When I wasn’t either sleeping, not-sleeping or out of the house during last week’s vacation, I enjoyed the following:
Evil Dead 2: If you don’t know who Ash is, shame on you! I got this just in time for Halloween last week and all I can say is — I still remember catching a heavily-edited version of this on Million Dollar Movies (tama ba?) on ABS-CBN Sunday nights waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy, waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy back. (I didn’t get to finish it then, because I got scared of the deadites.)
Sam Raimi invented the over-the-top comedic horror genre for me. Think about it: without the Evil Dead Trilogy, would there even be Shaun of the Dead?
(Too bad I wasn’t able to get another Raimi classic, Darkman, which I always thought was funny.)
Speaking of Shaun of the Dead, here’s the latest parody film from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — Hot Fuzz. At first, it’s start to identify with the character Nicholas Angel (Pegg) because we know that HE IS Shaun, but looking past that, this movie is a brilliant tongue-in-cheek romp of how the UK see testosterone-driven-American-action-popcorn-films.
There’s a bit of the movie where it feels like things are getting waaaaayyyyy too serious, only to provide exposition for why Nicholas Angel and partner Danny has to go on a grand shoot-off with the town’s geriatric folk. (A must-see, I think it features every American action movie cliché there is!) Four out of Five!
After watching some Evil Dead, I just felt like shooting some undead. Failing to find a copy of Blood 1, I resorted to playing Duke Nukem 3D. But wait, there’s more! — I have the eDuke sourceport, which adds Windows support, mouselook, better controls and higher-resolutions! But wait, if you order right now — I’ll also tell you that there’s a High-Resolution Pack for the game, which makes it look more 3D, and also updates the flat 2D monsters into 3D models!
Compared to modern shooters, the levels are primitive, but I think Duke redefined what manner of crazy weaponry you can load into a shooter — a shrink ray?! a freezethrower?! laser trip bombs???!
It’s just weird when you try playing it in Classic Mode — it looks like a screenful of fried pixel crap.
The part I enjoy most is looking for the easter eggs! And the ripped-off one-liners … groovy!
Also, I have a couple of scary mp3s — there’s this song by Meatloaf that I associate with fear — the one where, he’s like Beauty and the Beast with the girl, only the girl gets into lingerie and yeah, that scared me as a little kid.
P.S. I also braved “The Sign” … Ace of Base! Hahaha!
Now excuse me while I put these tired eyelids to rest.