.

Besides the characters, the story itself was very well done. The characters move the story along, and there are some surprises as to what happens with each character. Janz comes up with his own explanation as to where werewolves come from, which I thought was pretty cool. It isn't mind blowing or anything, but different all the same. This isn't expanded on a great deal, but there is enough to get the gist of it. Something else that Janz impressed me with is the triggers each werewolf seemed to have. He only does this for the new werewolves, but it was still pretty interesting. It just isn't always anger, but maybe lust or jealousy as well for some. I'm pretty sure this has done before, but I don't recall it being done with different emotions.

Janz warns at the start of Wolf Land that this is his darkest story yet. In some respects I have to agree with him on that. I thought that the story was darker between the start and middle more than any place else in the story though. Melody's story is probably the darkest out of all of the characters, and maybe the overall story itself. As it turns out, Melody was actually my favorite character out of the bunch, I guess because I could identify with to some degree. The character Barb was a close second though. The way Janz describes Barb as being, I kept picturing Jane Lynch. I don't know if that is who Janz had in mind, but obviously it was for me.

If I have to complain about this book it would be two things. One was the print size. I'm sure it had to do with keeping the page count down, but honestly, when I opened the book for the first time, my thoughts were "I'm going to need a damn magnifying glass!" I don't know if Janz had anything to do with that, though I suspect it was more the publisher. The other thing was I felt the last part of the book, which is broken up into five parts, was too long. I enjoyed the carnage that Janz describes, but just felt it went on longer than was needed. I was ready for the story to end and still have a good 30 to 40 pages left to get through yet. I still enjoyed it, I was just ready to get it done I guess.

Speaking of the carnage, Janz does get pretty descriptive with the werewolf attacks and how us humans manage to fight back. Things get pretty gory at times, but I have come to expected that from a Janz novel. If you love werewolves, Wolf Land is a book you will not want to miss. Even if you aren't really into them, I would still suggest giving this novel a try at the very least. Another great story by Janz and I'm very much looking forward to his next book which seems like it was made with me in mind.
4 out of 5 Loved the story arc for Melody!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

One Crazy Lesbian

I kind of took a break from writing reviews over this last weekend. I decided to get out for a bit, so that has put me slightly behind in getting reviews done. I still have three more reviews to catch up with after this one. I feel like I should step up the pace, but I know if I rush things then I won't want to write. Anyway, I got another review done at my other blog for the movie Candie's Harem, so check it out when you get the chance. I'm almost done with reviews from the convention, just one more after this one. I managed to miss Dane Granger (2016), I got called away, but a friend of mine got the DVD and let me borrow it, so I get to review it after all.

Dane (Frankie McKay) has had a hard life, When she was a young girl, her father ended up killing her older brother and himself. Later in life, her mother committed suicide. Dane eventually left her hometown, but now she is back for a funeral. Her old flame, Grace (Linda Schrader), still lives in town and still has feelings for Dane. Grace's family doesn't want her having anything to do with Dane though, as they don't approve of the lifestyle. Dane has recently started seeing her parents and wants to hurt people. Seeing Grace again, and getting mixed signals from her, is just adding to Dane's problems. Will she be able to fix her problems, or succumb to her desires?

From what I was told, Frankie McKay and co-directors Bryan Jolliffe and Stephanie Hensley, who was also the writer, was on hand for the screening. After I got to watch Dane Granger, I was a little surprised that it showed up at a horror film festival. The film does have some horror elements, but I wouldn't give it a horror tag. Not that it is listed as one anyway. The horror elements have to do with Dane seeing her mom and dad. Especially her dad who's face looks demonic almost. Of course if my dad killed my brother, I would probably view him in an evil way as well. I thought maybe something scary would happen with him because he seemed to show up at times when something bad could happen. Nothing ever really does though, and all he does is just kind of stand there. Not that having your father kill your brother isn't stuff horror movies are made of. I'm not sure if it is ever explained if Dane is really seeing ghosts or if it is just in her head. Since she is taking some kind of pill, I assumed it was just one of her many problems. For what Dane Granger is though, it isn't a bad film. IMDb lists the films as a romance and thriller. I would call it more or a drama than anything else. The best thing about this film was the character Dane Granger. She is a pretty interesting character with all the hardships she has had to deal with, and still dealing with. The character is fairly fleshed out, so you get a good feel for her. I was a bit confused over Grace. One minute she is telling Dane how much she loves her, the next minute Grace is showing up with the guy she is engaged to and looking pretty smug about it. A very weird relationship. My main problem with the film is I kept waiting for something to scary to happen, and of course that never happens. I can't really blame the movie for that since it isn't meant to be a horror film.

