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Joker isn't a Blood Knight , he's a Warrior Poet. Not actual rape but a joke about it. While in the barracks, Stork, a white Marine jokes with Payback, a black Marine, "How do you stop five black men from raping a white woman? Corporal Eightball is the one sent to do recon and the first to be gunned down by the sniper. He's helplessly aware of the trope.
At one point, a hooker initially refuses to sleep with an African-American man because of his so-called "Alabama blacksnake". Joker claims that he joined the Corps to be a killer. However, he's probably being sarcastic, since he's a military journalist, and when he has to perform a Mercy Kill , he finds it very hard. Straighter examples in Animal Mother and Crazy Earl. I will never forget this day. The day I came to Hue City and fought one million N. I love the little Commie bastards, man, I really do.
These enemy grunts are as hard as slant-eyed drill instructors. These are great days we're living, bros! These people we wasted here today An extremely dastardly one, to boot. A stuffed rabbit attached to a hidden antipersonnel mine, the sort of thing that was all too common in the real war. Joker performs a Mercy Kill on the mortally wounded sniper by shooting her in the head with a pistol. Private Gomer Pyle gets it worse than the rest of the recruits due to being overweight and mentally slow, most of it at the hands of the original Drill Sergeant Nasty.
The worst of it comes when the other recruits, pissed off after the entire platoon was punished due to Hartman finding a jelly doughnut in Pyle's foot locker, throw him a blanket party by pinning him to his bunk with a blanket and beating the crap out of him with bars of soap wrapped in bath towels.
All this eventually leads to his psychotic breakdown, his murder of Hartman and his ultimate suicide. A few scenes later, after being informed by Lt. Lockhart about the Tet offensive by the NVA and how bad the situation is, Joker, asks, after a few moments of silence, "Sir, does this mean that Ann-Margret's not coming? It's the first thing they reminisce about when they reunite in Vietnam. Joker references actor John Wayne during both segments. First in the boot camp segment, in his very first line in the film, when he says out loud and in Wayne's voice, after Gunny Hartman's opening speech, "Is that you, John Wayne?
He repeats the line later during the Vietnam segment, while the Marines are being filmed while going into Hue to take the city back from the NVA. Gunny Hartman first tells the recruits during marksmanship training that this is what they will be in if they hesitate in combat. It's referred to at the end of both of segments. At the end of the boot camp segment, Joker, after, finding the crazy Leonard in the head with his rifle, tell him that if Hartman catches them, they'll "both be in a world of shit" to which Leonard replies, " I AM Because this is the only pussy you people are going to get!
Your days of finger-banging old Mary Jane Rottencrotch through her pretty pink panties are over! An abridged version is first said by the recruits in unison as they're lying in bed before lights out.
It's later repeated partially and very loudly by Leonard after he snaps and is in the head with his rifle. Mickey Mouse is referred to at the end of both segments. Also a Freeze-Frame Bonus: Lockhart's office at the right time and guess what you'll see? Figurines of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Probably the darkest call back of the whole movie. Joker gets heckled for claiming he's seen combat when the veterans listen to his badass boasts.
Much later, in the last moments of the movie, Joker wills himself to finish off a teenage sniper There are two scenes in the movie focused on prostitution. Gunny Hartman orders the recruits to give their rifle a girl's name "Because this is the only pussy you people are going to get!
In Hue, Cowboy tells the squad they need to cut their losses and move out, because this setup is a trap and it's going to get more of them killed if they fall for it. The de-humanizing effects of war. The scene introducing Gunny Hartman. To be blunt, the whole movie is peppered with these, but it's fully justified in that these are Marines.
The Viet Cong sniper at the end of the movie. Hartman finds Joker's "war face" unconvincing. Comically Missing the Point: How can you shoot women and children? You just don't lead 'em so much. The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Whose side are you on, son? Cool and Unusual Punishment: Hartman reacts to Pyle taking a jelly donut by Joker gives one to the teenage VC sniper despite the rest of his squad wanting to leave her to die. Stanley Kubrick is Murph, the voice on the other end of the radio when Joker's squad calls for tank support. After confiscating a jelly donut from Pyle's footlocker, Hartman comes to the conclusion that punishing Pyle for his failures is accomplishing nothing.
Therefore, he will no longer punish Pyle when he fucks up Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Hartman makes threats like: How Hand Job got his nickname. Tough break for Hand Job. He was all set to get shipped out on a medical. What was the matter with him? He was jerkin' off ten times a day. At least ten times a day. Last week he was sent down to Da Nang to see the Navy head shrinker, and the crazy fucker starts jerking off in the waiting room.
He was just waiting for his papers to clear division. Openly admitted to by Lt. Which sticks with him after boot camp which usually doesn't happen since most nicknames are derogatory.
In this case, Joker probably liked the name enough to possibly introduce himself to the other Marines at Stars and Stripes, making himself even more a Joker. More emphasis on this in the book than in the movie.
