Coma (1978)

This is the last one that I saw on the 4 feature pack with Bad Moon and Body Snatchers.  However, I forgot the other feature and what it was about so I have to rewatch it or something.  Coma is the best one in the movie pack to me.

Director: Michael Crichton

Cast: Michael Douglas, Genevieve Bujold, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark, Lois Chiles

Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) is a resident at the hospital and is in a strained relationship with a fellow resident Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas).  When her good friend Nancy (Lois Chiles) has to have a simple operation and comes back out in a coma, she starts investigating the charts to see what went wrong.  She starts tracking clues that leads to various suspicious cases of previously operated patients in OR 8 that came out in a coma.  As Mark starts trying to defend Susan and convince her to stop looking too deep, the male authorities such as Dr. Harris(Richard Widmark) prevent her to look further.  However, she continues seeking everywhere to find her answers and learns a bit too much; so much that it could cost her life.

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Coma is definitely filled with mysterious turnouts.  Its not predictable and boring like the previous two.  This could be because it was directed and written by the brains behind Jurassic Park.  Plus, it was based on a novel (which I only learned about as I`m writing this from IMDB).  I`ll have to check it out.  The story is very well-written and carried out.  It leans into the sci-fi genre a bit, or maybe its a lot.  I’m really not an expert at where the lines of sci-fi are drawn, however it does have that sort of sci-fi feeling to it but more nearing the end.

coma genevieve bujold

I never heard of Genevive Bujold before but I knew right away that she was one of our own Montrealers from her little French-Canadian accent when she spoke.  She was quite enjoyable to watch.  Although, her character tackled a bit of the feminism and gender discrimination insinuation in the workplace and relationship, which sometimes was a bit annoying because it didn’t really pertain to the story or problem on hand.  Whether her boyfriend respected her or she felt that she was lesser at work or expecting her to cook didn’t mean that it was threatening or challenging her equality.  Aside from that little part in the beginning, she had a very intriguing character to follow and it was one that eventually would grow to want her to find out the whole deal relating to the comas.

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The only actor I know a bit better is Michael Douglas.  After this one, I felt that he was taking on better roles when he was younger.  Even though, this probably wasn’t a huge production, it was quite solid.  His character was great on screen.  He did play a character which was a bit more predictable but he also did a great job in reacting to the situation at hand and interacting with Genevieve Bujold’s Susan.  Still, as much as I liked him a lot in Fatal Attraction, War of the Roses and Falling Down.  With the exception of Falling Down, this is probably my second favorite role that he’s done 🙂

A nice mystery sci-fi thriller that brings up a nice well thought out story that keeps the audience guessing throughout the investigation. It is a bit slow at parts, however, the main characters by Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas both do a fantastic job in their respective roles and help carry  the movie effectively. It may not be something to run out to see but you definitely won’t feel that it will be a waste of your time.  Surprisingly, it was quite a decent and enjoyable flick 🙂

What do you think of Michael Douglas and his career? Are there any movies that you like that he was involved in?

Body Snatchers (1993)

Remember a month or so back, I did the Shitfest and I contributed Bad Moon(check the review over at The IPC right HERE)? Well, my boyfriend decided that it was time to go through the rest of that 4 movie pack.  Next 3 reviews will be on those.  He didn’t really care which one he plopped in so we ended up with Body Snatchers as our first pick.  At the time I’m writing this, I’ve already finished up all the movies and hoping that I don’t mix them up…

body snatchers posterDirector: Abel Ferrara

Cast: Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar, Billy Wirth, Christine Elise, R. Lee Ermey, Forest Whitaker

Steve Malone (Terry Kinney) is a researcher for the government to check the quality of the area to make sure there isn’t any contamination in the water and no hazardous materials in the environment.  This leads him to the next destination with his second wife Carol (Meg Tilly), his 17 year old daughter Marty (Gabrielle Anwar) and youngest son Andy.  Before arriving, Marty is attacked at the gas station by a crazy man warning her that something attacks in their sleep.  Marty hates having to move there in those circumstances until she befriends Jenn Platt (Christine Elise), the daughter of the General Platt (R. Lee Ermey), the man that runs the base and her group of friends, especially Tim (Billy Wirth).  While her father is approached by Major Collins (Forest Whitaker) with abnormal questions, he starts seeing weird issues occur among the staff and eventually they realize that the majority of the base has been replaced with alien clones. How can they get out of this mess?

Marty and Tim

Marty and Tim

In all honesty, I had zero hope for this one after how bad Bad Moon was.  With zero expectations, this one was okay.  Its a sci-fi horror thriller genre.  I didn’t really find it very scary but it was somewhat weird.  There were parts that didn’t make sense and those alien things were really funky.  My boyfriend named it Squeaky Poo-Poo.  So yeah…just to give you an idea of what it was.  I couldn’t find a picture of it online but yeah, they weren’t very well done in the first place.

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“Where you gonna go? Where you gonna run? Where you gonna hide?”

Meg Tilly’s snatched Carol Malone’s character was probably the most early on transformation with her walking out all naked and stuff.  Plus, she was super eerie with her tone of voice and whatnot.  This was just a very low-budget move in general with some pretty bad effects (although this is kind of old, so its expected).  Everyone is alright in their roles.  The only actor I knew going in was Forest Whitaker and I was thinking that it can’t be bad if he’s in it.  Seriously, he did pretty good as the paranoid Major Collins…his stupid actions in that scene below was not his fault.

Major Collins by Forest Whitaker

Major Collins by Forest Whitaker

All in all, my issues weren’t with the characters but the script.  Some things just didn’t make a whole lot of sense and I was like, “Why are you doing that?” all over the place. Like up there, I was like “SHOOT, YOU RETARD!” Apparently you don’t shoot when you have a gun in your hand and your enemies are approaching to take over your body.  Even though the movie was alright, the ending was the usual bad wrap-up. Although, in all fairness, I had a good laugh at the last “surprise” twist.  I saw it a mile away but how they did it was just the absolutely laugh-out-loud moment.  And oh, did we laugh…haha! I’m laughing now, sorry, just can’t resist.  Even the thought of it is hilarious!

Overall, not a bad movie.  The concept was alright, the design and effects a bit lacking (but maybe not for 90s quality), the cast was okay, the story was a bit illogical here and there.  Thats about it.  You tell me if that interests you.  If its your thing, there are two naked chicks in here, no screenshots though..sorry about that.  Plus, you get to laugh at some scenes because of its stupidity or bad set-up.

It didn’t make me bang my head on the table, thats already a plus for me 🙂

I was checking out the page and there are these movies called Invasions of the Body Snatchers? Does anyone know if its related in any way? Is this a remake? Any ideas?

SHITFEST 2013 ENTRY 9: BAD MOON (1996)

Check out my entry for Isaacs Picture Conclusions’s Shitfest 2013 🙂

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Entry by: TRANQUIL DREAMS

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Director: Eric Red

Cast: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Pare, Mason Gamble

While on a journalism assignment in Nepal, Ted (Michael Pare) and his girlfriend Marjorie are attacked spontaneously by a beast (while they are having sex). The beast sweeps down and shreds Marjorie to pieces while Ted rummages for the gun and blows off the beast’s head but not before he gets clawed by this creature. After vanishing for a while, he comes in contact with his sister Janet (Mariel Hemingway). Through a turn of events, he ends up parking his trailer in her backyard and staying in close vicinity to her, her son Brett (Mason Gamble) and their German Shepherd dog Thor. During his stay there, Thor starts acting strangely towards him and we get revealed to his slow transformation into a completely uncontrollable werewolf. His last hope is that the family love that surrounds him…

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