Good Monday to you. I realize that this must sound like a Scooby Doo episode, but I assure you that it is not. For this monster Monday, I went back to the 90s and pulled The Relic.
Believe me when I say that the movie hardly resembles the book at all, but this is a fun movie. It’s set in the Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which provides an excellent backdrop for the Kothoga to stalk and kill. It’s days before the opening of the superstition exhibit and the Kothoga statue is on display. The real creature is actually stalking the grounds as well, using the subbasements and underground tunnels to traverse the labyrinth like museum. On the night of the opening exhibit, the Kothoga strikes and manages to cause the security system to shut down, trapping many of the guests (including the Mayor) inside, with 2 of the investigating officers and one evolutionary biologist who uncovers the origin of the monster. This film has a good feel to it, and I enjoy the characters, including the Kothoga. I assure you, that you’ll never look at the musuem the same way again.
Be forewarned, this movie does make use of mid-90s CGI, which did not age well. The filmmakers were smart enough though to also use a great deal of practical effects and shadows to keep the monster from being fully visible. For fans of creature features, this one is a must. Click the image below to grab a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: Come in—if you dare. The opening-night gala for a new exhibit at Chicago ‘s natural history museum is under way. But be advised: something terrif ying wants to make sure no one ever leaves. Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Si zemore, Linda Hunt and James Whitmore star in this effects-packed shocke r that gives haunted-house movies a terrific new setting. And the non-hu man star (brought to head-ripping life by Jurassic Park Oscar® winner St an Winston) is something no creature fan can let slip by. “The creature can hold its own with the Alien,” writes Chicago Tribune critic Gene Si skel. “When the last reel begins…the special effect is truly awesome.” Let the panic begin.
As some of you may or may not have guessed, I’m going to suggest today as a good day to get introduced to Full Moon Entertainment’s film Subspecies. Really, I’d recommend getting comfy and powering through all 4 films, but I can appreciate that not everyone will agree with me.
Subspecies deals with a power struggle for the Bloodstone (which contains the blood of saints) between two vampire brothers, the monstrous Radu and the humane Stephan. Three American college students get caught in the middle, and there you have it. Subspecies was a direct to video hit from Charles Band’s Full Moon Production. Subspecies while having an interesting plot is also the first american film shot in Romania following the fall of communism. Plus the makeup is good and the story of Stefan and Radu is quite compelling b/c Anders Hove is absolutely loathsome as Radu, the twisted misshapen half brother of Michael Watson’s Stefan. Bonus it’s shot in Romania, the birthplace of the modern vampire. There are three sequels to this film, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them, so check out this series.
Click on the image below to pick up the entire collection with the synopsis for the first film listed below.
Synopsis: The evil vampire villain Radu returns to his hometown Prejnar, after spending years in exile. He steals the precious blood stone which is said to be bleeding from all saints, from his father and kills him. Meanwhile two American schoolgirls team up with a local girl for work on Romanian culture. Radu becomes attracted to them but runs into trouble when his brother Stephan helps the girls.
Just a quick reminder that I will be at Revfest at Rev Coffee in Smyrna this Saturday.
So far, I’ve put up some good horror movies, and one book. It is always good to break the tension just to let your nerves relax. This reason is why I’m giving you a goofy, great from the early 90’s: Ernest Scared Stupid. If you’ve never seen the Ernest films, then you should check out the earlier ones from Touchstone (Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Goes to Jail, & Ernest Saves Christmas). Jim Varney does a great job as our favorite fool, know what I mean Vern.
In this Halloween adventure, we find out that his family was cursed to grow ever dumber because they imprisoned a troll. In classic fashion Ernest releases the troll, unwittingly of course, and finds that he is the only one that can stop it. The troll in this actually scared me as a kid, so it may be too intense for younger viewers, but the makeup effects are pretty good. Also, Eartha Kitt turns in a fun performance as an old woman thought by many to be a witch, but she alone can help Ernest confront the troll army. This might be a fun one to watch with the family as opposed to some of the R-rated films I’ve posted so far. Click on the picture below to pick up a copy and read on for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Everybody’s favorite know-it-all, Ernest P. Worrell, scares up heaps of hilarious laughs in this frightfully funny comedy! The loveable lunkhead is in for a devil of a time when he accidentally unleashes an evil demon from its sacred tomb, causing the awakened foe to go on a devastating rampage. Ernest desperately attempts to prevent the destruction of town, but a 200-year-old curse renders Ernest Scared Stupid! And that’s when the fun and adventure begin! Loaded with uproarious hilarity, and a host of outrageously kooky characters, this big-screen treat delivers off-the-wall nuttiness that’s sure to drive you wild any time of the year!