Who doesn't love The Rock? Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock was always one of my favorite wrestlers. I actually bought several Versace shirts to mimic his style back in the late 90s. He was one of the greatest talkers in the sport if professional wrestling.
When he transitioned to films I couldn't be more excited. From fighting in The Mummy Returns to his blockbuster hits like Jumanji The Rock has proved why he is the most electrifying man in entertainment. TV, films, tequila, he's done it all. Narrowing down his top 5 Films was hard. I didn't include The Fast and Furious films in the list as those are more co starring roles for him. Like I said this was a hard list as I love all his films, but here, in my opinion, are the Top 5 Films of Dwayne The Rock Johnson
5) Central Intelligence: The Rock really showed off his comedy chops in this one. Sure he's been funny in other films, but there was something special about this performance as he showed a lot of vulnerability. Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone is now a lethal CIA agent who needs Calvin's number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.
4) Rampage: Usually films based on video games stink. However that was not the case with Rampage. Primatologist Davis Okoye (The Rock) shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla that's been in his care since birth. When a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong, it causes George, a wolf and a reptile to grow to a monstrous size. As the mutated beasts embark on a path of destruction, Okoye teams up with a discredited genetic engineer and the military to secure an antidote and prevent a global catastrophe.
3) Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock and Jason Statham together? Now that's a dream team up. Spinning The Rock's character from the Fast and Furious into his own starring role was genius, and the results were amazing. Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba)is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could wipe out half of the world's population. It's now up to hulking lawman Luke Hobbs (The Rock)and lawless operative Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to put aside their past differences and work together to prevent the seemingly indestructible Lorr from destroying humanity.
2) Pain and Gain: Some loved it some hated it. This came very close to being number one. Based on a true story believe it or not Michael Bay directs a very Un-Michael Bay film. The Rock steals the film as a coke snorting Jesus freak. Danny Lupo (Mark Wahlberg), manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul (Dwayne Johnson) and Adrian (Anthony Mackie) as accomplices. After several failed attempts, they abduct rich businessman Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) and convince him to sign over all his assets to them. But when Kershaw makes it out alive, authorities are reluctant to believe his story.
1) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: If there ever was a film better than it had any right being It's Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle. More of a continuation of the 1995 film as opposed to a remake The Rock leads an all star cast with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillian an more in one of the most enjoyable adventure films ever made. Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.
As a child no one idolized "Rowdy" Roddy Piper more than me. I booed Hulk Hogan Everytime they battled. I wore my "Hot-Rod" shirt all the time. I wanted to be just like him. Good guy, bad guy, it didn't matter to me. He was the greatest talker in the sport in my opinion. When he transitioned to films I was elated. In fact I went to see They Live simply because I saw him in the commercial.
When I heard the news that he passed back in 2015 I remember just sitting there. I was of course we'll into my late 30's but clearly an important part of my childhood, hell even life had passed away. It truly was a sad day. I was fortunate enough to see Roddy Piper wrestle live when I was a kid. He fought Adrien Adonis. I was going to meet him at s Spooky Empire convention and finally get a pic and his autograph and more importantly shake one of my heroes hands but something came up and I couldn't go. Sadly I will not get that opportunity again.
With over 50 titles under his belt there are a lot of great ones to chose from. Action, horror, comedy, he did it all. I rewatch his films all the time. Like I said with so many under his belt it's hard to pick the best. But I'll give you my opinion. So in my opinion here are the Top 5 Films of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper!
5) Body Slam: If you don't count his uncredited appearance in The One and Only, Roddy's first with was Body Slam. He played "Quick" Rick Roberts. The film revolves around a down-and-out music promoter named M. Harry Smilac (Dirk Benedict) who inadvertently becomes a successful professional wrestling manager. He manages the team if Rick Roberts (Roddy Piper) and Tonga Tom (Samu Fatu). After being exiled from the business by rival manager Captain Lou Murano(Lou Albano) he finds success in promoting shows that feature both wrestling and rock music. The film features many well-known wrestlers of the time and references the Rock 'n' Wrestling era of professional wrestling. Ric Flair, Bruno Sammartino, Freddy Blassie, The Wild Samoans, and more. This is still funny all these years later.
4) Tough and Deadly: A fantastic straight to video action film from 1995 when the home video action boom was in full effect. Roddy made a never of these films, which were all excellent in my opinion. This is his second film with Billy Blanks. Piper stars as Elmo Freech a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland (Blanks) a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveal a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington. Martial arts and gun shooting galore abound in this one.
3) Immortal Combat: Nothing to do with the game but it's sure exciting. LA Cops John Keller (Roddy Piper) and Jiro "JJ" Jintani (Sonny Chiba) are investigating a serial killer known as The Signature Killer. After he kills one of their fellow officers and is shot dead his body goes missing. Keller goes rouge and travels overseas to investigate the HybriCo Corporation which is ran by the evil Dr Quinn (Meg Foster) they are bringing people back from the dead as killing machines and now Piper and Chiba must battle them and put an end to the corporation. Side pice of trivia the late Art Barr has a cameo as a waiter, and Chris Jericho has a quick appearance as a fighter. Great action packed violence for all.
2) Back in Action. Originally the sequel for Talons of the Eagle, Back in Action was changed and became the first team up of Roddy Piper and Billy Blanks. What followed was one of the best straight to video action films of all time. Wall to wall martial arts battles explosions and shootouts make this one of my all time favorite action films of all time. Piper starts as maverick cop Frank Rossi. He is investigating a local drug operation when his partner is killed durring a shootout. At the same time former special forces soldier Billy (Billy Blanks) finds his sister is dating one of the goons. When his sister becomes targeted by the group he uses his martial arts skills to go after them. Piper who is now out for revenge teams up with Blanks to destroy the entire organization. Blanks amazes with his martial arts skills, but Piper hitting a bulldog on one of the bad guys still made me pop more. This came close to being number one as the action as well as the chemistry between Piper and Blanks was fantastic.
1)They Live: No shock here. The film that put Piper on the map in terms of Hollywood. Directed by the frat John Carpenter They Live stars Roddy Piper as Nada. He's traveling looking for work and takes shelter at a homeless camp where he befriends Frank (Keith David) One night durring a raid he discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens. Featuring the most iconic fight scene in film history They Live is a true masterpiece that holds up perfectly to this day.
