It’s time for one more Halloween entry to wrap up the favorite month of the year for us monster movie kids. Just a few odds and ends to ramble on about so I can clue you in on some good stuff and warn you away from the rest.
Dracula: The Dark Prince (2013)
Okay, I typically avoid the blind buy anymore. But occasionally, I get sucked in by a trailer or a clip that looks promising. Suffice to say, this one could have been good. The acting wasn’t horrible (Jon Voight hams it up but he’s not bad) and the special effects were better than the average Saturday night SyFy mess (which doesn’t say much). What made this movie a chore to wade through was the script as it was all over the place. Not the worst movie I’ve seen this year but still avoid it.
The Burrowers (2008)
Here’s another blind buy that’s been sitting on the shelf for 5 years. However, this one was actually quite good. Being a western, it stands out for originality in its setting and it stars Clancy Brown, who I always find entertaining. It’s about a group of men in search of women they believe Native Americans have kidnapped. However, the real enemy lurks below the ground. Well directed, good script, solid acting. It is a little slow at times but definitely worth checking out.
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)
Keeping with the blind buy trend, this one has been on the shelf for a year. It was Universal’s veiled attempt at a sequel to their underperforming remake of the The Wolf Man. This one is about a group of werewolf hunters who encounter more than they bargain for. The movie looked great and the acting generally solid. CGI werewolves were a little questionable. The first hour of the movie is fairly good but it all seems to fall apart in the last 35 minutes or so. Reveals are made that make no sense and other questions never get answered. Not horrible but you can find better out there.
And that’s a wrap folks. 33 consecutive days of posts and I’m pooped. It’s time to take a break. I’ll be back the week of November 18 so we can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I’m going to take a look at the two Peter Cushing flicks from the 1960s in the days leading up to the big day, November 23.