Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Legends Of Tomorrow

November 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

As we are closing to the week, I thought of going with something very recent and surprisingly, it’s one of the shows that’s part of DC and The CW’s Belantiverse/Flarrowverse/Arrowverse line. Yeah, they should go with DC Television Universe or similar given that Supergirl kind of takes place in its own continuity. But I’m talking more about Legends of Tomorrow which may not be its own Justice League show but hey, we have a character played by an actor who once played Superman.

The show focuses on a group of lesser-known heroes and villains who unite by future time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) to stop the anomalies and apparitions that is damaging their own timeline. While he time-spliced himself across time and space during the second season with the others, it didn’t take long before the team reunited with the aid of Nate Heywood/Steel (Nick Zano) who knows history of superheroes and Rory/Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) who is left-behind in the timeship known as Waverider. The team then tries to solve the issues caused by The Legion of Doom that’s led by Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). Good way to sum up this second season even though the episode I’m reviewing focused anything other than The Legion of Doom.

In the episode entitled Outlaw Country, The team discover the apparition in 1874 and travels there before encountering their friend Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech) is facing his doom as he’s about to get hanged, they stopped it and found out that the cause of the apparition is none other than Quentin Turnbull (Jeff Fahey) who had stolen a dwarf star from a now-deceased time pirate and uses it to form his home country. Also, Quentin is possibly not related to Malcolm Turnbull who’s currently a Prime Minister of Australia (and a worst one at best, equally as worst as Tony Abbott and John Howard).

Jonah also revealed that Quentin is the reason he got his scars and for the destruction of a town in Oklahoma so Jonah has his own vendetta against him. The team hatches out a plan to stop the apparition from happening so Nate, Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) and Jax/Firestorm (Franz Drameh) infiltrate while Rory and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) work together because… Rory is into the Wild West! Hey, Rory used to (or still is) steal stuff for his sake of fun after all.

They eventually stopped it with Nate putting a stop to the train with his powers and Jonah capturing Quentin alive rather than dead so the timeline is saved until what happens in the next episode (or after since the next episode is part of Invasion! crossover event). Legends is one of the two Arrowverse shows I watched regularly along with The Flash (but also watch Supergirl and Arrow only as a binge-watching DVD box set) and it’s obvious since I like time travel stuff.

Jeff did well as the villain of the week but it is a shame we might not see him again. We might see Jonah Hex again since come on, he’s a fan-favorite character in both this show and the comics (and maybe that much-disliked Josh Brolin movie as well). And this episode is pretty self-contained which doesn’t impact much on the second season’s plotline so it is best watched unless you wanna know the full story. It is over until January where I go back to his movies but for now, I am not gonna “Ragnarok and Roll| but next week, I am looking at a Thor movie that might not be best watched but who knows.

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Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: The Marshal

November 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

On to the penultimate part of this week and it is about time I am looking at the first show that has Jeff in his regular performance rather than a guest or recurring star. In truth, I never seen The Marshal before this but I do know that it’s one of the shows that came around a period in the 1990s that focuses on leading lawman in unexpected places like one with a Texas Ranger, one with a Royal Canadian Mountain Police officer and even one with a Chinese law officer who resides in Los Angeles. It was a unique time for shows like that so why not have a guy who’s living two lives – a family man and a man who tracks down fugitives. It’s almost like it’s an idea similar to this Chris Elliott unaired pilot.

Yeah, that’s a thing that exists. Going back to The Marshal and I do wish this show would not be cancelled but it did manage to have two seasons aired within 1995 plus one episode got a Emmy… for sound editing! Also and this is true, Don Johnson is one of the executive producers of the series and he chose Jeff specifically for this series because they are actually friends. It also explained why Jeff not only guest starred in Miami Vice but also Nash Bridges so yeah, I think I got another show to look at in the near future.

The show begins in the snowy forest with a fugitive getting away from the local policeman but while he is hiding in a cabin, something awesome has happened and Winston MacBride (Jeff Fahey) appears by hiding in the snow for who knows how long. He counted the bullets on the fugitive’s gun which led to Winston deciding to waste one of the bullets by shooting it on the roof and the show falls on the fugitive which ended the chase.

