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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Hellboy” (2019)

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While many fans of the comics in the films were disappointed when Guillermo Del Toro failed to deliver us a third film to his Hellboy franchise, a reboot was the next logical step. In 2019 that’s exactly what we got. This time, directly from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Decent) have given us.

Milla Jovovich in Hellboy (2019)

In this age of remakes and reboot it’s easy to be cynical about such things. But in the case of the Hellboy franchise I think it is very well defended as a reboot. Because the franchise has such a rich mythology, specially in the comics, the Del Toro simply left it alone and wasn’t going to do anything with it. It’s exact same mistake that Warren Beatty made when he made Dick Tracy in 1990.

Daniel Dae Kim, David Harbour, and Sasha Lane in Hellboy (2019)

One thing that a lot of horror movie fans might enjoy from the new Hellboy movie as oppossed to the Del Toro films is that it actually ignores the whole superhero stereotype in some of today’s films. The previous films ahead actually focus more less on the superhero motif of Hellboy. Where is this new reboot actually focuses more on the horror and mythological elements.

David Harbour flat out as awesome as red. He gets the characterization perfect. It actually does in my opinion a much better job than Ron Perlman did. And Harbour’s performance we actually see Hellboy”s internal struggle to try and find a place in the world. In that way his version is a little bit more sympathetic, more grittier, and the kind of underdog that film fans want to root for.

This film is on also much closer to Mike Mignola’s universe. Including certain characters which make appearances besides Hellboy of course, and Professor Bruttenholm (now played by Ian McShane), it also has characters such as Alice Monaghan , Ben Daimio, even an appearance by Lobster Johnson.

Thomas Haden Church in Hellboy (2019)

This film was undoubtedly made for fans of a comic book, and such fans, myself included, were rewarded. It seems the only thing that’s really holding some back from total success, is the cynicism of people who regretted not getting a third original Hellboy film. Daniel Dae Kim in Hellboy (2019)

This film dares to be something different in this modern era of superhero films. It tried to ditch the superhero motif and present Hellboy as an all out gory horror film piece with quite a bit of humor and lots of action. Such a dark tone only helps the story.

David Harbour in Hellboy (2019)

Hopefully this film delivers us a sequel or two, because the universe set up in this one, has more action, more horror, more character development, and flat out is a good, fun movie.

6.5/10

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“The Fly” (1986) The Deleted “Monkey-Cat” scene

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Shot, but later deleted from the film was a 6 to 7 minutes sequence in which the scientist Seth Brundle attempts to re-create the accident with his teleportation device that mutated him. He takes the surviving baboon from his earlier experiments in the film, and an alley cat that he found. Then tries to fuse the two together through his Telepods. But unlike his accident in which he in the fly were linked on a genetic level, the baboon and the cat become this hideously mutated two-headed creature. With the creature in obvious pain, Brundle picks up a pipe and proceeds to beat it to death. He then goes up to the roof of the building where he lives feels an excruciating pain in his side and attempt to climb down the wall but loses his grip. He didn’t slides down the wall and falls to the ground where a growth in his side appears. A mutated insect limb. Horrified, he tears it off.

Here are five facts about the scene:

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1. Why it was cut.

Besides the fact, that it delivered to much gore too early in the film, the real reason it was cut was because test audiences could no longer sympathize with the character of Seth Brundle. At some point in this film our Protagonist becomes the Antagonist. And the problem with the film including this scene, was that you no longer cared about the suffering the main character is going through. It was pretty evident to the filmmakers as a result of the test screenings, but the movie was better off without it.

2. “Stage 4b”

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This sequence features a stage in Brundle’s transformation not seen in the final film. Makeup Artist Chris Walas and his team dubbed it “stage 4b”. Walas said in interviews That was actually one of his favorite looks of Jeff Goldblum in the film. Because it had a Jekyll and Hyde quality about it. It was the halfway point between who Seth Brundle was in the beginning of the movie and into the creature Brundlefly that he later transforms into.

3. Director cameo

Besides his cameo as the gynecologist, director David Cronenberg is the one wielding the pipe that kills the creature in this shot.

