At long last, Cecil finally reviews the Roger Corman-produced sword and sorcery film Deathstalker, starring Rick Hill as a barbarian hero who sexes up all the ladies, including the likes of Barbi Benton and Lana Clarkson.
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The summer always seems to be the best time for action movies. Here’s another wave of Netflix instant movies, all that have an element of action in them. Enjoy!
Cecil does something way out of the ordinary for the last week of Mainstream May! Prom may be a Disney film, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a charming little drama/comedy. If you like movies like She’s All That, you really should give this one a chance.
It’s another entry in Cecil’s more serious “Exploring” series, as he takes a deeper look into the Chernobyl disaster and how it influenced the horror film Chernobyl Diaries. Six young tourists take an “extreme tour” of Pripyat, Ukraine, the abandoned city near the Chernobyl reactor, and as you might expect, things don’t end well for them.
Mainstream May for Cecil continues with I Am Number Four, a movie adapted from a book series that unfortunately was dismissed as another Twilight knockoff. While there is a teen romance and superpowers, the film is fast-paced entertainment and not the dull mess that the Twilight movies ended up as.
The first movie from Priest director Scott Stewart. It’s an interesting take on the apocalypse, with lots of action and Paul Bettany once again kicking ass.
Arachnia is a classic, old school homage to the stop motion monster films of the ’50s and ’60s.
Mind Ripper is a cool little sci-fi action film that entertains, but doesn’t tax your brain all that much.
Mario Van Peebles is a robot designed by the military to be the ultimate soldier. Goofy? Yes. A ripoff of better movies? Yes. A fun, sci-fi action film to entertain you on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Yes.
Cecil reviews an action copsploitation film from the ’70s, with an awesome lead actress.
Another round of Netflix Instant movies to check out.
A pseudo-remake of the Herschell Gordon Lewis classic Blood Feast, and one of the most ridiculous horror comedies of all time. Two brothers (and their uncle, who’s just a brain and eyes in a jar) open a restaurant that serves the best food in town, and the secret ingredient is all the people they killed in sacrifice to resurrect the goddess Shitaar.
If you’ve seen the first House of the Dead, you know it’s a terrible movie. This movie, on the other hand, is not. House of the Dead 2 is a sequel in name only, and it blows the first movie away.
The sequel to the 1984 Stephen King adaptation, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice is a solid and enjoyable little horror flick. Even more so than the first movie, this sequel set the tone for the franchise that followed.
Krull is a grand mix of fantasy and sci-fi, the likes of which doesn’t come around too often. This is a film overflowing with ideas that could have filled three movies.
Go ninja, go ninja, go! Cecil reviews the sequel to one of his all-time favorite films.
Mortal Kombaaaaaaat! Cecil reviews one of the best examples of how to do a video game movie the right way.
Cecil kicks off 2013 with another video game adaptation! This time, it’s the Jean-Claude Van Damme classic Street Fighter, also starring Ming-Na Wen as Chun-Li, Kylie Minogue as Cammy, and Raul Julia as M. Bison in one of his final roles.
This week, Cecil gets serious again to talk about John Frankenheimer’s extremely under-appreciated action crime thriller Reindeer Games starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. And stay tuned after the review for a reading of the classic holiday poem “‘Twas the Flick Before Christmas”!
We Wish You a Turtle Christmas is the purest combination of both terrible and awesome. A direct-to-video holiday special where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sing Christmas songs about pizza and… other things, it’s one of the greatest Christmas specials ever.