In the book, when he gets shot, before he dies, he says " Private Pyle, I'm so proud. Hand Job had just qualified for a Section 8. Too bad the papers didn't get processed sooner. Dead Guy on Display: The Hotel company keeps a dead Vietnamese soldier resting with them. They are otherwise respectful towards him, as he is considered a Worthy Adversary.
Invoked by Gunny Hartman when he gives Cowboy his nickname, saying "Only steers and queers come from Texas. In the s it was acceptable for Drill Sergeants to strike recruits, but no longer.
Same goes for the infamous "This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun. In general, this was a lot more common before women were integrated into the US military in the 's. The military was allowed to get away with chanting cadences that had more sexual references or sex related humor in them. There's also the way Black marines were treated and the usage of the N-word.
When confronting the VC sniper, Joker prepares to fire but hears an empty click, alerting the sniper to his presence. He is able to take cover from the sniper's intense fire and feebly pulls a pistol out, but Rafterman shoots and mortally wounds the sniper.
Don't Celebrate Just Yet: The night past the graduation, Pyle kills Hartman and himself. Arguably one of Kubrick's bleakest endings, besides that one. Joker, who has spent the movie acting as a sort of gonzo clown , using humor to rise above the stress of the conflict, shoots a fallen child soldier who is begging for death in the head albeit after witnessing her shoot his best friend in the back , sacrificing the last of his humanity.
At the end of the film he states that he is glad to be alive, marching away through the smoke with his comrades and singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme song , but it is apparent that he is a profoundly changed man, and will never be the same. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is the Trope Codifier he also provides the Page Quote and the Page Image and is close to an Unbuilt Trope since he fails to notice the Sanity Slippage of one of his recruits and the instruction goes horribly right for him.
Ermey was an actual Marine Drill instructor in the sixties and his performance is Truth in Television ; Marine drill instructors regularly use very similar hilariously over-the-top instruction in an attempt to get officer candidates to smile, laugh, or otherwise break attention.
Originally brought in to advise the actor playing GySgt. Hartman on how to be more convincing, he recorded a videotape of himself yelling insults at a group of British Royal Marines. His performance was so impressive that he got the role instead. Ermey was allowed to write or ad-lib many of his own lines by acknowledged Control Freak Stanley Kubrick and later got promoted to Gunnery Sergeant - in , 30 years after he had already been discharged. One of the Marines finds an oversized stuffed rabbit lying in the rubble of Hue, and picks it up out of confusion.
It's attached to an antipersonnel mine. During the "blanket party," what really hurts Pyle the most was Joker, whom Pyle looked up to for helping him get his act together, taking extra swings after the other recruits went back to their bunks.
The Time Skip after boot camp is illustrated by Joker sporting a full head of relatively wild hair. Only two things come from Texas Namely, Hartman staring down the barrel of a loaded M being held by a visibly deranged recruit that had just that day gotten word that he made it through to proper infantry.
Hartman gloats about the Marine-taught shooting prowess of university-shooter Charles Whitman and Lee Harvey Oswald before Leonard "Pyle" Lawrence becomes a sociopathic murderer himself, under and perhaps because of Hartman's own tutelage. Doubles as Famous Last Words , as Leonard kills him after. What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn't mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child? The colonel who gives Joker grief over the peace-symbol button he's wearing.
Doc Jay, Donlon and Rock. Hartman's goal is to turn the new recruits into remorseless killing machines. In Pyle's case, he succeeds all too well. Averted for the most part, it's a Kubrick film, but played straight with The Sniper's death.
Pyle included though he does not live a full day longer. Joker and Cowboy are the only things connecting the boot camp plotline to the Vietnam plotline. Joker pulls out his sidearm, a M when confronting the sniper after finding out his M16 is out of ammo. Later uses it to finish her off.
Lee Ermey was originally hired to act as a consultant to make sure the character Gunnery Sergeant Hartman was as accurate as possible. Noted control freak Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by his ability to on-the-spot come up with line after line of creative and vitriolic insults and profanity that Ermey went from adviser to actually being given the role instead! And it was Ermey's role entirely: One exception was that Kubrick wanted to keep one line in particular, the infamous "reach-around" line, in the final script.
The funny part of that was he stopped the filming just to ask what, exactly, a "reach-around" was. Ermey told him, and Kubrick was simultaneously disgusted and even more impressed.
Part of the job for a Drill Sergeant Nasty , according to Hartman: Because I am hard, you will not like me. The more you hate me the more you will learn. I am hard, but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here! I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers! Here you are all equally worthless! Lee Ermey was trying to play Hartman as this. Some didn't get it. Leonard actually starts improving as a marine when Hartman puts him under the tutelage of Joker.
Then Hartman finds that jelly donut in Leonard's footlocker and it all goes seriously downhill from there Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The second Vietnamese prostitute is a petite young woman Cowboy greets her with "Good morning, little schoolgirl!
