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100 Million BC (2008)



100 Million B.C. review!Reviewed by The Foywonder

Starring Michael Gross, Christopher Atkins, Greg Evigan, Dean Kreyling, Wendy Carter, Marie Westbrook

Directed by Griff Furst

Got an email the other day from a reader sending me a link to some Japanese YouTube sort of website that had the yet-to-be-released Asylum flick 100 Million BC already up for viewing. 100 Million BC was originally slated to hit DVD shelves in time to coincide with the release of Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 BC, but then they struck a deal with the Sci-Fi Channel to premiere it this June with the actual DVD release pushed back to the last week of July. I clicked the link and sure enough, either the film has already been released in Japan and someone posted a DVD rip of it online or, just as the Japanese are vastly superior to us when it comes to creating state-of-the-art technology, they are also light years ahead of us in terms of bootlegging.

Either or, after taking what seemed like 100 million years to load, I went ahead and took a look at it. I’m sure the Asylum won’t be happy to know their movie is already out there months in advance of its proper release but I don’t think they’ll mind my reviewing it too much in this case since I’m about to write one of those ever so rare positive Asylum movie reviews.

Hard as it might be to believe, 100 Million BC is actually a fairly entertaining if inconsequential B-movie saddled with some spectacularly z-grade effects work. I was never once bored while watching 100 Million BC and that is something of a minor miracle given The Asylum’s track record. That alone also makes 100 Million BC more fun than Roland Emmerich’s $100 million 10,000 BC.

Despite its title, 100 Million BC has next to nothing in common with Emmerich’s overblown suckfest. Instead it’s more of a sci-fi adventure that for a good part of its running time harkens back to many a monster movie of the 1950’s, the sort where a team of explorers searching an uncharted frontier find themselves facing menaces of the unearthly or prehistoric variety. I found it hard not to be reminded of such similar Fifties features like The Land Unknown and King Dinosaur.

Looking quite a bit like longtime character actor Colin Fox, Michael Gross of Tremors and “Family Ties” fame stars as Dr. Frank Reno, a brilliant scientist who has spent the last 60 some odd years guilt ridden over his part in the failed wormhole experiment – expect numerous references to the fabled Philadelphia Experiment – that saw a team of soldiers get zapped back to the Cretaceous Period with no chance of rescue. Not even the discovery of prehistoric cave paintings with the message “FRANK, IT WASN’T YOUR FAULT” provides little comfort for his guilty conscience, especially considering two of those lost to time were his older brother, Erik, and a pretty nurse he’d had a thing for.

If you’re thinking to yourself that Michael Gross doesn’t seem old enough for someone said to have been working for the military back in the 1940’s, well, you’d be right. But the filmmakers do have a cheat to try and explain it – Frank Reno was a child prodigy who graduated from MIT when he was 12 and went right to work for the US government.

Might as well mention that Greg Evigan (“BJ & The Bear”, “My Two Dads”) also appears in the utterly thankless role of a military commander who is there to greet the SEAL team, instruct them to listen to Dr. Reno, wish them bon voyage, welcome the returning ones back, and finally give us the traffic helicopter report of what’s going on during the finale. Not much of a role for someone whose name is being used to help sell the film.

Now, in 2008, Frank is finally getting a chance to try and rescue those lost men and women. Because wormholes are not an exact science, Frank and the accompanying Navy SEAL team will arrive in 100,000,000 BC six years after the others did. Acid-spitting plants, dinocrocs, pterodactyls, and raptors will make their trek perilous.

Speaking of wonky science, much concern is raised on Frank’s part regarding potential paradox problems. I’d say it’s a little late for whining about creating a paradox once you’re discovering prehistoric cave messages written in English. If not, then the thought of future scientists discovering and carbon dating machine guns lost back in Cretaceous period should really make it a moot point.

For that matter, if these soldiers from 2008 had to take special pills to help them adapt to the oxygen quality of 100 million year old air, then why would anyone assume those other soldiers are still alive?

Soon they will find survivors existing much like the way humans were portrayed in Battlefield Earth. Those 1940’s troopers really were troopers; six years fighting to survive in a land before time with no guarantee they would ever be rescued and yet they all seemed remarkably upbeat about the whole ordeal. Brother Erik (Mr. Blue Lagoon himself, Christopher Atkins) in particular takes it all in great stride, chalking it up as a grand adventure and remarking to his reunited brother how much he’s looking forward to seeing another whole new world in 2008 when they get back.

There’ll be no time to celebrate their rescue or marvel at the modernity of 2008 or even a chance for anyone to take a decent shower because a big hungry carcaradontosaurus (i.e. think T-Rex only bigger) also made it thru the wormhole. They nickname it “Big Red” based on the hue of some of its skin pigmentation.

100 Million BC‘s second half has “Big Red” roaming the surprisingly desolate streets of downtown Los Angeles while Atkins and his bunch run around either trying to escape from the dinosaur, distract the dinosaur, or get the dinosaur to chase them so they can lure it into a potential trap. Any which way you cut, the second half mostly consists of a whole lot of running around on the part of the principle actors and the man-eating dino. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get a tad monotonous, certainly not as fun as the first half was. I’d also be lying if I said it didn’t remind me more than a little of similarly goofy stuff seen in last year’s DTV dino-in-LA flick The Eden Formula.

Whether or not the CGI dino effects of 100 Million BC are superior to that of The Eden Formula‘s “Land of the Lost” T-Rex puppetry is a matter of debate. These special effects are definitely special only in a short bus kind of way; the computerized dinosaur creations were so cartoony looking I couldn’t help but be bemused watching them in action. Another scene even had the actors standing in front of the rear projection of a Los Angeles freeway tunnel, the footage of which must have been rolled backwards because one replay worthy moment saw a lone SUV inexplicably drive past them going in reverse for no discernable reason.