Hunting humans for sport is a great idea for a film. I mean come on Most Dangerous Game came out in 1932 and it's still being done to this day. This plot has been done on everything from low budget to big blockbusters. Having it done for a game show like Running Man or s contest like The Tournament is even part of the genre. I mean think about it. It had a sub genre now. So here are, in my opinion the Top 5 Hunting Humans for Sport Films
After a recruiter sees him winning a bar fight, Tyler Verdiccio (Lorenzo Lamas)is kidnapped and thrown into an abandoned industrial complex which has been converted into the arena. Along with his lover Jordan (Kathleen Kinmont), and another kidnapped man, Verdiccio is hunted by mercenaries in a televised death duel which is the main event for a multi-million dollar gambling racket.
The Running Man
In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.
Surviving the Game
When Mason (Ice-T), homeless and living on the streets of Seattle, hears about a job as a hunting guide for a group of wealthy clients, he gladly signs on and is taken to a cabin in the middle of a Pacific Northwest forest. There he meets psychiatrist Doc Hawkins (Gary Busey), oil baron John Griffin (John C. McGinley) and Wall Street investor Derek Wolfe (F. Murray Abraham). The next morning, however, Mason is awakened to learn that he's the prey the men will be hunting
Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a sailor skilled in martial arts, is employed to guard Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler) as she tracks down her father, an itinerant Vietnam veteran living in New Orleans named Douglas (Chuck Pfarrer). They soon uncover a sinister group of wealthy men who hunt the homeless for sport, paying them $10,000 if they can survive a crosstown journey. When Chance discovers that Natasha's father was one of their victims, he decides to destroy the evil hunters.
The best hunting human film ever made. Fast-talking Latino con artist Pestario "Pest" Vargas (John Alberto Leguizamo) is the target of Scottish mobsters to whom he owes a considerable debt. Willing to do anything to raise money and avoid severe injury or death, Vargas agrees to a very unusual job -- he will be transported to a remote island and hunted by Gustav Shank (Jeffrey Jones), a racist German executive. If he can survive a full day and night, Vargas gets $50,000 and will be set free. Is he wily enough to elude Shank?
“One batch, two batch, penny and a dime” The Punisher (And no its not a real book if you have been wondering that)
Here we go number one, the one you have been waiting for, the best version of the Live Action Punisher. And is you watched it, it should come as no surprise that it is the now cancelled Netflix Series starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle aka The Punisher. Making his debut in Season Two of the also fantastic Daredevil series, the Punisher Netflix show is the definite version out there. A complete and very accurate origin, filled with violence, great acting, great supporting characters, the whole package. It is without a doubt the end all be all Punisher that fans have wanted for so long. Unfortunately it was only two seasons long, well three if you count Daredevil.
Frank Miller was responsible for giving Daredevil the shot in the arm to make him a major player in Marvel Comics. In fact the work of Miller was so ahead of its time, it saved the series from cancellation. He introduced new characters, made the story more gritty and violent, and threw in some old characters into his run as well. One of those was tailor made for the 80’s. The Punisher. A violent vigilante who killed the criminals he chased. Daredevil is Catholic so he does not kill, he actually walks a very fine line between justice and vigilantism. The Punisher was a perfect partner / foil for him and the two made comic book magic. So when Netflix decided to do a Daredevil series it was a no brainer they would use the Frank Miller run for inspiration.
Daredevil was a critical success using the Man Without Fear storyline mixed with the rise of the Kingpin for its first season. It was so well done it was immediately green lit for season two. That season set the stage for the Elektra and the Hand storyline as well as setting up the crossover series the Defenders. It also served to introduce The Punisher into the universe. John Bernthal was cast to play Frank Castle and the performance and storyline was so strong in that second Season of Daredevil a spin off of the Punisher was immediately put into motion. In fact it went into production before the Daredevil season even aired. The series was a hit with fans and critics alike and was renewed for a second season almost immediately after the first season dropped.
Daredevil season two takes place shortly after Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin has been brought down by Daredevil who is still protecting the streets of Hells Kitchen. When an Irish cartel is gunned down one of the survivors goes to the law firm of Nelson and Murdock for help. Murdock is of course Daredevil. Turns out the faction the Irish are waring against is a biker gang called The Dogs of Hell. The Dogs area also being murdered by a new vigilante in town. That man is Frank Castle. Daredevil mages to track him down, but gets shot in the process. Luckily his armor protected him. He manages to track Castle down again but is knocked out and tied up. We then learn that Castle is not a criminal but a vigilante. He finds criminals to be beyond redemption so he murders them to stop them from harming others.
Eventually the Punisher is captured by the Irish but saved by Daredevil. He is arrested and goes to trial. It is there we find out he was a highly decorated war hero whose family was murdered by a Carousel in a small park in New York. Frank was also shot but survived. Its actually part of a government cover up that we learn more about during the Punisher series itself. Castle is sent to prison where he meets Wilson Fisk. Fisk tells Frank about the man who controls the Prison and tells him he has info on who murdered Castles family. Frank of course kills him but is double crossed by Fisk who is only doing this so he can become the Kingpin of the prison. Frank kills multiple prisoners in a very violent scene and survives. Fisk realizes that with Castle on the outside killing criminals it will thin out the heard for when he gets out to reclaim his empire. He arranges for Frank to escape prison. It is then he goes to kill his his old commander, The Blacksmith . He finds a massive arsenal after doing this and in the defining moment of his story arch spray paints a white skull on a flack vest. He ends up helping Daredevil defeat members of the Hand before leaving town to pursue others who may be involved in his family’s murder, as well as any other criminal who he comes across.
When the Punisher begins his own show he has moved to a new area and is working construction. He has nightmares about his family and mostly keeps to himself. That is until he is working one night and a group of his co workers show up. They just botched a robbery from a group of gangsters and have returned to the construction site to kill one of their members who caused the job to go south. Frank interviews murdering them in brutal fashion with a sledgehammer. He tells the lone survivor to leave town. He then goes to the visit the gangsters they robbed, killing them as well. Shortly after he is contacted by a man named Mirco who has proof that Castles family was killed in a botched attempt to kill Frank to cover up things his unit did in Kandahar. Through all this Frank learns his old Army Buddy Billy Russo was behind this. It eventually leads to Castle not only helping to reunite Micro with his family but it leads him to confront Russo and smash his face against multiple pains of glass leaving him permanently disfigured.
