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April 16, 2013

‘42’ hits a home run

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VALDOSTA — Movie Review: What do Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Jasmine Guy, Jerry O’Connell, Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow), Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, and Mike Tyson have in common?

They are all in a scary thing called a bad movie.

This film mixes several recent films to create this — a messy production not worth audiences’ time. It follows Tisdale and Rex, who play Jody and Dan. The couple experiences some paranormal activity once adopting Dan’s two nieces and nephew who survived months in a cabin in the wilderness. The children tell Jody and Dan that Mama raised them. As it turns out, Mama is a malevolent spirit who follows the children back to Jody and Dan’s new abode.

Malcolm Lee’s best remains “Undercover Brother” (2002) and “Roll Bounce” (2005). Otherwise, he knows how to aid in the production of wasteful movies. Here, Lee delves into spoofing better films, some not horror movies: “Inception (2010), “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and Tyler Perry’s Madea.

For this fifth “Scary Movie,” very few smart moments exist between the moments of absurdity. The awful spoof and parody moments are the scary parts. This consists of nearly the entire movie.

Grade: F (Bad Movie.)

 

“Evil Dead” (Horror: 1 hour, 30 minutes)

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore

Director: Fede Alvarez

Rated: R (Gore, violence, thematic elements and profanity)

Movie Review: Five friends lodge at a remote cabin to rehabilitate their friend, Mia (Levy), who is a recovering drug addict. They discover the Book of the Dead. Eric (Pucci), a teacher and one of the five, unknowingly summons a demon living in the nearby woods. The evil being inhabits Mia. The problem is that evil being begins possessing each of them, causing the group of young people to prey on each other.

A unique aspect of horror pictures is that people never do the correct thing. After some terrible event, characters never do what ordinary people would — leave when they should.

The one guy that talks sense is the one person who does not have enough sense to leave.  

Second, no one knows when to turn on lights. When something weird is happening in a room, one does not enter the room, wait a moment, and then turn on the lights. This is a quick way to die or risk bodily injury.  

Such idiotic behavior exists throughout. This is the formulaic recurrence of this and other modern horror films.

These things make this a very stereotypical screenplay that is based on the 1981 screenplay by Sam Raimi. The 1981 version was at least comical. The modern version offers over-the-top, gory horrific moments. The gore works infrequently.

“Evil Dead” has it frightful moments, but its best moments happen during the first few minutes of its opening scenes. Otherwise, this movie is just one gory, bloody moment after the next, a repetitive cycle.            

Grade: C- (Expired material.)

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