When I was a kid, I remember looking up at the moon and the stars at night. I’d think to myself and wonder what was out there. Were there other people on other planets, just like us, living their normal day to day lives, oblivious to other beings in the universe? I also thought it would be really cool to travel through space, seeing the moon and those stars up close. Now that I’m grown up, I know that my chance to be an astronaut, or even a space traveller have probably passed. I’m glad that I came to that realization as a result, because if I would have known as a child that travelling in outer space, and especially gazing at the sun through the rings of Saturn would have turned me into an eventual pile of mush, like in William Sachs‘ 1977 film The Incredible Melting Man, I would have been absolutely devastated… devastated, I say.
In a small town in Ireland sleeps the nastiest ape looking demon in the world. RAWHEAD REX!!! After a local farmer accidentally disturbs Rex’s eternal resting place, Rex wakes to reek havoc on this small town. Carnage is prevalent as Rex devours victim after victim. No man can defeat him, so who will stop Rex’s reign of terror?
I can honestly say I am not a huge fan of remakes. They very rarely turn out as good as the original. But lets face it, even new Hollywood stories aren’t too good now days. So I thought rather than watching the remake of The Fog I would take a peek at the classic by John Carpenter. For whatever reason I had never seen this movie, but I got a few recommendations that it is one I can’t miss. And hell, Carpenter’s The Thing was freaky as anything I’ve ever seen so why not give it a shot.
In 1972, Wes Craven wrote and directed the controversial movie The Last House on the Left. The film follows Mari on her 17 year old birthday, as she and her friend Phyllis make their way into the big city to see a concert. On their way to the city, a radio announcement broadcasts that a convicted child molester, and a murderer have escaped from prison, assisted by the murder’s son, and a “Wild Woman”, and that everyone should be on the lookout, as these convicts are to be considered dangerous. Once the girls get to the city, they try to score some weed before they go to their concert. There, they run into Junior, who tells them that he has some weed to sell them, but they’ll have to come upstairs for him to get it. At the apartment, Junior, Weasel, Krug and Sadie (who happen to be the 4 mentioned on the radio) lock them in the apartment, and they rape Phyllis. The next morning, the group takes the girls out to the country where the two girls eventually are raped, tortured and brutally murdered.