But the bigger story begins as we meet Mrs Sinclair (Laura Johnson), a housewife who was living a double life in the past as a wanted radical activist. Her past actions have been found out and escapes from authorities led by Tiger Larkin (Don S. Davis) but Winston knows her ways sooner than later and caught her in a college where she’s finding her daughter Teri (Molly Parker) who got sort-of kidnapped by her father Loyal (William Russ). Meanwhile, her husband Barry (Michael Brandon) felt betrayed by her wife’s past history so he decides to commit suicide by way of house explosion.

As Mrs Sinclair later found out about the news, she and Winston were about to get on the plane but Winston knows something in her and decides to find Loyal and Teri instead. They eventually did and with the reveal that Barry is actually alive and faking his own death to reunite with his wife. Mrs Sinclair however thought of a different plan as she is herself traded as hostage to Loyal with Teri freed. Winston and Barry stayed behind waiting for Mrs Sinclair and Loyal with Winston knowing a plan by getting out of the car and telling Barry to drive off to someplace nearby.

The two escaped but immediately caught by Winston by hiding in the water and well, Loyal is not loyal to survive (pun badly intended, apologies) and Winston lets Mrs Sinclair go by telling her to go to where Barry is located. The episode ends with Winston returning home to see his family and a next week’s promo which I wish I could watch straight away.

But I’ll get back to the show soon, maybe after I’m done with Bibleman because man, this show has action, humor and even clichés like having one officer saying that “it’s just a flesh wound”. Yeah, I think he has three days left to retire as well. It is a show I want to binge-watch in a heartbeat and this episode is a fine start with few admitted flaws like a worker at the gas station looking like he belongs in a bad 1990s generation x comedy. I don’t know what’s up with that but hey, he’s only a very minor character.

So yeah, I can’t wait to look more into this with twenty-four other episodes. As for tomorrow, I am practically looking in an episode of a show I have seen twice before and the show is good well except for the recent season which I’m catching up on and… I said too soon so come back tomorrow.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Miami Vice

November 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

Miami Vice, what is there to say about this show that hasn’t honestly been said before? It’s a show that literally defined the 1980s and is part of our pop culture mindset from the buddy cop duo of Crockett and Tubbs to the soundtrack use of Phil Collins and Glenn Frey. It is a show that made Michael Mann a household name in directors but why am I saying all this when we all know about it? I mean, come on, it is the number one show in Bratislava.

And yes, it has Jeff in this episode that I’ll review but to keep this in mind, he is not the only notable name in this said episode. This show is known to have familiar cast before they are household names like Gary Cole and Viggo Mortensen. So I’m looking at season 3 premiere episode entitled When Irish Eyes Are Crying and judging by the title, you know it involves villains that originated from Ireland and guess who shows up as one in the very first scene. It’s not Jeff obviously but again, judging by the title, the actor who showed up is none other than Liam fucking Neeson.

Liam Neeson plays Sean Carron who’s former IRA member who’s speaking at a fundraiser attended by Gina (Saundra Santiago) but the fundraising event has some unexpected party guest as a gunman appears and is shot by Gina. Saving Sean’s life, he wants to repay her by a dinner date all while the investigation is going on. Also, Sean is secretly planning something with his friend Bunny Berrigan played by the late, great Paul Gleason.

Both Crockett and Tubbs along with his team-mates check out what’s going on along with Agent Richard Cross (Daniel Gerroll) who travels from Scotland Yard to reveal to them that Sean is still a terrorist. Gina doesn’t believe them and she falls for Sean. But hey, where does Jeff fit into all this? Well, he is another villain known as Eddie Kaye who supplies weapons to Sean and Bunny all while laughing a bazooka towards Crockett’s car as a test.