When we find Frank in Season two Frank is immediately drawn to helping save a girl who is attacked at a bar by a group of highly trained agents. Frank murders them and goes on the run with the young girl. Turns out she has photos she was paid to take by a group of Russians of two men kissing. One of those men is a powerful criminal who hires a religious mercenary named John Pilgrim to find the girl and murder her and Castle. While this is going on Billy Russo awakens and escapes custody organizing a group of criminals calling himself Jigsaw. This all sets up the inevitable confrontation with Frank as he must fully embrace becoming the Punisher and killing these groups. In fact during the epilogue of the season we find Frank fully embracing life as the Punisher as he takes out a group of criminals in full costume.
Now I know this is a very short synopsis of two (three if you count Daredevil) seasons of a show, ut to explain and fully break them down would take more time than anyone wants to read. Lets say this show is violent. Brutally violent. Bernthal fully embraces the character from grieving father to cold blooded killer. He plays this part to perfection. Graphic violence, tons of easter eggs from the comics, fantastic edge of your seat story lines, this has it all. A hard R rated show to say the least it has a few changes added to make it more episodic in terms of storytelling. Especially the entire Billy Russo cover up origin, but it still keeps the narrative of the Punisher intact. The white skull is in full effect when Frank dons the costume, and the spirit of the show really is the comic book come to life. Sadly it was cancelled after season two but there are already talks about it moving to a new home with Bernthal continuing to play The Punisher.
So there you go, Jane, Lundgren, Stevenson all good, but no one better than John Bernthal. The origin, outfit, tone, everything about the Netflix show was perfect. Gripping storylines and over the ton graphic violence you would normally see in a grindhouse picture. The Punisher series is the definitive version of the character and it is ranked number one on my list.
” I still talk to God sometimes, I ask him if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I’m still waiting for an answer, and until I get one, I’ll be waiting, watching, THE GUILTY WILL BE PUNISHED! ” The Punisher
Well here we are getting closer to number one on the best Live Action Punisher list. This one may come as a bit of a surprise to you, for those that haven’t figured it out as of yet that is. But my second favorite incarnation of the Punisher, is actually my favorite of the three Punisher films. I am talking about the low budget 1989 Punisher film starring Dolph Lundgren. Yes, the one where the Punisher doesn’t wear the skull shirt. Its hard to overlook, but it had one thing going for it the other two films did not, good action sequences, and lots of them.
In 1989 a small little film came out entitled The Punisher. Yes, it was based on the Marvel character of the same name, but back then superhero movies weren’t what they are now. Back then things were much different. Spiderman on tv shot a rope, the Hulk was a big guy painted green, and the few movies that came out mostly stunk. Yes, stunk. See people praise Superman because it was a good wholesome film. Watch it now, it stinks. The Fantastic Four movie never ever came out it was so bad (Side note I actually enjoyed it). See back then Superhero movies were essentially laughed at, not because they were awful (In some cases they were) but it was because technology was not advance enough to make them look real like they do now. Now when the Punisher was announced that should not have been a problem. Guy’s family gets killed in the park during a mob hit gone bad, guy puts on a skull shirt, guy starts killing criminals. It’s the most basic of all plot’s and the 80’s were a ripe time to do it.
New World, which was a much smaller budget company had somehow acquired the rights to make a Punisher film. That was great news. They hired Dolph Lundgren to play the title role, also great news. And the film was going to get a hard R rating, which was exactly what fans wanted to hear. Now when the film came out people liked it, sort of, but comic book fans really hated it. I consider myself a different breed of comic fan as I am smart enough to know that us comic readers are about 2% of the audience. SO little things like a different costume, or possibly a different look in general didn’t really bother me. It still doesn’t. I mean as long as they keep the origin the same and stick to the material its all good. Sadly the Punisher missed the boat on a few things, but it got the heart and soul correct.
Now first off the vast majority of Punisher stories take place in New York. Guess what, it cost a lot of money to film there. This film had a budget of less than 10 million, so New York filing was never in the cards. But that’s ok, tons of movies set in New York are actually filmed in Canada. Well that costs money too, but luckily New World had Australian ties so the film was simply filmed in Australia. It does in now way shape of form look anything like New York. But that’s ok. Dolph Lundgren will openly tell you he had no knowledge of who the Punisher was. He was not a comic reader, but he didn’t need to be. Now the one issue I have always had with the film, and still do is that The Punisher does not wear his skull shirt. See that’s the costume. I mean back then he was drawn in a spandex outfit with the skull but they could have very easily just given him a shirt like they did in the Thomas Jane film, or even just a painted vest like in Warzone. No they simply had him wear a t shirt, jeans, leather jacket, but had him throw knives with the little skull on them for his calling card. I wont lie that was stupid.
They also changed the origin story a bit. See in the comics and most recently in the now canceled Netflix series, that got most of it correct Frank was a former soldier who when taking his family out to a picnic in Central Park watched them die during a mob hit gone bad. It caused him to snap and become the Punisher. A man who simply had a one man war against crime. If you were a criminal he killed you. Pretty basic. Well in this film Frank was a cop who was investigating the local mob. His family died in a car bombing that was meant for him. Everyone just assumed he died as well and because of this he became the Punisher. He now lives in the sewers and carries on a one man war against the mob. In fact he’s killed over 125 mobsters in the five years he has been on his crusade. He is added by a drunk washed up theater actor named Shake. I never got that part. Now his old partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr) believes that Frank is still alive and that he’s the Punisher. In fact he’s been chasing him for the last five years.
The plot of the film is basic enough. With most of the mobsters dead because of the Punisher, mafia kingpin Gianni Franco comes to the states to unify the families in the hopes of stopping the punisher and continuing their illegal trades. Problem here is that the Yakuza decide they was the territory for themselves. Lead by Lady Tanaka they have a genius plan. Kidnap all the children of the mobsters and hold them for ransom. It’s a very good idea but the Punisher had other plans. He decides to save the kids from the Yakuza and destroy their operation as well. As the odds are stacked against him and with his former partner closing in Frank teams up with Gianni for a final assault on the Yakuza headquarters, which is a massive high rise tower.
