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    "Army Of Darkness" (1993)
    -Bruce Campbell

    Plot: IMDB
    A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon

    Phantom's Review:Third film in the "Evil Dead" franchise and Probably my favorite horror comedy(Along with "Ghostbusters and "Young Frankenstein"). Goofy as hell, but with a few good BOO! scenes. Bruce Campbell is perfect as the arrogant, but clues less Ash.Fun, cheesy special FX and a good story. This film is a blast if you can put your tongue firmly in cheek.

    The Expendables 2" (2012)
    -Stallone,Schwarzenegger,Norris,Statham,Van Damme,Willis

    Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

    Phantom's Review: Ultra violent,mindless,gory and almost totally plotless.....I LOVED IT!
    Let's face it, you don't see an "Expendables" movie for it's scintillating dialogue and award winning acting, you wanna see them blow shit up! And that's what you get.
    This movie delivers exactly what it promises. ACTION! and plenty of self deprecating humor. A complete and total popcorn movie.
    A total blast.

    "The Ghost Ship" (1943)
    -Richard Dix

    Plot: IMDB

    Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry..

    Phantom's Review: Slow moving, but well acted psychological thriller. Filled to the brim with foreboding and just dripping with atmosphere (produced by Val Lewton, I expect no less). The plot is a bit predictable, but that dosen't take away from the over all joy of watching the film.
    A good old fashioned melodramatic film. I enjoyed it.

    "Incident At Phantom Ridge" (1966)
    -Robert Fuller, Dan Duryea, Jocelyn Lane

    Plot: IMDB
    Captain Martin (Fuller) accepting a covert mission to locate a gold shipment that was snatched from a Union party by a rebel Confederate gang led by Joe Barlow (Duryea). During the attack, Martin's brother was killed and this drives Martin forward on his mission. With Barlow offered a pardon to lead them to the gold, Martin, a small group of men, and a "Madame" (Lane) who has been sanctimoniously ushered out of Hays City, set off to the Staked Plains looking for the hidden gold. But this is area ceded to the Comanche and outlaws stalk the land looking for ill gotten gains. Enough problems there as it is, but with water running low and the group coming apart due to differences and Barlow's scheming, it will be a small miracle if anyone makes it out alive.

    Phantom's Review: Solid, well made Western adventure. Not quite an "A" picture, but more than a standard "B" flick, lets call it a "B+" movie.
    Plenty of action, a great villain, lots of reliable character actors (Claude Atkins, Noah Berry jr) a gorgeous leading lady, a decent if unoriginal plot and some fine acting from the whole cast. Very entertaining movie for western fans

    "The Beast Of Hollow Mountain" (1956)
    -Guy Madison

    Plot :IMDB
    An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle is being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

    Phantom's Review: I love western movies, (pretty obvious I know)but I'm also a huge, huge fan of monster movies, and whenever these genres meet, I'm interested. Most of the time you get crap ("Billy The Kid vs Dracula" anyone)sometimes you get a small gem ("Curse Of The Undead" 1959) and sometimes you get a film like "Hollow Mountain". A film so outrageously goofy, you just can't help enjoying it.
    Put western star Guy Madison, a cattle stampede. a beautiful heroine, a hissable villain, and obnoxious little boy, his drunken father and a hungry dinosaur all together and you've got this looney, fun little time waster.
    Based on an idea by Willis O'Brian (but he didn't do the FX, too bad) . The acting is OK. The FX barely passable (your going to love the dinosaurs tongue) and some decent western action. This would make a great double feature with "Valley Of Gwangi". :)

    "Column South" (1953)
    -Audie Murphy
    As Lt.Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S.and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers.

    Phantoms Review: While the film is basically a cavalry vs Indians story, it has the interesting subplot of soldiers from both north and south having to work together despite the tensions that are brewing between them. Audie Murphy is good as always, the rest of the cast does a fine job and there's plenty of good western action. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

    Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013)
    -Chris Pine

    After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction

    Phantom's Review: I loved it. I've been a Trek fan since the sixties, so I'm no newbie fan boy, and I thought this film was a blast. Great FX, fine performances, and an interesting plot (loosely based on a classic series Episode). A very entertaining film.

    "Iron Man Three" (2013)
    -Robert Downey Jr

    Plot: IMDB
    When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.

    Phantom's Review: I enjoyed it. I still think the original film is the best, but I found this film to be very entertaining. Good FX and action with some fine performances.

    "Blacula" (1972)

    During a visit to Transylvania, an African prince (William Marshall) gets turned into a vampire by Count Dracula (Charles McCauley) . Sealed in a coffin for several lifetimes, ''Blacula'' reawakens in 1970s Los Angeles. Leaving a trail of bloodless victims in his wake, he pursues Lina (Vonetta McGee), a woman who bears a striking resemblance to his dead wife. Meanwhile, Dr. Gordon Thomas (Thalmus Rasulala) and top cop Lt. Peters (Gordon Pinsent) are hot on the bloodsucker's trail.

