films seen
9
average score
1.77*
nationality
USA - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Worthy but flawed

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

by Brian Yuzna
1990 / 90m - USA
Horror
2.5*/5.0*
Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation poster

After having seen the first one, I immediately skipped to the fourth entry in the Silent Night, Deadly Night series, mainly because it was directed by Brian Yuzna. Not that I'm the biggest Yuzna fan, but he usually manages to add something unique to his films. He certainly succeeded here.

What started out as a slasher series becomes a weird, occult creature flick. Ricky (from the first film) still hangs around, but part 4 is about a cult of women who are all about being reborn and getting rid of men. The cult's latest victim is Kim, an aspiring journalist who struggles to land a serious job.

The performances are really bad and the plot makes no sense at all, but the effects are quite gruesome and the body horror is a pleasant surprise. This is not by any means a great flick, but the second half has some pretty freaky scenes, and it doesn't take too long before the madness starts. Fans of body horror and/or creepy crawlers should definitely check it out.

Dubious filler

Beyond Re-Animator

by Brian Yuzna
2003 / 96m - USA
Comedy, Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Beyond Re-Animator poster

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

by Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna
Necronomicon
1993 / 96m - USA
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead poster

Return of the Living Dead Part III

by Brian Yuzna
1993 / 97m - USA
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Return of the Living Dead Part III poster

Bride of Re-Animator

by Brian Yuzna
1990 / 96m - USA
Comedy, Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Bride of Re-Animator poster

Society

by Brian Yuzna
1989 / 99m - USA
Horror, Mystery
2.0*/5.0*
Society poster

The final 20 minutes provide some crazy, over-the-top horror fun, it's just that the 75 minutes leading up it weren't half as entertaining. The film is too easy to read, the actors are pretty bad and the wait for the finale is tiresome, but at least this film delivers at the end. Sadly it's not enough to fully redeem this mess.

Plain forgettable

Faust: Love of the Damned

by Brian Yuzna
2000 / 98m - USA
Horror
1.5*/5.0*
Faust: Love of the Damned poster

Not that I expected great things from this film, with Yuzna it's always best to prepare for a hefty dose of kitsch. The promise of a more fantasy-fueled horror film and Yuzna's tendency to go out all did make me curious. It's a shame the result just isn't all that great, because I really wanted to like this film more.

When John and his girlfriend are attacked by criminals in their apartment, John's girlfriend doesn't survive the attack. John is furious and enters a pact with the devil that will give him superpowers. When John realizes the price for his powers is the soul of his latest love interest, he turns on the devil.

Plenty of good intentions, but the budget simply wasn't there. The effects look horrendous, the nu-metal soundtrack was utterly ridiculous, and the performances are just horrible. It's a mess of a film, but if you look through the poor delivery you can see the bright potential of something that never came to be.

The Dentist

by Brian Yuzna
1996 / 92m - USA
Horror
1.5*/5.0*
The Dentist poster

Irritation overload

The Dentist 2

by Brian Yuzna
1998 / 100m - USA
Horror
0.5*/5.0*
The Dentist 2 poster