Movie Review: Bad Taste & Dead Alive Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings movies, directed two of my favorite horror flicks, Bad Taste and Dead Alive (also known as Brain Dead). I was shocked a couple years ago when I figured it out!

Jackson directed, wrote (with help) and appeared in Bad Taste back in 1987. In the movie, “the population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.” Read more on IMDB…

Bad Taste is a mix of hilarious and gross slapstick. Here’s a perfect example… A favorite characters of mine, one of the special agents sent to save us from the aliens, fell early in the film and spent the remainder of the film trying to reincorporate his spilled brains back into his scull cavity.

While doing research on the film, I happened across some interesting trivia about the movie, like it took Jackson 4 years to make Bad Taste. And that “the movie was banned in the Australian state of Queensland until the early-’90s when the Queensland Censorship Board was disbanded.” More interesting movie trivia about Bad Taste on IMDB

I remember watching Dead Alive/Brain Dead with my youngest son, although it’s not a movie I’d recommend you let your kids watch. Dead Alive is a mixture of extreme gore and comedy, so no surprise, he and I were glued to the TV screen laughing and cringing all at the same time.

The movie is about “Lionel, a Mama’s boy, who has the unwanted honor of having to look after his overbearingly evil mother. He ends up falling in love with a local woman who believes that they’re destined together. In a moment of intentional sabotage of one of their dates, his mother is bitten by a mysterious creature that ends up zombifying her.” Lionel’s mother hunts human prey and quickly turns everyone she bites into zombies. Lionel fights the zombies in one of the goriest blood fests on film. There’s a scene with a lawnmower you’ve just gotta see! Read more on IMDB…

If you have a strong stomach don’t miss these films! Both are a 5 out of 5!

Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this book a couple months ago with mixed feelings. I never would have picked it up if it weren’t for the book club.

Getting through the first part of the book was tough! The author goes into great detail about her life leading up to her trip to Italy, India and Indonesia. She’s very open about how neurotic she was while going through a divorce after realizing she didn’t want the traditional family lifestyle. Frankly, I wasn’t interested. The book got better after she left for Italy, the first country on her journey. Gilbert is a clear example and reminder of how we can make our lives difficult to live. While she grew on her spiritual journey, the end of the book leaves you thinking she has a long way to go. Hence the book deals for further journeys with the new husband she met in Indonesia.

All-in-all, I do recommend this book to women who are in a similar place as Gilbert at the beginning of the book.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Book Review: Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume 17

Finally! A review of a horror book! Unfortunately I don’t have much to say about this book other than the stories are equivalent to those in other Mammoth Books of the Best New Horror. Pretty darn average stuff, with nothing that scared me or turned my stomach. But then again, not much scares me any more. The only story that really stood out was the first by Ramsey Campbell. Sorry I can’t remember the name of the story, and I’m too tired and lazy right now to go look it up.

RATING: 2 1/2 out of 5 (sorry, can’t quite give it 3)

Book Review: The Appeal by John Grisham

When I originally added my star rating to this book in Shelfari, I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Now looking back, it deserves another star.

This is the first novel I’ve read by John Grisham and I loved his writing style. I was told that he can be a bit bloated at times, but I wouldn’t put The Appeal in that category. I definitely plan to pick up more books by Mr. Grisham.

Now more about the book. Grisham does an excellent job of pointing out how fucked up our legal system can be. I have to say “can be” cause I’d still rather be on trial in this country that in just about any other country. He doesn’t really need to remind us that politics and money go hand in hand, but he does weave a story that reminds us of how sick people can be to hold on to every million or billion they have, regardless of who they hurt. On the other side he’ll get you to feel deeply for the people who are living day-to-day with constant loss of their loved ones and livelihood. This was quite an emotional book, and I loved it!

RATING: 4 out of 5

Book Review: Tales from Mistwillow

This is guna be a bit of a lame book review. I basically read this book because it contains short stories by other Colorado authors. Oh, and that the book was published by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group, of which I’m a member and have not yet attended a gathering hosted by the group.

Okay, back to the review. What was fun about the book is that each of the authors wrote a different story about the same small town. Like most books of short stories by select authors, there were a few I enjoyed and a few not so much. It also contained a few odd and ghostly type stories, which caught my attention. All-in-all, the book was pretty good.

I think this is the first collection of short stories that the RMFW has published by members. I’m hoping they release more, but I haven’t seen any announcements for submissions.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Facebook
Facebook
Google+
Google+
http://wjhoward.com/category/entertainment/reviews-interviews/page/19/
LinkedIn
Follow by Email