On the last night of September, my pal JD joined me to finish the Subspecies series as well as a pile of rentals I grabbed from Blockbusters the other night. Thrown onto the pile was some assorted British horror just to sweeten the deal.
Vampire Journals (1997)
An improvement over “Subspecies IV” if only because it doesn’t try to shoehorn these new characters into a Radu story. David Gunn’s Zachery is a pretty decent hero, even if the performance is campy and the character’s voiceovers overdone. Kirsten Cerre is a much better actress then this material deserves. The plot still spins its wheels in the middle and Ash sure isn’t any Radu. (6/10)
You know a movie’s got to have a lot of self-confidence when it saddles itself with a loaded title like that. And, for the most part, “Suck” doesn’t suck. Malcolm McDowell, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, and Alice Cooper are all hilarious. (Also hilarious is casting Moby as a hardcore metal singer.) The non-famous people in the cast are pretty good too. The direction is a little over the top at times, but this movie does manage to have a number of really funny dialogue exchanges in it. (Malcolm McDowell’s conversation with a bouncer about phobias is the highlight.) Considering the vampire obsessed world we live in now, this does provide some much-needed levity. (7/10)
The Reptile (1966)
A fairly minor Hammer horror. The monster is quite silly looking but I ended up still wanting to see more of it. I like the performance over all, especially that of the obsessive father. If nothing else, this one does end up creating a fairly unique new monster. (6/10)
I have a lot of patience for low-key, character-oriented horror movies, but this one was a little too slow even for me. While it captures the sense of isolation and social awkwardness a person like Tony would feel, you can’t really escape the fact that not a whole lot happens here and there doesn’t seem to be much of a point. (5/10)