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Welcome to Distracted by Films. Here you can read my reviews of movies, videos, DVDs and films from the past and the present. The reviews on this page are my own and no way represent paid critics, specialists or experts in the film industry.


Frankenhooker (1990) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SupercrackExplodingHookersFrankensteinMonsterZombie From the director that brought you “Brain Damage” and “Basket Case” (1982) comes another classic piece of comedy horror. Low budget, comedy horror, gore, over acting, imaginative, stupid, fun, and weirdly brilliant. When Jeffrey’s fiancé is killed in a tragic lawnmower accident, his grief pushes him further into his scientific research to try andContinue reading “Frankenhooker (1990) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Young Frankenstein (1974) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A genre bending tongue in cheek romp with style A classic Mel Brooks film, easily one of his best, produced in 1974 – the same year as his other classic, “Blazing Saddles”. While Brooks takes the directing credit, the film script was written in partnership between Brooks and Gene Wilder, who took the starring roleContinue reading “Young Frankenstein (1974) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cpt Kronos & Baron Frankenstein build a monster with dumb Sarah As the title would suggest this is a ‘Frankenstein’ adventure. A young scientist determined to follow in the footsteps of his hero is arrested and sent to a lunatic asylum – as his hero had previously been too apparently. Upon getting admitted to theContinue reading “Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Frankenstein (1931) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s Alive… arise King Frankenstein, lord of the Monster films A tale as old as time… Scientist has successful and happy life… Scientist has girl… Scientist goes mad with all the potential that science can bring… Scientist steals unused body parts from graveyards, morgues and death row prisoners… Scientist makes life in the shape ofContinue reading “Frankenstein (1931) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Braindead (1992) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

No, this is not the one with the donkey and the chambermaid… When Lionel Cosgrove takes his date Paquita to the zoo his over-brooding and over-doting mother is bitten by an extremely rare and poisonous Sumatran rat-monkey. The rare specimen was brought back from Skull Island (yes, the same island King-King is from) and legendContinue reading “Braindead (1992) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reed used to be a werewolf but he’s okay nooooooooooooowww! 😉 Under the glow of a full moon if you hear a howl, it might just be Oliver Reed taking lycanthropic form in Hammer Films’ classic 1961 film “The Curse of the Werewolf”. Brief Description: An adopted boy terrorizes the inhabitants of his local townContinue reading “The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“We drink virgin blood because it sounds cool.” Released in 2014, this comedy horror film is fly-on-the-wall mockumentary following the exploits of 4 modern day vampires living together as flatmates in the New Zealand town of Wellington. It was released fairly ‘under the radar’ but went on to receive lots of world-wide praise for howContinue reading “What We Do in the Shadows (2014) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Return of the Living Dead III (1993) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The pain… The pain keeps the hunger away…” You know the score by now; military grade chemical has the ability to animate corpses who become brain-hungry zombies, chaos, panic, fighting, blood, guts, gore….welcome to the 2nd sequel to the successful “Return of the Living Dead” (1985), it’s not really like what I have just describedContinue reading “Return of the Living Dead III (1993) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Return of the Living Dead: Part II (1988) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I feel like we’ve been here before. You… Me… Them!” In this first sequel to the “Return of the Living Dead” chaos is once again brought to a small populous, thanks to military grade Trioxin gas, which is released to reanimate cadavers into a brain-hungry horde of zombies. Brief description: Kids discover a drum whichContinue reading “Return of the Living Dead: Part II (1988) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Send… more… paramedics! This 1985 B-Movie comedy horror film was born from of a split between George A Romero and John Russo after “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) (read more about that later). Described as a “mordant punk comedy”, this zombie film broke a lot of the established rules created in other zombie films.Continue reading “The Return of the Living Dead (1985) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Dawn of the Dead (1978) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

They’re us, that’s all, when there’s no more room in hell Released in 1978 “Dawn of the Dead” is George A. Romero’s follow up to the highly successfully masterpiece, “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) (If you haven’t read my review of that, click on the link and get yourself across there!). While this filmContinue reading “Dawn of the Dead (1978) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Night of the Living Dead (1968) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

They’re coming to get you, Barbara! Released in 1968, George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is the grandfather of all modern zombie films. It might not be the first zombie film to grace the silver screen, that’s an honour reserved for Victor Halperin’s 1932 “White Zombie” which starred Bela Lugosi, but Romero’s classicContinue reading “Night of the Living Dead (1968) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

The Transformers: The Movie (1986) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong Between 1983 and 1987 one of the most iconic cartoons of my youth was in full effect. During that time, in 1986 to be specific, a movie came out that might have been the first film I went to see. It had everything – Action, Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Heartbreak,Continue reading “The Transformers: The Movie (1986) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

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