There are some minor effects to be found here. The demonic looking face the dad has most of the film and slit wrists are all that will be found. The acting wasn't bad at all. Some of the minor characters weren't great, but that is to be expected for a low budget film. Frankie McKay and Linda Schrader are pretty good in their roles, especially McKay. Since the story revolves around McKay, it was nice to see that she could handle the role well. It wasn't a perfect performance, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

If I remember right, it says in the credits that the story is based on a book called Dane Granger Reborn, which I believe was written by Hensley. Overall I did enjoy the movie, even if it wasn't a horror film. It is a good story with Dane trying to figure life out and coming to terms with things in her life. I'm not going to suggest looking this film up to any horror friends, but if you are into this kind of film, Dane Granger could be worth a look for you. It has a pretty good story to it, doesn't matter to me if the lead character is a lesbian or not, it is still a good story.
3 out of 5 I'm glad I don't have that many problems

Saturday, July 02, 2016

What A Creep!

Last Saturday at the convention was a little slow for me as far as movies went. I got to see the movie Once Upon A Nightmare, and She Was So Pretty (2016). The next three screenings I had already watched. So I walked the convention for a bit, people watched and got an autograph from Kristy Swanson while I was at it. After that I decided to head back home so I could at least get one review in before heading for bed. As it turns out, She Was So Pretty was the best of the films that I got to watch over the weekend.

Valerie (Whitlee Finn) is looking to get away for a bit. Some of her friends have planned a getaway in a cabin for a bit. They plan to kick back and have a good time while there. Before they leave, Valerie catches the eye of Alfred (Jerry Larew) at a laundromat. Alfred doesn't talk to her, but does check her out a lot. Everywhere Valerie seems to go from then on, she catches a glimpse of Alfred watching her. While it does start to make her uncomfortable, since she is usually with friends, she doesn't do anything about it. Too bad, since Alfred is looking to kidnap her.

Director/writer Brooke Ewing and actor Jerry Larew were on hand for their screening of She Was So Pretty. I was a little surprised by the start of the film, as there is so little talking in it. When there was a lengthy conversation though, it couldn't be heard very well. Someone eventually turned up the volume for us, but this was the only film that seemed to have that problem, at least out of the ones I was able to catch. Ewing said that when she first met Larew, she found him to be a creepy guy and wanted to write a story about it, which then went to making a film with him. I have to give Larew credit here. While he seemed like a pretty nice guy in person, in the film he plays his role so low key that you can't help but feel creepy because of him. This works well early in the film, watching him just show up and you have to wonder how he is able to follow Valerie at times. I would certainly worry if the same person I didn't know kept showing up at the same places I was at, and some of these places looked fairly random. However, this low key feel doesn't work as well during the back end of the film. We discover that Alfred has done what he is about to do to Valerie at least once before. How do we know that? You will just have to watch the film. I kept waiting for Alfred to do something to Valerie, but he never really does much with her. I still wouldn't want to go through it, but for a horror film it feels very mild. He gets a little rough with her at times, nothing real bad though, makes her change into a dress, keeps her tied or handcuffed and dances with her. It wasn't really all that scary, unnerving some but not scary. If it wasn't for Detective Baldwin, played by Chris Parsons, I may not have liked the ending as much as I did.

There wasn't much as far as special effects here. There is one scene where a woman looks kind of bad so there was some nice makeup there. Also a scene where Alfred uses a hand drill on a woman, but that wasn't very graphic. That was the only major violent thing Alfred did to anyone. The acting was pretty good here. I felt like I had watched Whitlee Finn in something before, but I haven't. She does well in the lead role here. Actually Jerry Larew is more of the lead in a way. He also does a good job here. Since Ewing said he is a weird guy, thus why she wanted to make a movie around him, it made me wonder who much was a performance and how much of it was really him. I also enjoyed Chris Parsons performance. I found him a little annoying at first, playing the asshole cop, but it actually works out very well towards the end of the movie. It was a real nice surprise.

