Worth A Look: 40%
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1 review, 4 user ratings
by Scott Weinberg
Obviously intent on becoming the K-Tel of the DVD world, Flixmix Inc. has released its inaugural DVD, a compilation celebrating the exploits of modern horror's favorite antagonists. While the DVD is a mixed bag at best, horror fans are likely to find their favorites included.Let's take a look at who's been admitted into the Flixmix Slasher Hall of Infamy.
"Like taking a class in Remedial Slasher"
The Carnage Kings:
Psycho 2 (1983)
Psycho 3 (1986)
Psycho 4: The Beginning (1991)
Now, I'm a huge slasher fan, but I sincerely doubt that Norman Bates deserves to be in this company. (Anyone wonder how a battle between Norman and Leatherface would turn out? I rest my case.) Plus Psycho is no way a slasher movie. The clip here is the shocking climax of Hitchcock's masterpiece, so don't watch it if you're that one person who still hasn't seen this movie.
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth (1992)
Hellraiser 4: Bloodline (1996)
Hellraiser 5: Inferno (2000)
Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker (2002)
The Pinhead clip is actually pretty solid, although (again) it's comprised of the film's final 5 minutes. Pinhead and his cronies finally catch up with the evil Uncle Frank and do just terrible things to him with hooks. If you like this scene, just imagine how cool it would be in the context of the whole movie.
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers (1989)
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Meyers (1995)
Halloween 7: H2O (1998)
Halloween 8: Homecoming (2002)
* Michael did not appear in Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982).
I'm beginning to think this anthology DVD was released by Spoiler Video Inc., because the Halloween clip is also the very end of the movie! Mike gets poked in the eye with a coat hanger, skewered with a knitting needle and shot full of lead before plopping out a window. (Not the cult hero's finest hour.)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)
Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2002)
* Jason did not appear in Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985), aside from some lame-o flashbacks.
OK, the Jason clip I have a major problem with, probably because I was raised on the Friday the 13th movies like kittens are raised on milk. I'm sure it had something to do with contractual obligations (Paramount can be so stingy sometimes!), but WHY show a clip from Jason Goes to Hell? That movie stinks worse than poop on fire. And to make matters even worse, we don't even get to see Jason dispatch anyone! It's just a stupid chase! Surely the reigning King of cinematic carnage deserves a better showcase.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990)
The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994)
Yeah, the Leatherface clip I liked - despite the fact that is also comes from the end of the movie! But then again, just about any random 5 minutes from this movie will shrivel your stones for you. We get to see Leatherface chasing this shrieking banshee of a potential victim up one hall and down another. The clip gives a great sense of the grimy and sickening realism of Hooper's horror classic.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
New Nightmare (1994)
This is probably the best clip in the bunch, as it presents the creepy debut of Freddy Krueger. Plus it's a segment that happens early in the film, which is good for two reasons: It doesn't spoil anything - and it leaves you wanting more. Call me wuss, but Freddy was pretty freakin' creepy in the first Nightmare!
Child's Play (1988)
Child's Play 2 (1990)
Child's Play 3 (1991)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Seed of Chucky (2002)
I suppose it would be difficult to find any good scenes from the Child's Play series, but I have no clue why they chose the silly little nugget from Part 2. Chucky viciously attacks a shrill school teacher. Yawn.
The Tall Man
Phantasm 2 (1988)
Phantasm 3: Lord of the Dead (1994)
Phantasm 4: Oblivion (1998)
Phantasm's End (2002)
OK, now this is the kind of guy you should be introducing people to! Not a traditional slasher, The Tall Man has more elaborate plans for his victims:
He kills people, then buries them in his cemetery. Then after a little while, he digs the bodies up and throws the corpses into a inter-dimensional gateway where they become undead dwarf zombies. Oh, did I mention the killer spike balls? If you're not familiar, this clips includes the debut of the legendary silver spheres.
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
The Ghostface clip is a solid one, the opening scene from the original Scream: Drew Barrymore answering movie questions from a homicidal intruder. Fun stuff.