And yes, Sean and Bunny are planning to blow up the Concorde as their way of terrorist revolution and with Agent Cross and Eddie involved. The heroes take down Eddie and Bunny and arrested Cross for previous night’s phone call conversation. As for Gina, she attempts to stop Sean from bringing down the plane and he did before he is about to shoot Gina only for him to get shot by both her and Crockett ending the episode with him falling to the ground and Gina in tears that her lover is not whom she thinks.

It’s a solid episode and while it started changing from previous two seasons, I don’t mind that since the show may have its ups and downs but isn’t any show having the same thing anyway. There’s not much negative points and a usual police procedural story but with heavy weaponry involved so Law and Order? They don’t have one episode where Principal Vernon tries to shoot the cops so give it that.

Okay, maybe Jeff’s performance is a bit minimal but he did have part of the story and whether his character is in it or not, it don’t matter. The story is fine either way. So as much as I hate to say it, the next review doesn’t take place in the 1980s but it’s not much big loss because tomorrow, I am looking at the first episode of The Marshal and have to wonder why this show is a cult hit of its time so until then.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: Alfred Hitchcock Presents

November 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

Continuing on and even after me looking at two episodes of a show that is not part of my expectations, I am moving on to his second Television Series role which is possibly the most easy one to look at. Granted, I could say the same for others but he starred in one show for the span of three years and is featured in Soap Opera digests and all so this is his next step and that next step is an anthology series. Alright, those are the type of shows that have actors before they gained fame or after it like Bruce Willis in one episode of The New Twilight Zone or Brad Pitt in Freddy’s Nightmares.

The anthology series he’s involved in is a 1980s revival of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and I have seen few episodes of the original plus a bunch of movies Alfred directed. Heck, I think I brought him up in my Psycho III review which is funny since both Psycho III and this episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents were both released in 1986 so I bet his agent said “Hey Jeff, you gonna be involved in something Hitchcockian so let’s see? You want this or that?” and Jeff decides to go with both because why not.

The episode is Enough Rope For Two and focuses primary on Scott (Tim Daly) who is in a relationship with Zoe (Darlanne Fluegel). As Zoe presents Scott on some television art project, Scott didn’t care much and is passionate about Zoe but she mentioned if she wants her mentally unstable cousin Ray Lee (Jeff Fahey) to come along for company. Scott declines but if you didn’t guess right now, Ray goes along anyway and it made Scott a bit of a third wheel.

And it shows as Ray goes inside the gas station and ask for a gun which well, he got it and shoot the attendant. Scott is shocked and still thinks Ray is not right. However, it’s then revealed that Ray and Zoe are not cousins but a couple going after a suitcase containing cash that Ray dropped off in a hole within the desert. A cop appears and Scott is about to panic but he plays it cool at least for a little while.

When they got there, Scott lost it and is about to kill Ray with an axe but Ray is the one with the gun so Scott is shot and died. Both Ray and Zoe continue to get the cash and as Ray got it, Zoe chops the rope off trapping Ray in the hole without the suitcase. Zoe then is about to drive off which didn’t work out since Ray has the keys so the episode ends with Zoe walking off an archive footage of Alfred Hitchcock bids farewell and to come back for the next episode.

It’s not bad and is fairly short in 23 minutes. It has a very minimal cast and is straightforward from start to finish so if you like a road trip thriller, this is up your alley and it’s not just Jeff that acts well as an antagonist but Tim and Darlanne acted well and it’s worth it as written and directed by a certain David Chase that went on to something like being the creator of some show called The Sopranos. Uh, you might have heard of it. It won some awards and stuff.

Okay, that does it all for today and tomorrow, it’s still Jeff Fahey in the eighties and oh what kind of eighties nostalgia am I about to look at. Yeah, we’re going to Miami for next one.

Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week: One Life To Live

November 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

About time I’m getting into this and yeah, it’s a bit late to start but dammit, I promise to get back to this so here we go. Now to start off with, this is a good way to explain a bit about Janu-Fahey Couch Potato Week since this focuses on his Television work minus TV movies whether it’s his main or guest performances only. And it’s possible I might not do all of those as well tracking down because maybe it’s hard-to-find or only aired once which this one is a major example since not only is One Life To Live his acting debut but there’s several episodes of the show that not only I manage to find two with him in it but information is somewhat complicated to check. Also, I’m not a fan of daily soap opera shows.