Speaking of the ending, it seemingly ends rather suddenly. I was really surprised at how it ended, but there are two more scenes during the credit sequences, so be on the look out for them. I would have liked a better ending, the main ending I mean, but I wasn't the one making it. Even so, for a really low budget film, reported of $5,000, it turned out to be a pretty good little film. I didn't find it to be one of the greats, but I did feel it was the best film of the weekend all the same. Worth a look, especially if you don't mind giving low budget films a chance. You can find it on DVD now and I'm sure it will pop up at other film festivals.
3 out of 5 At least he is a somewhat nice kidnapper

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Those Damn Hunters

I've been a little slow getting reviews form the convention up so far. I got the first one done Saturday, but went right to bed after I got it done. I went Sunday very early to catch some screenings, only to find out no one was there to start any movies up! So much for the 48 hour film festival. I left the convention early Sunday because I wanted to catch up with some more sleep since I had a concert to go to later that night. After getting up at 4:30 in the morning, I didn't want to try being up all day and then driving home late at night. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. I got the second review for the movie All Sinner's Night done, so I'm moving on to the third film, Hunters (2016).

Back in 1961, a woman gets a ride from a guy. A short time later, the woman is all bloody and running towards a house. The guy she was with is crawling along trying to warn the owner of the house, but it is too late. The woman kills the owner of the house and finds a baby inside, which she takes. Jump forward to 1987, where a group of film students are scouting out some abandoned buildings as a filming location. What they don't know is there are a couple of hunters in the area that hunt humans.

This was the first time that Hunters had been screened and director/writer Adam Ahlbrandt and Linnea Quigley were on hand. Actually, before this screening, there was a screening for Harvest Lake. I had watched it back in March though, so I walked around for a bit and then decided to sit in the hall and read. I got tired of guys, drunk guys usually, trying to talk me up so I watched what was left of the movie before Hunters was ready to start up. I'm not really sure what to say about this movie, mostly because I wasn't sure how I felt about it after the screening and I still don't. Part of that was this one being the midnight screening. While I was still fairly awake for it, I was starting to feel out of it, especially by the end of the movie. One thing I felt Hunters had going against it was there wasn't a whole lot of a plot to it. Things started off interesting enough, but the start of the film wasn't expanded on. There was one flashback, that looked to maybe be years later, and that was it. I think I know who the baby ended up being, but I'm not positive of that. I would be willing to watch this movie again, hopefully when I'm more awake, just to see if I am right about that. Ahlbrandt tries to make Hunters as brutal as he can, and usually manages to do just that. The hunters are just out to humiliate and hurt people, that is all they seem to do. It doesn't who it is to them, guys and women are both game. The story gets divided into two parts for most of the film. There is what the film students are doing, and what the hunters and their victims are doing. I thought these story lines were running parallel to each other, and was confused for a bit when this didn't seem to be the case towards the end of the film. Looking back, I understand now I was mistaken, but it was an easy mistake to make. I assume Ahlbrandt did it that way to make it harder to guess there was a twist coming.

The effects are actually pretty good here. Plenty of gory effects to be found that are generally well done. There was some I wasn't completely impressed with, but they were still done well. From toes being cut off, to other body parts as well, things do get a tad gory. What surprised me more than the violence was the psychological warfare that the hunters employ on their victims. It isn't enough to kill the people they capture. The acting wasn't too bad either. I was surprised to see Linnea Quigley in the film. I thought maybe she was just being nice to introduce the film, so was a nice surprise to actually see her in it. She doesn't have a lot of scenes, but it is more than just a cameo. Ellie Church is also in the movie, but I don't recall seeing her. I don't know if it was just a small role or if she was in makeup. You can also find J.D. Brown, Ahlbrandt is also an actor, Kacie Marie, Haley Madison, Victor Bonacore and Tina Krause.

