Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988) - Movie Review

The changing of the guard?
Good news folks! Halloween is just around the corner... Are you excited? I know I am, and one of the things that I look forward to doing every year (at least till they run out,) is doing a review for one of the, 'Halloween' movies!

I mean let's be honest folks, these movies really do symbolize the haunting awesomeness that makes doing a horror movie marathon so awesome!

Wit that said, the next movie that I am doing in this lot is: Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)!

A killer movie, that ushered in one of the great scream queens!
Directed by: Dwight H. Little (Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid), and starring: Danielle Harris (Halloween), Ellie Cornell (House Of The Dead), Donald Pleasence (Halloween 2), George P. Wilbur (Die Hard), Beau Starr (Goodfellas), Kathleen Kinmont (Bride Of Re-Animator) & Sasha Jenson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Now before I continue on with the story, I should say this, when John Carpenter tried to take the Halloween series back to where he had originally wanted it to be (basically as an anthology series of movies with different stories,) and made Halloween 3: Season Of The Witches (1982) as it's own independent movie completely separate from the original story line... Well that concept pretty much didn't work, and so the studios brought us back to, 'Haddonfield', with Halloween: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)!

"Why now? You waited ten years. I knew this day would come. Don't go to Haddonfield, If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael?" - Dr. Sam Loomis to Michael Myers (a quote from Donald Pleasence in, Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)!)
It looks like is niece is not to happy to see her uncle!

As for the story, this movie takes place about ten years after that fateful Halloween night of 1978... Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is in a coma, the scarred Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) has never really gotten over it, and Laurie Strode is dead... And the rest of the town has begun to forget about it... Including Laurie's daughter, 'Jamie Lloyd' (Daniel Harris), who seems to know nothing about it!

All seems to be quiet, eh?

Well when a team is sent in to bring the slumbering giant mass murderer, he learns something new about the family he likes to visit on Halloween... And that is that he has a niece living in his home town!

This of course wakes ole Mickey up, and takes out his jailers, and heads home to, 'meet' his young niece...

And as for the new family that Jamie is living with... Well they are about to discover the deadly secret of her family when they meet her uncle, and he tries to take them all out!

Jamie's new family after meeting Jamie's old family!
In the end, this movie I am gonna say is not quiet as good as the classic movie that John Carpenter (Halloween) made, but considering how young Danielle Harris was in this movie, she did an absolutely brilliant job portraying Jamie, and Ellie Cornell... Lets just put it this way, after seeing this movie and the element of scary realism that those two put in to this film... Well... Danielle Harris became my favorite actress after this, and when ever I get the chance, I do try to find any Ellie Cornell movie that I can, because she is just fantastic!

Two great actresses, that really brought this series 
And as for everyone else... Well lets just put it this way, they did a brilliant job!

And the story... Awesome! The only things I didn't like about this movie are as follows:

1. There are a ton of retconned story lines in this franchise, and when I found out that Laurie Strode was still alive, and faked her death so that she could go and live in California... Well let's just put it this way, it kind of destroyed a little bit of both story lines for the Jamie Lloyd Halloween films, and original series as well...

2. The last thing that I am I going to have to say that I really didn't like about this movie is the mask... I know it is a dumb thing, but this one in my opinion is the worst of the entire batch of movies!

Anyway, if you haven't seen this movie yet, check it out... It is a good, one and well worth it! I thought so, and I suspect you will to!

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Five Great Modern Pulps You Are Gonna Love!

Pulp Magazines were and still are great magazines! 
Most people probably don't recognize the pulps for what they were back in the day... Well just a little bit of history...

Pulp Magazines way back in the day were these really inexpensive magazines that a lot of the authors from way back when used to write for, they were cheaply made, and had cheap and easy, and often times very fun stories in them...

Now a lot of these magazines were pretty famous for their science fiction stories... But there were a ton of other great stories from a bunch of different genre's!

Well since about the late 40s/early 50sish, with economic prosperity coming back to the country in a major way, and with the division of resources being more directed back to the United States and all, the concept of the basic pulp magazine has since changed dramatically... But not all together leaving behind the format that made the original pulps so spectacular! And so I thought that you guys might enjoy these five great modern pulps that I know you are going to love!

At number 5: Astounding Tales.
A great pulp magazine who has been entertaining audiences for literally decades!

Number 4: Out Of This World Adventures.

Another great pulp!
3: Terror Tales.

Terror Tales... A classic horror pulp!
At number 2: Horror Stories.

If you're looking for a great horror pulp, then this is definitely one of them!
And last but certainly not least, at number 1: The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction.

There are a lot of other great pulp magazines, and if you like what you have seen so far, check out what we have to offer on HellsDepot.com, by clicking here: 

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Rampage (1986) - Video Game Review

I know that today most people are familiar with XBox One, Playstation 4 and the lot, but when I was a kid it was all about owning the latest awesome video game for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System...) And you know what? There was a lot of them! 

One of these games is actually believe it or not one of the first video games I ever played on any system... And this one... Believe it or up til recently I hadn't played since I was 4 years old! That game is, Rampage (1986) by Bally Midway (a.k.a. The former, 'Midway Games'!) 

Rampage... A classic NES game that maybe as much fun on other systems, but for my money, the original will always be the best!
Now this game started off as an arcade game back in the mid 80s... For myself though, I only got to try it the one time when it was an arcade game, and the truth is, is that this game was pretty amazing in the arcade... (I would go so far as to say that this game's format for me... I think that, that was probably in the arcade!) 

Anyway, basically this game's story tells of a group of humans (in the first one it is only two humans,) who end up being mutated in to giant King-Kong & Godzillaish style monsters, and the idea is that through the game you go through city after city in the United States destroying one after another until you have essentially made a full circle through out the country, and parts of Canada! 

King-Kong anyone?
I have to say that smashing buildings to rubble is a ton of fun! 

Ok, so that maybe the best part of the game... But there are some other good stuff in this game... I mean it is easy to control, and considering how long this game is, the music and graphics are pretty fun! 

Now for the bad part... This game has about 128 levels... And where as about the first 50 levels or so are a ton of fun to play in a row... Much after that the game starts to get a little dull... 

So if you are planning on going through the game from beginning to end, you might want to spend a few days or a week on this one... But if you do, you won't regret it! 

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