Monday, January 26, 2015

2010: The Year we Make Contact (1984)/The Kindred (1987)

Starting things off this week with an 80's double feature.

 Not a huge fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey (the film looks amazing but the pacing is truly bad) but the 1984 sequel from Peter Hyams is surprisingly good.  Roy Scheider stars, playing a character from the first movie who is investigating the events of the previous film as well as a new monolith that has been discovered.  Hyams keeps things moving at a nice, brisk pace and the special effects work is nicely low key and effective.  I also get a kick out of the cast as we get not only Scheider (who I always liked) but also a nicely understated turn from John Lithgow and Helen Mirren as a Russian cosmonaut also heading an investigation.  2010 is not a perfect movie by any means but it's about as good a sequel to the first film as anyone could ask for.

And we finish things off with something I've been wanting to review for a long, long time.  The amount of crap I've had to go through just to view this cheesy little nugget is just incredible.  From defective video tapes (to give an idea of how long I've been trying to see this one) to bad timing on my part, the road to me seeing The Kindred is... Well, probably more interesting a tale than the one the film tells but not as much fun.  Regardless,we're deep into the low budget 80's monster movie jungle here with this tale of genetic experiments, gooey monsters, family secrets and Rod Steiger doing what he does best.  Making you wonder how the hell he got a rep as a good actor.  Actually to be fair, he's pretty fun in this one as a mad scientist but he did have his fair share of terrible performances.

A genetic scientist, on her death bed, implores her son to destroy all the files pertaining to her work, particularly one involving his "brother" Anthony.  Anthony turns out to be this big, slimy tentacle laden monster created from his brother's living tissue and that's just the tip of the iceberg in this fun monster movie.  We get gooey mutants, Amanda "Leviathan" Pays turning into a fish creature, Rod Steiger with a bad toupee, some decent gore splashed around and enough slime to fill the Grand Canyon.  If you can find it online, check it out.  It's well worth the effort.

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