The film is violent. Very violent. In fact it was originally heavily censored to simply get the R rating. Weather you watch the R or the uncensored you will enjoy the film as it kept the spirt of the character alive. Mob kills family, you snap, you kill criminals. That’s it its plane and simple. This is the version that does it the best (as far as the films go) to say the least. Problem was the film came out during a time, as I said, when comic book films meant nothing. Sure it got a wide release overseas, but it got nothing here. Just a VHS that came and went. Comic fans were less than impressed as the skull outfit was nowhere to be found, but action fans embraced it.
Now as the years progressed the comic fans are starting to come around. The Thomas Jane big budget Marvel film fell flat amongst comic and action fans. Sure they had the look right but they changed the origin a bit to give it more of a movie flare but the part that hurt it was really the lack of action. In fact with the exception of the fight with the Russian and a little bit of explosions at the end the film is pretty much a drama. Not saying it’s a bad film its just not a punisher film. The follow up, War Zone, suffered a bit as well. It gave the violence back and turned it way up but the villains were played so over the top they were akin to the old Batman 1966 villains. It had a nice amount of action but it just never really came together, for me.
If you have never seen the 1989 Punisher film it’s definitely a must watch. If you have seen it seek out the Umbrella Blu-ray release as it’s the nicest print out there so far. Forget the fact he’s not wearing a skull shirt, just sit back and enjoy the 80’s version of Punishment. I mean it did make number 2 on my list.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the conclusion
“Maybe I am going to hell. I sent many deserving criminal souls to their doom. I have no regrets. They’ll be waiting for me. When I arrive, they’ll wish they’d sent me to heaven.” The Punisher
As Promised the Live Action Punisher countdown continues. Yesterday I covered number 4 (The last on the list) today I am here with number 3. Now this one may surprise you a bit as it’s the most successful Punisher film to date. I am talking about the 2004 Thomas Jane film. Most people rank this at the top so it may come as a surprise that I have it so low. There’s a reason for that, its called little to no action and to much of a story change.
First off lets get this out of the way. Thomas Jane was amazing as the Punisher. He looked the part, sounded the part, had the outfit perfect, he was top notch all the way and I was beyond mad when he did not continue the role. John Travolta played the big bad, a gangster named Howard Saint. The story is supposedly based off of two Punisher books. Year One, and Welcome Home Frank. I have read both of these. I see no resemblance other than a few characters and one random fight scene. Year One, which in my opinion is a very overrated story shows what happens to Frank Castle immediately after his family is murdered in Central Park. I’m telling you this so you can make your own comparisons. Frank is left for dead as well but regains his pulse when being zipped up in a body bag. He goes nuts, gets sedated and sent to the hospital. The mob wants him rubbed out as he is a witness. He kills the two hit men that come after him and with the help of a washed up drunk reporter finds out who was responsible for the hit. He spray paints his now iconic skull on a shirt, grabs some guns, kills everyone and decides to start a one man war on crime calling himself the Punisher.
The second is Welcome Back Frank. Written by my personal favorite Punisher writer Garth Ennis. First problem I have is that the art by Steve Dillon was comical at best and to me took a lot away from the overall story. That aside it focus on The Punisher going after a mob family in New York named the Gnuccis. He sets up in an apartment and even though he doesn’t want to, becomes friends with his three neighbors, Joan, Bumpo, and Dave. The Punisher goes after the Crime Family, killing Ma Gnuccis kids and eventually throwing her to a polar bear at the New York City Zoo. Don’t worry the bear only eats her arms and legs. She gets mad so she calls a big Russian hitman to stop him but after a battle in Franks Apartment he manages to kill the Russian, eventually taking out the Gnucci family once and for all.
Now these seem like two good stories to base a film off of. Too bad they really did not. First off the film does not take place in New York, which is bad as that’s when Frank Castles family was murdered. No this film takes place in, and for that matter was shot in sunny Florida. Now in the directors defense shooting in New York is expensive and as this was made before Marvel became the juggernaut it is today it had a budget of only 33 million. The location is a big strike as the Punisher is gritty, it had no business being set in Florida. Second the director had to make a lot of changes to the Welcome Back Frank story as it would not only be expensive to film, it would have been one long film. So he decided to keep the apartment setting with the three friends and the fight with the Russian. The Russian fight was good, but giving the Punisher 3 housemates was just pointless. It was pointless in the comics as well. There is no point in every trying to give the Punisher friends. Jonathan Hensleigh, the director wanted the film to have an opening in Kuwait showing how Frank was a soldier. I have no issue with that being changed from the Vietnam origins in the comics, as you have to keep the character at the correct age in this timeline. But as the budget was low that scene was nixed. It does exist as a storyboard in the DVD release however. Oh yeah, the origin was completely changed as well. To flashback for a second Punisher is a war vet, comes home from a tour of duty takes his family to Central Park for a picnic, a mob hit happens, and his family is murdered. He survives and starts killing criminals calling himself the Punisher. Now keep all of this in mind as I describe the film.
Frank Castle is an undercover FBI agent who has infiltrated a smuggling operation run by Bobby Saint. Things go slightly bad and Saint is killed. Now this was Franks last job as he is set to retire. Problem is Bobby Saint was the son of Florida Mob Boss Howard Saint (John Travolta in a bad wig) Saint bribes on of Franks co-workers and finds out where he is and orders his men to kill Frank and his family. His whole family. See Frank and his wife head out for a giant family reunion. All the cousins, aunts, uncles, everyone, from her side and his side of the family. It’s a huge gathering, I’m talking like second cousins twice removed big. Now just before they all gather Franks son buys him a shirt with a white skull on it. I think he said a guy told him the skull offers protection or something stupid like that. Anyway they have their big party when Saints men show up and murder everyone but Frank. Don’t worry, he’s left for dead, he just survives thanks to a friendly fisherman who nurses him back to health.