Suffice to say, I did used to watch something like Neighbors or E-Street but no, I don’t care about Days of Our Lives, General Hospital (unless James Franco is in it) or this one so this might be the only time I look into the show and move along to better stuff. And the worst part about this is me looking at two episodes of this show might be a “review” in quotes because I don’t honestly know what’s going on or care about what’s going on. This month is starting off with me looking at something with Jeff Fahey that I don’t give a damn about so how am I gonna review this in proper? The answer is I don’t honestly know.

The first episode I’m looking at is presumably aired in September 3, 1982 and it involves a planned sabotage of the movie Blood Moon with Marco Dane (Gerald Anthony) as the director. There is honestly not much to synopsis really since I don’t really know what’s going on but Gary Corelli (Jeff Fahey) is noted as one of the suspects plus he’s related to Marco. The only episode that get out of me is that Gary felt like he wants to run away from what’s going on and he’s acting a bit like a Revhead. He probably didn’t since well, there’s another episode I’ll look at in a second but long story short, he is not responsible for stopping the movie.

As for the second episode (presumably aired in September 10, 1984), it’s now a murder mystery of sorts with a couple being married. There is honestly a little plot involving Gary since he only shows up in one scene about to have a date but as for anything else, one of the suspects is being questioned and a news reporter is about to have an affair with a millionaire. Also, there’s a paper mentioning the mob is a very specific “previously on” esque detail so it’s assuming I should catch up on this.

It may be a rough start to this week but at least the four days doesn’t involve this show. It does gain a fact that maybe I won’t look at everything Jeff stars in and it is for the best that I won’t review One Life To Live again. These types of soap are not for me and I can see the noted cliché here and there. Jeff is fine but he doesn’t really do much in these two episodes so yeah, this is best suited for fans of the show and that’s it.

I do apologize if this is how I reviewed but tomorrow, at least I’m starting to look at something self-contained and not going so stay tuned.

Janu-Fahey Month 2.1: True Blood

February 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Uh, so what do we have now? True Blood, not to be confused by the television series or the novel series the show is based upon so Jeff Fahey and Vampires? Only on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Now I might be excited about this one since I saw this in the bargain bins with Jeff and Billy Drago on the DVD cover. Then again, I reviewed one movie that Billy appeared in before and I got that DVD from the bargain bin so I might be concerned as well. No matter, this looks like your typical 1980s thriller and I like those kind of movies.

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And the interesting part is that director Frank Kerr was a former newspaper and television journalist and yes, I got that info from IMDB where everything is so official that I pretend to think it’s true. He has done little to be honest but upon research, I tracked down a website for one of his movies The Child King and it kinda is heartfelt to read since the movie focused on a kid with down syndrome and the idea for this movie originated from Frank’s brother Jeff who worked as a producer so whether True Blood is good or bad, I only state it that way and won’t directly criticize the director for this. Not only that, the movie also spawned an non-profit organization based on the movie’s title. Even if I never met him personally, he does come off a nice guy after all so kudos to him and his brother.

Frank Kerr

So going to the movie now and we meet up with Raymond Trueblood (Jeff Fahey) who is talking to his kid brother Donny (Rhett Creighton) in his bed before he and his gang goes to have a gangland brawl with rival leader Billy Masters (Billy Drago) who goes by the nickname of “Spider” (or as Raymond calls him “Spider-Man”). The fight got interrupted by an ongoing police car and Ray is caught by a police detective. However, Spider shot the detective and leads to Ray being framed as the killer. And then his partner shows up and… he’s played by James Tolkan! Dammit, I haven’t yet reviewed The Sketch Artist II and already there’s somebody else other than Jeff from that movie starring in this and not only that but take a look at this…

