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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hybrid Humans

I'm back with another review already. I was actually looking for something to review for my other blog when I noticed that Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles (2011) was going to be taken out of instant watch on Netflix. Since I can't get it on DVD through Netflix and it was time for the next instant watch here, I figured I would go ahead and watch it next. Which means I still need to find something for my other blog. Ah well, I will find something tonight or tomorrow.

Tom (Daniel Buder) is driving home when he takes his eyes off the road and hits someone. He gets out to check on the person and discovers that her skin is green and then she lunges at him, Tom them notices others like this too, and they are attacking people. He heads home to gather a few things and decides to check out an old military base that his sister and him used to play at. He finds it much as he remember it, and best of all, there is a tower that is easy to defend. Tom watches the infected and decides that most of them are inactive in the night, so decides to make a supply run into town. He is looking for food, but also some more bullets, as he is running low. He believes he is the last survivor as he hasn't seen anyone else, nor been able to reach anyone using a satellite phone, but finds three others in a house that he breaks into. Lisa (Luise Bahr) and her dad Bill (Jerry Coyle), along with boyfriend Martin (Klaus Ebert), join up with Tom, but Bill knows more than he is letting on.

Extinction: The G.M.O Chronicles is a film from Germany, which makes two out of the last three films I have watched from Germany. This one is co-written by Ralf Betz and Niki Drozdowski, who also directed. I was a little confused by this movie. Not the plot or anything, not that there is much of a plot really, but just that it was hard to put a finger on what kind of movie it was going to be. Overall, Extinction is more of a drama instead of a horror movie. A few people who have watched it likened it to The Walking Dead, and I get that since it starts out with one guy and then expands to more as some get killed along the way. I believe filming started on this film before the TV show, and it is possible they came up with a plot that was close anyhow, without knowing of the other. I guess what confused me were the infected. The virus was interesting, but not dwelt on much. It will mutate anything it can affect and was intended to replace cross breading plants. I assumed that is why the infected have a green hue to their skin and sometimes breathe out a yellow gas like substance. Outside of that, they act like a zombie. They attack people, and while it was never shown that I remember, I believe they even eat people. Expect they aren't zombies since one doesn't need to die to become one and a placed knife or bullet will take one done despite not damaging the head.

Extinction was really more about the characters than anything else. Their stories is what drove the plot more than anything else. While we don't get to know each person real well, the film still lets us know the main characters fairly well with their backstories and their secrets. Things did tend to get a but on the slow side when there were no attacks happening. I guess that is the trade off. Either you can have an action packed movie with little character development, or slow things down and throw in some character development. Extinction also did something a little different with their infected. If you have ever played the game Left 4 Dead, you will likely figure out that this film borrowed from that game a little. There aren't any bombers, but you will find one that looks like that. There are walkers and runners. There are infected that jump around easy and so on.

There isn't a lot for effects really. The infected look a little silly being green, but the makeup wasn't too bad. Things never really get gory despite the attacks. A little bit of CGI, I think, to show a reactor blowing up. The acting was so-so. Daniel Buder was okay in the lead. Most of the time he is just there, doesn't show very much emotion at all, but he does have a scene or two that he stands out in. I liked Luise Bahr the best of the cast to me. She seemed the most into it. Lee Rychter perhaps played the most interesting character, that of someone found in a jail cell. I don't think we ever learn what he did to get himself there, but it added a bit of tension since not many of the group really trusted him. Bina Milas, Christian Stock and Tobias Kay round out the main cast.

