Friday Night at the Drive-In Volume 6: Dracula Untold, Ouiji, Flight 7500, Tusk


Dracula Untold (2014)

Starring : Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance

Plot: As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

My Review and Thoughts:

Always been a sucker for vampire films. Specifically when it involves the legend of Vlad the Impaller. This one works. I enjoyed it. I thought it was a great action-packed retelling of the classic Dracula. I think it showcases itself in that wonderful mythical way of legends and folklore.

A nice retelling in that ultra-cool slick special effect way. This showcases the form of CGI Hollywood. The CGI is not done in an over done way but just enough to make it fun to watch.

I liked the more control and exploration of the manipulation and control of the creatures of the night. The use of bats in this, is truly interesting and has a superhero like power. Cool ass vampire effects. Dracula can truly open a can of Whoop ass.

A fun popcorn flick that satisfies in the idea of an action film. A legend. A folklore imaginative warrior come to life with modern Hollywood effects and senseless fun.

The very handsome and sexy Luke Evans does a great job taking over the role of Dracula. He plays the part well and gives the character a sexy reality along with an emotional ordeal. I have to say the star of the show is the legendary Charles Dance playing the Master Vampire. He is perfect in the role. Loved his persona and truly nightmarish form. Would have loved his character to be explored more. That is one major flaw with this film is it felt rushed and quick. The movie could have easily been longer and explored more of the myth and legend of the vampire.

It is spectacular in the visual department. The special effects are awesome and amazing and that's one of its strongest points. Supernatural action entertainment. Turn your brain off and eat your popcorn and just have fun. Don't go into this with History on your mind. Don't go into this seeking Bram Stoker. This is a retelling of Vlad’s beginning.

This is directed by a new comer. This is the directorial debut of Gary Shore. Shores first feature length attempt did what it needed to do for a fantasy action flick of a popcorn nature.

The movie is not great, not award worthy but plain simplistic fun and I enjoyed it and that's all I ask for. I was entertained and will return to its fast action paced form of popcorn entertainment.


Ouija (2014)

Starring: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca A. Santos

Plot: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

My Review and Thoughts:

These boards I’ve always been spooked by. They have always frightened me and I actually have stories to back it up. They have always been the focus point in the horror world or the idea of the paranormal haunting. Countless movies have used the subject as ghost or demons coming from the other side. So going into this I thought here we go again another movie based on an old tired subject. Don't get me wrong, if a movie comes along and does it right and gives some originality to the subject then the film on this idea could work. Sadly this is just another unoriginal horror film using the same old tiring plot. There are your basic cult films or old school drive-in fare such as the 80's Classic Witchboard, even its sequel was fun. Even the psychological demonic horror masterpiece The Exorcist used the concept in bringing Captain Howdy to Reagan through the board.

Now this does not need to be confused with the countless other Ouija films in the many years leading up to this one. 2003 film titled Ouija. 2007 film titled Ouija and the 2011 film titled The Ouija Experiment. This is a whole new movie exploring the old basic concept of you shouldn't play around with the dead. 

This new movie brings the old school over used unoriginal ideas to a new generation of horror lovers. It's not great but it's still not horrible. I found myself enjoying the film for the creepy idea it's a board with the dead talking threw it.

Like all good stupid teenagers in all teenage horror films they go about doing stupid things with their stupidity and end up causing horrible means of unnatural moments that should have never come to reality.

Whether you believe or not, that's not the point. Certain things you should not mess with.

Directed by Stiles White in his directorial debut and co-written by White and Juliet Snowden. For a first attempt it showcases a basic horror with nothing new to add but still is able to entertain in the Drive-In B-Grade Horror fashion. Unoriginal but yet works in a simple reality of a teenage horror setting.

This does have the very beautiful and stunning Robyn Lively in a very small part. My wonderful Teen Witch. Also a small part by the wonderful actress Lin Shaye. Always a treat to see her. Other than that it has your basic young cast. The very gorgeous Olivia Cooke as your main character Laine Morris who decides to play with the board along with her friends. Cooke is always a solid performer and she gives life to her character no matter how flawed her role may be. Also starring the wonderful Douglas Smith. I have followed along with his career and I have always felt he has a natural talent in acting. He is a gifted solid performer and the role of Pete is no different in Ouija.

A nice simple horror film. Nothing new. Nothing great but still held my attention and that's all I ask for. If you want a simple, unoriginal Drive-In B-grade horror film done on the big screen then check it out. It's nothing more than to blow your time with, or simply waste your time with.


