The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A boy born of a mute rape victim on Christmas day becomes a Werewolf and terrorizes a small town in 18th century Spain.
2) The young man who transforms into the Werewolf is not completely evil but rather a sympathetic character as he’s willing to get himself killed to save the innocent victims.

 

 


CONS –
1) The first act of the movie introduces us to a cruel marqués who imprisons a begger. This entire subplot (though intriguing) was completely futile in the larger context of the movie.
2) We didn’t get the full view of the monster until the climax.

 

 


QUOTE –
What worries me is that the girl upstairs is about to have her baby. And as like as not…it will be born on the very hour of our Lord’s birth. For an unwanted child to be born then…is an insult to heaven,señor. That’s what I was taught.

Charley Varrick (1973)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A former stunt pilot with his wife, and an accomplice rob a rural bank in New Mexico. The heist is successful but he later realizes that the bank manager was secretly involved in money laundering operation and the money they robbed belongs to mafia. Now Charley Varrick need to outsmart the police as well as the mafia.
2) Walter Matthau’s performance as Charley Varrick was outstanding. Even the audiences will left surprised with his unexpected elaborate planning.
3) Main Theme by Lalo Schifrin.
4) A lesser known and underrated Don Siegel film.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Molly: I don’t sleep with whores… at least, not knowingly.

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A penniless violinist is dismissed from Paris Opera House after working there for 20 yrs. To make the matter worse, he was anonymously funding for voice lessons of a young soprano whom he secretly loved. After a misunderstanding, he ends up killing a publisher and got his face scarred by acid. Now wanted for murder, and dwelling in the opera’s underground sewer, his sole purpose is to establish the singing career if his love interest in the opera even at the cost of murdering any competition.
2) Watching the movie in Technicolor is always a charm.
3) Nelson Eddy & Edgar Barrier as the two suitors in love with Christine DuBois, made it appear like romantic-comedy.

 

 


CONS –
1) Unlike The Phantom of the Opera (1962), the movie follows a chronological order leaving no thrill/suspense for the audiences. Also, the title character Erique Claudin is not a victim but just an obsessive lover.
2) Claude Rains as Erique Claudin/The Phantom Of The Opera is sidelined as a supporting character.

 

 


QUOTE –
“Are you suggesting that we re open the Opera with a murder as an added attraction?”

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Six US Soldiers witnessed and desecrated a cult ceremony of Cobra Goddess. The priest cursed them of all death, one by one.
2) A well made entertainer everyone can enjoy.
3) This movie heavily influenced almost a dozen Nagin revenge movies in Bollywood including the cult classic Nagin (1976) which is the exact copy of this movie.

 

 

CONS –
1) The climax is a let down.

 

 


QUOTE –
Priest: The Cobra Goddess will avenger herself! On by one, you will die!

Bend of the River (1952)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Two men with a history of violence scouting homesteader’s wagon train. The primary theme is whether a person with an unlawful past can be given a second chance.
2) Full of adventurous wagon chase action where the limited food supplies are sought by new settlers as well as by gold miners.

 

 

CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Jeremy Baile: When an apple’s rotten, there’s nothing you can do except throw it away or it will spoil the whole barrel.
Glyn McLyntock: Well, there’s a difference between men and apples.

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The annual Purge returns with a new set of hunters and victims. It’s definitely better than The Purge (2013).
2) There are some realistic addition to the dystopian Purge like the upper-class wealthy Purgers bidding for human hunting, and the anti-purge resistance group. The primary concept created by James DeMonaco is so fascinating that its almost equivalent to Orwell’s 1984. Unfortunately, this franchise awaits a good plot with a good cast.

 

 

CONS –
1) The cast is relatively unknown. Not a single A-List actor.

 

 

QUOTE –
Carmelo Johns: Get ready to bleed, rich bitches! This is our time now!

Hard Target (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A criminal organization that arranges human hunting as a sport for wealthy individuals messed up this time with the wrong person. Huge explosions, stylish gunfights, slow-motion action scenes, doves, round-house kicks, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Its John Woo in all it’s glory.
2) The entire action sequence with the bike chase is probably one of the best action scene in John Woo library.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Chance Boudreaux: Hunting season… is over.

Les Misérables (2012)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A lifelong journey of an ex-convict Jean Valjean whose life is transformed after witnessing an act of mercy by a Bishop. Throughout his topsy-turvy journey, he’s chased by a police inspector called Javert who dedicated his life to imprison Valjean once again.
2) Great production-value and a huge star-cast.
3) Epic length musical with parallel themes of justice, romance, and revolution but most importantly self-sacrifice.
4) One Day More

 

 

CONS –
1) Average singing performances.

 

 

QUOTE –
Marius: Oh, my friends! My friends, don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for! Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends shall sing no more.

The Sting (1973)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A classic caper from the team of George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford who gave us Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
2) A small-time con-man [Robert Redford] took the revenge of his murdered partner from a Chicago crime boss, with the help of a veteran con-man [Paul Newman]. The movie starts slow however, the plan is so elaborate that by the time we reach the climax even the audiences will be left dumb-struck.
3) The innocent-looking waitress was the notorious assassin Salino all along. That was one shocking twist.
4) Full marks to David S. Ward for the brilliant original story.
5) Classic piano-based soundtrack featuring music of Scott Joplin including “The Entertainer”.
6) One particular aspect of this movie is the use of painted title cards before each chapter viz “The Players”, “The Set-Up,” “The Hook,” “The Tale,” “The Wire,” “The Shut-Out” and “The Sting.”

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Doyle Lonnegan: Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it?
Johnny Hooker: He cheats.

Siren (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A bachelor party took the wrong turn of events resulting in a succubus getting released from the captivity of the mysterious club owner, Mr. Nyx.
2) An almost unknown cast but still decent performance.
3) Hannah Fierman’s character of Lily single-handedly elevates this movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Mr. Nyx: My, my… Hell is emptying and the devils are all here.