Like other things in Hunters, nudity isn't held back either. I wouldn't really call it a lot of nudity, but there was more than I was really expecting. I understood why this film was screened at midnight. You get women being nude of course, but there are also some guys that show up nude as well, which we get to see it all. This is probably just because I was so tired, but Hunters just came across as a very violent film with little to no real plot to it. I have a feeling it will likely be screened at the next convention I plan in attending, so I will likely watch it again there if does in fact screen there. I don't know if it will change my score, but will see. As for all of you, it might be a while before it comes out on DVD, but might be worth a watch if it sounds like something you would like.
2 out of 5 Another reason I'm glad to be a city girl

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Scares Around The Firepit

I'm back from a convention a little early today, so I'm going to try to get a review in while I can. As soon as I got home last night, I hit the bed right away since I had to get up early enough to catch some more screenings. When I left today, the next three screenings were for movies I had already watched, so I headed back home. I'm going to miss a couple of late screenings tonight, but I need some sleep as I will have an extra busy day tomorrow. The first screenings Friday started out with a block of short films. I was going to skip them, but some vendors and guests were slow to set up, so I hit the short films instead. On of them, Pitfire Of Hell (2016), was rather long for a short film, so I decided I would go ahead and review it.

Jason (Jason Newlin) is teaching a writing class to a bunch of students. He gives them some homework to do, write a scary story. Simple, right? Karl (Jordan Campbell), Amy (Elizabeth Brehob), Erika (Samantha Michelle) and John (John East) decide to get together and head out to Amy's dad's cabin so they can bounce ideas off each other.

As it turned out, Pitfire Of Hell is something of an anthology. I have gotten used to having an anthology with different writers and/or directors lately, so I was a little surprised that this was written by co-writers Check Terrell and Bob East, who also directed. Each story has different actors in them, but sometimes the cast from the wraparound story also show up or are the main characters as well. The movie actually starts with a story, one being told at a drive-in theater, which we learn is just a story being told by Jason to his class. The stories range from serial killers, a ghost story, witches, and even a take on the Frankenstein story. The theme for the film festival is celebrating independent horror. Right up my ally, right? Pitfire Of Hell makes no bones about it being a horror/comedy film. It even says so below the title with "A horror film with humor." The Facebook page says it is a horror film above all else, but I felt it was a comedy first, horror second. There was hardly a serious moment in the film, and just when you think it might be getting somewhat serious, some cracks a joke or the tone changes again. As I mentioned in my last review, I'm not big on parodies, which to me, Pitfire To Hell manages to avoid doing. They are taking some well known horror tropes and injecting comedy into each, but I never felt they were taking the stories from any given film on the same subjects. My first impression of the film wasn't all that great, but as I think more about it since seeing it, I have lightened up some on it. At times the film was a little too silly for me, and I didn't always care for the quick editing. Like someone is talking so there is a close up of that person. Instead of including the other actor or actors when someone else speaks in the frame, there is a quick edit to that person saying one line, and then back to the first person.

The effects match the tone of the film. Never really all that gory and feel a little silly at times. The goriest that it gets is finding a head with a bloody neck. Usually all we get though is some blood. For what it is, it wasn't done badly or anything, but don't expect anything that will surprise you. The acting was a mixed bag really. The main cast wasn't too bad but each had good and bad moments. Elizabeth Brehob was my favorite out of the main cast, even though I thought she had the same problems as the others. For the most part, I did enjoy her acting and thought she was pretty darn cute. Perhaps my favorites over all though would go to Bryan Wilson and Shay Dickerhoff, who play Doctor F and Monster respectively. Ellie Church pops up for one scene, but isn't around too much. Still cool I got to watch yet another movie she is in though.

