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Just Before Dawn (1981)

Posted in Lost Classics, Movie Request of the Week on January 9, 2010 by jamesdunn81

So we got an email a while back asking for a serious slasher flick of the 80’s, this is the first film that came to mind. Ok, you already know what I’m gonna say. Just take a look at the year the movie came out, 1981 will forever be known as one of the best years for the horror genre. With that being said, thats all I will say on the topic. Just Before Dawn is hands down a kick ass slasher film with hands down “no pun intended”, one of the coolest death scenes towards the end of the film. One of the many great horror films to come out in the year……uhhhhh, dammit, I almost started talking about how great 1981 was again.

Just Before Dawn is truly a lost classic of the slasher genre. With some many other great flicks coming out around the same time, I think this flick just got lost in the shuffle. Which is truly a sad case. Just Before Dawn is a teens-in-the-woods slasher with something a little different going for it. For one, the teens are there to mountain climb and survey the land, not screw and smoke pot. For another, there is a creepy mountain family that lives on the property. And for another, George Kennedy lives down the road, where he talks to plants and kisses his horse all day. After an excruciatingly long period of “chase and follow” (which includes some genuinely frightening and admirably restrained scenes), the redneck killer makes his presence known and the kids start dropping left and right.

So what’s so special about this film? A few things. First, the location and atmosphere are fantastic. This is no Camp Crystal Lake, these folks are in the middle of nowhere. (although either there are a lot of waterfalls on this mountain or they happened to come across the same one several times in their trek) Second, there is a feeling of casualness to the scenes that has been all but lost in our polished, tech heavy thrillers of today. The kids talk about nothing. Sometimes they don’t talk at all. We enter scenes at the end of jokes, sometimes barely hearing the conversation, as if we were eavesdropping. I honestly have not seen many films where this has been done to better effect (think Burstyn and Blair’s dialogue scenes from “The Exorcist”). Plus, the fright elements are tucked within shots with the characters, not announced with cuts or fanfare (the man swinging onto the back of the camper is a shiver inducing example), and the results are unsettling. Even the “twist” ending doesn’t seem like a ripoff because the idea was fairly introduced early on, in a bit of banal mood setting dialogue. Very effective.

Bottom line, this movie delivers. It was the Wrong Turn of the 80’s before there even was a Wrong Turn. After viewing it, you will realize allot of people stole ideas from this movie. Which makes me even more upset it truly doesn’t get the credit it deserved. Be sure to watch this along with Rituals for a fun filled night. After watching both these films, you really, really will not want to go camping.


The Intruder (1989)

Posted in Movie Request of the Week on November 26, 2009 by jamesdunn81

Now this movie wasn’t really requested, although someone should have, but I did receive and email asking about Greg Nicotero and why I have so much enthusiasm for him and the company KNB FX. Well, for starters, Greg is one of the genres pioneers of modern hands on practical FX, along with Dick Smith, Stan Winston, Rick Baker and Rob Bottin. His work goes as far back as working with George Romero on Day of the Dead with Tom Savini. Anyway, I can ramble all day about this. The reason I chose this movie was this, was one of the first projects that he did alone, that and I really enjoy it.

For nearly two decades Intruder was a movie that seemed more talked about than seen and it became sort of a Holy Grail for genre buffs. After a small distribution in the late 80s, Intruder disappeared as mysteriously as it had appeared a short time earlier. A good portion of the people involved, who were almost complete unknowns then, would go on to become heroes to a generation of horror and fantasy fans worldwide. Intruder sports an awesome cast consisting of masters of the genre like Sam and Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell.

Part of the revamp of a tired premise has Intruder taking place almost entirely inside a supermarket after hours. A graveyard crew finds themselves locked inside with a maniac who intends to make good use of all the potentially dangerous weaponry a store of this ilk has. End of storyline. Luckily, the violence in Intruder is a gore filled feast for the eyes. There are lots of gruesome killings including an eye-gouging, hammer-beating and band-saw-head-cutting to name a few, which are delivered in such a gleeful and visually pleasing manner, it makes the shortcomings a bit easier to forgive.

Bottom line, I really dig the campy-ness of this flick and it works overall. It’s defiantly a movie to watch with friends to have a laugh or too. If nothing else it totally deserves a spot in anyones DVD colection.

