Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
“What do we do after we kill the bad guy?” Many slasher movies with an embarrassing amount of sequels face this dilemma. Some are smart. In Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger only exists in the dream world, so he can be brought back as many times as deemed necessary. How about Child’s Play? Chucky is an evil soul inhabiting a doll. As long as you can produce a new doll, you can produce a new Chucky movie. Scream defies the issue by finding a new killer to don the mask with every sequel.
Sometimes the approach is as simple as “just ignore it.” Leatherface is blown up at the end of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Did they explain it in Part 3? Nah. What about Victor Crowley being beaten to a bloody pulp at the end of Hatchet II? Not a problem, he’s fine. This same technique was used, or should I say “abused” in the Halloween franchise. Though they later explained this in Part 6 when Michael Myer’s immortality was revealed to be the result of evil Druid magic.
This leads to the dumbest way to keep a franchise going, “Magic.” Halloween committed this sin in 1995 but nine years prior a little black magic transpired in the small town of Crystal Lake or should I say, “Forest Green”—more on that in a bit—and the Friday the 13th franchise was never the same. But was this dumb change for the better?
Françoise Hardy – Tous les garçons et les filles (1962)
What better album to feature for Valentine’s Day than one straight from the City of Love: Paris, France. Awhile back, I set out to review an acclaimed album once a week—for Classic Album Tuesdays—chronologically from 1957 to modern day. I crapped out at 1961. The problem being most rock albums back then sucked. Don’t get me wrong. There were 31-flavors of good Jazz and Blues. Yet Rock had yet to evolve past the single. Most rockers were too busy being rebels (most of which without causes) and dying in motorcycle crashes.
I, I, I, I, I, I’m hooked on a podcast! This week, John and Colin are digging out the satin shirts, bell bottoms and taking the next soul train back to the seventies. Because there’s a new Guardians of the Galaxy due out May 5th. In anticipation, John and Colin have each made lists of the top ten seventies songs they’d each like to see on Peter Quill’s next Awesome Mix tape. Dyno-mite!
If you just can’t wait, look below to see John and Colin’s lists
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
Before I begin my review of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, I have something I need to get off my chest. This week, Paramount pulled the Friday the 13th reboot from its scheduled release date of October 13th, 2017. Rumor has it the reboot, which was going to be helmed by Breck Eisner (The Last Witch Hunter, The Crazies) is dead and buried. “What happened?” Sifting through the rumor mill, it sounds like Paramount didn’t have any confidence in Part XIII being successful based on the failure of their latest Ring reboot. You know what I have to say about that?
“The future’s under fire. / The past is gaining ground. / A continuous cold war between my home and my hometown.”
Yes, this is the opening lyric to the Japandroids’ new album, and yes, I suppose it does feel appropriate for the disparity that exists between rural and urban America in 2017. But then again, Japandroids are Canadian, so maybe it’s not as topical as it sounds. And it becomes even less topical when you think about the fact that its a lyric that could’ve been on any Japandroids album, since these guys tend to paint with big broad strokes designed to speak to whatever personal anguish you seem to be going through, no matter what year it is. Continue reading
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Before I sat down to watch Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, I went to IMDB to try and find as many sequels as I could that included the subtitle: “The Final Chapter.” I’m sure I’m missing a few, but here are the titles I found:
Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977)
Angel III: The Final Chapter (1988)
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012)
And how many of these films received a sequel, remake, or crossover?
It’s rare that I ever get excited for new rock albums anymore. However, even though there have been much more pressing things going on this weekend, I am quite excited to listen to Near To The Wild Fire Of Life, the new Japandroids album that came out on Friday. This is in no small part due to the fact that if I had to choose a favorite album of the ’10s so far, it’d have to be the band’s 2012 release Celebration Rock, which is also perhaps the most aptly titled album of the decade so far. Also, the fact that it took the band a whole five years to release a follow-up has also fueled my anticipation, even if there’s also a part of me that wishes they’d broken up after that last LP. Because if I’m being honest, it’s hard to imagine them putting out a better collection of heart-pounding anthems, such as the one I’m about to talk about.
Song: “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids
Album: Celebration Rock
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