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A large set of the warehouse wall was constructed for the shot where Brundle loses his grip and “slides” down the wall. To create this, the filmmakers made the wall slanted, like a slide so Goldblum could fall as well as give the illusion he’s sticking to it like a fly.

5. A shot from this deleted scene appears in the film’s original theatrical trailer.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Child’s Play” (1988)

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In Don Mancini’s original script, back when the film was called “Blood Buddies”, the Chucky doll wasn’t possessed at all.

The original idea was that the doll was a manifestation of the little boy’s Id. And with a workaholic mother, an abusive babysitter, and other children making fun of him, all the victims in the film were going to be people that the boy had a deep, subconscious rage towards.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “American Psycho” (2000)

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In the scene when Detective Kimball (Willem Dafoe) questions Patrick Bateman, director Mary Harron shot a few versions of it. One where Kimball knew Bateman was guilty, one where he knew Bateman was innocent, and one where he wasn’t sure if Bateman was guilty or not.

Harron then edited the versions into one scene, making the audience just as confused as Bateman is, as he’s being questioned.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Event Horizon” (1997)

Paul W. S. Anderson was able to make this movie mostly because of his success with “Mortal Kombat”. The film originally ran over two hours. After the studio and test audiences made certain remarks about the film’s violence and gore, Anderson cut most of it from the film. A decision Anderson regrets to this very day. The scenes were not restored in a director’s cut because the negatives were destroyed.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Black Christmas” (1974)

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Christmas stereo-typically, is the most joyful time of the year, but with mundane, and ancient pagan origins, it’s actually the perfect time of the year for horror films, much on par with Halloween. Like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, or even Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Dark stories meant not only to frighten, but to scare people back on the right path of life. Acting more as a cautionary tale.

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Before filmmaker Bob Clark gave us his family film “A Christmas Story”, in 1974 he brought us one of the most important to the horror films of the entire genre. Important because many you could argue it was the Prototype slasher film. “Black Christmas.”

The film is marketed as a psychological thriller which follows a plot line that borders on being stereo typical. A group of girls in the sorority house during Christmas break, and a crazy maniac is in the house tries to kill them one by one.

On the outside the plot actually appears to be quite straightforward. But the complexity of this film is not in the storytelling. It’s complexity is found primarily in the film’s design. Black Christmas is one of those movies where one could actually do a full on ‘CSI type’ investigation. Like a whodunit, very much in the same aspect as John Carpenter’s “The Thing”.

The “if the killer did this and the victims over there, then this must’ve happened here”.

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Another interesting thing about Black Christmas is it’s one of the first main stream horror films to actually feature and antagonist whom you’ve never see, you only hear his phone calls and screams, and occasionally you see his POV. This is something that would actually be done later in other slasher films to help create suspense. A good example would be the introduction to the film “Halloween”.

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The cast of the film is also great, not just Keir Dullea’s dramatic performance as Peter, but also Olivia Hussey’s great job as Jess. Not exactly a conventional film for the stars of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Romeo and Juliet”, respectively. Another famous face in the film is Margot Kidder, making a pre-Superman appearance, as well as Art Hindle of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” fame and John Saxon, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.

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One quality about this movie that undoubtedly separates it from its other slasher films, besides the fact that this one was made way earlier in 1974, is that it doesn’t obey the rules usually put in the place in the Slasher film genre. Jamie Kennedy made them very famous in the film “Scream” example: virgins are the ones who usually survive, the ones who do drugs or drink a lot and usually die in the film, stuff like that. The film Black Christmas does not actually follow those conventional slasher film rules. As such it’s more logical to call it a Prototype slasher film then it would be to refer to an actual horror film.

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Granted, having a bad guy whom you never know the motivations of, or even the very look of the villain, this type of horror film may not pair well with today’s generation. The downfall of most horror movies these days is that people want it 100% closed ended resolution in the end product of the film. Nevertheless, Bob Clark’s “Black Christmas” is undoubtedly a great horror film for all generations.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

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One of the SWAT team members going after Lecter is played by singer Chris Isaak.

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