New Jersey--Toxic Chemical capitol of the World. A nice place to
live?? Well not for 98lbs. weakling Melvin (Mark Torgl), the janitor
at a local health club. It seems that mild-mannered Melvin is
constantly berated by the population of muscle-bound meatheads that call
this place home and is later incited to leap from a second story window
just to escape their torment. Unfortunately for him, he lands in a
vat of bubbling toxic waste, but even more unfortunate for the "bad
guys", the Toxic Avenger is born.
Evil doers beware, because
towering in at well over 7 ft with the strength of 10 men, Toxie has an unquenchable
thirst for ripping bad guys to shred. No body part (arms, eyes,
brains, balls, etc.) goes un-spared as Toxie armed only with his trusty mop
rampages through these miscreants like a hot knife through shit. This is
bad news for corrupt Mayor Belgoody (Pat Ryan) and his trusty band of cronies,
whose aspiration for transforming the toxic
dumps into valuable shorefront property in now in jeopardy.
Along the way, Toxie
saves a blind girl (Andree Maranda) from a bunch of corn holing
thugs and a romance blossoms. As the "monster vs. hero"
debates rage in the local rags, Mayor Belgoody must find a way to get rid
of his archrival in order to complete his evil plans. His luck turns
when Toxie accidentally kills a innocent. The final
showdown comes when the national guard is called into action. Does
the Mayor have the guts to stand up against the town's hero??? Buy this
How can you call yourself a horror fan, if you have
never seen "The Toxic Avenger"??? I must have asked this
question a million times to many so-called horror fanatics. Love it or hate it,
Troma's "The Toxic Avenger" has forever influenced the way we
watch horror movies today. Born out the dark and deranged mind of Lloyd
Kaufman (co-founder of Troma) in the early 80's,
Toxie, as his adoring fans
have come to call him, helped to establish a new standard for underground filmmaking. This
environmental crusader has become a symbol of freedom for children and
adults alike and a mainstay for the collective conscious of this here planet
earth. But beyond his rise to superstardom in animated
features, his own toy line and comic book series, Toxie's misadventures
helped to create one of the most entertaining, influential, and fun horror films
This is not your average of zombie
movie. These are not your traditional Romero or Fulci flesh eating zombie, but worst. They
are materialistic, egotistical, and down right vain. They have become the scourge of
society (i.e. the homeless of today)
A strange virus is killing people,
but not allowing them to die. Suicide is the "in thing". Die young....stay young
is the motto of a new generation. Only problem.... most people don't have a knack for
slicing their wrist, so many are screwing themselves up pretty badly.
The story focus on Susan (Stark
Raven) and her willingness not to give up on life in the name of eternal death. She enjoys
life too much, even thought she looks half dead. As she wonders the streets and
countryside of this zombie/human world, she get accosted by a roaming gang of zombies lead
by the preacher man (Robert Wells). Later she meets a beautiful women (Flora Fauna) who
took her life young so she would remain beautiful for ever, too bad she is later
mercilessly mangled by our heroine. (**Lesson 1, once your
dead, you can't die and anything that happens to your body is there forever !!!)
As Susan returns home from a good day of zombie killing, she finds
that he frail boyfriend has giving up and tries to convince Susan to do the same. But it
seems he's moving out the hard way. Right out the window. The end makes for great social
"A zombie trip on acid". This film was directed by
Scooter McCrae. From what I can find out this seems like Scooter's first and only film as
a director. More information to come. The acting is this film wasn't the
are no spectacular special fx, but there is a damn good story. I highly recommend
this film and if you want an idea about what I think George Romero is looking to do in the
fourth installation of the "dead " series, look no further than here. Of course
this is my opinion.
begins with this chilling warning to all who view it:
"In October of 1994,
three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville,
Maryland while shooting a documentary called "The Blair Witch
Project" A year later their footage was found."
As these words fade
silently from the screen, an uneasiness begins to settle in. Three
students, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and
Michael William, are heading up to Maryland's Black Hill Forest to
shoot a documentary on the local legend, "The Blair
Witch". Tales tell of a witch who was responsible for the
death of many children. When the filmmakers begin interviewing the locals,
they find that fears of the "Blair Witch" curse still burn deep
in the psyche of this community.
After leaving their car
behind on the roadside, the three hike out into the woods in search of the
"Blair Witch". Along, the way they stop at "Coffin
Rock" where Heather spins an eerie tale of murder and witchcraft. Now
feeling that they are hot on the trail of unraveling the mystery that
haunts these woods , they push on.
