Halloween Month: Top Five Horror Sequels/Prequels: Part 1

A few years ago, I did a list of my Top Five Horror films, so I thought that this time that I would focus on something similar and that being sequels and prequels.

Annabelle Creation: Starting off the list is the sequel to a film that I didn’t think should have even been made into a film, but I got to say this made up for a lot of the problems that I had about the first film. The film starts off with a family heading back from church, in which their car breaks down and their daughter is killed after running into the road. After a few years the parents take in a group of orphans and a nun to stay and they start noticing weird things going on and we see that the focus targets one of the girls Janice, who has Polio making her a weaker target than the rest of the girls. During several nights, she is awoken by the sounds of somebody running around and finds her way into the daughter’s room, in which she finds the Annabelle doll locked in a hidden room and thus the doll targets her with one case throwing her from the first-floor landing to the ground floor, manages to keep her wheelchair bound. Later in the film the mother reveals what happened after their daughter had died they contacted mediums to communicate with their daughter in which they found notes around the house and then later got permission to have her spirit be transferred into a doll, that doll being Annabelle. But it turns out that whatever entered the doll wasn’t their daughter but in fact a demon that began terrorising the family, even attacking the mother. They got a priest to bless the hidden room and had bible verses to be wallpapered around the walls to reduce the influence and power from the doll. In the end, the remaining orphans and the nun get out alive, but when the police go to find where Janice is and it turns out she escaped and left the doll there. But a few years pass and we find her in a new orphanage and she is taken home by the Higgins, who give her a copy of the original Annabelle doll. But the film makes an interesting turn as it ends with the film wrapping up for the beginning of the first film. Overall, I liked this film a lot better than the first film as the first seemed to be a slight rip off from Rosemary’s Baby and the scares weren’t that good. However, with this the scares were a lot better, with the scariest being when the girl is taken into the barn by a mysterious figure and is where she gets possessed by the doll.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: Another prequel from a recent film series, Ouija: Origin of Evil bring all the bad points for the first film and makes it a great film. The cast for the film is rather short since that it mainly focuses around a family of three, Alice, Lina and Doris, in which the mother is a medium that helps people connect with people who have passed but she is a charlatan. They then buy a Ouija board from a store and they decide to use it for their skits but it turns out that the daughter can channel spirits in which a dark force possesses her and it is during the final act to find out that their house used to belong to an evil Nazi scientist that tortured and killed people. They try to then kill the daughter by sewing her mouth so that the entity can’t speak, but during the process the mother dies and the only survivor being Lina get sent to a mental facility and then, like Annabelle Creation, the film ends with Lina being met by the lead from the first film. Overall, I like this film since that it built up a better story, the Doris being in contact with what appeared to be her father, who had died, but then the realisation that she has being used by the demonic being seemed to be rather sinister. Another thing that I liked about the film was that the films scares were dealt a lot better than the previous film.

