Garrett and Carson raise the dead while talking about the Nazi zombies in Overlord.
Overlord manages to provide all of the pulpiness of a B-movie grindhouse film while escaping the pitfalls of shoddy effects and terrible acting that usually accompany those movies.
For those not looking for the ups and downs of deep cuts and who instead just want to skip from one hit to the next, Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect greatest hits album.
Sometimes the central plot of a film is strong enough that it can overcome a low budget and sub-par acting. Cube is an excellent example of this. Filmed in what feels like — at most — 2 rooms and with a cast of unknowns, Cube literally drops the characters and audience directly into the mystery. The film takes clear inspiration from The Twilight Zone and specifically the episode “Five Characters in Search of an Exit.” Unlike most Twilight Zone rip-offs or homages though, Cube manages to take the core idea from the original and expand upon it in different and unique ways.
Cube is a small, tense thriller that slowly unravels in twists and turns with every new room the characters explore inside the enormous, come-to-life J.J. Abrams Mystery Box ™. At its heart, it is a brain teaser. It’s smartly executed in a manner that keeps the audience guessing along with the characters. As it progresses, it manages to develop tension alongside its mystery and keeps the audience engaged until the very last frame.
Anyone familiar with Twilight Zone episodes will understand that the endings can be hit and miss. With Cube taking so much inspiration from the show, it’s understandable that it would have the same divisive ending. Regardless of the film’s resolution, it is a testament to the idea that great storytelling can overcome everything — from bad acting to a small budget.
But whoever had the idea that the characters should talk with buttons in their mouths for half of the movie should have been blacklisted.
True story: I saw this in the theater with Carson back in 2002. After the first victim of Jason meets their demise, a guy right in front of us yelled “KICK ASS! JASON. IS. BACK.” To this day, hundreds of movie theater experiences later, I’ve never seen or heard anyone more excited in a theater than that guy at that moment. Though it was a completely ridiculous moment, I should probably thank that guy for forging such a strong memory in my mind that everything else about the movie just evaporated once the credits rolled. I had no recollection of:
The ridiculous premise that had Jason Voorhees being cryogenically frozen because he was able to heal himself like Wolverine.
The low-budget film set that looked like it was leased from that miserable Kevin Sorbo television show Andromeda.
The wardrobe that in no way tries to be futuristic and just assumes that everyone in the year 2455 dresses exactly as they would have at the 2002 MTV VMA show.
One of the most absurd kills you will ever see in a horror movie — and it involves a sleeping bag.
Embarrassing CGI effects that are somehow WORSE than the aforementioned miserable Kevin Sorbo television show Andromeda.
The premise of Jason X is simply Jason in space. That’s all it took to get this greenlit with a budget only slightly bigger than the first SEVEN Friday the 13th movies combined! It’s hard to believe that much money was spent on this film. It is awful and not worthy of a viewing. Not even in a group of friends. It’s not funny bad. It’s just bad. I can only assume Kevin Sorbo got super rich off of this.