One of my co-workers at my job wanted me to review this movie. So I gave it a re-watch since it’s been a long time I’ve seen this movie. It was also directed by Richard Donner who did the Christopher Reeve movies as well. The movie is about some kids in Oregon who find a treasure map from some pirates in one of the kids home attic and they try to find it. Some of them aren’t just doing it for the sake of it but one of them is trying to find the treasure to save his home from being evicted.
Along the way to get the treasure they encounter some escaped criminals, as well as this person Sloth who I think, is the criminal’s brother. Sloth had these birth defects or maybe it’s just makeup, but he’s friendly to the kids and wants nothing to do with the criminals. Tell me in the comments to clarify if Sloth really looks like what he looks like since I’m not too sure.
As the kids get deeper they also encounter traps that the pirates made and the ending is pretty good for the time in the 1980s. This movie was also I think one of the first to have the whole kids going on a big adventure kinda stories like on Stranger Things, Harry Potter, and other movies back in the 1980s to name a few. I heard it also became a cult classic as the years went by and it reminds me of a simpler time where kids actually hanged out and weren’t online all the time.
I remember seeing the DVD cover for this at a Circuit City a long time ago. Also remembered the Cinema Snob reviewing it as well as the sequels and this movie made the director, Lucio Fulci into a horror icon. There was also barf bags when this movie was in theaters in case it was too graphic, but now people throw up when there’s too much shaky cam in theaters nowadays.
Anyway, on to the movie, the movie starts off with someone shooting a dead body in the head and putting this body on a boat. After the opening credits, the boat makes it to New York City where some cops see it. Just so some people know there’s a lot of bad dubbing in this movie since it was an Italian exploitation movie. After the cops board the boat a zombie is onboard and one cop gets bit, the blood also looks kinda like red paint when it happens. After the zombie falls overboard they bring the boat to shore where this girl confirmed it’s her father’s boat. Then this reporter gets info from a guy played by Lucio Fulci himself as a cameo to check out the investigation.
Both the girl and the reporter go to the dock at night and we get to see a “Fakeout Makeout” from them and then they find some info from the girl. Something about the boat came from an island somewhere so they try to go to that island. Along the way we meet Dr. Mennard, trying to find a cure for what’s happening to the island people. His wife wants to leave but he wants to stay and do everything he can to make sure what’s happening to the island people doesn’t spread to the mainland.
The girl and the reporter get a boat ride halfway there to the island from these people. One of the boat people go do some diving and see one of the zombies trying to attack a shark and the shark is a real one as well. I hear sometimes there’s legit animal killing in some of these Italian exploitation movies but it seemed like only this shark gets hurt in the movie.
After that, the movie goes to Dr. Menard’s wife and the zombies end up attacking her at her house. There’s this scene where she gets a massive splinter in her eye and it’s pretty gruesome so I just skipped it. When the boat with the girl and the reporter make it to the island they try and find Dr. Menard and he tells them to find his wife. When they do it is pretty gruesome as well and then we see the zombies rising from their graves. One of the island people mentions there are zombies as a part of some voodoo curse and it’s almost like the hell filling up speech from Dawn of the Dead.
As the crew gets back to Dr. Menard’s research tent the Dead people there end uprising and it’s also a bit weird since the people alive don’t try to run away. During the struggle, Dr. Menard ends up getting bitten as well as the boat crew while the girl and reporter try to burn down the tent. When they escape though they find out that New York City has been overrun with the zombies and then it ends.
This movie seemed a bit okay and I looked up his IMDB to check out some of his other movies but might not watch them, at least on a full stomach. Though if you like these movies try and give them a watch since they seem to be more about atmosphere, tone, and a foreboding mood.
Hearing about this I thought it would be kind of boring and would be just Call of Duty in space. Also found out the trailer for this game on YouTube and the most downvotes ever on YouTube. Though I played this free trial on either Xbox One or PS4 to see what the single player campaign was like. Also, I play the campaign as a way to also get a feel of the controls for when I go on the multiplayer.
The game Starts in the far future where mars declare independence to the earth forces. The first few missions help you get a feel of what the story will be like and there’s also the spaceship sections that feel like Battlestar Galactica. The main cast is pretty good, there’s Reyes, kinda looking like Tom Cruise, a lady soldier Saulter or Salt as she is called, and a combat drone Ethan, that has a lot of personality in this game.
After you get your main ship you go across the solar system to stop the Mars forces. There’s this one mission where you have to be stealthy which is unheard of at times in Call of Duty. There’s also these fighter ship levels but they are a bit far and in between. As the campaign goes on all the way to the end it’s surprising what happens during the struggle and it feels like at the end you barely won.
The multiplayer though just feels like the same from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, where you jet pack everywhere, there’s loot boxes, as well as micro transactions. People also said the multiplayer is really glitchy as well and I tried to play multiplayer but everyone was level 100 or something like that. So that also feels like a pay to win at times.
Anyway, the single player campaign is pretty good if you want to play that though I didn’t quite play this from start to finish. I just watched it as one of those game movies, where this one person has online stitches the cutscenes together as one big movie. That seemed pretty good if you just wanted to see the games for their stores or something like that. Here’s the link to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare game movie I watched if you want to see it yourself.
This movie is based on the kids’ books of the same name, though I only read the first 4 of the books. Though I hope to check the rest out a bit later if I can. Then I started watching this when I found out Weird Al Yankovich did one of the songs. Watched this on Netflix and it seemed to be what it made out to be. A harmless kids movie that is self-aware and has a lot of juvenile potty humor in it. It’s nothing like having actual poop and actual pee since that would end up being dirty. There are also some different animation styles in this, like one scene where these sock puppets. As well as the flip-o-rama the books had where you just flip the pages back and forth for the action.
The movie also takes some of the books plots in it as well. This movie made me want to read the rest of the Captain Underpants books to see how far the books have been going. They also made a Captain Underpants tv show on Netflix and it gets the tone from the movie and books pretty well. Give this a watch since it’s like your inner child coming out at times with this movie.