Insidious Chapter 3: One of the things that I like about this film is that since it didn’t focus around the story of the original family from the first film since that their story was over and done with at the end, as well as Elise dying and being a spiritual guide for the Nether in both instalments. For this film, it is set years before the events of the first film, in which our main character Quinn trying to in contact with her mother, who had passed away (what a weird coincidence that all three prequels that I have picked have a revolving theme), and she goes to contact Elise but she says that she no longer does readings but she accepts this one but it goes pear-shaped in which a darker entity comes through and she stops the reading and tells her not to contact her mother again. But she ignores it and then a lot of bad things start happening to her, involving being hit by a car and breaking her leg. Then through the rest of the film her and her family start noticing weird things going on in their apartment including them seeing a ghost that is covered in goo. The family try to figure a way to get answers, first by getting a paranormal group to come in to find out the source of the problem, and then Elise comes into find out the problem and they manage to get rid of the evil entity with the help of the girl’s mother and all is right. This is then leads Elise to return to the paranormal investigations with the paranormal group and now is leading to a fourth instalment that is out next year, which I will be probably see. I like this film since that it shows Elise in a different light, knowing that she was sceptical about returning to do reading and the paranormal since that she had lost her husband and felt distant from the rest of the world. Another thing that I liked about this film was that with Quinn being confined is something that does make being scared, not being able to defend yourself from an unknown attacker.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: For a franchise that has gotten a lot out of hand over the past few instalments, with one film seeing a copycat killer and then seeing Jason being resurrected (by accident), this is one of the goofier but good films from the series. The film focuses around Jason possessing people trying to resurrect himself since that it turns out that Jason in fact has a sister, Diana as well as a niece Jessica and she has a child and the only way that he can resurrect himself is by taking over the body of his family. So, the main worry of the film was Jason being incarnated through the baby, but it then turns out that the dead body of his sister is in the old Voorhees house were Robert Campbell had stashed the body in the house for a television show he was making about Jason Voorhees. A lot of the film is rather interesting since that it deals with Jessica & Steven trying to reconcile as well as a bounty hunter who is also after Jason and he also gives a lot of exposition about how to deal with Jason. In the end Jason gets reburned from his sister’s body and is then killed by his niece. One of the things that I really do like about this film is the amount of references to other horror franchises, from Halloween with mentioning of the old Myer’s place, a package addressed from Antarctica for a possible link to The Thing. It is a fun film to watch as well as being the lead in to the crossover for Freddy vs Jason.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Nightmare 3 is one of my favourite films from the Nightmare franchise, it is one of the better told films as well as having more of the most creative ways that people have died. The film also brings back Nancy, from the first film, in which she now works with children/teenagers who have been dealing with nightmares and Nancy finds out that Freddy is back killing teenagers in their dreams again. In the end of the film the teenagers that survive at the end manage to defeat Freddy again, but it came at a cost as Nancy dies, but to make sure that this doesn’t happen again Kristen dreams her into a perfect dream, and we don’t see her again until one of the comic book adaptations where she returns. The things that I do like about the film is the way that Freddy makes his kills in the film with some of them being rather creative and the two that come to my mind are Phillip who starts sleepwalking but what the people that see this happening don’t see is that Freddy is manipulating him by controlling him like a marionette with strings made from his veins and kills him by cutting his strings, making the residents thinking that he had jumped. The second kill that I like in the film was with Jennifer in which Freddy basically forces her to watch television shows with a cameo from Zsa Zsa Gabor, but the best was when Freddy grabs her and hurls her into the TV and we see her body stuck head first in the television with them also thinking that she had took her own life, somehow also lifting herself about 3 or 4 feet off the ground.

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Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

What Happened to Marvel’s Animated Universe?

One of the things that I have liked about Marvel currently outside of its cinematic universe has been their television series like Avenger’s Assemble, EMH and Ultimate Spider-Man, but there is something that I think for the past few years that has been missing. How come there isn’t that much of an animated universe.

There have been a few films out since Marvel Animation opened their doors in 2008 where they have brought out 8 films, however the last film came out in 2011. I think that this is something that could be easily rectified since that the animation that they have put in for the TV series is amazing and that for a feature film it would be good to see.

I think that using the animation that they have at hand could be a good way that they could tell stories from the different series such as notable stories such as Civil War, Secret Invasion or Siege since that seeing it from the source material would be a lot different from what the Cinematic Universe could be coming up with since that they usually just use the story from the comics more as a guideline than an actual story.

But things seem that they could be on the for animated films, however this won’t be coming from Marvel Animation, but from Sony Animation with their animation take for Spider-Man that is still currently in pre-production and currently what is known is this. The film is set to come out next December. Miles Morales is going to be the Spider-Man instead of being Peter Parker and that Shameik Moor would be voicing Miles as well as Levi Schreiber, former Sabertooth, would be voicing a villain.

Hopefully people will go and see this and if it makes a good enough profit and gets good reviews we may see some animated films from Marvel more often.

Top Ten Best Sequels That I’ve Seen

Continuing off from a list I did a few months ago of the worst sequels that I have seen, naturally there is going to be a list of the best sequels that I have seen.

10: The Purge: Anarchy: The Purge films aren’t good when you look at them, but the second film that they made I thought was a lot better than what the first film was. The films focus makes a lot more sense since that it takes place with viewpoints of different people on the day of the purge and how they survive the night, whereas the first film came off as more of a home invasion film. The view points for this is what makes it a good film since that in the end they all end up coming together through the film to act as a ragtag group trying to survive the night, except for one person. Leo Barnes, who is out there acting more as a vigilante and is also out to avenge the death of his son after the guy that killed him got off. The next part of the story gets rather interesting as the group is gathered by security forces that are gathering people in the street to be put into a theatre for the entertainment of upper class purgers who hunt them for sport. But then support appears in the form of the Anti-Purge group who manages to kill the purging team and Barnes uses this to leave and tries to get his vengeance, but that doesn’t happen as a Big Daddy shoots him but Big Daddy is then killed and Barnes manages to get rushed to hospital as he returns to the Purge in Election Day.