Jack Brooks Monster Slayer (2008)

Posted in Movie Request of the Week on October 5, 2009 by jamesdunn81

jack-brooks-monster-slayerThis weeks Request of the week comes from Lasalle Rhymes III, with that said lets jump into it. It’s hard to make a good monster movie these days. Audiences have seen everything and are frightened by little, so Jon Knautz’s solution in writing and directing Jack Brooks Monster Slayer is to return to the days when things were frightening. The monsters in the film look like the kind of creatures you imagined as a child, completely unlikely and somewhat cartoonish or as though they had come from the pages of a comic book, but the nostalgia brings with it the shadow of fear from childhood. It also looks like the horror films of the 1980s, which was the time I enjoyed horror movies as a kid. With the violence of slasher films and humorous and creative evil that is fun like the later part of The Evil Dead films, Monster Slayer is a gorific homage to the simpler horror movies of yesteryear, going so far as to cast the legendary Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) as a villain. Who really looks like Pizza the Hut from Space Balls.Jacks Monsters

Jack works as a plumber and agrees to help the professor when he has trouble with his pipes, but Jack’s inexperience as a plumber and the old pipes cause a valve to burst and a portal to open, unleashing an ancient evil which inhabits and transforms the lonely old man into a monster. The professor’s transformation is slow, allowing for Englund to play up his evolution into a monster in stages. At first he is simply eating more than normal until tentacles begin protruding from his side and he sluggishly becomes something more. Unable to find a way to stop his anger, Jack suddenly becomes the best shot at stopping the beast from eating and transforming his classmates. Fueling his rage into fighting the monster, Jack is finally able to come to terms with the guilt of watching his family slaughtered.

JackThe good thing is that you have genre vet Robert Englund joyfully chewing up the scenery as the professor and a likeable lead in the form of Trevor Matthews.  It would appear that the filmmakers intend this to be the first in a series of films involving the adventures of the short-tempered Jack. This flick is totally a beer and pretzel movie, by that I mean it’s a movie to watch with friends and not take seriously, but it’s still fun to watch. The film also seems light years ahead of some big studio horror film junk that I’ve been watching lately.  Let’s hope that Jack gets a chance to slay again.

Halloween II (1981)

Posted in Movie Request of the Week on September 21, 2009 by jamesdunn81

halloween2 posterWe only had a couple of requests this week, but one of them stood out to me. With the recent release of the Halloween II remake, I figured, why not show you the classic that Rob Zombie royally fucked up. I really don’t understand why his films always have to be about white trash 70’s hilljacks who vocabulary consists of fuck and fuck. I liked the Devils Rejects but that was his original movie. That’s his thing is 70’s sleaze, I’m fine with that, just don’t insert it into every remake you touch. I can only hope when he remakes The Blob, thats the goo isn’t an alcoholic wife beater who talks like a drunken sailor. Anyways, this weeks request of the week comes from David Huckleberry.

It was only a matter of time before the sequel to John Carpenter’s extremely influential Halloween would be made, given that by 1981, films like Prom Night, When A Stranger Calls, Driller Killer, Don’t go in the House and the epic Friday the 13th had made their appearance. The movie picks up right where Halloween left off, as killer Michael Myers has survived multiple gun shots and escaped into the night, an injured Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital, and an increasingly unhinged Dr. Loomis continues the manhunt while occasionally spouting off dialogue about “Evil” and sometimes Druid rituals. The majority of the film takes place in a hospital, which is creepy in itself. Michael, at the end of the film ends up getting blown up by Dr. Loomis, the question is Dr. Loomis alive? Did he finally put a stop to this killing machine?Bleeding mask

The second movie stayed true to the first one, that is still coming up with those unexpected scares and invoking some fear in to the viewers. The setting of the film was dark and mostly back lighted, which contributed a lot to the atmosphere and feel to the film. Very effective and great directing on Carpenter’s behalf. Carpenter is certainly the pinnacle of horror, and masters it well. Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to FurlAdd to Newsvine

Movie Request of the Week: The Car (1977)

Posted in Movie Request of the Week on September 11, 2009 by jamesdunn81

The Car posterWell, well, well…we start off the first ever movie request of the week with a surprising good flick, 1977’s The Car suggested to us by Phil Cook who wrote us through the site. Before we get to the movie, let me thank everyone who wrote us here are Murder Legendre and sent us messages on Facebook. We had quite a few good suggestions and allot of bad ones, but thats what this for, any movie you want us to sit through we will. Now lets get to the movie.

A murderous car wreaks havoc on a small Western town in this thriller that has gone on to achieve a small degree of cult status in spite of its own silliness. After a pair of bikers and a horn playing hitchhiker are viciously mowed down, local police realize they have a motoring maniac on their hands. In a show of boldness, the mysterious black automobile kills the sheriff on the town’s main street, leaving the post to officer Wade Parent (James Brolin, who I was surprised was in this flick). Brolin is the perfect lead for this kind of movie and he’s joined by a great supporting cast. A supernatural element enters the picture when the car motors through a parade practice, but refuses to enter the hallowed ground of a cemetery. The Car was still a greatly enjoyable, above average horror film. Watch it with Death Proof and Christine for a triple bill of auto terror!

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Movie Requests of the Week!

Posted in Movie Request of the Week on September 4, 2009 by jamesdunn81

First off, thanks to everyone who has been sending me requests for certain films. Without your support Murder Legendre will not become what it is quickly growing into. So, due to the amount of intrest in us talking about movies you request to us.  Starting next week will begin Movie Request of the Week! One lucky film will be chosen to be talked about both on the site and also the podcast. So keep those requests comming to Murder Legendre on Facebook or Thanks again, and keep those requests coming!

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