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Vampires vs. the Bronx: An Excellent Vampire Film That Tells a New Story and Respects its Predecessors

November 25, 2020

Grade – 4.5 stakes out of 5.

Vampires vs. the Bronx is an absolute blast, and if you’re looking for a fun film about vampires infiltrating the Bronx (or just a fun film), you should watch it. What makes the film work so well is how it blends Blade, F.W. Murnau and Lost Boys references, with fresh storytelling that is very engaging. Director/Writer Osmany Rodriguez deserves a lot of credit giving the world a likable film that hopefully, will build a loyal fanbase.

Vampires vs. the Bronx tells the story of what happens when gentrifying vampires move into the Bronx, and start killing its residents, so they can have their own New York hive surrounded by upscale yogurt, smoothie and coffee shops. Standing in their way is a trio of kids who learn to battle them by watching Blade, and using common vampire lore they’ve learned from movies (love it). Miguel (Miguel Martinez), Bobby (Gerald Jones III) and Luis (Gregory Diaz IV), are three likable kids who begin to realize something is amiss as local business owners keep disappearing after selling their business to a shady businessman played by the always excellent Shea Whigham.

I love that Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold) is in the film.

Eventually, they see a man drained of his blood, and struggle to convince the Bronx residents that vampires are taking over their borough. The rest of the film has real consequences, as Miguel, Bobby and Luis learn that getting involved with murderous immortals causes ripple effects that end with blond people drinking blood. I’d love to say more, but I watched the film knowing nothing about it, and loved the surprises, scares, and Easter eggs.

Make sure to watch Vampire vs. the Bronx before you put your year end lists together. It’s a lot of fun!

The MFF Podcast #326: The Lost Boys, Saxophones, and Vampires Saying “Michael” A Lot

November 23, 2020

You can download or stream the pod on Apple PodcastsTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker (or wherever you listen to podcasts…..we’re almost everywhere).

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Mark and Tom discuss the 1987 horror film The Lost Boys. Directed by Joel Schumacher, and starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland and Jami Gertz, this cult classic vampire film focuses on a group of young vampires saying “Michael” a lot. Despite a crowded horror crowd, The Lost Boys has remained relevant and influential with its blending of cool characters, interesting wardrobe and fun music. In this episode, they discuss vampire lore, undead hunting, and cool grandpas. Enjoy!

If you are a fan of the podcast, make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening, and hope you enjoy the episode!

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Deep Blue Sea: The Podcast – Chapter 20: The Dislike-O-Meter, Vampire Sharks, and Soggy Bottoms

November 20, 2020

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Jay and Mark are Joined by David Cross (of the Award Wieners Movie Review Podcast) to discuss “Out of Reach,” the 20th chapter on the Deep Blue Sea DVD. In this episode, they discuss vampire sharks, soggy bottoms, and which character the sharks hate the most. Enjoy!

The MFF Podcast #325: Van Helsing, Large Hats and Vampire Explosions

November 19, 2020

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The MFF podcast is back, and this week we were joined by David Cross (of the Award Wieners Movie Review Podcast) to discuss the 2004 action-horror film Van Helsing. Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), and starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, this bonkers film focuses on a legendary monster killer hunting the legendary Dracula. In this episode, we discuss large hats, squishy vampire explosions and dramatic vampires. Enjoy!

If you are a fan of the podcast, make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening, and hope you enjoy the episode!

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The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special: A Fun Special That Breathes Life (Day) Into the Franchise

November 16, 2020
Photos courtesy of Disney

If you’re looking for a breezy 44-minute Christmas special that is loaded with porgs, cheeky Star Wars references, and spinning chairs – look no further than The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special. This special is a lot of fun, and it embraces the world created by The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), which featured the characters getting together for Life Day, an annual Wookie celebration that celebrates the diverse ecosystems and forms of life on the planet Kashyyyk. The good news is the latest special is much shorter, and much less weird than its 1978 predecessor.