Hartman says there's no place for racial discrimination in the Marines before launching into a stream of racial slurs. I Call It "Vera": Enforced by GySgt Hartman, taken very seriously by Pvt. I Know Mortal Kombat: Joked about by Joker when he meets Animal Mother. You seen any combat? Seen a little on TV. The opening montage is of new recruits with many varied hairstyles, colours, lengths, etc undergoing the ritual head shave of the Marines, emerging with identical buzzcuts.
When Leonard shows that he's not quite making the cut in boot, even under Joker's tutelage, the recruits each wrap their soap bars into a towel, making what's essentially a low-end blackjack. Cowboy gags Leonard with a pair of socks, a few others hold him down with the help of a blanket, and the rest quickly take turns hitting Leonard, except Joker, who hesitates and then furiously hits Leonard several times.
Joker was the one who was trying desperately to get Leonard to get up to snuff, and failed to motivate him to do so. After a Vietnamese boy steals a camera and tosses it to his friend on a bike, he turns around and starts doing a series of palm strikes in the air and making fierce screams, then does a spin kick.
Joker then proceeds to imitate him from a distance Hartman nicknames a black recruit "Private Snowball. The film ends with the marines marching through burning ruins back to camp while singing the "Mickey Mouse March". Joker puts a peace sign in his helmet, on which is written "Born to Kill" "I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man , sir. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. After a routine inspection turns up a stolen jelly doughnut in Pvt.
Pyle's footlocker, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman comes to the conclusion that reprimanding Pyle will solve nothing. So he announces to the platoon that from that point on, whenever Pyle screws up, everyone else will have to do P.
It works, but probably not in the way Hartman intended. The Door Gunner is not happy enough killing unarmed civilians, he also goes out of his way to kill their water buffaloes, all of said kills being certified. The entire platoon gets one when they torture poor Pyle with the blanket party. The discussion over the VC sniper.
As per the usual in Kubrick films. One thing this film does particularly well is show how American soldiers are truly "strangers in a strange land" when forced to occupy territories they really have no business nevermind no understanding of traditions to be in. While there is some blood and gore on display especially the gaping head wound of the American soldier Gregory accidentally shot , this film is more about mood and atmosphere you'll get dry mouth from all the sand on display here.
Particularly telling is the scene where Howston who is quite crazy at this point catches Chard raping the woman and pulls him off her. Instead of being upset about the attempted rape, Howston takes offense to Chard calling him a "nigger" and stabs him to death. This is a film about identity, both real and perceived, and how being in an unfamiliar place for too long can fuck with those perceptions as real-life American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan will readily tell you. The only disappointment here is the Djinn itself.
When it is finally shown in the film's final twenty minutes, it is nothing but an obviously bad CGI creation, which is neither scary or believable. Fear of our own worst memories coming back to life. Sure, it's bloody as hell, but even that becomes boring after a while because many of the kills are the same and it then throws in a ton of torture porn, to boot.
The film opens with a bloody girl with a bad stomach wound in the woods at night trying to avoid someone or something it's never made clear whether we are dealing with a man or a demon. She is then attacked by someone dressed as a scarecrow Benjamin Selway, who is listed as "Evil Maniac" in the credits , who stabs her over and over in the stomach until she falls on the ground. As she is trying to crawl away the Evil Maniac hits her three times in the back with and axe really graphic and then drags her away The Evil Maniac does the same exact thing to a bloke taking a piss in the woods a few minutes later.
When morning comes, four young adults decide to camp at the same place where the Evil Maniac struck the night before Mark [Adam Coutts] has the nerve to bring his current and ex-girlfriend along!
He prophetically says to his current girlfriend Kristy [Lisa Livingstone], "Trust me. This is going to be a weekend you'll never forget! But why is he watching them? It will be answered. It wouldn't be so bad if every one of these four young adults weren't annoying as fuck and, of course, there is no cell service the farther they go into the woods. The last call they make is to Bruce Mark Wood , who is traveling by mountain bike to meet them. Believe it or not, they are all going to a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of a multiple murder that happened there Who in their right mind celebrates a murder spree with a party?
Kristy tells everyone about the mass murder that happened 20 years earlier: The Farmer murders his wife by slicing open her stomach and eating her innards we are shown it all in flashback. He then chops off his daughter's head we don't see that and murders his son again, we don't see it and then supposedly committed suicide, but his body disappeared from his grave.
Bruce is almost at his destination when he falls off his bike and is dragged away by the Evil Maniac. They are actually being held captive in the Evil Maniac's slaughterhouse Big continuity error. How did they get there? Is it possible director Keith was too involved with his other occupations on the film to recognize that he forgot to film the scene?
Now it's time for torture porn. The Evil Maniac picks up Jessica, ties her to a table, stabs her in the stomach a couple of times with a small curved blade twisting the blade while it is in her , takes off her gag and then stabs her over and over in the stomach so the guys next door can hear her death throes.
