Just a quick mention of some things I’ve watched recently on Netflix that fit no particular category.
Mad Monster Party (1967) – Not rated
“Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller lend their vocal talents to this bizarre stop-motion animated parody of horror films. Dr. Frankenstein makes plans for his retirement and convenes a meeting of all monsters to announce his replacement. As word spreads that the doctor is going to choose his young nephew for the position, the visiting creatures plot a coup d’état that would leave Dr. Frankenstein retired … permanently.”
A movie featuring all of the classic Universal monsters (Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Werewolf, The Creature, and The Invisible Man)? Yes, please. Mad Monster Party also featured one of the performances by Boris Karloff that I had yet to hear. Top all of that off with this feature being the precursor to the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and you have quite the winning formula.
Sadly it all comes out half-baked. Boris Karloff is not in much of the film but the egregious sin is that even at a scant hour and a half, this is terribly boring and overstays its welcome. The other voices are grating as Allen Swift does most of them, giving one a fake Peter Lorre, another a fake Sydney Greenstreet, and the main character a terrible Jimmy Stewart impression.
All in all, Mad Monster Party comes across as an extended (over-extended) tech demo.
23:59 (2011) – Rated R
“When an army recruit is found dead during a routine march at exactly 23:59, his fellow soldiers are forced to confront the terrifying secret that’s haunting their jungle island training camp.”
Normally I like Asian horror movies but this one is rather generic. There isn’t much in the way of horrific imagery and nothing about this was memorable. Add in that you’ll have to read subtitles throughout and I really can’t recommend it.
Redemption (2013) – Rated R
“Back home after a harrowing tour in Afghanistan and haunted by his dark past, veteran Joey Jones takes on an assumed identity and tries to atone. But when his pregnant girlfriend is murdered, he must risk stepping into the light to get revenge.”
I like Jason Statham. I really do. Unfortunately, he has been in only a few really good films. He is the new Charles Bronson (in more ways than one as Statham played Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic, a remake of one of Bronson’s best films).
Sadly, Redemption, like so many other Statham movies, is just meh. Redemption is a change of pace but it is still an incredibly cliched, by-the-numbers picture. Statham at least gets to stretch by playing, at various points, a Special Forces operative, a hobo, an enforcer, and an avenging angel.
This is not Statham’s Redemption.