I ended up turning on the subtitles for the movie. The majority of the film is in English, with a small part of it in other languages. The reason I ended up turning the subtitles on was just because the accents were making it a little hard to understand what was being said. I'm not really sure why everyone was speaking English, expect maybe the throw away line that everyone knows English, but that was the case. The run time of 110 minutes felt a little too long for this one. Since the whole plot was just the group trying to survive one day to the next, things do get close to boring at times. While I didn't love Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles, I also didn't find it to be too bad of a film really. It could have been worse than it was and could have been better. It was just an average film, but it does have a few interesting things going on, just too bad they didn't explore that more. It does leave itself open for a sequel, but not sure if it will ever have one. Maybe worth a watch if it sounds interesting to you. Not sure where it can be found now on any stream services, but I wouldn't go out of ones way to find it.
3 out of 5 At least there wasn't any pink infected

Friday, June 17, 2016

Think Twice Before Hurting A Fly Part Two

With a few people at work having loved ones passing away recently, things have been a bit on the slow side. With that in mind, I guess, I was asked if I wanted the day off yesterday so I jumped at the chance. I had a few things to get done anyway, so might as well take advantage of having some extra free time. While I was at it, I worked in my next movie. I had no idea that the original The Fly had a sequel to it. It wasn't until I did my review for it that I discovered Return Of The Fly (1959). Netflix has the DVD for it, so I added it and bumped it up. I got have got around to it a little sooner, but I had delayed other movies long enough as it was.

Taking place 15 years after the first movie, Philippe (Brett Halsey) is grown up now and, sadly, attending his mother's funeral. On the ride back home, Philippe questions Francois (Vincent Price) about his father's death. Philippe knows a little about what happened, but not the whole truth. Francois bulks at telling him, but eventually decides to do so. They go to the lab where Philippe's father performed his experiments and Francois explains what happened there. Philippe wants to start up his dad's experiments once again, and eventually even talks Francois into helping with them. Unknown to Philippe, his friend and helper Alan (David Frankham) is looking to steal the research in order to sell it, which leads Philippe down the same path his father before him took.

The Fly director, Kurt Neumann, a week after that film got it's wide release. Because of that, Edward Bernds ended up directing and writing the sequel Return Of The Fly. While I didn't find this one as good as the original film, I was still impressed by it. This one kept the spirit of the first film, the experiments and being turned into part fly and part human, but changed up the story a lot. It wasn't just a repeat or slight change of the original story. The main part of this story is Alan turning against his friend, which leads to the "accident" this time around. It added some intrigue to the story. The way it was done though, I'm not sure it made a lot of sense. I could be wrong, but I think Alan was going to split the money with another guy...even though Philippe was going to split any money with Alan that he got. I don't know if it was a complaint back in the day, but many have wondered why a fly's head would be so large on a human body and the human head so small on the fly. After all, the machine didn't change the size of objects that we could see. Return Of The Fly addresses that a little bit. Not sure if it was believable, but at least they tried to address it this time. Then there was the human and...some other animal that got mixed together. That was pretty wild. Instead of hiding his fly parts, Philippe just runs around that way. Return Of The Fly also changes things up a bit by Philippe trying to get revenge on those who wronged him. While I did enjoy these things, the pacing of the story was a tad on the slow side the majority of the time. Even though the original was filmed in color, this one was just black and white. It does give the film a feel for the old mad scientist films, I rather missed the colors that made the lab so interesting before.

Once again the only effects have to do with human/animal or insect. The first one was pretty wild, but I didn't care for the way the animal hands looked on the human. Maybe that is how the feet of the animal looked like, but I just didn't care for it. They actually included human hands on the animal which looked alright, but the hands got bigger when Alan tried to kill it which was weird. The fly head doesn't look as good as it did before, a different fly head this time around. Besides a fly hand, they also gave a fly foot which wasn't shown much. The fly is given a human head, but not a hand or foot, so I wonder where those went. The acting wasn't too bad. Vincent Price was the only returning actor, which the trivia claims that is the only actor the studio felt needed to come back. Price doesn't have a lot to do here, and I would think they would have wanted someone like Price to have a bigger role. It is said though that Price agreed to do Return Of The Fly because he liked the draft he was given. After he accepted the role, some rewrites took place and according to Price, these changed everything he liked about the draft he agreed to.Brett Halsey was good in the lead role, but he was so serious all the time.