It is very bloody, but we have already seen it done earlier in the film. The Evil Maniac then grabs Mark and ties him to a chair, while Bruce breaks free and grabs an axe, but instead of trying to save Mark who has just had an axe planted between his legs and then has the top of his head cut off with a hacksaw; once again, nothing is left to the imagination , Bruce turns chicken and heads in the opposite direction, but the slaughterhouse is very big.
The Evil Maniac puts bits of Mark and Jessica in mason jars in case he gets hungry later on. Meanwhile, Pamela and Kristy make it to The Farmer's deserted house, not knowing that it is the living area for the Evil Maniac Jesus, I am getting tired of all these stupid young adults. They find a dead fox in the bathroom, but that will be the least of their problems.
Bruce and the Evil Maniac play a game of cat and mouse Guess who's the mouse? The Evil Maniac beats the shit out of Bruce and takes him prisoner again, where he kills Bruce with some unseen torture.
Pamela and Kristy decide to spend the night in The Farmer's deserted house Yes, these girls are missing a few brain cells. After killing Bruce, the Evil Maniac chases Kristy with an axe, catches her, stabs her in the stomach with a huge blade and then begins to pull out her internal organs while she watches, still alive. Pamela does the regular stupid young adult thing and runs towards Kristy's screams and ends up in the slaughterhouse, where she secretly watches the Evil Maniac chop someone into pieces with an axe.
The hunter remember him? He is there to kill the Evil Maniac because he killed his daughter ten years earlier and he has been searching for him ever since. He says to Pamela, "You people. You think it's a fucking game. You have no idea what this thing can do. There is no end He tells Pamela to leave because all her friends are dead, but Pamela refuses to leave and wants to help the hunter get payback. The Evil Maniac shows up and the hunter puts a shotgun blast into him with no effect.
He gives Pamela the shotgun and tells her to run away. He faces down the Evil Maniac and tells him, "Makes no difference if I live or die. I died a long time ago. It just seems so The Evil Maniac then goes after Pamela she has to run through a gauntlet of hanging bodies, some still barely alive and some of them her friends and catches her, punching her over and over in the face until it becomes bloody filmic overkill.
But, somehow, the hunter shows up to buy Pamela some time but the Evil Maniac punches his fist clear through the hunter's body to grab the shotgun and shoot the Evil Maniac in the face. Is it finally over? Pamela runs like hell through the woods until she comes to a road and is picked up by a man in a van. Pamela passes out from exhaustion, but the driver wakes her up a couple of hours later and tells her that he got lost and believes they have been driving in circles, ending back at The Farmer's deserted house Really?
The Evil Maniac slits the van driver's throat and chases Pamela into an auto graveyard Judging by the newer model of cars in the graveyard, I wouldn't be wrong to hazard a guess that these are the cars of the Evil Maniac's victims over the years. After the Evil Maniac delivers more punches to her face She is going to be sore in the morning! Before the closing credits begin to roll, Pamela says, "Fucking Farmers! Just who is the Evil Maniac? Is he The Farmer or something more supernatural?
If the Evil Maniac can survive a point-blank shotgun blast to his face which we never see since he never takes off the scarecrow mask , he sure as hell can survive having a car dropped on him.
And don't get me started on the continuity. It jumps from scene-to-scene with no connective tissue, like huge chunks of the screenplay were thrown away in the name of pacing it is quick-paced, even though it took 35 days to shoot this minute film. The next time, I hope David Ryan Keith just sticks with directing and writing and leaves the other jobs to qualified people. This way he could spend more time making sense of his films and not leaving us asking questions that we shouldn't be asking.
If you are a gorehound, this film will delight you. If it's involving characters or plots you want, look somewhere else. This film does serve a purpose for a specialty crowd and, while I enjoy lots of gore just like every other horror film fan, I also appreciate some time building up the characters so we have people we care for. Keith fails miserably in that department. A little less H. Lewis and a little more John Carpenter.
It's a well-made film, although it's apparent that some of the Scottish actors are trying a little too hard to speak American especially Kristy and there's also a total lack of nudity, so don't go looking for it here. REEKER - Five college students, on their way to a rave in the desert, experience a strange phenomenon where they are seemingly stuck in time. Only the blind Jack senses that something extraordinarily wrong is going on, as the stench of decaying flesh fills the air.
Trip heads out on his own on his skateboard to look for help and runs into Radford, whose car has broken down. There's something off about Henry, who drives Trip back to the motel and also confides in him that he's seeing dead people This happens after Trip pulls a living dead trucker, missing the lower half of his body, out of a garbage bin and it scuddles away by walking on it's hands!
Trip tries to siphon gas out of Henry's RV in a funny bit, Trip mistakenly siphons the RV's septic tank first , unaware that the Reeker has already killed Henry whenever the Reeker kills someone, they literally see their lives flash before their eyes. Trip begins seeing all the dead people, which means that he's the next victim of the Reeker's wrath which is a shame, because he's the film's most interesting character.