9: Friday the 13th Part 2: Set two months/ Five years after the events of the first film we get our introduction to one of the most recognisable horror icons, Jason Voorhees. The first introduction that we have of Jason is him getting his revenge on Alice who killed his mother, from the events of the first film. We then cut to the new batch of camp counsellors and we slowly get more information about the surrounding areas and what has happened, even with Crazy Ralph who warned them about Jason and he is also Jason’s second victim in the film. The next death comes to one of the sheriff who spots Jason and tries to follow him but instead discovers a shack that Jason lives in and he gets hammered. But then we get a good part of the film where we get to see what counsellors are going to be on the chopping block as the rest of them with Ginny and Ted head to a bar and then Jason starts his killing spree. Ginny and Paul return and find the place in disarray but then Jason attacks and Ginny is chased into the woods where she stumbles onto Jason’s shack where he tries to beat Jason psychologically but that ruse fails and Paul arrives for the save, but he gets overwhelmed. Jason goes to kill Paul bit Ginny stabs him in the shoulder ‘killing him’. They return to the cabin but an unmasked Jason appears out of nowhere and grabs Ginny for her to then wake up being loaded into ambulance and she calls out for Paul but there is no answer. I like this film since that I am a big fan of Jason and the way that they built up the kills seemed to be rather interesting.

8: Shrek 2: I think that there has always been the theory that a sequel is better than the first and third film and Shrek 2 is one of the reasons why. In this Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far, Far Away after being invited by the King and Queen, Fiona’s parents, to meet Shrek since that they never went to their wedding. When they get there, the King seems to be rather displeased with what Shrek is since that he thought that he would have been at least human and not an ogre. This then leads the King to seek help from the Fairy-God Mother to woo Fiona and hires Puss in Boots to take care of Shrek. Shrek is convinced to take a potion that makes him turn into a human and the King manages to get Shrek imprisoned along with Donkey, who is now a horse, and Puss whilst Prince Charming is now posing as Shrek, but Fiona gets a feeling that something is off. But the most awesome part of the film is when Shrek and co gets broken out of prison and they construct a giant gingerbread man to help them storm the castle. In the end, Fiona manages to find out the truth and manages to hold off Charming, however when Fairy-God Mother shoots a spell aimed for Shrek but the King jumps in the way and take the shot turning him into a frog, God Mother then gets hit with a spell and disappears. It is a nice ending for the film since that the King realises that it isn’t looks and wealth that make the man but how much he loves her.

7: The Naked Gun 33 1/3: I love the Naked Gun franchise and this is one of my favourite instalments from the franchise since that it was also the last film. The film is based around Frank Drebin who is now retired from Police Squad but he feels now that unhappy now that he can’t take on criminals, legally, anymore. But his wife Jane tries to push him into having a child but Frank keeps putting it off and is then interrupted by Captain Hocken and Nordberg when they ask him to help with their investigation. Drebin agrees to help them as he goes undercover to gain the trust of Rocco Dillon, who plans to blow up something in the film and the first part of the mission ends up being a total fluke. But Jane becomes frustrated with Frank and leaves him where as Frank is placed in jail to help Rocco break out of jail. They manage to break out of jail and they are introduced to Rocco’s mother but Frank must wait a while to learn the plans of what they have planned. Meanwhile Jane goes on a road trip with a girlfriend and she realises that she misses Frank. Rocco then reveals the plan to Frank that they are going to attack the bomb is set to go off at that year’s Academy Awards for Best Picture. Frank and Jane reunite at the awards and they try to find the bomb but it was too late and Rocco and his mother recognise what happens and they kidnap Jane but he manages to save them with a lot of classic Police Squad hijinks including Nordberg assembling a helicopter. They manage to stop the bomb from going off and arrest Rocco and to top the cake, Frank and Jane have a kid. I like this since that it is a pretty stupid film and I love it.   

