Two fun horror movies for the price of one!
John Lindsey | Socorro, New Mexico USA. | 09/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In "The Curse", a young farmboy named Zack (Wil Wheaton) has a dysfunctional family run by his bible-thumping stepdad (Claude Akins) until one night, a meteorite crash lands near the farm. It unleashes a slimey goo carrying alien parasites that suddenly contaminates the area's water supply and makes the crops look all huge and delicious but actually disgusting on the inside, the animals turn bad even if they rot and turns some of the farm owners into zombie-like mutants as now Zack must try to escape. In "Curse 2" which is not related to the first movie, A happy couple (J.Edie Peck and Jill Schoelen) traveling the southwestern part of America near a nuclear testing range that has contaminated the snakes around the area. Clark gets bitten on the hand by a deadly radioactive snake and soon his hand starts changing and he starts to become a mutated killer.
The first one is a highly entertaining and gooey Sci-fi horror shocker inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft story with some decent special effects, disgusting moments like the apple sequence you won't forget, and a couple of good performances by Wil Wheaton and Claude Akins. Sure some of the acting could be better on the other performers and the story a bit more coherent but this is a fun and disgusting movie that was co-produced by Lucio Fulci and is worth watching even for that suprising ending. "The Curse II" is a completely unreleated story but still enjoyable and gory at times with fine special effects by Steve Johnson, it's quite a "Fly"-esque story of mutation and is filmed in my beloved state of New Mexico in Las Crusas.
The DVD on both features have no extras but good widescreen quality picture on the first movie and the second movie has decent picture with full frame.
Also recommended: "The Thing (1982)", "Re-Animator", "From Beyond", "Slither", "Night of the Creeps", "Undead", "Tremors", "Snakes on a Plane", "Ssssssss", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Dead Alive (a.k.a. Braindead)", "Evil Dead II", "Pet Semetary", "Night of the Comet", "Maximum Overdrive", "Pitch Black", "Die Monster Die", "The Gate", "The Deadly Spawn (a.k.a. Return of the Aliens)", "Lifeforce", "Event Horizon", "Creepshow", "Deadly Friend", "Day of The Traffids", "Return of the Living Dead 3", "Resident Evil", "Xtro", "Shivers", "The Fly (1986)", "The Blob (1958 and 1988)", "C.H.U.D.", "Leviathan", "The Green Slime", "The Evil Dead", "Doom", "Contamination", "TerrorVison", "Bride of Re-Animator", "Beyond Re-Animator", "Critters 1 & 2", "Killer Klowns from Outer Space", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1957 and 1978)", "Them!", "Bad Taste", "Insemenoid", "Nightbeast", "The Faculty", "Species", "X-Files: Fight The Future" and "Videodrome"."
Unforgettable 80's horror classic
Mohd Yusoff | Penang,Malaysia | 09/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting for so long for this 80's horror classic to release on DVD.From beginning to the end,nothing boring from this sci-fi movie.J.Eddie Peck was so phenomenal bringing his character on the silver screen.Not to mention a steamy and shocking scene!I never watch any kind of movie showing snake come out from the chopped hand.Is that amazing? The effect was excellent for the 80's period and the storyline also smooth and easy to understand.What more I can tell about "Curse 2 The Bite".Almost perfect!I love watching "The Curse" even though there's no connection with" The Curse 2".This movie also quite good and worth watching!"
My Mother The Murderous Mutant...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 01/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE CURSE is about a kid named Zack (Wil Wheaton from Stand By Me and "Star Trek TNG") who finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion. Zack lost his father, and his mother is now re-married to Nathan, a rigid religious nut (Claude Akins) w/ an awful bully of a son named Cyrus (Malcolm Denare from Christine and Popcorn). They all live on Nathan's farm in Tennessee. One night, Zack's frustrated mum decides to sneak out of bed and sleep with the burly farmhand. You can hardly blame her, as hubby is a stone-cold dud in the sack, unwilling to respond to her advances. Anyway, that same night, a meteor crashes onto the farm with a tremendous explosion. This thing is no ordinary space rock! It's cold, and it pulsates eerily! Soon, it melts, seeping horrendous goo into the ground like a river! This in turn pollutes the water table, causing the well to be infected with interstellar slime! Yep, you guessed it, everyone drinks this vile liquid, and all the farm's crops are watered with it! The livestock start getting weird. There's even a mad chicken attack! Mum is the first human to act strange. The rest of the family joins her in short order. Zack and his sister, Alice (Amy Wheaton) avoid the putrid food and water, only to be surrounded by their mutated, homicidal, orally oozing relatives! THE CURSE is a lesser known 80s classic, sort of the grand-child of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and the grand-dad of movies like SLITHER. CURSE 2: THE BITE is not so much a sequel as it is a goofy spin-off. The story is completely unrelated to the original. This go round we get a guy named Clark and his girlfriend traveling through a government testing site in Arizona. Of course, radiation has caused desert animals (rattlesnakes this time) to mutate into vicious killers! Not only that, but the venom of these creatures causes further mutations in their prey! Clark is bitten and begins changing in bizarre ways. He becomes a crazed maniac with a unique method of killing anyone he comes in contact with. C2 is a gore-drenched semi-masterpiece of insanity! We also get Jamie Farr (!!) as a salesman turned gun-toting hero; and Bo Svenson (Snow Beast) as the sheriff! Together, CURSE 1 and 2 make for a nice Saturday double bill..."