Cookie and Nelson are the next to die, while Jack and Gretchen try to fit all the pieces of the deadly puzzle together. Trip turns up briefly minus an arm , just long enough to fill Jack and Gretchen in on what they are dealing with Trip says to Jack, "At least you can still whack-off! What happens next is creative, as well as poignant, even if it doesn't make a lick of sense.
Not everything works here For starters, the Reeker is a terribly underwritten character , but Payne at least tries to be different from the countless other DTV horror flicks that don't have an original idea in their tiny little heads. The makeup effects, using both practical effects and CGI, are very bloody the film gets off to a gory start when a vacationing family hits a deer with their car and suffer a far worse fate than the deer, including the family's poor pet dog , but are used sparingly, so when they do come into play, they are shocking and effective.
While not everything succeeds in REEKER , I applaud Dave Payne for giving us a horror film that's funny without being overly jokey some of the dialogue is inspired, including how Jack's blindness led to a lawsuit mandating that lawn darts be made out of plastic instead of metal and complicated enough to actually make us use our brains the finale is unique and well-done.
Make sure to read to the final credits for Payne's funny take on film reviewers. I won't hold it against you, Dave. Ruth Warren Jessica Dublin , a wealthy old woman, funds a top secret project of Dr. It's a youth serum he has developed by extracting fluids from the brains of the recently deceased. There's only one drawback: The serum is temporary and it also has some other serious physical and psychological side effects.
Warren, who was an actress in her younger years and wishes to be a young actress again "Only young actors get the good parts. Ashton to use the serum on her before his animal testing is complete.
He relents and injects her with the serum. At first, things go perfectly, as Ruth becomes a vibrant young woman played by Vivian Lanko but, since this is a horror film, things go horribly wrong pretty quickly.
The serum is like heroin, as the more Ruth uses it, the more her body becomes tolerant to it. As her demands for the serum grows, the demand for cadavers rises in kind.
You can see where this is heading. When the supply of dead bodies dries up, murder becomes necessary to keep Mrs. To hide her true identity, the young Mrs. Warren passes herself off as Elizabeth, the niece of Mrs. Ashton begin an affair, much to the displeasure of her lifelong manservant Wilhelm James Hogue , who has been holding a torch for Mrs. Warren for many years. Ashton should have kept a closer eye on his test rat.
It has morphed into a hideous bloodthirsty monster, which is exactly what Elizabeth turns into when she doesn't get her injections in time. Elizabeth ends up cruising bars, killing men and women so Dr. Ashton can get the brain juce he needs to make the serum. She even goes as far as removing the brains of her victims with her bare hands.
When Elizabeth discovers that eating the brains of her victims produces the same effect as the serum, Dr. Ashton must find a way to synthesize the serum before more people die. The best laid plans This splattery horror flick takes a while to get rolling but, once it does, it offers a lot of bloody imagery and gruesome goodness.
Wilhelm's devotion to Mr. The script is littered with witty lines, such as when two coke-sniffing party girls see Elizabeth get ugly in the ladies room. One of them says to the other, "As soon as a club gets hot, they let in the bridge and tunnel crowd! The finale is especially memorable and is sure to please fans of extreme horror. This one's a keeper.
Original music by the Poison Dollys. Aunt Catherine is then cremated and the ashes are given to Helen, but when she leaves the funeral parlor, a strange wind kicks-up, knocking the urn out of Helen's hands and blowing Aunt Catherine's ashes into the wild When some of Catherine's ashes blow into her mansion, the maid says, "She has returned! Could this be an omen of things to come? You bet your ass. Catherine's lawyer warns Helen that her Aunt suffered from a mental illness and committed suicide in front of a video camera.
That videotape became Catherin e's last will and testament and Helen and Bob are about to watch the footage. Aunt Catherine comes on screen and rails against Helen's mother, saying "You should have been my daughter! Bob seems very happy about becoming an "instant millionaire", but Helen seems more worried about why the lawyer refuses to go to the mansion with them.
Before they even settle in, strange things begin to happen, like Bob's clothes changing position in the bedroom closet and the bathroom suddenly taking a life of its own, with the shower curtain nearly suffocating Helen while she is taking a bath. Helen swears she saw a smiling Catherine trying to kill her, but Bob thinks she just fell asleep in the tub and the shower curtain came loose Yeah, right, shit like that happens every day!
Anderson David Rose , Mr. The neighbors also attend regularly scheduled "concerts", which end in some deadly ritual we are not yet privy to. The neighbors feel that the sudden appearance of Helen and Bob will put a damper on their "concerts", but Helen has more serious problems on her hands, like seeing Aunt Catherine at the most inopportune times, getting obscene phone calls and being locked in the garage and nearly asphyxiating on the exhaust fumes.
Is it possible that Aunt Catherine is still alive? And how is it tied to the neighbors' "concerts", where we find out that they kill the classical musicians they hire to play, chop-up their bodies and eat their flesh? Maybe the connection lies in the abandoned house across the street and the fact that all the neighbors committed suicide years ago?