It was a little weird watching Return Of The Fly in black and white after watching to original film in color. Not that I mind watching a film in black and white, mind you. I'm sure it was filmed that was as part of the budget. It is easy to wonder why since we take it for granted today that all films are in color, expect the films that are filmed in black and white on purpose. Even so, while I didn't find Return Of The Fly as good as the original film, it was still a fun watch. The fly head didn't look as good this time, but I liked the action, which was lacking in the original. A good sequel that managed to stand out on its own by being different. Give it a shot if you have never watched it.
3 out of 5 I hope it was a male fly!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Exploring Berlin Underground

I may not always be in the mood to write this month, but I haven't been doing all that bad at the same time. If I can keep it up, which is a big if, I should get more posts in this year than last year. I'm actually excited by that, at least for the moment. I hit up my DVR for my next movie, which turned out to be The Depraved (2011). The original title, which I usually go by in my reviews, was Urban Explorer. While the title does make some sense, I like the new title better.

Denis (Nick Eversman) and his girlfriend Lucia (Nathalie Kelley) are in Berlin and looking for a little fun. They hear about the underground tunnels that the Nazi's built during the war. They hire Kris (Max Riemelt), who has made a nice little profit taking people into the tunnels. Along with Marie (Catherine de Lean) and Juna (Brenda Koo), they head down with the promise of seeing a Nazi bunker while they are done there. Along the way, Kris falls and gets hurt badly. Denis takes charge and sends Marie and Juna for help and talks Lucia into checking out Kris since she is a nurse. Before long they meet Armin (Klaus Stiglmeier), who lives in the tunnels and talks them into taking Kris back to his bunker where he can call for help. As horror fans though, we all know that is a lie.

As I said, the original title does makes sense with the plot and all, but I thought that The Depraved actually fits better, and I do like it more. The Depraved is a film from Germany by director Andy Fetscher and writer Martin Thau. There are some scenes where there is a lot of German spoken. According to some on IMDb, some DVD's do not offer subtitles to these sections. I recorded it off of one of the Showtime channels and there was subtitles. Some said that the film wasn't intended to have subtitles, but since the movie is from Germany, maybe it wasn't released with subtitles for that reason. Anyway, I enjoyed The Depraved, but some things bugged me about it. Even though there is a good bit of setup before the accident, we don't get to know the characters all that well. Denis and Lucia turn out to be the main characters here and they are pretty flawed, especially Denis. Simply watching while your girlfriend nearly dies isn't very cool. Both Denis and Lucia are guilty of not being very quiet when they should have been. And of course not making sure the person trying to kill you remains down. I can understand not wanting to kill someone, no matter how much they may deserve it, but in this case there had to be some stuff there they could have used to keep him there. On the plus side, it was a pretty good story, which some compare a lot to Wolf Creek. I also liked that the four characters of the group were from different parts of the world. This isn't played on much, but it still added a little flavor I thought. I didn't think that Armin was a great bad guy, but I did like his backstory of a bitter East German guard who felt he was someone until Germany was reunited and is still living in the past somewhat.

The effects are pretty good, but there isn't a lot to be found. There is a bone sticking out, a head is found and skin is pulled and cut from a body. The last one was the goriest to be found, which shows up towards the end of the film of course. The acting wasn't too bad though I never thought anyone really stood out in this one. Catherine de Lean and Brenda Koo don't get a lot of screen time, compared to Eversman and Kelley at least, but they actually made a better couple. Not that the acting was bad here, I just didn't get into it all that much.

