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First it tried to be The Lost Boys for today’s generation. It even went as far as ripping off a couple of scenes from it! Problem was that The Covenant took itself way too seriously to be "fun", didn't showcase enough stand-out scenes to make any real impact and for its first hour it was akin to a Tupperware Party...yup...ALL TALK! Which leads me to its mystery angle that drove the film for the first hour. Now I love a good whodunit as much as the next cuckold but it has to be done right for it to diddle my balls. Here, it was a freaking joke. Not only was it blatantly obvious 10 minutes in as to whom was the culprit but for anybody that saw the trailer, it was a KNOWN FACT! Result; I watched this puppy sniff its own ass in a semi detached manner, waiting for it to catch up with me already so I could give it some chow. Didn't make for an enthralling experience.
Sadly, the mystery wasn’t the only thing predictable in this playpen. Anybody that's seen "one" film of this ilk will know why its introducing so & so (plot device), why a new location is slapped in there out of left field and where the story is going WAYYYY before the film tells ya. I sure did! Again....didn't make for an enthralling experience. And what was up with the villain? Why, oh f*cking why is it that every damn time somebody is unmasked as the baddie, he/she starts machine gunning one-liners, chewing the scenery like an Ethiopian at a Chinese buffet and over acting as if his/her SAG card depended on it. WHY? Its so freaking lazy and it annoys the Night of the Living F*ck out of me. The dude (ette) here gave that broad from Urban Legend a run for her tampons in that department that’s for sure! Add to that Slim- Fast "teen hotties" characters that were so thin, I had trouble telling them apart, clumsy expositional dialogue, dumb "hip" one-liners ("Ill make you my Wee-yotch!"...COME ON!) and you get a Dawson’s Creek episode with CG and Mayo Horror in it.
With that magic wand shoved up clean up its dump truck Harry Potter hole, the flick was still fairly harmless, a tad flat but still watchable. King Kong Harlin gave us decent fear set pieces and yet another uber flashy/kinetic visual spectacle that pleasantly warmed by retinas to over-cooked. I also enjoyed the cutesy love story on display. It was just that, cute and the two leads did an admirable job with it hence keeping me somewhat invested. Furthermore, the special effects hit my mark, although too seldom and oh so CG, the creativity behind them (loved that destroyed car that re-assembled) made up for that. And thank the Goddess of my Pants for the double-downed end confrontation! Harlin FINALLY did what he does best; LET HER RIP! And rip she did! I was loving it! The outrageous tussle made for some tasty eye candy and actually gave me flashbacks of when I used to play the "Streetfighter" video game.
In conclusion, if you have to see it, tap it on DVD. Its a TV Movie of the week with visual panache, WB like leads and hardly any horror or action. Perfect for that lazy afternoon when all you want to do is watch the tube, eat nachos while getting a sloppy BJ from your neighbor who's compensating you for having borrowed a pan that she used to cook you some eggs with but never brought back. Its that kind of digs...whatever the f*ck that means...!