The Prophecy (1995)

 

The Prophecy is one of my all-time favorite movies about the war in heaven between angels, God, and Lucifer over man. It stars Christopher Walken as Archangel Gabriel, an angel who served as the right hand of God, but who has felt betrayed because of God’s decision to favor man over angels. To him the hierarchy doesn’t make sense so he decides to take matters into his own hands by trying to start a war between the angels who remain loyal vs the fallen. Angel Simon (Eric Stoltz) is one of the protagonists who is loyal and just. He tries to protect the sanctity of heaven and God’s rule by talking sense into Gabriel but is saddened at his failed attempt to convince him otherwise. Simon is prepared to go up against his brother Gabriel’s plans to find the wickedest soul in existence to aid him in his war. There is also a detective/ex-priest named Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas) who accidentally gets caught up in this war. He wants no part of it, but is drawn in when the life of a child is at risk.

The Prophecy was released in 1995 and for the time of its release it was a pretty good thriller with impressive special effects when compared to other movies that came out during that time. The story was well written with colorful quotes and unforgettable dialogue. Don’t forget the all-star cast that gave amazing performances, especially Walken as Gabriel. He expressed envy, greed, and maliciousness in a way that really had me thinking about the stories in the scriptures and what a creature like an angel might really think about man. I feel pretty old calling this one a classic but it is classic and I do believe that if you’re a fan of Christopher Walken this is a must see.

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Godzilla Vs. Mothra 1964

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Godzilla takes on Mothra in this classic science fiction thriller directed by Ishiro Honda. This is one of my favorite Godzilla films because it is the first time Mothra battles Godzilla. This is one of the last films where Godzilla is portrayed as an evil creature and I did like the introduction of Mothra to set up a contrast to the persona of Godzilla. Of course, this was back when the Japanese were still hesitant about using nuclear technology so you hear quite a bit of anti-nuclear rhetoric as the film shows the condition of Infant Island in the film. Infant Island where Mothra comes from has been destroyed and its inhabitants driven to a secluded area because of nuclear bomb testing. The main protagonists of the story visits the indigenous people of Infant Island to try to convince the people to defend Japan from another attack by Godzilla. After some deliberation, the natives agree to convince Mothra to help the people of Japan. I remember this movie was pretty cool because you saw Mothra in adult form fight Godzilla and than get finished off by the two baby Mothra larvae. Of course the costume acting was hilarious. Definitely a must see for any Godzilla fan that wants to see a classic battle!

Wriiten by guest writer Naerok

976-EVIL (1988)

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976-Evil allows us to conveniently reach into the depths of hell by telephone. This 1988 film was directed by Mr. Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. It stars Stephen Geoffreys who is best known for his role in Fright Night as Evil Ed, and another familiar face Robert Picardo who you’ve probably seen as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. The story is about two cousins, one (Geoffreys character) a nerdy introvert who gets bullied at school everyday. The other a cute, leather-clad, bad-boy who smokes cigarettes and rides a motorcycle.

The boys come across a mysterious advertisement flyer with the number 976-EVIL on it, and if dialed you are to receive your daily fortune. Little do they know that it is an evil tool used by Satan himself to communicate with and lure unsuspecting people into a dark influence. Hoax (played by Geoffreys) decides to use the line to his advantage and gets revenge on all the bullies who made his life hell on earth. He starts to slowly morph into a demon and his soul becomes consumed by the devil. It is eventually left up to his cousin to stop Hoax from terrorizing and killing people.

The movie sounds really dark, and of course when I was younger it was pretty scary. But having watched it again for the first time in over a decade I found a lot of humour in it. I like Stephen Geoffreys performance. He’s quirky, odd, funny, and was great at playing the shy vulnerable kid who all of a sudden is granted the power to destroy all the people who tormented him. He gets that first taste of revenge and spins out of control with the new found power existing within him. I kind of rooted for him for getting at the bullies because they were real assholes, but like I said his character loses it and has to be stopped.

People don’t really like this movie, but I think it’s great. It’s good for a night with friends, popcorn, and beer. It’s a cheesy story with great special effects for it’s day, and cool actors. Just don’t dial that number… things could get pretty rough for you if you do.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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Killer Klowns from Outer space has got to be one of the funniest horror/comedy/sci-fi movies ever made, and I really don’t like horror comedies. The Chiodo brothers were successful at writing and producing a campy film that also came across as clever and well thought out. It was released in 1988, but you could watch it today and still laugh at the cheesy jokes. The clown costumes were ahead of the time and very creepy with animatronic facial expressions and caked on creepy make-up. This contributed to the reason why this is a cult classic for the fans till this day. The actors were moderate but comical. I remember the two guys in the ice cream truck who would try to hook up with no regard to standards. Even when they were on a space ship with clown girls with inflatable breasts, these guys would not say no. The score for the movie was great, a circus theme with electric guitar? How can you not love that? Killer Klowns! Watch It! It’s such a great horrible movie.

Written by J. Choi and Shanil

Killer Klowns music video…

Who Could Kill A Child? ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?

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Reminiscent of The Village of the Damned and Children of the Corn; Who Could Kill A Child is a Spanish horror film which was released in 1976 and directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador  . It’s based on the novel El Juego de Los Ninos (The Children’s Game) written by Juan Jose Plans,  and is about a couple who decides to vacation on an island off the Spanish coast. To their surprise,  once they arrive to the island they find that no one is there. They search the town, the motels, and the business establishments but the place turns out to be a ghost town. Later on in the story the couple realizes that there are strange children inhabiting the island with no adult supervision. At first the children seem innocent enough but later on the couple unfortunately finds out what happened to all the adults.

I would suggest you check this out if you haven’t seen it. I think the performances of the children was very convincing, and for the time that this film came out I undoubtedly believe it to have been controversial.

Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without A face)

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Eyes Without A Face is a beautiful, disturbing, and haunting 1960 French-Italian horror film directed by Georges Franju. It’s about a doctor who struggles with numerous attempts to fix the disfigured face of his daughter who had been in a car accident. The doctor is an eccentric man who benefits from the help of his assistant Louise in finding and luring young women who would make perfect subjects in the grafting of a new face for his daughter, against their will of course.