As the cops cant prove Saint is behind this Frank decides to show up and let everyone know he’s alive thus ruining the element of surprise. He moves into an apartment, actually more like a big abandoned house that he ends up sharing with Joan, Bumpo, and Dave. He decides to get his revenge on Howard Saint the only way the Punisher can, by taking pictures and planning things. He does wear his skull shirt along with a trench coat, so the look is perfect. He goes to Saints office, holds a few guards and gunpoint and has his money dumped in the street. Keep in mind, everyone knows he’s alive, he committed a crime, yet is never arrested. He also starts doing surveillance on Saints right hand man Quintin Glass. Turns out Glass is homosexual so Frank uses that info to blackmail him so he can take Saints wife earrings and plant them in Glass’s car convincing Saint they are having an affair. Before Saint finds this out however he sends a singing hitman to kill Frank. Frank stabs him in the neck after a very uneventful car chase. By uneventful I mean like 45 seconds long. Then Saint send in The Russian, played by Kevin Nash. Frank ends up killing him in a comic fight that does resemble the comic book battle. Saint eventually finds the earrings and kills his wife, and Glass thinking they are having an affair. Its then, after nearly 100 minutes that Frank puts on his shirt, grabs some guns and kills a handful of people at Saint’s club, eventually letting him know he was behind the trickery and then blows him up. He leaves a bunch of cash for his apartment buddies and drives off telling the audience via voice over he is now the Punisher.
Now I can overlook that they made Frank Castle an FBI agent. I can overlook he was in Iraq as opposed to Vietnam. I can overlook The Gnucci family was replaced with a mobster named Howard Saint, I can even overlook that it takes place in Florida. I cant however overlook it has little to no action in it. As I said Jane is fantastic. In terms of look he is the right choice for the Punisher. Travolta is great as Howard Saint. A bit campy and over the top, but good none the less. Kevin Nash is great as the Russian, in fact he’s almost unrecognizable. The late John Pinette, Rebecca Romijn, and Ben Foster are all outstanding as Franks “friends” and roommates of sorts. In fact the entire cast is outstanding, with great chemistry for all involved. But the action is just not there. Now don’t get me wrong I hate the fact it was not a simple killing in Central Park. But they wanted to go all out with having an entire family massacre. Sure its cinematic, but the actual origin is much simpler. But as it’s the movies they felt this packed more of a punch. And the were trying to make a point that the Punisher doesn’t just kill, he punishes, and plans, and stalks his prey. True to some point, but overall not really. Sure he does surveillance, and has a plan, but once that’s done he usually kills tons and tons of people. That never happens.
In this you get a family massacre scene. A scene where Frank punches a guy picking on Dave. A fight with the Russian. Him shooting two guys at Saint office. Stabbing a singing hitman. Yes I forgot to mention the Hitman introduces himself to Frank before singing to him. And at the very end he blows up some stuff and shoots a few people. If I were to time out all the action I would say its close to 20min tops. And half of that is the fight scene with Kevin Nash. For a film slightly over 2 hours that’s not much. For a Punisher films that’s nothing at all. Now I rank Warzone last, and that film does have more action so you may be wondering why tis is above it. Well its pretty much because of Thomas Jane. As I said he was amazing. He looked, sounded, acted, the part to perfection. Plus he wore a shirt and not a dumb neck vest. He plays the grieving family man turned Punisher flawlessly. He is dressed the part, the right size, he’s essentially the comic character come to life. He just has nothing to do
The story is good even with all the liberties taken and as film adaptations go was definitely the best look and best acted. Its just missing the one thing a punisher film needs, violence. Now I know it sounds like I hate the film but I don’t. I like it I just cant rank it the top of the list. I prefer it over Warzone for acting and budget reasons, but overall it plays very slow. They had the right guy, just not the right script.
So there you have my number 3 choice for the Punisher Live Action works. Stay tuned tomorrow for number 2!
“They laugh at the law. The rich ones who buy it and twist it to their whims. The other ones, who have nothing to lose, who don't care about themselves, or other people. All the ones who think they're above the law, or outside it, or beyond it. They know all the law is good for is to keep good people in line. And they all laugh. They laugh at the law. But they don't laugh at me.”
The Punisher, first introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man issue 129 is one of my all time favorite characters. Although he was a bit player in his first appearance (He thought Spidey was a criminal and was hired by the Jackal to kill him, finding out Spiderman was a good guy and simply leaving at the end) he went on to achieve great success during his run in in Daredevil when Frank Miller was writing it. In fact Miller was responsible for not only Daredevils rise in popularity but the Punisher’s as well. The 80’s were a great time for “Tough Guys” and the Punisher was certainly that. For those unfamiliar the Punisher’s origin is quiet simple.
Frank Castle (born Francis Castiglione) aka the Punisher was an Italian-American former US Marine who served in multiple tours of duty, including the Siancong War, where he received the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and four Purple Hearts. He became a vigilante after seeing his wife; Maria and children; Lisa and Frank Jr. gunned down for accidentally observing a Mafia "hit". Now with a distinct death's head skull adorning his chest, he devoted his life to the task of destroying organized crime wherever he found it
Spanning decades of comic runs (My favorite is the Garth Ennis Max run) the punisher has appeared in other forms of media as well. Video games, cartoons, movies, and television. Some of his live action appearance were met with great praise, some with pure anger. He had had 3 films, which consist of The Punisher 1989, The Punisher 2004, Punisher War Zone 2008 and the Netflix series The Punisher. As I am a huge fan of the Punisher and of making top 5 lists I though this would be a great time to make a list covering the best Live Action Punisher adaptations. But as no one wants to read a 15 page article all at once I have decided to break this one up. I will be counting all three live action films as well as the Netflix series in this list.so starting the list from bottom to top, coming in at number 4 is the 2008 film Punisher: War Zone.