6: The Dark Knight: The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy sees the Batman face off against The Joker. In this film, we start out with a group of clowns robbing a bank where we find out that the lead clown is in fact The Joker who has been stealing mob money. This then leads Harvey Dent, Gordon and Batman to form an alliance to get rid of organised crime and it manages to work until the remaining gangs align themselves with The Joker and he starts his plan. Dent manages to arrest the mob and Batman goes and drags Lau back from Hong Kong to stand trial, but The Joker starts his threats to kill people unless Batman reveals who he is. He starts his killing by killing Commissioner Lobe, the judge presiding over the mob trial and tries to kill Mayor Garcia at a ceremony but Gordon takes the bullet for him ‘dying’ in the process and Dent finds out that Rachel is the next target. Bruce decides to reveal that he is Batman but Dent reveals that he is Batman and gets put into protective custody and transported where Joker attacks but Batman makes the save. Gordon, who is alive, manages to arrest Joker and interrogates them to find out that he has both Dent and Rachel and bombs are set to explode. Batman gets the location of one of them who he thinks is Rachel but it turns out that he has been sent to Dent’s location where the bombs go off and Dent gets disfigured and Joker manages to escape from jail with Lau but then kills him. Joker manages to convince Dent to seek vengeance and blows up a hospital killing hostages. Batman manage to find Joker and has him arrested but Joker says that with Dent’s rampage going on so Batman and Gordon go there to try and talk sense into Dent, but he isn’t listening to them. So, Dent shoots Batman but Batman knocks him off a building apparently killing him and Batman tells Gordon to make sure that Dent’s memories are kept intact and that he was the one behind the killing spree. I like this film since that the story was intriguing and that it seemed something that The Joker would do, destroying buildings and holding people hostage with insane deals.

5: Ghostbusters 2: I think that Ghostbuster 2 is a more interesting film than what the first film was. In this we get a more complex villain that Gozer since that we get to see what Vigo wants. The story for it is also interesting being set years after the events of the first film and that a lot has changed since that the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business with them starting new lines of work. But the team are reunited when Dana comes to Egon and Ray to help her and then this manages to drag Peter in as well where he starts to have a connection Dana’s child. They team then find that where the baby carriage went off the rails, Ray discovers a river of pink slime in where they manage to get a sample of it and Ray also accidently causes a city-wide blackout. The team gets arrested and put on trial for what they are doing and just as they are getting taken away, two ghosts get released after reacting to the outburst of the judge, the Ghostbusters manage to capture the ghosts and the charges get dropped. Later in the film Dana’s child gets kidnapped by her boss and the team go to take him down, by using the Statue of Liberty and the slime being positively charged to break into the museum. They manage to beat Vigo but he does try to possess Ray but the team blast him and they manage not only to save Ray but they also changed the portrait of Vigo into that of an image of the group protecting Oscar, Dana’s child. I like this above the first since the villain has purpose and I find the jokes and character development to better.

4: Aliens: I’ve went on a lot about why I like this film and I am going to keep this one more on the short side. I like this since that it is set years after the events of the first film and the main development of the film is about Ripley trying to become the surrogate parent to Newt since that during the beginning of the film she finds out that her daughter is dead, due to the passage of time, and it’s to fill the void that she couldn’t have done with her own. I also find the Space Marines getting killed by the aliens to be rather fun since they are going in blind. 

3: Star Wars Ep 5: The Empire Strike Back: Out of all the Star Wars films this is my favourite since that it had a good opening battle scene with the Empire assaulting the Rebel forces of Hoth with them bringing out their latest weapons the AT-AT Walkers and manage to force the Rebels to flee. This then sets up the rest of the film with Luke going off to seek Master Yoda after getting a vision from Obi Wan Kenobi to get trained. But not all things are going good since Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO are trying to escape from the Empire but their hyperdrive system malfunctions so that they had to hideout in an asteroid field where Han and Leia grow closer together. On Dagobah, Luke manages to find Yoda and he starts to train him. Over with Han’s group they head to Cloud City where we are introduced to Lando Calrissian who has the tech to help repair the hyperdrive, however this turns out to be a set-up with Lando being aligned with the Empire and handing them over to Vader. Whilst training, Luke gets a vision of Han and Leia in pain and against Yoda’s wishes he heads to Cloud City. This then leads to three things, the first was Vader freezing Han in carbonite and gives him to a bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who plans to give him to Jabba. Second Lando turns on the Empire and rescues Leia and Chewie since Vader changed his mind on keeping the prisoners. Third, we had the first proper showdown with Luke and Vader and it was a nicely built up fight, for the time, and then the reveal at the end was one of the most historic in the franchise with Vader revealing himself to be Luke’s father. The film ends on a sad note with the Empire being on the upper hand and the Rebels retreating.