Flight 7500 (2014)

Starring: Jamie Chung, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Nicky Whelan, Scout Taylor-Compton, Leslie Bibb, Jerry Ferrara, Aja Evans, Rick Kelly

Plot: Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.

My Review and Thoughts:

Gets these mother F-Ing Ghosts off this mother F-Ing plane.

Fun, typical horror film. A weird popcorn film of simple entertainment. I enjoyed its fun unoriginal and spooky ghost like nature. This adds all the basic Japanese horror films with a mix of old school. Think the TV Telefilm Horror 1973's The Horror at 37,000 Feet mixed with all the cursed Japanese horror films.

A flight. Its passengers and the writer and director of The Grudge series.

Trapped with a dead body is the least of their worries. A wave of paranormal activities and weird, strange things start to take place. This plays out like a fun Drive-In horror of the late night reality of a B-Grade spooks. Horror, mystery and a supernatural ride of classic ghost story trapped on a plane.

One by one the haunting begins as the plane twists and turns and each passenger ends up living a nightmare of survival thousands of feet into midnight sky, (yeah I just made that sound ultra-cheesy but that's the true beauty of this horror film).

As I have stated before this is directed by the master of Japanese horror series The Grudge. He always blends his style of spooks, curses and ghost in a modern setting of survival and Flight 7500 is no different. Fans of this style of entertainment will enjoy. I think that's what's ultimately interesting about the film, is that the majority of the movie at least the first 40 minutes nothing really supernatural happens accept a man dying by unexplained means. After the 40 minute mark is when the weird finally begins. Images, noises, airplane happenings and the boogie man.

I think the films main strong point is building up of the characters. The slow pace adds to the overall appeal in that the characters are more than just let’s be killed. Sadly this film never really got the push in the box office of America and has seemed to be in ultimate limbo of no good promotion or release other than different countries.

It is what it is. Some will like and some won't. I am a sucker for these type films so I enjoyed. I am a huge fan of Drive-In Horror cinema and also all the cursed horror films.

"People are going to start dropping in the aisles with blood pouring out of their anuses."


Tusk (2014)

Starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Génesis Rodríguez, Johnny Depp

Plot: When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

My Review and Thoughts:

I really can’t spend much time on this review, because I just don’t know what the hell I just saw. I don't even know how to review this odd duck.

This is possibly one of the strangest, and absolutely screwed up films. I had no idea what to expect going into this knowing it was written and directed by Kevin Smith. I had pretty much a good idea what I was going to get into but this is so far beyond his other work that it's truly something to remember and something so far out there with originality that it's hard to explain unless you have seen it.

Listening to the plot or watching the trailer, it's almost quite ludicrous sounding, but it's truly a screwed up piece of horror comedy cinema. Kevin Smith is like Quentin Tarantino when saying only in a Tarantino movie, only in a Kevin Smith movie can someone get away with this.

Twisted and disturbing is an understatement or better yet so ridicules that it’s unwatchable.

A one of a kind imagination. A one of a kind insanity that only a gifted writer could fathom into creation or simply put someone with too much time on his hands. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t like it. I don’t know what to make of it.

Like all Smith movies there is an underlining dark comical reality to the film. This is a horror comedy that few outside Smiths fandom will like or get. Those fans of Smiths reality will absolutely get this image and persona of this odd, different and asinine film.

Now this stars some wonderful actors. The one and only Michael Parks. He is a gifted god of acting and an absolute blast in any role he does and this one is no different. He created the part in truly a vision of a sick and twisted man. Loved his persona. He is one of the ultimate strong points to the film. Next I have to say the character of Johnny Depp was amazing and truly weird and comical to see him in this part. I loved him in it. Something strange about the character right along with the strangeness of the film.

This is a movie that expresses itself in all it’s over the top ways. I found myself enthralled with this film. I can only recommend it to people that get the strange and twisted reality of Smith and his dark comical means.

Truly a film that belongs on the drive-in.


Another trip to the drive-in has ended and the night was grand.

Until next time the drive-in closes it's concession, the speakers are replaced, the dust from the unpaved fields is slowly receding. The moon is almost closing it's night time wonder as the morning dew steps in. Good night my drive-in ghouls, good night my drive-in b-movie fiends. Until next time, the cheesy glory sleeps, but not for long, soon the adventure will again ooze itself out from the pits of darkness and VHS forgotten glories.