Movies Reviews 19

Pink Flamingos (1972)
Rude, crude, nastiness at its very worst. Director John Walters will never win any awards for taste or tact, but then again if your best friend is the late, overweight transvestite Divine, and you feature him (her?) in your movies, there is probably not much of an expectation for mainstream glory. After hearing all the tales about this vintage exploitation movie over the years I’m kind of surprised that I never got around to seeing it. Now that I have, I think I would have been emotionally scared had I seen it at a younger age. Pretty sure it did some damage even now. But for those that seek out ‘cult’ classics, you should at least see on of Walter’s oeuvres. Pink Flamingo’s is probably his best known movie, although the original Hairspray and Polyester are up there. Come to think of it, I did see Hairspray years ago and I don’t recall it being nearly as wild as this movie. So if your timid, watch that one instead. But if you want to shock your system, check out Pink Flamingos. If nothing else, it is a movie you wont forget.

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
The Gore in the title features prominently in the movie, in case you were wondering. Here’s the wacky premise: There is a special police force going around whose sole role is to kill these weird creatures that pop up every now and then. The creatures have this weird ability such that if you injure or maim them in any one part of their anatomy, they will regenerate that part of their body with some horrific living tissue offensive weapon. So if the gore police do not kill a creature, they come back later even worse. The story is about one girl who’s dad was killed as a cop and has now grown up to be one of the best ‘gore police’ members. There is this entire convoluted plot about a reigning creature leader and rebellious forces in the Gore Police squad, but in the end it’s a movie more about the gore than anything else. And there is plenty of gore effects with stitched and mutated bodies. But you should have figured that out from the title, right?

Day of the Dead (1985)
As the one George Romero original “Dead” movies that has eluded me for years, I was very excited to finally get a chance to see it. I knew it wasn’t as well received as his other oeuvres but I still had certain expectations, especially after seeing his latest Survival of the Dead which not only reminded me of his earlier successes but elicited a feeling of ‘He’s still got it’. In DotD we find a group of refugees holed up in a old salt mine to distance themselves from the zombie hordes that have overtaken the world. They have a helicopter, but reconnaissance missions have yielded no other human holdouts. The group consists of a set of scientists that were placed in the mine as a last minute research team to determine the cause and possible solution to the sudden zombie infestation. The other half of the group are the militia initially assigned to help and protect the scientists. The conflict in the movie is not so much with the zombies as it is between the military and the academics. Despite the lack of any significant medical progress, one of the zombies used for experimentation does not react as the others. This ‘Bub’ shows signs of memory, intelligence and even speech. Unfortunately the story is otherwise uninteresting and what little the movie has to offer is some pretty cool gore effects and cool looking zombies provided byTom Savini. Look for future FX great Greg Nicotero as one of the Military guys who probably learned a lot from Tom in this very movie. Not Romero’s best by a long shot, but I guess it’s a must for Romero completists.

Pet Sematary (1989)
Another Stephen King movie of old that I never got around to seeing. A family movies into a rural home that is immediately off a road on which truckers barrel down on a regular basis. Across the street is an old man (Fred “Herman Munster” Gwynn) that welcomes the new family and warns them of the truck traffic and even shows them the pet cemetery that he and a bunch of other kids created long ago (hence the typo in the title). But he also alludes to something more ominous beyond cemetery as well. When the family cat dies suddenly while only the father is home, the old neighbor tells the father that something can be done to spare the children the pain of losing the cat. He then shows the father to an ancient Indian burial ground that he then uses to resurrect the cat. But the question lingers, can the burial ground be used to resurrect humans? needless to say, that particular avenue is explored later in the movie. Not a great movie, and relatively low on gore, but good for a quick King fix.

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