2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Out of the majority of the films that have come out of the Marvel Universe there have been only a few of the sequel films that have actually been good and for me Winter Soldier is one of my favourite sequels and films in this franchise. The film takes place after the events of Avengers with Captain America working for SHIELD and starts with a scene with Rogers and a STRIKE team rescuing hostages aboard a boat where he discovers Black Widow on a mission for Fury where Rogers confronts Fury and he gets read in to a secret SHIELD project called Project Insight. But the project seems have a lot of controversy since that Project Insight is three Helicarriers being linked together with spy satellites to take down threats, but since that SHIELD works for the government that means that they would tell SHIELD who their enemies were, which displeases Rogers. Fury then goes to one of the SHIELD officials, Alexander Pierce. We then find Fury being attacked by the titular Winter Soldier and is presumed dead when he gets to Rogers apartment and gives him a flash drive. Pierce confronts Rogers about any information Fury had gave him but he remains that he knows nothing and Pierce brands him as a fugitive and has STRIKE set out to get him. This then leads Rogers and Widow as fugitives against SHIELD to a secret bunker where they discover Arnim Zola who informs them that there have been HYRDA operators in within SHIELD and different governments wanting to take over the world. Later in the film we see Rogers and the Winter Soldiers first fight and Rogers then finds out something rather chilling and that is he know who the Winter Soldier is, being his best friend Bucky who died in The First Avenger. Rogers, Widow, Falcon, Hill and Fury, who faked his death come up with a plan to take down Pierce comes into action with them each going after a different Helicarrier and taking their systems down one at a time. But in the end, it comes down to round two between Rogers and Bucky but Rogers doesn’t want to fight and tries to talk it over but the Helicarrier that they are on starts crashing into the Triskelion and Rogers is thrown out, but Bucky manages to rescue him and disappear leading on to Rogers and Falcon to find him, in the next film. I love this films since that it was different to previous films for Marvel, with it coming off more political and dramatic.

1: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan: This is one of my favourite Star Trek films of all time since that it was one of the most dramatic films of the series as well as being linked into the show. Set after the events of the Motion Picture, Kirk gets promoted to Admiral and oversees the Kobayashi Maru and wishes to be back in command. Later that day McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday when he advises him to get a new command and not be stick behind a desk. Meanwhile on the USS Reliant, they are looking for a planet to test on with a device called the Genesis Device, something that is designed to reorganise matter to create habitable worlds to colonise. Chekov and Captain Terrell head onto Ceti Alpha VI but they are then confronted by Khan Noonien Singh, who was marooned on this planet by Cpt Kirk fifteen years ago and ever since then he has been plotting his revenge with his other supermen and the first stage is implanting small creatures into mind controlled slaves Khan then finds out about Genesis where he then attacks Regular I where the device is being developed by Kirk’s ex-lover and her son David, who is also Kirk’s. Kirk receives a distress call from the space station and takes command of the Enterprise but on route they are attacked and crippled by the Reliant leading to death and injuries of the trainees and Khan reveals himself to Kirk. Khan gives Kirk an ultimatum where he will let them live if they give hive all information on Genesis but Kirk uses this to remotely lower the shields of the Reliant and manage to get off a counter-attack. Kirk, McCoy and Saavik beam down to the station and find Chekov and Terrell, but Khan tells them to kill the team but they able to stop themselves but Terrell died in the process. Khan teleports the Genesis device onto the Reliant and manages to have Kirk trapped on the planet below, with Khan delivering his Shakespearian line and Kirk shouting KHAN. They manage to get off the planet and onto the Enterprise where they lure the Reliant into a nearby Nebula and they have a fight where Khan gets mortally wounded and he activates the Genesis device and tries to kill Kirk and the Enterprise in the process. But there is a problem and that the ships warp drive in which Spock sacrifices himself for the crew and restores the power. The explosion of Genesis creates a planet and we see that after Spock’s funeral his pod lands on the Genesis Planet. I love this film since that Khan is a brilliant villain for the film and the way that Ricardo Montalban comes off is so amazing and chilling that I was rooting for him in the film.

Where is the Final Infinity Stone

I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this weekend and there was one thing that I was rather curious about and that has to deal with what is going to be coming up and that is The Infinity War. We already know of five of the Infinity Stones thanks to the past films and we also know the alternate names as well. We have the Tesseract (Space), Chitauri Sceptre (Mind), Aether (Reality), Orb (Power) and the Eye of Agamotto (Time) but we still have one that is currently unaccounted for and that being the Soul Stone.

Before seeing Guardians, I already had a thought on where we are going to be seeing this and that was at the beginning of Infinity War with that being the first Stone that we see Thanos taking from somewhere in Kree space that could have lead Captain Marvel in pursuit. But with the many post-credit endings for Guardians may have punctured that theory since that one of them revealed that Ayesha had created a new being called Adam and it is lead to be Adam Warlock who is the bearer of the Soul Stone.  