Strange as this might sound to some, I felt the laughable effects, paper thin plot and characterizations, and screwy science actually contributed to the film’s lightweight entertainment value in much the same way many of those 1950’s sci-fi flicks, and with a zippier pace too. If you’re the sort of person who looks back on films like The Angry Red Planet with affection then you’ll probably find something to enjoy about this diverting throwback to 1950’s sci-fi dino flicks from ex-Asylum standout Griff Furst.

Hokum? Yes. But acceptable levels of hokum.


3 out of 5

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review



Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5


Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

User Rating 3.25 (12 votes)
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AHS: Cult Review – Clowns, Cults, Politics, and Peters



Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Allison Pill

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk


It’s here. We’ve reached the end. The newest season of “American Horror Story” has ended and now we are here to provide you guys with our season review of AHS: Cult.

Spoiler free.

To start things off let me say I’m not the world’s biggest fan of “American Horror Story”. It breaks down like this: I enjoyed the absolute hell out of the first season of the series (“Murder House”), couldn’t get through “Asylum” (I know, I know, I’ve tried), dug “Coven” for what it was, really enjoyed “Freak Show”, and again I couldn’t get into “Hotel” or “Roanoke”.

That’s the story of me and “American Horror Story”. Plain And simple. But what did I think of the new seventh season of the notorious horror anthology series? Let’s find out.

Back when the seventh season of AHS was first announced (then going by the title “AHS: Election”) I was immediately intrigued by the new season because I heard it would not include any supernatural elements. Like the fourth season, “Freak Show”.

Now I’m a fan of ghosts and weird creature-men with drills for d*cks, don’t get me wrong. But the series has thus far relied almost exclusively on horrors of the supernatural variety (other than “Freak Show”) so this major change of pace was again welcomed by this guy.

Instead of vampires, aliens, and witches this season relied on terrors of the mind. Psychological fears and anxieties. The horrors man does to man. Deep issues.

Oh, and clowns. Like a lot of clowns.

But just because this new season didn’t include anything supernatural, that doesn’t mean the 11-episode season wasn’t filled with twisted visuals and horrifically disturbing acts. No, sir. This season boasted some showstoppers including S&M, gimps, and a house of horrors that wouldn’t be out of place in a Rob Zombie flick. It was all good.

But let’s backtrack a bit here.

Allow me to rundown the season’s plot for those who may be unaware. “AHS: Cult” tells the tale of a world post-election night. The literal dawn of Trump’s America. In one corner we have Sarah Paulson’s soccer mom, trying to fight through life with a series of crippling phobias (including clowns, holes, blood, and being a good person).

And in the other corner, we have Evan Peter’s angry, white (blue-haired) male, looking to seize Trump’s new position of power to bring about the end of… Actually, I want this to be a spoiler-free season review, so I’m just going to say the dude’s got big plans.

Like Manson-size plans. Let’s leave it at that.

With these two characters established, the new season then proceeds to send them spiraling into a collision course of political sabotage, intrigue, and clown-based nope, nope, nope-ing that can only end with one – or both – of them dead as Dillinger.

Overall “AHS: Cult” belonged end-to-end to Mr. Evan Peters. The young actor has continued to show his striking range from season to season of Ryan Murphy’s horror show and this season was no different. Peters’ turn as not only Kai, the blue-haired leader of the titular cult, but as infamous leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson – to name a few – owed this season.

I can only hope he doesn’t pull a Jessica Lange and opt-out of more AHS next year.

Speaking of top performances, “AHS: Cult ” showcases some other chilling and memorable turns with Alison Pill’s strangely vulnerable, put-upon wife character being the best next to Peters in my eyes. This actress needs to be in more films/TV!

Along with Pill, actress Billie Lourd killed it time and time again. The “Scream Queens” breakout star and Carrie Fisher spawn was yet again a highlight in her second Ryan Murphy series. Bet she has the starring role in next season. Mark my words.

Add to that, the season also boasts a handful of fun cameos, including John Carroll Lynch’s return as Twisty the Clown, Emma Roberts as a bitchy reporter that will do anything to end up on top, and Lena Dunham as SCUM Manifesto writer Valerie Solanas. The cameo cast killed it and I wish they would have been present for more episodes. What are you gonna do?

On the sour side of the season, I didn’t dig Sarah Paulson’s character. At all. But I’m sure that was the point. Right? I’m still not sure. But, boy, I wouldn’t even want to be stuck in line behind her at a Starbucks for three minutes, let alone spend the better part of this season’s 11-hours with her and her whiny bullshite. Urgh.

That said, she pulled it out by the finale. That’s all I’ll say.

In the end, I enjoyed this season as much as – if not more – than any other of the series. “Murder House” will still no doubt go on as my favorite season of the series, but “AHS: Cult” will rank third after season one and “Freak Show”.

While I was on the fence about the season after three episodes, the show ended up ditching Paulson’s character (and/or shifting her arch) after a lull so the episodes picked up quickly. Whenever the season turned its focus back towards Peters (in whichever incarnation he was playing at the time) the show got better and better. Every time.

Not a bad way to spend my Tuesday night for the past 11 weeks.

Bring on season 12.

  • American Horror Story: Cult (2018)


The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story was Evan Peters’ show all the way through. The young actor pulled out all the stops time and time again to make what may have been a lackluster supernatural-free season a winner.

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The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror




Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

Directed by Nicholas Woods

The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.


  • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
  • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
  • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
  • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
  • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
  • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
  • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
  • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
  • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
  • The Axiom


In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

User Rating 4 (17 votes)
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