Do you think you know how this is going to end? Some parts of the film are shocking in the matter-of-factness way these neighbors are shown killing their victims including a classical string quartet who never see it coming. While not without its faults especially the acting talents of the two leads and a flashback to a mass fake-stabbing that must be seen to be disbelieved , this film is still an entertaining and bloody horror film. Also starring Daniel Katz and Antonio Ross. The majority of the film is told in flashback in some cases, there are flashbacks within a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!
He accepts a case offered to him by Claire Ward Jane Sibbett to find out what exactly her husband Charles Chris Sarandon is doing with the shipments of animal bones and blood that are delivered to his farmhouse in a small Rhode Island town. Slowly we learn that Charles has inherited the secret of resurrecting the dead using only the bones or cremated remains from the deceased , a secret passed to him by his great great great great grandfather, who was identical in appearance to Charles.
The resurrection process has a drawback: If the deceased remains are not complete, they come back to life in a hideous, mutated form. This is one review where I will not give away any more plot, except to say that Charles is not who he appears to be. The rest I will leave for your viewing pleasure. This terrifying and spellbinding feature starts out deliberately slow, drawing the viewer deeper and deeper into the unknown.
The flashback device is never obtrusive. It instead allows the viewer to pick up clues along the way. There are some truly masterful sequences in this film, such as when Claire, March and his assistant Robert Romanus discover a secret passage in Charles' farmhouse and decide to investigate. What they discover you will not soon forget. Enough atmosphere for a dozen films, bloody and effective effects, a good sense of humor and above all, it never bores.
Why didn't it get a theatrical release? This filmed-in Vancouver, B. A group of obnoxious overage teens, including pizza delivery boy Alden Liam Cundill , who is on the run from drug dealers after witnessing a multiple murder in a deal gone wrong, vacation at a run-down mansion deep in what's supposed to be the Pacific Northwest woods.
Trouble is, they are not alone in the mansion, as a notorious serial killer known as the Family Man Ron Smerczak has just escaped after killing everyone in the bus transporting him including his fellow prisoners and he has come home the mansion was his family home before he killed them all and ten other families before being caught. Besides the nervous Alden, the rest of the cast are straight out of Stereotypes After 55 minutes of sexual hijinks, house cleaning and baseball practice!
Brian finds a room hidden behind a brick wall which contains the skeletal remains of the Family Man's family and a small fortune in money, but doesn't get a chance to tell anyone as the Family Man caves his head in with a sledgehammer. The rest of the gang bands together and, with the help of Marty's homemade weapons including a bomb stuffed with nails and an aerosol flame thrower , try to defend themselves from the maniac.
They fail, of course he's virtually indestructable , but Alden, Vickie and Weasel manage to trap the Family Man in an abandoned well in the backyard and drop a huge propane tank on him that is detonated with the late Marty's bomb.
Rest in pieces, Family Man! The violence is tame, as the camera tends to pull away just as it's about to get interesting. The best part is when Libby sets the Family Man's head on fire with the homemade flame thrower. Rather than running around screaming in pain, he calmly reaches for a towel, puts out the flames his whole head is a charred mess and shoves Libby's face into the spinning blades of a blender. Why is it set in America in the first place? When the sheriff co-scripter Karl Johnson says the word "peckerwood" in his fake American accent, you'll either laugh or throw your hands up in the air in disbelief.
How come South African filmmakers think all Americans speak with a Southern accent and isn't this supposed to take place in the Pacific Northwest anyway? Even with his accent, Ron Smerczak is quite good as the family-hating serial killer. The problem is that director Murlowski refuses to let him go full-tilt bozo and keeps it restrained when he should be chewing up the scenery as well as the cast.
You can skip this one unless you are a slasher film completist. A Raedon Home Video Release. Trevor Edmond steals his father's high security keycard and brings his girlfriend Julie Mindy Clarke , who has an unhealthy obsession with death, to a top-secret government lab to secretly watch his father, Col. John Reynolds Kent McCord , perform an experiment where he reanimates a corpse using the poison gas Trioxin in hopes of creating the perfect undead military killing machine.
When the experiment goes horribly wrong and a couple of technicians end up dead one of them is portrayed by genre director Anthony Hickox , Col. Reynolds is immediately reassigned and must report to another base in a different state in two weeks. When he tells Curt that they will have to move yet again being a military brat is tough , Curt rebels and takes off on hjis motorcycle with Julie as his passenger, only to end up getting into an accident where Julie slams into a telephone pole and dies.
Curt gets the bright idea to bring Julie back to life using the Trioxin, so he brings her back to the lab, opens a canister of the gas and revives her. He is not quite prepared to handle what he has just created.