But unfortunately, I think that the after the events of GOTG Vol 2 I think that they are going to be following the Adam storyline there since that I think that Infinity War is going to focus around Thanos gathering the few Infinity Gems that are on Earth, with Vision possibly getting killed in the process since that he holds the Mind Gem.

But Adam could come into action during the events of the sequel, since that according to a possible leak accidently by Zoe Saldana during an interview, that it is going to be called Infinite Gauntlet. On the plus side, Adam was a part of the comic series and there could be some discussion that could make Adam appear then instead of later on in the series. This would also make more sense as well since Infinity War was going to be made into two films being filmed back-to-back, that is now no longer the case and this could mean that we are going to be getting a possible different story for that film.

I think that we might get reference of for the gem in Infinity War with Thanos, Thor or maybe a Star Lord talking more in-depth about the Infinity Gems and how that that when they are all placed together they can be used by one wielder and that we could see the final Stone being shown in a post-credit scene.

How Suicide Squad Could Have Worked

So it has been nearly a year since the third movie in DC Extended Universe and there have been a lot of people that have slated the film, me included. With this I have decided to put down some of the points on what I think could have made Suicide Squad work as a better film.

Cast: One of my problems that I had with this cast was that it seemed to be pretty much a mixed bag and there were a few choices that I thought were either bad or okay. I thought that having Will Smith portraying Deadshot was a little bit weird since that his comic book counterpart was Caucasian but after seeing him in the film he was rather good. The rest of the cast was okay but I did have two problems. The first was Jared Leto as the Joker, he was decent but I did have a problem with him and that was mainly that he was useless in the entire film but I will bring my points back up later. My second problem was Cara Delevingne playing The Enchantress since like Joker I found her to be a rather pointless character and she was supposed to be the villain of the movie. Plus I do have a pet peeve when it comes to casting models in films. But there is one person that I really did like in the film and that was Jay Hernandez portrayal of El Diablo since that he seemed to be the only character that seemed to be only character that seemed to be true to the comic counterpart.

Plot: The plot of this film is rather boring, which is rather strange since that the Suicide Squad stories have been rather interesting. Amanda Waller recruits a team of convicts to be on stand-by if there was ever a time that would come where somebody like Superman (who had recently died) and once the film gets underway, The Enchantress turns on Waller and starts taking over Midway City and starts transforming the populace into monsters. Waller sends out her team and hijinks peruses with Rick Flag’s and his team along with Suicide Squad are sent in to extracting a high-profile target. A side story also involves Joker trying to get Harley out of the group by deactivating her nano-bomb in her neck. The squad finds out that Waller is the target for extract and the Joker reappears with Harley then runs off to be with Joker and manages to get her bomb disarmed but Waller orders her men to shoot them down where it appeared that Joker had died but it turns out that he hasn’t. Enchantress finds out that Waller is there and abducts her but Deadshot discovers her files on the squad and discovers the truth behind Enchantress and Flag reveals the truth and the team abandons him. But after a discussion at a bar they then decided that they are going to finish the mission which they do, managing to destroy Enchantress’s heart and rescued Waller and were sent back to Belle Reve with 10 years reduced off their sentence and Joker breaking Harley out.

I think that the film would have been a lot better if the main villain for the film would have been Joker. It would be a lot more interesting since that I don’t even think that even the casual DC fans or even causal movie fans would know who Enchantress was and having Joker being in the film just seemed to be an advertising ploy by DC to attract people to see the film. Having Joker as the villain would also cause more of a development Harley’s character by having her not knowing whether to trust Joker since that it was his fault that she ended up in Belle Reve. It would have been a lot more interesting than what we got in the film since that Harley seemed to be more interested in being madly infatuated with Joker since that there have been a lot stories more recently where Harley has become more independent which is something that I would have preferred to see.

Designs: I like the designs for a lot of the cast since that a lot seem to be rather practical and even the Joker’s was okay with the way that they were handling his character. But the one design that I hated the most was Harley Quinn’s design. I found it to be the worst out of the cast and I think that it could have been heavily been redesigned to not come of being rather skimpy since that what it pretty much was. I think that it could have been designed a lot better and I hope that in the future instalments for the series that they are going to alter the costume.