When the second Punisher film hit in 2004 it was still early in the Marvel cinematic universe. In fact it was before the films had continuity at that point. But as comic films were hot the film was already guaranteed to have a sequel as part of a planned Franchise. There was one problem with that. The 2004 film was not well received by fans nor critics. It had a worldwide box office gross of 54 million dollars against a budget of 33 million. It did very well on home video so the plans for the proposed sequel were a go. The issue would be that the film would be done on a much smaller budget. That is never a good sign. To make things worse the script writing was not going well either. Jigsaw was always planned to be the villain but nothing was coming together at a good pace. By the time 2006 came around Thomas Jane, who did a fantastic job in the 2004 film backed out of the project. After many rewrites, one of which was done by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and after changing directors, Lexi Alexander took over the directing duties and promised to make the films like the Max Comic Book run and giving it a gritty 80’s feel. Ray Stevenson was cast to play the Punisher and to his credit took the part seriously. Reading tons of comics, undergoing martial arts and weapons training for the part Stevenson came into the film looking hard as nails. Problem was he also looked and acted inferior to Thomas Jane who gave a fantastic performance and embodied the Punisher to a “T” Dominic West, who is a fantastic actor came in to star as the villain, a classic comic book character named Jigsaw. Wayne Knight played Microchip in what was strange casting in my opinion and Julie Benz rounded out the cast as the female lead. By the time it was said and done Sutter had his name removed from the credits as he stated they only kept in one scene he wrote, which was the Russo becoming Jigsaw scene. That may not be a bad ting as its been reported he had an entirely different take on the character. After many reshoots, edits, and delays the film came out on December 5, 2008 and did receive a hard R rating which was music to Punisher fans ears. Problem was the film was poorly received and was a box office bomb raking in only 10 million against reported budget of 35 million.
While this is going on the silly sublot of the Punisher accidentally killing and undercover cop is going on. Feeling distraught he thinks of quitting the killing business but he’s convinced by Microchip that Jigsaw will try to kill the officers widow so the Punisher decides to keep being the Punisher and protect the officers widow. To me this was a very stupid sub plot. It didn’t do much to move the story around, and if you’re a Punisher fan you know he wont stop is war on crime until he is dead. With that said the Punisher does manage to get Jigsaw and Looney Bin Jim but they turn evidence against a terrorist smuggling in biological weapons and are given immunity and walk out free men. They knew about this guy because he gave Jigsaw 12 million to use his shipping port. Don’t worry they kept the 12 million and use it to hire an army of criminals to kill the Punisher. In fact they take over a big high rise hotel and set up base there. The Punisher knows they are there of course and storms the hotel Raid style and eventually kills everyone in there.
The film is violent, action packed, bloody, and so over the top it reminds me of the old 1966 Batman show at times. Its not a bad film, but its very weak in my opinion. Stevenson plays the part as straight faced as can be which is a good thing. Problem is as his main villain is so campy his straight man comes off as almost comical. The Punisher did not simply wear a white skull shirt, he had the symbol painted on a flack vest complete with turtle neck, which to me looked ridiculous. I’ve no problem with he vest aspect as it makes sense to have some type of armor but the neck adding looked foolish. Looney Bin Jim was a terrible character as he was very over the top in terms of his acting but his super power was simply that he was insane. Not a great fighter, no real skills, just insane. And as his power is being crazy the Punisher had little to no problem beating him. Jigsaw was as I said way to comical but he did make for a great Punisher villain. In fact he was the saving grace of this film. Well that and the violence. Yes this film does have ample amounts of blood and is very deserving of its R rating.
This is a well like film amongst action fans, and overall its not really a bad film. For me though I rank it last on my list of Punisher live action works. I give lots of credit to keeping the origin intact and having lots of violence but the film plays to much like a comedy at times for me to really get behind it as a punisher film. Like I said a film you need to watch if you’re a Punsiher fan, just the film I rank the lowest.
Stay tuned for number 3!
Who doesn't love playing old school video games? Sure I love all the new titles and new systems but I still like the old school stuff. From the quarter eaters of the arcade to Nintendo, Turbografix, Sega and more. These old games always were and will always be my favorites. So let's flashback to a glorious time of classic video games and check out, in my opinion the Top 10 Classic Video Games of yesteryear because 5 is not enough
10) Crime Fighters: This game ate up do many of my quarters it was insane. And to my knowledge it never got a proper home port. Crime Fighters is a 1989 side-scrolling beat-em-up released by Konami for the arcades. The players takes control of a duo of undercover police officers who are assigned to rescue a group of kidnapped damsels from a crime boss and his army of punks. Think of Final Fight with bosses that look like Freddy and Jason. Fighting the Mike Tyson patterned boss must have sucked up $10.00 of my dollars alone.
9) Robocop vs Terminator: I used to play this on my Sega all the time. Luckily I still have it and played it again the other day. Set a few years after RoboCop's invention, the story involves SAC-NORAD contracting Cyberdyne Systems on building Skynet. Cyberdyne used RoboCop's technology in creating Skynet. When activated, Skynet becomes self-aware and launches a war against mankind. In the future, Skynet sends several Terminators back to the past to cripple the Resistance. After destroying one of the Terminators, RoboCop proceeds to Delta City, where he confronts RoboCain. After RoboCain was destroyed, RoboCop battles his way to the OCP building, where he defeats all the Terminators. After defeating an ED-209 unit reprogrammed by the Terminators, RoboCop plugs himself into a console. Unbeknownst to him, RoboCop gave Skynet information it can use. This ends up with RoboCop falling into a trap. In the future, RoboCop assembles himself, where he battled in the Terminator-infested future and destroyed Skynet
8) Dragons Lair: I remember the first time I played this. I had to pop in fifty cents as opposed to the regular quarter. I died within 1min as I had no idea what to do. I immediately put in more money, and more, in fact I think I spent about $5.00 before I figured out it was a simple pattern game. Once I did that I began memorizing everything and after about a hundred dollars I was able to beat it. It’s a beautiful game that every generation should play. Dragon’s Lair is a fully animated classic arcade game from legendary animator Don Bluth. You’ll make your way through the castle and caverns below and wield your sword in your quest to save Princess Daphnie from the clutches of an evil dragon.