I'm not sure if they actually went into the tunnels to film. There are tunnels there that the Nazi's built, so it is possible. Either way, it was a nice setting for a horror movie. It would be a cool place to explore, though I'm sure it would be a bit dangerous as well. I would hate to call The Depraved a slasher film, but it comes close to one. It isn't really much of one since its focus is mostly on just three characters. I didn't find this one to one of the greats, but it is still a good film. It was a nice little surprise for me to say the least. Possibly worth checking out if it sounds interesting to you, and if you don't mind subtitles here and there.
3 out of 5 Be careful who you meet underground

Monday, June 13, 2016

Vampire Hunters On TV Remake Part Two

I didn't get as many reviews in as I was kind of hoping over the weekend. I went to go see The Conjuring 2 Saturday, but I just wasn't really in a writing mood once I got started on the review. I did get it done though, so click on the link if you are interested in my thoughts on it. I jumped right into Fright Night 2 (2013) from there since I wanted to get my next movie in at the very least. Fright Night 2 is a bit of an odd movie. While it is a sequel, at least most people would assume so with the 2 after the title, it is actually yet another remake of the original film.

Charley (Will Payne), Amy (Sacha Parkinson) and "Evil" Ed (Chris Waller) are part of a group of students visiting Romania for a class there. Ed and Charley are friends, but their friendship is a little strained. Charley is also trying to win back Amy after she says he cheated on her, which he denies happens. Gerri (Jaime Murray) is their teacher for the class they are taking, who Charley sees once before in a room with another woman. The more that Charley sees from the other apartment, the more he suspects that Gerri is a vampire. His fears are spot on, but worse than that is when he discovers that Gerri wants Amy.

Going in cold like I did, I found the plot very confusing at first. I couldn't really remember what happened to Ed in the previous film, so I just assumed he somehow survived, even though I didn't think that was the case. The changing of the cast didn't really bother me, since that sometimes happens.I kept waiting for the characters to mention what happened before, and it took me a while to realize that wasn't going to happen. Writer Matt Venne and director Eduardo Rodriquez instead gives us a film that borrows a bit from the original film, they say this a remake of the original film and not a remake of the remake, and just a little from the sequel to the original. There is also some changes along the way along with some new stuff to be found for good measure. Fright Night 2 probably would have made more sense to change the names of the characters instead of basing them off the original character names. It could still have nods to the original films and could have been a stand alone film as a sequel, like so many other series has.

Fright Night 2 does offer something I'm pretty sure I have never seen in a vampire movie. Maybe I'm wrong and have just forgotten about it, which is likely as much as I hate to admit it. Gerri loses track of her pray at one point in some tunnels, so she uses sonar like a bat would. It took me a moment to figure that out, but thought it was pretty awesome once I did figure it out. On the other side of that though, I couldn't figure out why there would be a strobe light effect that goes with it that the people she is hunting can see. Fright Night 2 is kind of like that though. For everything that I found was interesting about the film, it countered it by something that didn't make a lot of sense. I liked that there was a meeting between Charley and Amy towards the end of the film like in the original. I liked that Amy was almost playing with her food, throwing Charley around for a bit. What I didn't get was what happens to Amy once Charley does something to himself. I got the plan behind it, but what happened to Amy didn't really make any sense. There is an actual back story with this Gerri which uses a real legend. The back story itself was done with animation, which I thought was actually kind of cool.

The effects are also a mixed bag. For the most part things get pretty gory when there are effects. They looked good for the most part as well. Some minor things to me, but nothing to complain about too much. The best effect to me was the aftermath of what happens to Ed. However, the last effect in the movie was CGI and looks really bad. The acting, like everything else, was also mixed. I'm not saying that Will Payne and Chris Waller did a bad job, but I couldn't really get into either one of their characters. Sacha Parkinson wasn't too bad in some scenes, really liked her towards the end of the movie, but she also came across as annoying at times. Jamie Murray was the stand out of the film and was easily the best to get behind even if she was the bad vampire. Sean Power plays the part of Peter Vincent and does just okay with it.

