Rubber

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Rating: ** (two out of five)
Year: 2010

Plot: There’s a killer on the loose. He (or she) starts out very small, just killing old beer bottles and hapless rabbits, but then his thirst for mayhem vulcanizes. Spoiler Alert – the killer is a tire. The killings and stalkings are increasingly interrupted by demolition of the 4th wall by the director and the audience. This appears to anger the tire more than being run over or passing by the town’s tire fire. The film climaxes with an the unveiling of THE TRICYCLE OF ABSURDITY.

Review: Why should you watch this movie? No reason. Well, no great ones anyway. In some ways, the movie is incredibly unique, but in most ways, just incredibly awful. You can see the path the director is trying to tread, and he actually gets close to really turning the whole genre on its axel by challenging so many tropes, but the execution leaves the viewer feeling deflated. Exposition scenes can’t get enough traction and drag on far too long, you’re hit too hard over the head with justification for what’s happening, and the script/acting are very flat. The star of the movie is certainly (the tire) as the effects team does a fantastic job of anthropomorphizing the inert hunk of rubber. All this being said, the movie was worth watching simply for the originality of it, and I’d certainly prefer spending a Sunday afternoon watching it than a NASCAR race.

Notable scene: When the maid catches Robert totally naked in the shower.
Gore:            Buckets
Sex/Nudity: Nipples
Scariness:     Screams
Campiness:  Donald Pleasances
Creepiness:  Cellar Doors
Munchy Suggestion: A variety of fancy cheeses.
For More: Information than you require about the flick, look here: Wiki or here: IMDB.
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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Rating: **.5 (two and a half out of five)
Year: 1920

Plot: In super old movies, it can be tough to follow a plot, but here’s what I was able to follow: A turn of the century town in Germany has the typical goings-on. Guys are mack’n on ladies – carnival comes to town, etc. One of the acts at the carnival is this creepy looking old guy who has a sleepwalker in a coffin. When the sleepwalker wakes up briefly, he can tell the future. It also seems like his boss (Caligari) can make him run around at night and kill people. Not clear why Caligari wants to kill people, but having a zombie commando is a good way to get rid of people for investigating you for sending the zombie commando to kill people. The sleepwalker dies after trying to steal a lady, leaving his boss to go back to his day job as overseer of the local mental institution. The cops keep on his heels though and determine that he’s seeking come ancient knowledge about somnambulism. Eventually their investigation spoils the ending of Shutter Island.

Review: A lot of the same things can be said for this movie as could be said about many other horror movies from the era. It was groundbreaking – years ahead of its time – laying the foundation for most of the movies we watch today. And its kinda boring. While I wouldn’t want to turn off the lights and watch this by myself on Halloween night, its great to watch with friends as its silent nature makes for good MST3K fodder. What really stands out in the film is the set design (apparently the right angle wasn’t discovered in Germany until 1921). The visage of Dr. Caligari is also truly disturbing. The movie is weird enough to keep you guessing the whole time.

Notable scene: When the guy who was trying to marry the pretty girl couldn’t find his fiber pills so he called the guys with mustaches (i.e. the cops).
Gore:            Buckets
Sex/Nudity: Nipples
Scariness:     Screams
Campiness:  Donald Pleasances
Creepiness:  Cellar Doors

Munchy Suggestion: Beet chips.

For More: Information than you require about the flick, look here: Wiki or here: IMDB.
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