Top Ten Worst Sequels I Have Seen

Throughout the years, I have watched a lot of films and when there is a sequel I tend to feel 50/50 going into it since that there are times that sequels have failed to live up to the previous instalment. This is my top ten worst sequels that I have ever seen.

10: Taken 3: I only found out about this film when I saw a trailer for it and then seeing it the following weekend and boy was this a rather boring film. The film revolves around Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) trying to prove his innocence after being framed for murdering his ex-wife and having to evade the LAPD and Inspector Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker). During this whole escapade, we also find out that Bryan’s daughter, Kim, that she is pregnant. Kim then tells him that Stuart, her Step Dad, had started to act scared and has hired bodyguards which is out of character for him. He then finds Stuart who he interrogates to find out that he owed money to an ex-Spetsnaz operative, Oleg Malankov and he was the reason that Lenore (the wife) was killed. Bryan gets into Malankov’s compound and he and Malankov fight but it turns out that Stuart set them both up as it turns out that Stuart was the one behind the murder of Lenore. Stuart then takes Kim, this is near the end of the movie, but Bryan manages to stop them from leaving in a plane and contemplates killing Stuart but Kim tells him not to. In the end Dotzler arrests Stuart, Bryan is acquitted for his crimes and Kim says that she is going to name the kid after her mother ending the film. The film was a rather disappointment since that the ‘Taken’ portion of the film was in the third act and would have been a bit better if it happened during the end of the first (sort of like the first film). Also, Forest Whitaker was pretty much wasted through the film.

9: The Conjuring 2: I think that this film’s main story was okay since that it was pretty much the same that happened in real life. But the thing that I thought was the worst thing about the film being the story of The Nun. The first that we see of the Nun character was during the beginning of the film where Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) are investigating the ‘apparent’ haunting of the infamous Amityville Horror where Lorraine sees her during a vision. She then sees the Nun again in their house during another vision and she then manages to write down its name in her bible which then comes up as a plot point during the end. But the thing that is rather stupid and more likely done for the film was that the ghost that was haunting the family was being used by the Nun. I just found it to be a rather useless plot device that was just there for pointless scares and building for a prequel spin-off to probably try and create the same hype as what Annabelle did.

8: Paranormal Activity 4: This series should have ended at three. The film takes place five years after the events of the first and second film. The film focuses on a new family that takes in their new neighbour’s son after his mother falls ill and weird things start happening to them. Alex and her boyfriend start recording the weird events that start happening and when she shows her evidence to her parent they think that she is crazy. In the end, Katie returns and kills the family and gets back her nephew. The reason why I think that this was a rather bad sequel was that having a cliff hanger ending at the end of two was something that could then give fans theories on what can happen and the third film being a prequel builds up on the reason why they are being haunted.

7: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: This is a bad sequel since that it pretty much had nothing to do with the original movie. This film focuses around a group of people that head out to the Black Hills where apparently in the film The Blair Witch Project was a film and they decide to see what they can find in the woods. But this ended being something rather different since that there was nothing to do with the Blair Witch. But strange things do happen to then such as them finding out that they had their research documents shredded and the camera destroyed but the tapes where perfectly unharmed. More strange things that make no sense happen through the film including dogs appearing out of nowhere but the strangest was the reveal at the end with the survivors showing them killing people, apparently under the control the Blair Witch but that’s not how it works.

6: Alien v Predator 2: Requiem: What would happen if an Alien/Predator hybrid landed on Earth and started impregnating people creating Aliens in a small US town. If you think that this would create a large epidemic you’d be pretty much wrong. This film is rather boring and it pretty much was an unnecessary film in the franchise.

5: Jurassic World: For this position, I originally had Jurassic Park 3 down for this position but I remembered about this film and why I thought it was a rather bad sequel. The film is pretty much the retelling of Jurassic Park but with the twist being that the park ended up being successful and people flock there across the world and head there the same way the Simpsons travelled to Itchy and Scratchy Land. The story focuses on several different themes. The first is about two brothers Zach and Gary who are shipped to the island to be with their aunt who is the parks operations manager so that their parents can have their divorce proceedings without the kids being around. The second story is about Owen Brady (Chris Pratt) who has been training Velociraptors intelligence and a InGen security chief (Vincent D’Onofrio) wants to weaponize the Raptors which they then do to track down the Indominus Rex. But then even more stupidity turns up when it turns out that the Indominus Rex that they have was not only a test tube monstrosity, but it killed the other Indominus that they had and it was smart enough to trick Owen into thinking that it left the enclosure but it then managed to escape and cause mass panic through the entire park and it manages to break into the Aviary and causes the dinosaurs there to rampage through the park causing more chaos. The ending for the film was also a let-down seeing the T-Rex (what we are supposed to believe is from the first film) fighting the Indominus but it wasn’t even the dinosaur that killed it. But with this film being a commercial success and a sequel scheduled which has started filming a few months ago there could be a chance that the faults may be improved from this instalment.