Photo courtesy of Disney

The special focuses on the events leading up to an intricate Life Day celebration thrown by Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, Rose and C-3P0. Pressure is high as the Christmas sweater wearing Poe is stressing about getting everything done in time, while Rey is having trouble mentoring Jedi trainee Finn, who isn’t taking to her by-the-book training. To become a better teacher, Rey and BB-8 leave the crew, and travel to an ancient temple where they find a magical crystal that makes it possible for Rey to time travel. What follows next falls into spoiler territory, but expect lightsaber battles, a plethora of cameos, and some very fun moments involving porg eating.

Photo courtesy of Disney

The special breezes by quickly, and leaves you wanting more, but it also feels like just enough. Once it gets going, the plot moves at ludicrous speed and features a gag-per-second ratio that is admirable. The short running time makes it possible to watch the special multiple times so that you can catch everything you missed during the first viewings. Director Ken Cunningham and writer David Shayne, know their audience well, providing something for everyone. Hardcore fans will love the Easter eggs, young kids won’t have their attention spans tested, and the complaining branch of the universe might appreciate the slight digs at the lesser-liked aspects of the Star Wars universe.

The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special is a lot of fun, and at 44 minutes, it makes for a compacted viewing experience that will make you as happy as the Ewoks dancing at the end of The Return of the Jedi. Enjoy!

The MFF Podcast #324: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

November 16, 2020

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The MFF podcast is back, and this week we were joined by Norbert and John to discuss the Renny Harlin directed A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Released in 1988, this excellent horror sequel continues it’s predecessors storyline that sees Freddy getting revenge on the Dream Warriors, who seemingly defeated him in 1987. In this episode, we discuss waterbeds, likable characters, and the best horror sequels. Enjoy!

If you are a fan of the podcast, make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening, and hope you enjoy the episode!

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Deep Blue Sea – The Podcast – Chapter 19: Ladders, Cargo Shorts, and Door Trouble

November 13, 2020

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Jay and Mark are joined by Billy Business (@billyapatterson on Twitter) to discuss “The Elevator Shaft” the 19th chapter on the Deep Blue Sea DVD. In this episode, they discuss ladder scenes, cargo shorts. people opening doors, and Ernest Goes to Jail. I

Make sure to listen to the “Hot Takes With Billy Business” podcast, and watch “Reboot It” on YouTube.

John’s Horror Corner: Clownhouse (1989), Victor Salva’s failed attempt at Halloween horror.

November 12, 2020

MY CALL: Just plain boring and perhaps the least entertaining clown horror I’ve seen. MORE MOVIES LIKE Clownhouse: For more (and far better) evil clown movies, try Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), All Hallows’ Eve (2013), Terrifier (2016), Stephen King’s It (19902017), and maaaybe even Stitches (2012), Scary or Die (2012) and Clown (2014).

The opening scenes meeting the three brothers are decently done, but the film really finds its footing (however briefly) when they go to the evening circus and young Casey receives a harrowing palm reading. The fortune teller is great. A bit hammed up, but appropriately so.

Later into the evening, a trio of circus clowns are murdered and “replaced” by three murderous escaped mental patients. And these killer clowns find their way to the brothers’ house by chance. As far as creepy clowns go, sure these are creepy clowns. But they’re creepy in a “break in and rob your house” way. But not so convincing as a murderous force in a horror movie.

Occurring somewhere near Halloween eve, the movie becomes a home invasion with embarrassingly hokey action/violence. No atmosphere to speak of… no… no nothing to speak of to its credit. Clearly, writer and director Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers 1-3, Dark House) had not yet developed the filmmaking chops that would later entertain us with Jeepers Creepers (2001) and sequels.

This shouldn’t be rated R. The death scenes are weak and off-camera, the deaths themselves are basic and uninspired, the blood and gore are nonexistent, and I found movie is quite boring. The most enjoyable part of this movie was seeing a jerky young Sam Rockwell on screen as the oldest brother Randy (Sam Rockwell; Joshua, Poltergeist).

This attempt at horror isn’t really fun (not even briefly), nor scary nor interesting. I was just waiting for something to happen. And once I realized nothing substantial was going to happen… I was just waiting for it to end. Very unsatisfying whether you wanted serious or silly horror, and ranking quite low among horror clown movies.

