Dark and Stormy Night (2009) – [rate 3.5]
A black and white, cliche-filled, overacted, lousy effect-filled murder story in a supposedly haunted house – riddled with revue-type jokes. Why exactly give it 3.5/5 then? Well, because this is a tribute to exactly those movies that made them cliche and it gets it exactly right.
Dark and Stormy Night succeeds in remaining funny and heartfelt all the way through to the end. And there are many small tributes in there that aren’t overly exposed, but sufficiently visible for those who already have a warm place in their heart for this type of B-movie. For those that don’t, this movie could change it and if it doesn’t you’ll be sure to laugh at it, inspite of yourself.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – [rate 2]
B-movies, impossible to rate. If you look at this movie with modern eyes, it hard to see any quality at all. The plot is shaky and incredibly stereotypical. The special effects are limited to a sliding door in a big metal box and a big ray of light emanating from the eyes of a robot that makes weapons disappear. Stuff you can reproduce with garden-variety toys available to everyone today, even without the use of a PC. And there’s not a lot of acting going on either, though that’s not the worst part of the movie, considering other contemporary pieces. Continue reading The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)