4: Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man 3 was a terrible film in the Spider-Man franchise for a few reasons. The first was that there seemed, like Amazing Spider-Man 2, too many villains with having Venom as the main, but he doesn’t really appear till the final act, Harry Osbourne as the New Goblin and Sandman where we see how he gets his origin story. The story was okay, Peter wants to marry MJ but strange things start happening when a meteorite lands in Central Park turning out that it contains a mysterious ooze. This ooze later in the film then bonds with Peter when he finds out that the person that was responsible for Uncle Ben’s death was the person that robbed the armoured truck giving him a new black suit that seems to increase his strength and he could beat Sandman this time round. As the film goes along the oozes influence starts making Peter’s attitude change but then Peter starts to realise this and heads to a church to get rid of the ooze. But the ooze then attaches itself to a new host, Eddie Brock, who has a lot of anger towards Peter since that he was the person that got him fired at the Daily Bugle. This then leads to a large fight scene where we see Peter having to deal with Venom and Sandman to rescue MJ, but unlikely help arrives when Harry, who has been trying to get his vengeance on Peter through the entire film for the death of his father, decides to help. But in the end, it was rather disappointing, Harry dies after being impaled on his glider saving Peter, Venom also gets destroyed with a pumpkin bomb and Peter forgives Sandman for accidently killing Uncle Ben and disappears into the wind. Overall it was a just okay, but it seemed to be rather hammy in places.  If anyone wants to see what would have made a better version of the film head to What Culture and see the How the Should Made video and it does make sense.

3: TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows: When I saw the trailers for this film I thought that it was going to be an okay film but after seeing it, I was heavily disappointed about the film. The first was being that the film seemed to revolve around elements that already had happened in the first film with the Turtles being at some odds with leadership and decision making. The plot of the film was heavily rushed during the first act of the film with Krang expositing his entire plan to Shredder and what the plot of the film was about. The ending of the film seemed to fall rather flat when Krang turns of Shredder as the Techno drome starts forming in the city and not seeing it be formed in the film was rather disappointing since that the Techno drome is a big thing in the Turtles franchise. Another thing that was bad was the debut of Casey Jones (Stephen Ammel) where his character’s interpretation for Casey was nothing like his counter-part since he was a tough vigilante that was raised on the streets and in the film, he is a corrections officer that turns into a vigilante since that he was responsible for Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady for escaping. But since that it now looks like that there won’t be a third film in the franchise hopefully a reboot can help make it a better film.

2: Friday the 13th Part 5/8: So, I am cheating with this one, both films are bad in the franchise with part 5 not even featuring Jason and it being a copycat killer that uses the lore of what has happened in the past. Part 8 was bad since that the film was called Jason Takes Manhattan and the only shots that we saw from New York were the establishing shots since that they couldn’t afford to film in New York and the rest of the film was filmed on a boat and the city was shot in Canada.  But with the plot of Jason not being the killer was rather interesting at first it was the rest of the film that I found rather boring since it meant that we had to wait a while for the reveal to happen and it just seemed to be rather flat. The other worse thing that happened for part 8 was having the main protagonist having visions of a child and then at the end in the sewers when Jason gets defeated it turned out that the child was actually Jason and that comes out of left field and makes no sense whatsoever.

 1: Halloween Resurrection: This film beings rather well continuing off the events of H20 where it turns out that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now been confined to a psychiatric facility after killing a paramedic that she though was her brother. Michael manages to find Laurie and she manages to chase him around the facility until they get on to the roof where Michael tricks her into lowering her guard where he then stabs her and throws her off the building. End of the film, right? Unfortunately, not since the rest of the film focuses on a new group of people that are here to take place in a livestream event at the house of Michael Myers to find out who had killed him. This then leads for Michael to return home and kill the people that are participating in this even except for two people who manage to survive and the Myers house burns down. However, the film then ends with a cliff hanger where Michael’s body is brought to the morgue (again) and he awakes. I think that this film would have been if there was a more of Laurie in the film or bringing up what happened to her son. Since that in the past it seemed to that Michael was targeting people that was in his family but since that he took Laurie out in the first ten minutes.