6 Movies I Like No One Else Does

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

6 Movies I Like No One Else Does

As the title says and I will justify my odd tastes in no particular order.  The movies will become more terrible as we get further along.  No judging, like everything you like is a masterpiece.

Outlander (2008)

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Something about the story just intrigues me.  I think it is well written and the plot builds at a reasonable pace.  The Moorwen looks cool too.

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most successful and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home.

Soldier was written by David Peoples, who co-wrote the script for Blade Runner. By his own admission, he considers Soldier to be a "sidequel"/spiritual successor to Blade Runner.  It also obliquely references various elements of stories written by Philip K. Dick (who wrote the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", on which Blade Runner is based), or film adaptations thereof. A "Spinner" vehicle from Blade Runner can be seen in the wreckage on a junk planet that features in the film.  There are also several dialogue references to events such as "Tanhauser Gate" from Blade Runner. 

You wish you were as cool as Kurt Russell and more movies should be as cool as the storyline of this film.

Reeker (2005)

Five students driving through the desert encounter the inescapable stench of death in director David Payne's retro-inspired slasher/monster/supernatural horror hybrid. The highway has been inexplicably closed, forcing five young travelers into a mysteriously abandoned travel oasis where they are soon confronted with disturbing visions of maimed travelers. Disturbed by the grisly series of visions and determined to escape the spooky motel and diner before whatever killed the previous customers returns, the frightened travelers soon meet a frantic stranger who claims to have recently lost his wife to a terrifying entity that seems to hover between life and death. As the night falls, a blind grad student with heightened senses proves the only hope for survival as the body count begins to rise and the smell of death becomes too suffocating to endure.

Unlike what they said on Rotten Tomatoes, I do not find this film insipid.  At a time when I was looking for something in the horror genre that was new and interesting I came across this.  I think the plot is great, the ending surprised me and in general the monster scared the crap out of me…especially after getting to the end.

Rubber (2010)

Rubber is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert and then suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes. At first content to prey on discarded objects and small desert creatures, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction behind, Robert becomes a chaotic force and truly a movie villain for the ages.

The story this film follows is so original it boarders on insanity.  The thing the reviews don’t discuss is there are two movies going on here.  Story one is the adventures of Robert the tire and the other story is a group of people watching the adventures of Robert from a distance.  Both stories are completely insane on their own but play off each other in an amazing way that only makes both better.

Halloween 3 (1982)

An apparent murder-suicide in a hospital emergency room leads to an investigation by the on-call doctor, which reveals a plot by an insane toymaker to kill as many people as possible during Halloween through an ancient Celtic ritual involving a stolen boulder from Stonehenge and Halloween masks.

And then my creditability got ruined.  Yes, I like the most hated film in the franchise.  You may be asking yourself how can someone who considers the first Halloween to be a masterpiece of horror and film-making?  Well, John Carpenter planned on making this films an anthology of bad stuff that happened on Halloween but that damn Michael Myers hijacked his plans.  I am able to enjoy this without thinking about Michael Myers.  Is it a good film? Hell No!  This movie is the aftermath of a train wreck in mid-August and the track was inaccessible for months, but I do appreciate what they were trying to do.

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing is in the world to rid all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to stop the powerful Count Dracula. Whilst there they join forces with a Gypsy Princess called Anna Valerious, who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire. They just don't know how!

Is that an angry mob with torches and pitchforks I hear at the door?  I don’t care what you people say, that is one of the best werewolves of the past 10 years.  Frankenstein’s Monster is one of the better incarnations I have seen and the brides were amazing.  The only real shortcoming is in my opinion Dracula was kind of mediocre.  If for nothing else the eye candy was well worth the price of admission.

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