7) Ikari Warriors. A, B, B, A that the combination you would punch in when you dies so you could continue this game on the old Nintendo. And let me tell you it didn’t matter how good you were, you used this code all the time. This was a massive game. In fact the average life span of a payer (using all three of his men) is about 5min. So this code was the only way to win. It takes close to two hours to play through it. You play as one of two commando-type warriors, garbed in red (Ralf) or blue (Clark) (depending on whether they are player one or two). They must proceed from the bottom of the screen upwards, towards the village of Ikari. Trying to prevent them from reaching the village are enemy soldiers and other units with a frightening arsenal of firepower. Along the way, players may commandeer enemy tanks to help fight their way through the enemy personnel. The tanks are immune to enemy bullets, but have a limited supply of fuel and will sustain damage when it runs out or the tank is caught in an explosion, taking the player with it unless he can exit the tank and get clear before it blows up. was the first 'Commando' style game to give the player a limited amount of ammunition (99 bullets and 99 grenades, not actually a great handicap) as well as power-up and bonus icons to improve your firepower, dropped by red soldiers
6) The Simpsons: Not the any of the horrible ports from the 90’s or even the fantastic Hit and Run game from 2003. No I am talking about the 4 player arcade beat em up. I loved this game. I usually used Homer while my friend was Bart. You could be Lisa or Marge as well. Its an amazing Final Fight Style game that looks and feels like a long episode of the Simpsons. Sadly this is another classic that was never given a proper port. While walking through downtown Springfield, the Simpsons collide with Smithers, who has just stolen a large diamond from a jewelry shop for Mr. Burns. The diamond goes flying and lands in Maggie's mouth, and she begins sucking on it like a pacifier as Smithers kidnaps her. The rest of the Simpsons give chase across the city, fighting off hordes of enemies hired by Mr. Burns in order to reach the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. The pursuit covers eight stages, each of which ends with a fight against a strong boss character. In the final stage, the Simpsons must defeat first Smithers and then Mr. Burns, who uses a mobile battle suit equipped with a variety of weapons
5) Splatterhouse: The main reason to own a Turbografix 16. In fact it was the only reason. This was the first true side scrolling horror inspired video game. And it was fantastic. I would play this one for hours. I loved it then, and I do all these years later. There have been sequels but the first one is still the best one and a must play game for anyone. Its like playing an 80’s horror game complete with a great score and lots of blood. Two students at the local university, Rick Taylor and Jennifer Willis, take refuge from a storm in West Mansion, a local landmark known as "Splatterhouse", for the rumors of hideous experiments purportedly conducted there by Dr. West, a renowned and missing parapsychologist. As they enter the mansion and the door shuts behind them, Jennifer screams. Rick awakens in a dungeon under the mansion having been resurrected thanks to the influence of the "Terror Mask", a sacrificial artifact from West's house which is capable of sentient thought. The mask attaches itself to Rick, fusing with his body and transforming him into a monster with superhuman strength. With the mask's encouragement, Rick goes on a rampage through the dungeon and the mansion grounds, killing hordes of monsters
4) The Punisher: If you don’t own an Arcade1Up machine, you really should. There fun, well made, use the original artwork, and if you buy the Marvel Superheroes one you can play The Punisher. A side scrolling beat em up where you can play as The Punisher of Nick Fury. Or two players can team up. This is hands down the best superhero arcade game ever made. It’s a fun and challenging great time. It was ported onto the Sega but finding a copy of it will cost you a pretty penny. U.S. Marine Captain Frank Castle enjoys a picnic with his family in Central Park. The Castle family accidentally discovered a mob killing. Fearing any witnesses, the killers gunned down the family. To avenge them and all others like them Frank becomes The Punisher. The game begins in an illegal casino and the streets of the New York City, with the merciless vigilante Frank "the Punisher" Castle (optionally partnered with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury) in pursuit of the Mafia enforcer Bruno Costa who ordered the killing of Castle's family; the chase ends with a fight against Chester Scully (a minor villain from the comics). Frank "interrogates" Scully, gets the information he needs, and then promptly shoots him. Still on track of Bruno, the Punisher infiltrates the mob's resort in Florida via a water duct. He breaks into a hotel and corners Bruno, who is suddenly killed by a robot called Guardroid, who tells Frank the Kingpin is behind all of this. Leading you on a quest to stop him.
3) Final Fight. The greatest bet em up in the history of beat em up’s. My friend and I played this so much we went from dropping about ten dollars each to win to usually being able to finish with only 75 cents. We would play this for hours in the arcade. I had the Super Nintendo as well as the superior Sega CD port, and now I have the Arcade1Up cabinet. This is hands down a timeless game that everyone will love. Did you know it was originally going to be a Street Fighter sequel but changed to a beat em up game. Set in a fictional city on the Atlantic coast in the United States named Metro City, the city's crime rate has reached alarming levels. But since the election of pro wrestler turned politician Mike Haggar as the new Mayor, Metro City was changed and cleaned up drastically. Under his run, Haggar managed to suppress the crime rate of the city to its lowest points. While the citizens of Metro City were thankful for Haggar's hard work in curbing crime, one gang, the Mad Gears, would not go down so easily. Under the leadership of the crooked businessman, Belger, the group attempted to bribe Haggar with a large payoff to keep him from going after them, which Haggar refused. The Mad Gear responded by abducting his daughter, Jessica, and creating further unrest among the citizens of the city. When Haggar found out about his daughter's abduction, he becomes furious, and decides to take his fight against Mad Gear to a personal level. Seeking additional manpower, Haggar recruits Cody Travers, an expert fighter and Jessica's boyfriend, as well as Guy, a ninja in training and Cody's good friend. Together, the three dedicate themselves to the complete eradication of the Mad Gear gang, as well as the safe rescue of Jessica from their clutches
2) WWF Wrestlefest: Wrestling games in the arcade were very hit or miss. Sadly mostly miss. But not Wrestlefest. It had amazing graphics, the superstars of the WWF and even commentary when you played. You could do battle as a tag team in the Saturday Nights Main Event Mode, or take your chances in the Royal Rumble. Its s button mash compared to todays games but it is still the most fun wrestling game out there. It had announcing and cut scenes even a boss fight in tag team mode if you made it to the end. It was very ahead of its time and I spent many hours playing this one. The game features ten selectable wrestlers. Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and Big Boss Man return from WWF Superstars. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Earthquake, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter, Demolition Smash, and Demolition Crush, are available as new characters, with The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) making an appearance as a non-selectable boss tag team. Each wrestler has their own signature maneuvers. My favorite version is Royal Rumble and I can say if you played it today you would play it for hours.