Speaking of the Peter Vincent character, he is updated a bit in Fright Night 2. He is still a TV host, but instead of being the old style horror movie host, he is now an adventurer looking for monsters in the world. The character this time around reminded me a bit of Josh Gates. Of course I could never see Gates acting the way Vincent did in this film, but that is beside the point. Of course, Vincent just happens to be in town doing a show. What was kind of cool is that this was actually filmed in Romania. Call me crazy, but I kind of liked Fright Night 2. It wasn't great by any means, but it is a film I would watch again. Not one I would go out of my way to watch again, but I still didn't find it to be that bad of a film. It does manage a lot of hate on the IMDb boards, and I get the complaints about it for the most part. It is a mixed bag of a film for sure, but maybe worth checking out if you are curious about it.
3 out of 5 Maybe more interesting if it was a remake of a sequel?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Not So Bloody After All

After driving a good way to go to a viewing last night, my boss's dad passed away, I working in a movie once I got home. I also discovered that I had to report for jury duty! Good way to get out of work I suppose. Lucky for me, I wasn't even called up, so just had to sit there listening for a few hours. That gives me a little extra time today to work on this review. This was the last DVD from Netflix that I've had at home for a good while now, so I'm "caught up" for the moment. Now I can just get through the other 200+ films in my queue. For today I watched Bloody Pit Of Horror (1965). Not sure why I added this one, but I did.

A photographer is looking for a place to shoot some pictures when they all come across a large castle. For the type of pictures they want to take, horror related it seems, the castle seems like the prefect spot. The doors are all locked up, so one of them scales a wall in order to open the door from the inside, since no one is answering. They eventually learn that Travis (Mickey Hargitay) and his guards live there. Travis doesn't appreciate them being there, as he just wants to be alone, but when he sees Edith (Luisa Baratto). He now allows everyone to stay so the crew and models set things up, but unknown to them is that there is someone running around in a mask killing people.

Bloody Pit Of Horror is an Italian film directed by Massimo Pupillo. The story is supposed to be based on the writings of Marquis De Sade. Since I have never read anything by him, I will just have to take their word for it. This movie was a little strange to me. It would often take some leaps in logic that didn't really make a whole lot of sense to me. Like figuring the castle most not be lived in since no one is answering the door, so lets break in. A rope that looked cut, to me anyway, was well worn and broke on its own...and then they later change their mind. The fighting sequences came across as silly to me. Not to say that a smaller guy can't take out a larger guy, but when he is able to take on three different guys, not at the same time, it didn't feel and sometimes look like a real fight. On the other side of things, in a way, Bloody Pit Of Horror reminded me a bit of Hostel. The stories are completely different of course, but they both have a group of people who get tortured, sometimes to death. Of course the more modern film has a lot more gore in it. While the story here is kind of interesting from the villains stand point, it wasn't that great of a story over all. To be fair, I wasn't sure if the bad guy was Travis or one of his guards, but figured it had to be one of them. I think it would have helped things if it wasn't dubbed in English, but that is me maybe.

There really isn't a lot for effects here which kind of surprised me a little bit. There are people getting hurt from one thing or another, like an iron maiden, but there is very little blood to go with this stuff. We get to see some, but just not as much as one would expect. The acting wasn't great but the performance from Mickey Hargitay is worth watching this movie by itself. His acting is fairly normal for a while, but he gets over-the-top in a big way the further into the film he gets. It actually boarders on being funny at times. Walter Brandi plays the hero of the group and does a pretty good job with it. I also enjoyed the ladies playing the models. I was surprised there was no nudity in this film, especially since some of their clothes was pretty skimpy.

I have really struggled through this review as I have found I don't have much to say about Bloody Pit Of Horror. While it wasn't a very good film, it was still fun to watch. Not sure I would watch it again unless I just happened upon it on TV somewhere though. If you love the over-the-top style of acting, you honestly can't get much better than this film. Oh, before I end this review, I should mention the giant web and the spider that went with it. The web is part trap for whoever tries to get through it, and I wasn't sure if the spider was supposed to be real. It is easy to tell it isn't real, but I just wasn't sure if the characters thought it was real or not. That might be worthy of watching this movie as well. If nothing else, this would make a great film to watch with friends when you are looking for a laugh.
2 out of 5 Still can't get over that spider