    Phantom's Review: Groovy, baby, groovy

    "Six Black Horses" (1962)
    -Audie Murphey, Dan Duryea


    Saved from being hanged as a horse thief by Frank Jesse, (Dan Duryea), Ben Lane (Audie) and Frank meet up with Kelly (Joan O'Brien) who pays them to take her to a little town to be with her husband. In reality, Kelly is setting Frank up and wants to kill him because he killed her husband in a shootout. Encounters with Indians makes Frank decide he doesn't want to go further.(SPOILERS) Eventually, it comes to a showdown between Ben and Frank and Frank is killed.

    Phantom's Review: Enjoyable, little "B" movie. Beautifully filmed, good acting and plenty of action. The plot is predictable, but not bad. Murphey is fine as his usual heroic self and Duryea seems a little more calm in this role than he has in others,
    An entertaining Saturday afternoon film.

    "OZ, The Great And Powerful" (2013)

    When shady circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is hurled away from Kansas into the wonderful Land of Oz, he thinks that fame and fortune are his for the taking. However, three witches -- Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) -- remain unconvinced that Oscar is the great wizard that the inhabitants of Oz need and expect. Reluctantly drawn into Oz's epic problems, Oscar must find out who's good and who's evil before it's too late.

    Phantom's Review: Highly entertaining fantasy film. Good performances from the cast, excellent direction by Sam Rami and amazing special FX.
    The nice thing is, you can believe these characters will actually grow into the iconic characters from the 1939 film.
    A fun movie for everyone.

    "Fort Dobbs" (1958)
    -Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo

    Plot: IMDB
    Having eluded a posse, a wanted man rescues a woman and her young son from a Comanche attack. He then escorts them to the presumed safety of a U.S. Cavalry fort. Trouble develops along the way when the woman comes to believe that her rescuer was responsible for the recent death of her husband.

    Phantom's Review: Highly entertaining, western action film. Good performances from the leads, plenty of solid action and a good (if unoriginal ) plot. Clint Walker makes for a great
    cowboy hero and Virginia Mayo is gorgeous. Lots of fun.

    "Django Unchained" (2012)

    Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the vicious Brittle brothers. Their mission successful, Schultz frees Django, and together they hunt the South's most-wanted criminals. Their travels take them to the infamous plantation of shady Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), where Django's long-lost wife (Kerry Washington) is still a slave.

    Phantom's Review: As far as I'm concerned Quentin Taratino can make westerns for the rest of his career, and I'll be happy about it. I loved this movie. It's violent, gory and foul mouthed, but it's the closest thing we will get to a spaghetti western in this modern era.
    Terrific performances from the cast, and it was cool to see the original "Django" Franco Nero make a cameo.
    It's great to see a western be a box office hit again.

    "Paranormal Activity 4" (2012)

    It has been five years since Katie murdered her sister and disappeared with her infant nephew, Hunter, in tow. Now, a new family is about to fall prey to nighttime terrors. A mysterious accident next door leads to teenage Alex and her family becoming the temporary guardians of Robbie, a very creepy neighbor boy. Cameras installed throughout Alex's home capture the sinister events that unfold after Robbie's arrival.

    Phantom's Review: When the "home video/Found Footage" type of films first started, I rather enjoyed them. Films like "Paranormal Activity" (1), "Cloverfield", (rec) and a few others were very entertaining. But now with "PA4" I think that ship has sailed and won't be coming back for a while. It's not so much that this is a bad film, it's not, the actors do a good job and there are a couple of decent BOO! scenes, it's just a feeling of "Been There/Seen That". The series has completely lost any sense of originality, that it once had (probably due to too many sequels and imitations)Right from the beginning you could tell who was going to get it, where most of the major scares were coming from and what was going to happen next. Not bad as a rental, but I think it's time to wrap this franchise up.

    "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012)

    Plot: IMDB
    Peter Parker/Spider-Man finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.

    Phantom's Review: I personally found "Amazing" to be ...adequate. Not a bad film by any means. Good FX (if you don't mind a ton of CGI) good cast , story but the film seemed to lack the fun and excitement of the first two Sam Rami pictures. I really didn't see the point of retelling the origin over again. It made the first half hour of the film drag. But my biggest complaint with this film (as well as many other super hero movies) WHY THE HELL DO THEY KEEP TAKING OFF THE MASK!
    Most of the film , he was walking around in his Spidey suit with no mask on. Do the producers feel the audience is so stupid that we would forget what the actor looked liked? It was an Okay film, I just hope the sequel is better.

    "Frankenweenie" (2012)

    Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a science nerd and outsider at school, but he does have one good friend: his dog, Sparky. But then, tragedy strikes, and Sparky shuffles off this mortal coil. Victor is heartbroken, but his science teacher (Martin Landau) gives him an idea of how to jolt old Sparky back to life. The experiment is successful, and all goes well, until Victor's fellow students steal his secret and use it to resurrect other dead animals -- with monstrous consequences.

    Phantom's Review: I loved this movie. Beautifully animated and filled with tributes to the classic horror/monster films that are my favorites. Very funny, occasionally sad and very well voice acted.
    A nice treat to those of us who are fans of the classics.