1) Contra: No shock here, the greatest Nintendo game ever made. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start you entered that before the select screen appeared and you got 30 men for three continues so 90 guys in total. In the beginning I needed them, but after hours and hours of playing I would end up finishing the game with more lives than I started. A side scrolling shooter this is a classic game that spawned several sequels. This is still the OG however. It was a good arcade game but the Nintendo port was definitely the greatest Nintendo game ever made. The game has spawned merchandise over the years and is considered one of the greatest games of all time. It never gets old. Contra is set in the distant future of the year 2633 A.D., when the evil Red Falcon Organization have set a base on the fictional Galuga archipelago near New Zealand in a plot to wipe out humanity. Two commandos, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean of the Earth Marine Corp's Contra unit (an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare), are sent to the island to destroy the enemy forces and uncover the true nature of the alien entity controlling them
With 11 films under it's belt, and yes that's counting the Rob Zombie Films the Halloween franchise has a lot going on. Unfortunately for a good while it was a mess of if franchise. Although 5 and 6 tried to take it into another story it fell flat and that cult idea was scrapped. Thanks to 2018's amazing Halloween film the franchise is roaring back to life. So here in my opinion are the rankings of all the Halloween films so far.
11) Rob Zombies Halloween 2: I had no idea what the hell this was half the time. I get renting a horse is cheap but come on. A year after narrowly escaping death at the hands of Michael Myers (Tyler Mane), Laurie Strode is at the breaking point, pushed to the edge by Dr. Loomis' (Malcolm McDowell) revelation that she's Michael's sister. Little does she know, the unstoppable killer is back in Haddonfield and, driven by visions of their dead mother (Sheri Moon Zombie), he is determined to bring about a bloody family reunion.
10) Halloween H2O: Slow is about the best way to describe this. Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in Northern California under an assumed name, where she works as the headmistress of a private school. But it's not far enough to escape Myers, who soon discovers her whereabouts. As Halloween descends upon Laurie's peaceful community, a feeling of dread weighs upon her -- with good reason.
9) Halloween Resurrection: When Michael Myers is taken out by a karate kick from Busta Rhymes you know this is bad. The original house of horrors, the dilapidated home of infamous serial killer Michael Myers, has now become the set of a webcam reality show. But when the veteran slasher discovers that a group of university students has taken over his old killing grounds, he decides it's time to bring the blades out of retirement.
8) Halloween 6: Curse of Michael Myers: Regular cut of fabled Producers Cut. Both are a mess. This installment marks the return of the seemingly indestructible masked murderer Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur), who is targeting Tommy Doyle (Paul Stephen Rudd), a young man tied into the legacy of the killer and his connections with the Strode family. As the supernatural elements of Michael's macabre abilities are explored, his longtime adversary, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), is also back in yet another attempt to stop the psychopath's brutal rampages.
7) Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers: It had an interesting ending and was going to be the start of something new. After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers (Donald L. Shanks) awakens and stalks his way back to his small hometown in Illinois, intent on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael's last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) joins forces with Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) and attempts to stop Michael's latest rampage.
6) Rob Zombies Halloween: Sue me I loved the backstory and thought Malcom McDowell and Sherry Moon Zombie gave amazing performances. Nearly two decades after being committed to a mental institution for killing his stepfather and older sister, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) breaks out, intent on returning to the town of Haddonfield, Ill. He arrives in his hometown on Halloween with the indomitable purpose of hunting down his younger sister, Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). The only thing standing between Michael and a Halloween night of bloody carnage is psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell).
5) Halloween 2: A good follow up but it also has a good bit of downtime as Myers eats a sandwhich and goes to the world's emptiest hospital. After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael Myers (Dick Warlock) has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.
4) Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: amazing come back for Myers and the franchise. Half horror half action film. The apparently comatose Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) remains on the killer's path.
3) Halloween 2018: Talk about a film that brought a franchise back to life and helped usher in a new generation of fans. It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. -- but this time, she's ready for him.
2) Halloween 3: Season of the Witch: In my opinion one of the greatest horror films ever made. So what if Myers isn't in it. It's amazing from top to bottom and was almost my first choice. Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), a madman who's planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial -- all designed to kill millions of children.
1) Halloween: A real no brainier here. The film that set the standard for slasher films.On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims
Rob zombie is an enigma to say the least. From artist, to musician, to writer, and director there is no denying his talent. With several films under his belt and I'm hoping many more to come I've decided today to do the Top 5 Rob Zombie Films. Then I realized he's only made 8, so I figured I would just rank them all. So here are the Rob Zombies movies ranked, by me. Just FYI I did not include Haunted World id El Superbeasto.
7) Lords of Salem: A radio DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) in Salem, Mass., is plagued by nightmarish visions of vengeful witches after she plays a record by a mysterious group known only as "The Lords
6) Halloween 2: A year after narrowly escaping death at the hands of Michael Myers (Tyler Mane), Laurie Strode is at the breaking point, pushed to the edge by Dr. Loomis' (Malcolm McDowell) revelation that she's Michael's sister. Little does she know, the unstoppable killer is back in Haddonfield and, driven by visions of their dead mother (Sheri Moon Zombie), he is determined to bring about a bloody family reunion.
5) 31: Five carnival workers are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours, they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs.
4) Halloween: Nearly two decades after being committed to a mental institution for killing his stepfather and older sister, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) breaks out, intent on returning to the town of Haddonfield, Ill. He arrives in his hometown on Halloween with the indomitable purpose of hunting down his younger sister, Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). The only thing standing between Michael and a Halloween night of bloody carnage is psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell).
3) House of 1000s Corpses: The one that started it all. An empty fuel tank and a flat tire lead two couples down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. "House of 1000 Corpses" is at its core a story of family - a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab thru the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie.
2) 3 From Hell: I don't care. I loved this film. After being imprisoned for 10 years, the "Devil's Rejects" are back at it again. Otis (Bill Moseley) escapes prison, meets Winslow (Richard Brake), and devises a plan to get his sister Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) out too. The Rejects make their way down the road and into Mexico, killing countless people on their way. They find a place to stay, but are soon bombarded with a large group of killers- killers who are after these Three From Hell
1) Devil's Rejects: After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, two members of the clan, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to flee the scene. Heading to a remote desert motel, the killers reunite with Baby's father, Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), who is equally demented and intent on maintaining their murder spree. While the trio continues to torment and kill various victims, the vengeful Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) slowly closes in on them.