The first night goes rather
peacefully, but as the filmmakers travel deeper into the woods they could
not be prepared for the terror that awaits. After a brief encounter with
something the following night, they decide to pack up and head back.
Seemingly lost and without their map, the tension and fear grows as they
hear strange sounds haunting
the woods around them. Shadows and omens warn them of their trespassing ways and
that something is out there.
What was supposed to be a
weekend trip quickly turns into a five day ordeal of pure terror.
With a dwindling food supply, failing morale, and lack of sleep, we
watch the slow deterioration of these three as they feel the darkness
closing in on them. But what will the end bring?? Check it out and
decide for yourself.
"The Blair Witch Project" proves that you don't need blood, guts, or glitz, over-the-top special effects, or even a
dollar budget to make a superior film. That your cast doesn't need to be made up of
rejects from "Party of Five" "Buffy" or "Beverly
Hills 901--whatever" in order to make a good film. It takes the
traditional Hollywood formula for horror, kicks it to the curb, and with a
in-your-face guerilla filmmaking attitude asks, "are you ready to be
After he witnesses his friends ravaged in a convenience store, a
lone avenger (Gary Miller) heads off to do battle with the undead, armed only with
shotgun, machete, chainsaw, and a 2-liter bottle of Holy water. He follows the trail
of carnage left behind, hoping to end the madness. But what lies ahead....only the
darkness will reveal.
"When a group of teenagers return home from a concert, they
find an entire city of reasons to be afraid of the dark". A legion of the undead now
raging across the shadowland in search of human blood. But alas our local
"vampire hunter" arrives in the nick of time to kicks some serious vampire ass.
The ending is a special effects extravaganza, especially for a low budget flicks. Buckets
of blood here folks!!! One the better non-Bram Stoker vampire stories of the 90's, just
for the gore alone.
Taunting itself as "The Ultimate in Vampire Horror" this
low budget gem really packs a bunch for gore. We can definitely see where the budget went
on this film...into the effects. Leif Jonker's directorial debut is definitely worth a
watching. Jonker definitely has an eye for gore, but not for actors. Randall
Aviks is pretty weak as Livan, the head vampire, and the rest of the cast is nothing to
write home about either. Unfortunately, in order to make some of these low budget films,
you have to make certain sacrifices. I also hope in his next feature Jonker gets some
better lighting. There is barely enough light for the night scenes and even some of these
scene where filmed during the day, most likely at dust. Overall, I'd recommend
this film to any horror fan looking for a gorefest.
film begins as a documentary examining the bizarre deaths of a group
of local access cable TV filmmakers.
Hoping to boost sagging ratings for their show "Fact
or Fiction", producers
Steven Avkast (Stefan Avalos) and Locus Wheeler (Lance Weiler)
have arranged for a live broadcast deep within the pine barrens of New
Jersey. Joining them in their search for the legendary Jersey Devil are
soundman Rein Clackin (Rein Clabbers) and psychic Jim Suerd (Jim Seward).
Days later, Jim emerges from the woods and makes a fanatic call to 911
leading police to make a gruesome discovery.
The evidence at the
scene and in Jim's home quickly points to him as the perpetrator of this heinous
crime. In a lengthy trial full of video exurbs, the prosecution paints
this psychic/psycho as edgy loner susceptible to bouts of violence, while
blatantly overlook evidence that might prove his innocence. As he is
serving two life sentences, Jim mysteriously dies in his cell. This
further propels local filmmaker David Leigh (David Beard) deeper in
his search for the truth. One year after the deaths, a strange package
arrives on Leigh's doorstep. Could it be the Last Broadcast??
Let me begin by saying that "The
Blair Witch Project" (TBWP) did not rip off this film.
Although it is true that both film do take a pseudo-documentary approach,
that is where the similarities end. Both films succeed on different levels
and should be celebrated for the originality and freshness that they have
brought to the genre. Where "The Last
Broadcast" (TLB) deviates from TBWP formula is that rather
than being shot from the "point-of-view" (POV) of the victims,
it focuses more on an investigative style in examining the events
surrounding their demised. Where "TBWP" had more raw emotion and
action, "TLB" has more story, one that is developed through a multitude
of interviews, video footage, etc. This helps to make "TLB"
an extremely entertaining film. The film was magnificently shot and edited
on an unimaginable budget of $900.
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