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Ray makes a run and takes Donny to the train station. Over there, two random detectives appear and Ray continues his run with a car chase that involves Detective Hanley (James Tolkan) in the mix. Ray escapes to the train and Hanley screams that he will get him someday. Ten years later and Ray returned to New York as a soldier. He returned to look for his brother which upon encountering his former gang buddy Bobby (Everett Mendes III), Ray became shocked that Donny is alive… and working for Spider! He went back to his turf and sees both Spider and Donny (now played by Chad Lowe) there. Donny told him to leave before shit breaks out and he did so what happens next? He decides to work at the diner owned by Aguado from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

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Frank Santos (John Capodice) hired Ray and he meets with fellow work-mate Jennifer (Sherilyn Fenn) and they are bumpy-at-first but became friends shortly after. Spider then sends Donny to rob a joint but a random cop shows up and leaves to a car chase, the chase ended with Donny injured and Spider escaping so Donny decides to hide out near Ray’s home. Ray takes Donny and hides out in Jennifer’s home. The following morning, Donny wakes up and runs back to the subway station with Ray going after him. At first, he lets Donny get away but Donny instead followed him and they are reunited. Over at Santos Diner, Frank got a visit from Hanley and his new partner Charlie Gates (Ken Foree) and are close to Ray. Also, Charlie found Donny’s blood while he steps on a used gum.

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It took a while but Hanley discovered Ray and is about to shoot him. Ray instead used a fire extinguisher on him and escapes with Donny on a garbage truck. While hiding out in new apartment, Ray talks to Donny about finding their mother (who’s already dead) and had found that her last home is better than where are they living. Donny got angry and walks away because he prefers living in the streets. Donny then goes to the diner and apologizes for his attitude to Jennifer. Jennifer then tells Donny to meet tomorrow someplace else. Meanwhile, Ray goes to the police station and wants to make a deal with Hanley.

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Hanley agrees to keep Donny out of this and has himself turned in after Spider is caught. Following her meeting with Donny, she walks home only to find Spider there (with a stuffed panda and classical music playing) and attempts to kill her but Donny noticed his former gang member in the car so he runs to her place. She’s alive only to say to Donny that Spider is only looking for Ray. Back at their new apartment, Ray noticed Spider’s voice and they confront again in the rooftop. Spider shoots Ray before Donny appears and shoots Spider multiple times before he falls to his death.

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Ray survived and is let go by Hanley and Charlie and the movie ends with Ray reuniting with Donny at the station while Donny getting a kiss from Jennifer. Honestly, this movie is not bad but it does drag on a little. With good performances around, I can safely say that Billy owns this one since he played a deranged psychotic gang member well and he deserved it. Jeff of course is good and James, Sherilyn and Ken as well but if anything, Chad is second best next to Billy since he may be Rob Lowe’s brother but his role is pretty good. The action scenes are fine, there’s humor involved and a bit of hammy acting here and there but it didn’t affect the movie. It really is a good product of its time and is worth checking out.

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Now before I go, I do have one news to mention – this is the last Jeff Fahey movie I gonna reviewing since after the disastrous time I am having, I am cancelling this theme month. Don’t worry, I got a good backup plan so here’s what coming at you.

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Oh, I’m kidding. Janu-Fahey always continues (even though I’m reviewing The Sketch Artist 2 with both of them next time).

Janu-Fahey Month 2.1: Body Parts

February 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

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This one is an unplanned piece. Originally, I was planning to do Absolute Zero as a callback to my last year’s review of 100 Degrees Below Zero but to make a long story short, my room became a colossal claustrophobic mess thanks to those two dumbass painters back in October last year so I can’t find a copy of this one. Really, this theme double month is not going exactly to what I plan not just with this but delayed timing as well. But hey, it could have been worst. I could have a month reviewing nothing but Marlon Wayans comedies like Fifty Shades of Black… and no, I am not planning on doing that… ever… Little Man sadly ruined me enjoyment on him and his brothers!

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So here enters Body Parts instead and already this interests me since not only is it another Jeff Fahey horror movie but Brad Dourif also stars in it is about time I’m reviewing another movie starring the one and only voice of Chucky. And why I do remember Phoenix after all this time is beyond me? This movie is one of the few directorial efforts of Eric Red who is little known for directing but more known for writing with such films as The Hitcher, Blue Steel and Near Dark so we might get a good kick out of this.