When Julie complains that she is "hungry", he brings her to a convenience store, where they run afoul of a Spanish gang led by Santos Mike Moroff , that ends with Julie biting one of the gang members and the store manager getting shot. This sets off a series of events where Julie begins chowing-down on the brains of several people, leading Curt and Julie to escape into the sewers, where they are befriended by a crazy coot named Riverman Basil Wallace.
Santos and his gang follow them into the sewer, while Col. Reynolds is left with the chore of cleaning-up Julie's messes and containing the infectious outbreak. Julie is able to temporarily curb her hunger by self-inflicting severe pain, so she begins piercing every inch of her body with any sharp object she can find, including nails, coil springs and shards of metal and glass.
She is not able to sate her appetite for very long, though, and soon begins putting the bite on ever yone she runs across. Just as she is about to devour Curt, Col. Reynolds saves the day and stops her with an experimental rifle that instantly freezes the infected. Julie is brought back to the lab, where she is to be used in a new experiment conducted by Col.
When Curt catches a glimpse of what is about to happen to Julie, he sets her free, which results in the entire facility going into lockdown when a horde of the infected undead are released in the melee. It all ends on a fatalistic, but fitting, note. Besides a few lapses in logic Why in the hell would they bring Curt back to the lab and let him walk around freely? She's simply wonderful here as a girl who was clearly troubled when alive, which only makes her undead status all the more fascinating and tragic.
People are gnawed, eaten, ripped apart especially Santos getting his head ripped away from his body with the spinal column still attached and shotgunned, but nothing comes close to Julie's ritualistic piercing of her entire body. It's a thing of unflinching beauty. If you want to view all this carnage, you'll have to search for a copy of Vidmark Entertainment 's Unrated VHS tape they also put out an R-rated cut, so be careful , because the DVD put out by Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the R-rated edit that omits nearly everything I have described in this review.
Also starring James D. The only similarities between the film and its sequel are the return of Jeffrey Combs as the ghastly Dr. Vannacutt and the former insane asylum he ran, which holds the ghostly and vengeful spirits of the mental patients who died there, many at Dr. It seems Sara was killed by Desmond and his gang because she had Dr. Vannacutt's journal, which details the location of an ancient artifact known as Baphomet's Idol, which is highly sought after by Richard and Desmond, a former student of Richard's who now works for anyone who is the highest bidder for the idol.
Sara mailed the journal to Ariel, so Desmond kidnaps her and Paul and heads for the titled house, only to find Richard and his assistants already there. The journal mentions that the idol is located in a secret room somewhere in the house's basement, so everyone agrees to split-up into groups of two a horror plot device as old as film itself to go look for it. As in the first film, the house goes into lockdown mode, so everyone is trapped inside and the killings begin.
Vannacutt a well-done and gory effect after being seduced by two naked female ghosts another modern film fact: While Ariel gets psychic warnings from her dead sister and other ghosts, the killings continue, including musclebound goon Norris Gil Kolirin , who gets drawn-and-quartered by sheets! Vannacutt and the asylum's ghosts try their best to kill everyone. Like the first film, only two make it out alive.
The Baphomet Idol plotline is not only far-fetched Why would Dr. Vannacutt possess such an item in the first place and where did he get it from? But if it's blood, guts and nudity you want, this film delivers all three in spades much moreso than the remake.
I'm also happy to report that most of the gore effects are practical in nature and CGI, while still present, isn't quite as obvious as most DTV productions. It's also apparent that this wasn't filmed in the same house as the original this is supposed to take place in Los Angeles, but was actually filmed in Bulgaria.
The original house had a personality all its own, while the house here seems more like an underground bunker than a house and besides some exterior shots of the original house and one interior set that tries to copy the first film's main room complete with stained glass littering the floor and the table that had the miniature coffins that held the guns , it bears no resemblance to the original.
Still, it's a quick 81 minutes and I've seen much worse. Stay tuned after the closing credits for a final stinger, which sets-up a sequel that takes the action away from the house.
A sequel which, as of this writing, has yet to be made. Unrated , and for good reason. If you are going to watch this film, stay away from the version shown on cable channel American Movie Classics AMC since they edit out almost all of the gore and all of the nudity.
I have been informed by long-time reader Michael Prymula that the Blu-Ray version of this film has several alternate scenes and endings you can choose from.
If that stuff interests you since it is not available on the DVD , that may be the route you may want to take. Yes, it's a recipe for a new disaster. This film centers on fat, pug-nosed, loud-mouthed and repugnant camp member Alan Michael Gibney , who doesn't get along with anyone, including the other kids in his cabin and camp counselor Randy Brye Cooper , who seems to take pleasure in torturing Alan It's not like Alan doesn't deserve it, though, because he's really an annoying sack of shit.
A short time later, Mickey is dunked head-first into the deep fryer by someone wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black gloves, who then puts Mickey's body into a plastic bag and stuffs him in the trash compactor.
