What happens when you combine voodoo, a child sized doll, and Chris Sarandon? You get Child’s Play. The 1988 horror classic that was way better than it had any business being. Not that this was a critical or box office darling, it flourished in the VHS rental market. At least enough for several sequels and I believe they are planning a reboot, because Hollywood is out of ideas. I wonder if they bring back Brad Dourif. He’s got a Tommy Wiseau vibe as a human, but he’s a hell of a voice over guy as Chucky. We’ve also got the mom from Seventh Heaven (Catherine Hicks) as the innocent single mother just trying to make her boy happy. Little does she know, she’s invited the spawn of satan into her house rent controlled apartment.
We have a lot of fun on this episode. We meet Shaggy Chaz, discuss the travesty of Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) meeting her doom so early in the movie, and I extoll the virtues of having a library card (for real, go get a library card, and then start streaming movies, tv, audiobooks and ebooks for free with Hoopla).
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Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island is the movie we recast this week. Leonardo Dicaprio stars in this mind bending story of Teddy Daniels, a federal marshall tasked with investigating Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally insane, getting to the bottom of the case of the missing prisoner patient Rachel Solando. Mark Ruffalo plays his partner/doctor. Along the way we find out that this whole “case” was a put on by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), in an attempt to shock him into admitting that he was also a prisoner patient at the facility and that he had killed his wife (Michelle Williams).
The Crow is the 1994 neo-noir fantasy film based off of the 1989 comic book series by James O’Barr. Contrary to popular belief, The Crow is not played by Brandon Lee, who tragically died during the filming of the movie. The Crow is played by an actual crow, well…not any actual crows. Only ravens were used in the movie. The idea is that the crow is supernatural. Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, an innocent young man who is brought back to life by the mysterious Crow one year after him and his wife are brutally murdered. From there it’s a full-on revenge story.
On this week’s episode, we continue the Halloween spirit and recast the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s a cult classic or not. To be even more honest, I really didn’t like this movie all that much as a whole, but there are a lot of small things to love about this film, and Chris Sarandon’s performance alone is worth the price of admission. In a way, it’s a true horror version of Teen Wolf. Outside of Sarandon and maybe Amanda Bearse, Neither is by no means a huge star, there really aren’t any known actors in this movie. And because of that, it feels kind of like it actually happened in some small town in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing about this movie that really screams Hollywood (outside of the prosthetics, which are shall we say…inconsistent).