The MFF Podcast #323: The Jet Ski Action Scene Draft

November 11, 2020

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The MFF Podcast is back, and this week we’re drafting movie squads comprised of jet ski action scenes. We were lucky enough the have the incredibly funny Nick Rehak (of the French Toast Sunday Podcast) join us to build super random squads that feature jet skis, violence and head kicks. In this episode, we discuss Hard Rain, Waterworld, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and boring jet ski action scenes that feature jet skis going in straight lines. Enjoy!

If you are a fan of the podcast, make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening, and hope you enjoy the episode!

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MFF Special – The Con Air Seating Chart: An Overly Researched Look Into Who Sat Where

November 10, 2020

The 1997 action film Con Air is mostly remembered for its over the top action, stuffed bunnies, and GIFs of Nicolas Cage’s hair blowing gloriously in the wind. However, what makes the film work are the random characters who board the plane at the Oakland City and Carson City airports. The eclectic collection of prisoners played by John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi are super memorable, and give the film an impressive amount of gravitas. It’s rare that an action film about a flying prisoner transport features Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe winners/nominees, and I appreciate that the filmmakers cast A-list talent in a bonkers B-movie (that is amazing).

The following is the Con Air seating chart. The first picture is made up of the Oakland Airport convicts, and the second is made up of the Oakland and Carson City convicts. Enjoy!

Quick note – A big thank you to Ty Granderson Jones (Blade) for helping me figure out that Ramirez was on the plane. HUGE HELP. Also, the idea for the seating chart came from a discussion I had during Deep Blue Sea – The Podcast, you should listen to it!

Breakdown of characters.

  1. Karls (2B) He’s the guy who gets a bag over his head. He is later shot and killed during the plane takeover
  2. Londell (2C) – He is one of the prisoners transferred off the plane at Carson City
  3. Con #1 (2D) – He is the mustachioed prisoner who dies in the Lerner Airport battle
  4. Ajax (3B) – He gets killed in the Lerner Airport battle
  5. Old Con (3C) – He’s the old con who says “I’m too old for this sh**” and volunteers to be transferred in Carson City
  6. Donald (4B) – He gets transferred in Carson City
  7. Benson (4C) – He is shot and killed during plane takeover
  8. Johnny-23 (4D) – He almost makes it to the end, but he’s killed during the Vegas crash.
  9. Nathan “Diamond Dog” Jones (Door 1) – He is killed during the Vegas fire truck chase.
  10. Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (Door 2) – His death is comically beautiful during the Las Vegas chase. Main antagonist.
  11. William “Billy Bedlam” Bedford (Door 4) – He is killed by Poe during the epic “bunny” fight
  12. Willie Sims (5B) – He’s an undercover agent who is shot by Cyrus after the plane take over
  13. Cameron Poe (5C) – Main protagonist. Ultimate Badass
  14. Mike “Baby-O” O’Dell (5D) – Cameron’s friend
  15. Warlock (6A) – Con who gets lit on fire before plane takeover. He dies in Lerner Airport battle.
  16. Pinball (6B) – He instigates the plane takeover and dies when he gets trapped in plane landing gear in Caron City
  17. Watts (6C) – Transferred in Carson City
  18. Popovich (7B) – He is shot and killed by Willie Sims
  1. Swamp Thing (Cockpit) – Pilot who dies during the Las Vegas chase
  2. Cindino (Cockpit) – Dies in Lerner Airport after he tries to double cross Cyrus
  3. Blade (2B) – Presumably he is arrested after the Las Vegas crash
  4. Carlos (2C) – Arrested after Las Vegas crash
  5. Sally Can’t Dance (3B) – Arrested after Las Vegas crash
  6. Mongoose (3C) – Killed in Lerner Airport battle
  7. Ramirez (4B) – He is presumably killed during Lerner Airport battle
  8. Viking (4C) – Poe takes him out before crashing in Vegas – He is confused by rocks
  9. Conrad (4B) – Poe takes him out before crashing in Vegas
  10. Garland “Marietta Mangler” Greene – Survives and gambles in Vegas

I hope you enjoyed the Con Air seating chart! Make sure to check out my other random data posts!

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