Leprechaun 2 (1994)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2000)
OK, I'm not at all a fan of this ridiculous series, but the little guy has spawned five whole movies so I suppose his inclusion on this disc is acceptable. Remember the two "Daryls" from the old Newhart show? In this clip, you can watch one of them getting his face pogo-stuck to death by the giggling green freak.
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999)
Clive Barker's hook-handed slasher has a solid debut in 1997, but the sequels of course stink. The clip here is of the ultra-vapid Virginia Madsen staring at Candyman and getting some creepy visions. Blah.
The Dentist (1996)
The Dentist 2 (1998)
Gak! I like gore as much as any other mental patient, but I just don't get the appeal of these ones. Corbin Bernsen take a pliers to the inside of his wife's mouth...and we get to watch. Try not to think of Corbin as the "next big star from L.A. Law" as you watch him leering, drooling and pulling people's teeth out.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)
Now, this is a silly series of horror movies! Essentially the killer can't get to you if you don't make a wish! So if you keep your mouth completely shut, you're safe. How spooky. But this is a devious Genie, and he always finds a way to make people's wishes backfire in the nastiest possible way. (If you wished for a million dollars, this guy would make the money instantly appear...inside your colon!) In this clip, ol' Wishy glues some idiot's eyeballs shut. There's a solid ocean of gore in the original Wishmaster, so I'm wondering why such a weak clip was included here.
Puppet Master (1989)
Puppet Master 2 (1990)
Puppet Master 3: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
Puppet Master 4 (1993)
Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)
Retro Puppet Master (1999)
Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys (2002)
While I'd never be one to knock the film films released by Full Moon Studios, I've never been much of a Puppet Master fan, despite the rampant gore and overt silliness. In this clip we get to see little Blade slice open some guys mouth while Leech Woman regurgitates, well, a leech into a screaming victim's oral orifice. Fun stuff.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Oh, gimme a break. Isn't it enough that Scream was included on this DVD? I can't think of any 'slasher' more goofy than this guy. Ooooh, he has a hook. I'm terrified. Hey, my pool guy has a hook too and you don't see him starring in cleavage-filled slasher-lite flicks.
The Guardian (1990)
OK, I'm guessing this one was a 'dartboard' pick. First off, Camilla isn't a 'slasher' at all. She's the spirit of an evil arborial elemental in human form. (I'll save you the trouble - She's a tree monster.) This clip is comprised of one irate lumberjack chopping hell out of a bloody screaming tree while his wife and infant are being chased around the house by a rapidly deteriorating naked woman covered in gray Play-Doh. My guess is that someone owed William Friedkin a favor and decided to include this turkey.
The Ugly (1997)
Since I haven't seen this particular movie yet, I'll not pass judgment on its inclusion, although here's a tip to the producers: If you're making a compilation of legendary movie monsters, concentrate on the ones that people have actually heard of! Plus I don't know how legendary a killer can be with not one sequel under his belt...
As a juicy (albeit brief) introduction to the world of slasher movies, Boogeymen is an entertaining enough novelty. But for hardcore Gorehounds and old-school slasher freaks, this compilation is nothing more than a lukewarm Greatest Hits collection. (The studio that put this compilation out (Flixmix) plans to release several of these collections, including Best Fights and Biggest Laughs.)
While the 58-minute main feature runs fairly hot and cold, there are a few special features that improve things greatly. There's a rather easy "Name that Frame" game and some informative bios of the Slasher Elite. Robert Englund shows up with a bottle of whiskey and offers an intermittently entertaining audio commentary, although his comments are generally limited to "Oooh, I liked this movie" and "Man, that Chucky doesn't take any crap!"
Also included is a Pop Up Video-esque option that allows you to watch the clips as little trivia nuggets marce across the screen. Of most interest to horror freaks is the rather extensive Trailer Gallery, which offers previews for several classics, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser and Halloween.
Perhaps best suited as a "background movie" for a Halloween party, the Boogeymen compilation is certainly worth a look for horror freaks, though it's certainly nothing spectacular. I'd particularly recommended it to those just getting into the gory stuff for the first time.Anytime you can get together this many homicidal maniacs, some fun is bound to be had.
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originally posted: 10/30/01 07:13:18