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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fatal Games Movie Review 414






Fatal Games is a 1984 horror movie directed by Michael Elliot and starring Sally Kirkland and Lynn Banashek.


This film begins in the Falcon Academy of Athletics. The athletes are working out and trying to get into the nationals. There are a close group of pals there and they are all young and talented. Sounds great? Well, hang on. Somebody is going around the academy killing students with a javelin(yes a javelin). People start to disappear around the place nobody seems that worried about them at first.
There are some shots of bare chested women of course as the killer prowls the halls waiting for the next victim.


If you are wondering why my review of this movie is a little short I will tell you why. There is not much to this film. There is some horrendous music during the killing scenes and not much happens during the movie. The person with the javelin is wearing a tracksuit and doesn't scare you one bit.
I did like the javelin deaths as it made me laugh but other than that, this movie is dull, dull, dull.
The 'twist' turns out to be that the nurse at the academy is the killer and she was killing them because 
she failed at her own sporting career. Groan.


I found that I really didn't care if these people got killed. I didn't really have any sympathy for them and it was tedious after a while. It is a by-the-numbers slasher and I do love slasher movies, but this is below par. I love 80's horror movies and that is why I gave this a chance. A mediocre movie with a silly ending. Only watch if you like bad horror movies. I will give it a 3/10.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I Saw What You Did Movie Review 413



I Saw What You Did is a 1988 TV thriller movie directed by Fred Walton and starring Shawnee Smith, Tammy Lauren, Candace Cameron, Robert Carradine and David Carradine.

Lisa(Lauren) is asked to dinner at Kim(Smith)'s house for the evening. She accepts because she wants to meet her boyfriend in a parent free house. Kim's dad has gone away for the night and she is taking care of her sister Julia(Cameron). Cut to Adrian(Robert Carradine) who is with his girlfriend at his house. He is going to ask her to marry him. He has just lost his job and his girlfriend tells him that she wants to break up with him. Meanwhile, the girls decide to play a game. They decide to call people and tell them that 'I saw what you did and I know who you are'. They happen to choose Adrian's phone number. They call him and his girlfriend answers as Adrian is very upset. They tell her that they need to speak to Adrian so she goes to get him. He decides to murder her and the girls hear something on the line then hang up.


The girls get a fright when they see a local guy called Randy who is selling mangoes. Adrian buries his girlfriend. When he gets back, his brother Steve(David Carradine) is there. He  and Kim going to stay for a while. Adrian does not want him there. The girls ring Adrian again. They tell him that they saw what he did. He is worried that they know about what he did. He tells Kim that he wants to meet her when she talks to him on the phone. Lisa and Kim decide to go and drive by his house. Kim ends up going up to his door and he opens it. She tells him that her car has broken down and he invites her in to use the phone. He starts acting a little strangely and Kim runs out when Steve comes in. She forgets her purse. Steve is suspicious of what happened to Adrian's girlfriend. He thinks that there is something weird going on. He tells Adrian that she had called him telling him that she was worried about him. Adrian has a history of mental problems.


Kim realises that she has lost her purse. Steve wants to help Adrian with his problems but he gets hit on the head by Adrian who heads off to Kim's to get rid of her. He realises that she was the girl on the phone who said that she knew about his crime. A cop stops Adrian and he manages to escape by crashing his car. The cops think that he died in the crash. He gets a lift to Kim's house and she finds him in her kitchen. She tells him that it was all a game and that she just picked his name out of the phone book. He realises that she knows nothing. She tries to call the cops but he cuts the phone line and then comes back for her. He sets a fire and Kim and Julia escape through a window. The cops come and Adrian comes out of the house on fire and dies. The movie ends with Steve calling Kim and telling her that she killed his brother and he will get her.

I liked this TV movie. It is a good thriller. It is very well made and I realised that it was directed by Fred Ward who also did When A Stranger Calls and April Fools Day , both of which I enjoyed. I liked the main characters in it. Robert Carradine was good as the unhinged Adrian and his real life brother David had a smaller part, but he was good too. The two lead girls played their parts well and the whole movie was entertaining and fun. Not much gore here, but that isn't a problem as there is enough here to keep you watching. Enjoyable. I will give it a 7/10.

 


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