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The movie begins with credits of creepy music and a drawn anatomy of a human being which makes me wonder, did I put on Re-Animator by mistake? No but whatever, Bill Chrushank (Jeff Fahey) is a college professor interviewing criminal suspects like Ray Kolberg (Paul Ben-Victor) who goes by the nickname “Cobra” and is sent to prison for killing his high school sweetheart because he’s a bit crazy. As he prepares to go to work, he noticed a flat tire in another car which caused it to lose and he nearly got in a car crash. It didn’t happen at first but a truck behind him crashed to his car and it cost him his arm in the process.

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Bill’s wife Karen (Kim Delaney) is being discussed for replacement arm by Doctor Agatha Webb (Lindsay Duncan) and she signs the documents so is about to have an arm transplant with a hospital full of masked nurses holding their shotguns (?) and uh, this transplant scene kind of creeps me out. Also, would it surprising that it happened on the same day as the crash? He got his new arms and it took a while before he tested them and having his family getting back to normal. However, the new arm caused minor movements and having strange flashbacks to something he never sees so upon seeing Cobra for the second time, his arm’s prison number is being noticed by another and Cobra panicked enough that he doesn’t want to talk to him anymore.

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So he decides to check for the previous owner of his new arm which turns out that it previously belong to serial killer Charley Fletcher (John Walsh) who is dead. He then investigates further by finding out the other arm has been giving to now-successful artist Remo Lacey (Brad Dourif) and the legs were transplanted to basketball player Mark Draper (Peter Murnik). He meets with them a couple of times and the second time being in the bar which includes a fight with a drunk who knows about Bill’s arm transplant. Shortly after, Mark tries to walk upstairs normally but it behaves like he’s losing it and calls up on Bill and that’s before a mysterious killer slaughtered him and takes his legs.

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Both Bill and Detective Sawchuck (Zakes Mokae) decide to go to Remo’s house after Mark’s death but the killer already caught up to him and the two already saw it. As they to drive off after the crime scene has been set, the killer drives next to Bill and placed an handcuff on his arm which leads to the killer being a composite of body parts with Charley’s head. It leads to a car chase before Bill shoots the chains of the handcuffs and “Frankensteined” Charley got involved in a car crash. He survived but carrying limbs with Doctor Webb helping him so Bill now has to take the matter alone while stealing Sawchuck’s car in the process.

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Back in the hospital, Bill confronts Doctor Webb before being knocked out by “Frankensteined” Charley. And as his arm is about to be taken off, Bill controlled its use and escapes while shooting the limbs and killing Webb and Charley in the process. The movie ends with his life finally getting back to normal as he and his wife are relaxing on the tree in the park which makes a resemblance to John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album cover in the process. Of all the Jeff Fahey movies I reviewed in a while, I had to simply say that this might be one of the best ones out of the whole lot because hot damn, this movie is creepy and very, very good.

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And the best part is that it’s adapted from the novel Choice Cuts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac whom their previous works was adapted into movies like Les Diaboliques and Vertigo so yeah, I can see why this movie felt very Hitchcockian. While admittedly Jeff gives an alright performance along with Brad, it’s the story and few make-up effects that counts. I heard that this movie’s advertisements were cancelled in Wisconsin due to the killings caused by Jeffrey Dahmer and I can’t blame them because this movie is part of the splatter genre and has some better body horror than uh, last year’s Fantastic Four. Dammit, I can’t get over that disastrous movie.

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But really, this is an underrated piece that is worth checking out and perfect to watch in a Halloween night. Maybe it is a good thing I reviewed this instead of Absolute Zero because I don’t know, I read it somewhere that it’s “The Day After Tomorrow but set in Florida” and I suspect it’s another disaster movie that involves family values so it’s all cool. Anyway, it’s getting to hopefully normal next time since well, I do have two movies that I’m gladfully didn’t lose so until then.

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