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Full Moon Pictures, Cult Video, A-PIX

So my brother and I decided to watch some movies distributed by Full Moon Releasing and A-Pix: PARASITE, NETHERWORLD, and THE FEAR.

Hey, it's a horror fest, right?

Fun stuff, right?

What crap

What utter crap


Parasite DVDPARASITE - 1982
Rated: USA: R

Featured the talents of Demi Moore in her first (though not last) Horror movie. It also featured the SFX talents of a young Stan Winston, who would later go on to much better things with John Carpenter's THE THING, PREDATOR, ALIENS, and so on.

Parasite 3D
The original theatrical release was in 3D. Not that it helped.

Otherwise this movie, about the world after nuclear war and a company that makes money off of the U.S. government (which somehow has money to spend despite there being no more taxes because the economy is in the hole, everyone is unemployed, and money is worthless) really sucked.

At the end of humanity, the evil "company" (represented by a man wearing black and driving a black car) is making deadly parasites.

Why?

No reason.

Looking at the cover of the DVD you'll see a Porsche (the car in the movie is a Lamborgini) as well as a white guy who is not in the movie, holding up an M-16 / A-1 assault rifle, which also is not in the movie. What is in the movie is three minutes of totally unnecessary start time that the movie would be far better off without. Aw who am I kidding? You'd be better off not seeing this movie at all. I refuse to review this any further. The movie was originally made by KOCH International and distributed by Full Moon and Cult Video. Avoid like the plague it's about.

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Netherworld
Cheesy flying hand effect? Check.
NETHERWORLD - 1992
Rated: USA: R


Is the other movie which had Full Moon Picture's imprimatur. Like all movies made directly by Full Moon, NETHERWORLD has outstanding production values, clean sound, gorgeous cinematography, expensive looking film stock, and nothing else. Oh wait - it has T&A. But if that's your meat you'll find more T&A in any number of direct to video lezzy schlock and shock fests. It also features a flying hand complete with cheesy strings and a poorly imitated PHANTASM flying ball effect. The effects come courtesy of Mark Shostrom (PHANTASM III, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3, EVIL DEAD II, DEEPSTAR SIX). Why this effect wasn't done better I chalk up to the director, since Mark knows what he's doing.

The hand has teeny faces on its fingers that do pretty much the same job as the blades and drills on the silver balls of PHANTASM (same designer). This is not an homage, more of a fromage, and definitely a rip. The chrome flying balls are better, PHANTASM is way better, and didn't have half the slick look of NETHERWORLD.

When I think of all the good Horror stories that are out there that could be bought and made into half way decent Horror movies, I have to ask my self. "Why in the hell does Full Moon go wildly out of its way to make such miserable shit as this when they can just as easily afford to make something great?" THE EVIL DEAD cost pennies to make. Likewise PHANTASM and the DEAD films of George Romero. What's more, there are plenty more young film makers with wild ideas who don't crap a movie out with dishwater artistic endeavors that drag past the film gate forever.

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The Fear
Pathetically obvious rubber suit doesn't help this crippled flick.
THE FEAR - 1995
Rated: USA: R


Is a 5 pound capacity bag filled with 20 pounds of shit. Stuffed to overflowing with confused subplots and riddled through with plot holes, THE FEAR is a movie drowning in its inability to tell a good story. That's too bad because this ocncept of a wooden mannequin that may or may not be alive is a good one (and reminiscent of PIN). Piss-poor editing in the form of people's words being chopped before they complete them; buildups to nude scenes that were obviously filmed but then cut out, and jump cuts from day to night leave THE FEAR as nothing more than broken pieces on the floor.

There is too much going on in THE FEAR that has nothing to do with the story. There are also too many distracting side scenes that take you completely out of the movie. Plus it earns an UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT. So very poor. It does star Horror writer/Director Wes Craven however. He was probably doing a favor for a fan. He's known to have a soft heart for young film makers.

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Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE schlock! Troma is king! I adore Lloyd Kaufmann and Michael Herz! Even when their movies are tripe, they are also fun! There is no fun to be had in PARASITE, NETHERWORLD, or THE FEAR: They're just a drag. A boring drag. They make half-assed drink coasters though.

All the movies had DVD extras but nothing to write home about, especially if you were home when you watched them. I wasted about five hours of my life watching this crap, so I guess I should be grateful. Someone wasted more of their life making it than I did watching it.

REMEMBER: We watch the crap so you don't have to.

KILL THESE MOVIES BEFORE THEY BREED! (Oh wait, THE FEAR did spawn THE FEAR 2)

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This review copyright 2002 E.C.McMullen Jr.

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