Is it possible that Alan is the killer? Alan has the hots for female camper Karen Erin Broderick , but fellow campers T. Christopher Shand and Bella Shahidah McIntosh , as well as stoners Weed Adam Wylie and Stan Chaz Brewer , who make Alan smoke a joint containing cow manure, are always picking on him and interrupting his romantic overtures if you want to call them that. Later that night, the killer ties-up Weed, force-feeds him gasoline and sticks a joint in his mouth, forcing Weed to go up in flames from the inside out when the joint is lit.
Is it possible Alan is the killer? Sheriff Jerry looks into the rumor that Angela Baker has escaped from the insane asylum, so he interviews Angela's brother Ricky Jonathan Tiersten, returning from the first film , who assures the sheriff that Angela is still locked up.
Alan keeps suffering humiliation after humiliation everyone at paintball uses him as a target; Michael skins all of his pet frogs; T. Then the killings really start. Frank has his head trapped in a birdcage while the killer sticks a rat in the cage to keep him company. Randy is tied to a tree and has his family jewels yanked-off with fishing line.
Randy's girlfriend Linda Jackie Tohn gets a barb wire necktie. Is Alan the real killer or is it someone else? Don't read the rest of the review if you don't want the answer.
Oh my god, this is a bad film originally lensed in , but not obtaining a release until , but it's bad in the best way possible. Paul DeAngelo, one of the returning actors from the original film [he plays sympathetic counselor Ronnie here] proves he hasn't learned a lick of acting in 25 years and red herrings, but the killer is so obvious, you'll have to be blind not to spot it. As soon as the character of Sheriff Jerry is introduced early in the film, it's quite plain to see that it is actress Felissa Rose under heavy makeup a beard and a ridiculous fake nose.
The fact that Sheriff Jerry can only speak with one of those electronic voice wands supposedly because of cancer caused by smoking is another plot device that tips its hand much too early, so when Angela finally reveals her true self in the film's closing moments and she does the same scream she did in the finale of the first film, minus the penis shot , the only one who should be surprised is the family dog and it would have to be one dumb dog!
I do have to say that this film does have its perverse charms and some of the effects are very gory, but this is by no means a whole-hearted recommendation on my part.
It's terrible, but it wallows in its terribleness, which makes it slightly more watchable than the average badfilm. Make sure you stay until after the closing credits to see the film's bloodiest effect.
The MacDonald Farm on an island that no one else lives on is occupied by a family that can best be described as slobs and perverts, with one exception. There's hard-drinking father Gyles MacDonald Ronald Balfour , who spits on pigs, throws buckets at chickens and takes extreme pleasure in milking the family goat every morning.
Broad , an overweight sow of a woman whose missing teeth equals her IQ. Then there's their two sons, both named Ronald Bryan Heeley and Trevor Peake , who are both so stupid, they couldn't count the fingers on one hand, even with the use of a calculator.
The one exception in the MacDonald family is daughter Ronnie Samantha Perkins , who is a bit fed up with her family's crude ways When Granddad MacDonald [producer and co-scripter Tim Dennison] dies at the breakfast table [complete with several loud burps and farts], the Ronald brothers and Ma fight over his food and eventually dump his body on a rather large dung pile in the middle of their backyard and yearns to get away from this slob of a family before it is too late Dad named her Ronald, too, but she uses the name Ronnie instead.
Ronnie, who is as bright as a broken light bulb, has fallen in love with a "mainlander", much to Ma's discontent She calls Ronnie a "jezebel" for cheating on her brothers! Abbott Norman Mitchell , owns the local butcher shop Where they sell more gross items like maggots and condoms with feathers than actual meat.
Lance and Ronnie are the closest people in either place that would pass for normal, although if they were to have children, they would certainly be considered retards to even the most conservative society.
Something awful happened years earlier between the MacDonald family and the mainlanders, something so bad, no one dares to talk about it, but it will never be forgotten. One day, Pa gets drunk and fucks the family goat he took her out to pasture to stud but decided he would be the better stud instead! A few months later, the goat gives birth to a mutant, which Pa wants to kill immediately, but Ronnie grows fond of it.
She names him Billy and raises him as her pet, teaching him how to play fetch and giving him lots of love. Alas, Billy is a killer at heart and escapes from Ronnie, first eating small animals like rabbits but, as he gets bigger, Billy turns his attention to larger animals and eventually humans, starting with Granddad's rotting corpse on the dung pile. Pa grows tired of Billy's constant meddling with his still, so he knocks him out, puts him in a sack and drowns him in the ocean.
Or so he thought. The rest of the film details the title of the film, as a pissed-off Billy makes life on the MacDonald's farm e-i-e-i-ouch! It's hard to grade a film like this when it is obvious director Jim Groom ROOM 36 - , who co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Dennison and Richard Mathews, wants to keep everything tongue-in-cheek, even the gore sequences.
I have to admit, I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions in spite of myself. The humor here is of the lowest common denominator, but no one does this type of humor better than the British and this film won me over strictly because it doesn't pretend to cater to intellectuals.