(ahem, ahem...putting on my Movie Trailer Guy voice) In a world where the first thing was a smash hit that all you suckers went and brought expensive tickets to, our hero is back to finish taking care of business...or, as much as business as possible before the third installment. See us do everything done bigger, badder, and more explosionier! The makers of Wednesday bring you...
Yes, that means it's time for Thursday Movie Picks and yes, the topic for this week is Sequels. Aha! That's why I did a list of prequels, yesterday. Timing young'uns, timing. Click over to the site of Wanderer, our host - Wandering Through the Shelves, for all the rules on this thing. As for me, well, I did what I do - try to suggest some movies you haven't seen.
Scream Blacula, Scream
(1973)The original, 1972's Blacula is a 'hood classic. It's an origin story of something that didn't exist in cinema before that movie, at least to my knowledge, a black vampire. The sequel sees our titular bloodsucker doing battle with a guy who yearns to be the High Priest of his voodoo cult. And ever the charmer as a vampire must be, we also see him putting the moves on the one and only Pam Grier. (My full review)
Death Wish II
(1982)The first Death Wish gave us a template for vigilante movies that's been copied thousands of times since. Of course, all of its own sequels are counted among those thousands. The original saw the hero's wife beaten and killed and his daughter left permanently catatonic after being gang-raped by a group of young thugs. Charles Bronson takes his .44 to the streets of New York and gets some justice. This time around, our hero has moved to Chicago where his housekeeper is gang raped and killed and his daughter is kidnapped, raped, kills herself trying to escape her assailants. Yup, time to get the .44 out once more. Well, a few more times since there were four of these movies. Each is more bonkers than the one before it.
(2008)This is the fourth installment in Sylvester Stallone's other well known franchise, reprising his role as unstoppable Vietnam Vet, John J. Rambo. This time, there is some sort of story I suppose. Let's be honest, though, it doesn't amount to a hill of beans. The worth of this movie is that it's about 90 minutes of Sly going all one-man-army and causing a seemingly endless parade of gory mayhem. He doesn't just kill people, he kill's em good. By the hundreds.
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