As you can probably guess, the take on the Frankenstein story was my favorite out of them all. Like the others, it was more of a comedy, but it made me laugh and smile more than any of the other stories. For those of you that like nudity, not that I'm against it by any means, there is plenty to be found in the witch story especially. I didn't find Pitfire Of Horror to be a great film, but it was okay for what it is. As I said, my first impression of it wasn't that great, but I find myself more willing to watch this one again sometime. Since I now have the DVD, I will have to do just that sometime. Possibly worth a watch, especially if you are looking for a horror movie you can just laugh along with.
3 out of 5 Those naked witches have me beat

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Getting Cursed In The Desert

I have surprised myself with the number of reviews I have managed over the last couple of months. I haven't broken any personal records or anything, but it has been fairly steady despite having moments when I wasn't really feeling like writing. Friday I will be off to another convention, so I'm not sure if I will try to get another review in before then or not. I might since I won't have time until Saturday night to try to get a review in. I will see what happens I suppose. I did get a review in at my other blog at last, I watched the movie Jeruzalem, so check out the review if you want to. For here I watched the movie Amigo Undead (2015) off my DVR.

Kevin (Randall Park) is an average guy living the American dream by working a job he hates. At least he is more responsible than he brother Norm (Steve Agee), whom Kevin doesn't get along with too well. He gets a call from Norm one day and Norm gives him some bad news. Norm is dying and wants Kevin to come out to his new place and hang out with him for a while. Kevin decides to do so and discovers the new place is out in desert isn't really a place at all. With Norm is his friend and handy man Jovan (Ed Galvez), another friend Wayne (Michael McCafferty) and Ian (Josh Fadem). After getting each other a bit more, for Kevin anyway, Jovan chokes on a hot dog and dies despite attempts to save him. After they give up, Wayne drops his gun, which hits Jovan. They feel that it will be hard to explain to the police that the shot didn't get Jovan, so they decide to dig a hole in the desert instead, which unleashes a curse.

Amigo Undead is a horror/comedy from co-writers George Edelman and Ryan Nagata, who also directed. I have made it fairly well known that I'm not into horror/comedy very much. I don't mind a good laugh sometimes, but that isn't why I want to watch a horror movie...generally anyway. Films that parody other horror films (or any film for that matter) tend to be the worst for me. Some manage to do it right, but often times a parody tries too hard to be funny and becomes not so funny. This is true, to me, with parodies more of today than years past. With that in mind, I was a little put off by Amigo Undead when I noticed it was a horror/comedy before going into it. Why did I record it then? It still has the horror tag on it, and sometimes one manages to surprise me. Amigo Undead did just that, in a good way even. The comedy isn't in the style of parody, and it is actually funny in places. I didn't laugh at everything, but it did get a few laughs out of me all the same. That is all I really ask out of a comedy. It doesn't have to be laugh after laugh, although those are the great ones. A lot of what made me laugh was things being done or said in a sarcastic way. Being a bit of a smart ass myself, I can appreciate it when others are the same way. While the title made me think this was going to be a zombie movie, it isn't. The dead person does come back to life, but he is more of a demon than a zombie. One that can take all kinds of punishment apparently. There is a bit of a mystery that goes with the story, as the demon Jovan seems to only be interested in one person, but will kill anyone who gets in his way, and why he is interested in that one person. The longer the story went on, the more I liked it really.

The effects are pretty good, though rather bloodless. We get an arm being pulled off, a head gets torn off and a body explodes. The last one is a bit gory and bloody, but there isn't a drop of blood on the other two for whatever reason. Maybe it was part of the comedy. The acting was also good. Randall Park and Steve Agee worked very well together and their humor plays well off of each other as well. While McCafferty and Fadem each play their characters a bit off the wall, which made it hard to get into them at first for me, I ended up enjoying their performances. Everyone had a moment where they made me laugh.

There isn't a lot of character development to be found here, but there is some tension between the two brothers. Actually, Kevin was adopted by Norm's parents, which isn't the source of their tension. While it wasn't a lot, it did add a small layer to the story being told. The funniest scene for me was the conversation an Indian and the demon have together. I was laughing pretty good at that. While I may not have loved Amigo Undead, I didn't have a lot to complain about. I have a feeling that this is a film that will grow on me the more that I watch it. So far I think Amigo Undead has gone unnoticed, as there aren't many reviews for it out there. Hopefully some of you will give it a chance, as I think it deserves it. Not real sure where to find it outside of buying the DVD though or catching it on a movie channel since Netflix doesn't carry it or is even offering to carry it. Check it out sometime though if you do happen across it.
3 out of 5 At least the demon isn't after me