Category Archives: Horror: Ghosts

Ghosts, what else? Don’t let the floating sheets scare you too badly…

Crazy Eights

Date:
2006
Stars:
Dina Meyer

George Newbern

Traci Lord
Writers:

Dan DeLuca

Jimi Jones

Director:
Jimi Jones
WRC Score:
2/4

Crazy Eights is a card game dealing with…

Wait, we’re not talking about the card game?

We’re talking about a movie?  One that wasn’t made several decades ago?

Huh.  Thought I learned my lesson about that last time.

Anyways, Crazy Eights details the efforts of a group of friends trying to honor the last wishes of a departed member of their group.  This puts them in contact with another former member, much to their sorrow.  Madness, mayhem, and other fun party games soon ensue.

Let’s get the good out of the way, first, shall we?  This is a decently acted, decently directed flick.  The characters do not grate on the nerves too badly, and when they do, it’s usually intentional.  There are some oddities with editing, but it can be quite a moody flick and work perhaps a little better than it should.

Which is me slipping into a little more critical a mood.

See, Crazy Eights is one of those films that works best if you don’t think about it too much during the run time.  There are a whole flock of questions that get asked (chief of which is “What the hell is going on?”) that don’t quite get answered.  With this comes the usual Horror Clichés such as characters running around by themselves when they know they aren’t supposed to

Guess what happens to them when they do?  You’ll be so… not surprised.

In fact, the characters tend to act more like chess pieces than people.  To be fair to the flick, I didn’t notice or mind right up until towards the end, when the characters started doing really, really stupid things.

And talking about the antagonist will only result in spoilers, which isn’t what this review is for.

Worse, though, is the soundtrack.  The music never lets up, and sometimes drowns out the dialogue.  It’s almost as if the filmmakers had to pay the composer by the note for just composing and wanted to make sure they got their money’s worth.

Very annoying.

Now that this hand is done, let’s tally up the points.  Crazy Eights isn’t by any stretch a bad movie.  It just isn’t really a good one, either (1 point).  I’d be lying if I said it didn’t work for me on watching it, but after… don’t care (1 point).  Don’t hate it, don’t like it, it just is.

Too bad.  I think it did have some potential there…

Score: 2 points out of a possible 4

 

La casa fantasma

Also Called:
Ghosthouse

Date:
1988

Stars:
Lara Wendel

Greg Rhodes

Mary Sellers
Writers:
Sheila Goldberg
Cinthia McGavin
Director:
Umberto Lenzi
WRC Score:
2.5/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
June 14, 2013

A ham radio operator picks up a strange signal while listening to the airwaves.  He tracks it down, unaware its a prophetic signal from La casa fantasma, or the Ghosthouse.

The word that springs readily to mind when describing La casa fantasma is perfunctory.  Perfunctory direction, perfunctory acting, and perfunctory special effects.  All of which abetted by a scripted powered by pure stupid.

Really.  This can be such a stupid, stupid flick.

About the best you can say for it is that it’s coherent. Even there there are places where “The Hell…?!” springs readily to mind.

So La casa fantasma is a bad movie. No question, no argument, no doubt. (0.5 points).

Still, there’s something charming about its folly. I kinda love every idiotic moment of it (2 points).

Thus it’s confirmed: I have no taste.

As if by this time there was doubt…

Overall Score: 2.5 total points out of a possible 4

Cauchemares

Opening Thoughts

Also Called:
Cathy’s Curse
Date:
1977
Stars:
Alan Scarfe

Beverely Murray

Randi Allen
Writers:
Myra Clêment

Eddy Malton

Alain Sens-Cazenave
Director:
Eddy Matalon
WRC Score:
2.5/4

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Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 18, 2013.

On the subject of Cauchemares I have very little to say.  Which is an odd thing to say at the start of a long-winded coverage of a flick.  Allow me to explain.

What I know about this movie amounts to very little.  One of many Canadian film that came out of the Seventies, it came and went from the theaters back in 1977.  It might have been a tax write off.  It might have been a lot of things.

Beyond that, its history is a mystery to me.

Coming at it from a personal angle finds me in a similar bind. About the only thing I can say is that this was the first movie I picked for this site, back in June 29, 2009.  No reason for it.  Just looked interesting.  Or, at least, interesting enough to watch.

A reason that has proven time and again in this blog’s life as about the worst one possible to watch any film.

As implied above, this meat of this coverage of Cauchemares, comes from my second and in all likelihood last viewing.  The first part covers my viewing experience and synopsize the film.  The second gives whatever meager thoughts the film inspires.  It might be an odd way of doing this, but it works for me.  Hopefully it will work for you.

Odds are great what follows on the next page will be the most fun you’ll ever have with this particular flick…

Cauchemares

Also Called:
Cathy’s Curse
Date:
1977
Stars:
Alan Scarfe

Beverely Murray

Randi Allen
Writers:
Myra Clêment

Eddy Malton

Alain Sens-Cazenave
Director:
Eddy Matalon
WRC Score:
2.5/4

(-_-)p
Note: 
First posted in
a different form
on July 18, 2013.2016-link box-001

Cauchemares (also known as Cathy’s Curse) is the story about a man who learns the truth about the old adage “You can never go home again.”  Mainly that if you do, you risk having your only child possessed by the murderous ghost of your elder sibling.

Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

This isn’t by any stretch of the imagination an original flick.  It takes from better possession films and leaves very little in return, if anything at all.  Most views would most likely drop it into the “Pass” file and move cheerfully along with their lives.

Not me, however. For some reason I’ve decided to review it twice.

And now three times.  Because I’m that way.  Apparently.

That said, I must confess that the first time I watched Cauchemares I went away charmed with the flick.  Why escapes me, but whatever the reason it wasn’t enough to watch it again for fun.  Just enough to confess to liking it when the opportunity arose.  Which was far more often than one might have thought.

Watching it a second time, however, I noticed the poor acting more, the lack of verve in the direction, and other flaws.  Not that these escaped my attention the first time, I hasten to add.  They just stuck out more.  Like some one jabbed the pins in a little deeper.

While this made it a chore to sit through at times, some of that first fondness did return.  Right at the end.  Where it did as little good as possible.

As I did say this was the third review, you might expect me to mention how that run went, but ha ha on you, I didn’t watch it a third time, I just rewrote the second review.

I’ve always been a disappointment to those who know me.  Why should I stop now?

I don’t ever intend to watch Cauchemares again.  That might be telling and it might not.  Score wise, I think Cauchemares/Cathy’s Curse is a mediocre film, albeit one on the very cusp of being bad (1 point).  Likewise I still have fond memories of the film despite the second viewing spoiling them (1.5 points).  I see enough wrong with it, though, that I feel a Not Recommended is in order.

Score: 2.5 points out of a possible 4 (-_-) p

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