Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Confined

Director - Christopher Picone
Starring - Tim O'Brien, Sabrina Ahmed, and Josh Diolosa
Release Date - 2017
Genre - Horror
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
       We are living in a time where anyone can turn their dreams of becoming a filmmaker into reality.  We now have smartphones that shoot video in higher quality than most movie cameras.  Digital cameras are now inexpensive and most standard laptops are capable of editing movies with no problems.  I'm not saying filmmaking is easy, because it isn't, I'm just saying that anyone with the drive and knowledge can cut a film.  It is because of this that there is so many indie horror productions getting kicked off the ground.  Horror Society gets several emails a day from young filmmakers, actors, producers, and so forth trying to get their film promoted.  Recently, actor Tim O'Brien contacted us to review a short he recently starred in.  The Confined is a 5 minute short that shows a lot of promise but didn't leave a lot of meat on the bone.  Thanks Tim for reaching out to us!
     The film follows three twenty-somethings who visit an apartment complex that was once the home to a cult that committed suicide together.  The three decide to explore the property but find themselves separated and one by one they fall prey to the evil forces still on the property. 


     I've seen so many effective shorts in my short period of time reviewing.  Some have solid stories that use their short running time to shove as much as possible at the viewer.  However, for most shorts they are short because their story is lacking.  They don't have enough content to make a feature length film.  The Confined is one of those shorts where I can't tell which side it falls into.  The short is only 5 minutes long and has the set up to be pretty fucking epic but fails to capture any of it.  The acting in this one is decent but the film doesn't give the viewer enough time to actually see the cast interact.  They immediately separate and what acting we do see is very underwhelming.  The story for this one has so much potential but this short is not able to pull it all together.  An apartment complex where a cult killed itself has so many possibilities but what we get is three people dying off screen by an unknown presence.  This could have worked but the deaths happen in rapid succession off camera.  Then we have the talking head in a box gag that was laughable.  It took the seriousness out o the short and made it feel very cheesy.  I love cheese with my horror but it didn't fit the short.  Honestly, I feel like this is an investment video to raise funds for a feature length film.  Finally, the film looks great and I really liked the projector on the dilapidated wall but the one "death" scene we see with the head in the box was not that entertaining.  The effects are limited but solid for what we do get.  Overall, The Confined had a lot going for it but just didn't give the viewer's enough time.  The short runs a little over 5 minutes and lacks character development and real tension.  With some more time and a little more substance for the story this one would have been a knock out but as is it misses its mark. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Teenage Bloodsuckin' Bimbos



Director - Anthony Cantanese (Sodomaniac, Hi-Death)
Starring - Gigi Gustin (Hijab, Frat Star), Destyne Marshai (3: The New Normal, Sam and Saah), and Amanda Renee (Zombies, Scumbag Night)
Release Date - 2018
Genre - Horror/Comedy
Tagline - "Being a teenage...really sucks"
Format - Streaming (Online Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
      Anthony Cantanese is probably my favorite director you've never heard of.  That kind of sounds like a dick thing to say but I mean it with the utmost respect.  He is an amazing filmmaker.  A few years back he released his slasher Sodomaniac and has since contributed a segment to the anthology film Hi-Death.  His films are always fun which is what many indie directors forget.  They want to be extreme which results in another boring film filled with guts and no story.  Cantanese makes horror fun and after watching Sodomaniac I was hooked.  When he announced Teenage Bloodsuckin' Bimbos I was ready to love it.  I knew he wouldn't try to follow trends or make a pointless film.  I was ready for a fun vampire film like the ones I grew up with.  A few days ago he reached out to me to review the film and I couldn't be anymore excited.  Thank you for allowing Horror Society and myself the opportunity to see the film!
     The film follows a young woman who lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother and baby brother.  She is often made fun of at school and left to tend to her younger sibling but that changes when she meets three strong women who shows her that she doesn't have to be the victim any longer.  Her broken will convinces her this is the way and they turn her into a vampire.  The power trip works for awhile but she soon realizes that she wants to be human with her little brother so she enlists the great (17x) nephew of Van Helsing and a mullet headed porn addict to help her stop the three vampires and return her back to her old self.
     I went through a spell where I was obsessed with vampire flicks.  Especially 80s vampire flicks.  The Lost Boys opened the door to Fright Night, Once Bitten, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Vamp, Near Dark, and Vampire Hunter D.  As you can tell from the films I just listed I really enjoy the vampire flicks that have colorful characters and oddball humor.  Teenage Bloodsuckin' Bimbos had that and then some. The acting in this one is great.  The characters are very eccentric and colorful.  The cast did a fantastic job bringing them to life.  Some of the characters were more fun to watch than others but everyone did their part and moved the story along flawlessly.  The story for this one would have been perfect for the 80s.  I recall a few vampire flicks that followed a group of friends trying to turn one of them back into a human.  In fact, that is pretty much the basis for Once Bitten.  I loved the modern retelling of this with the 80s homage and montages tossed throughout.  The horror is light and the humor is spot on.  I also loved how fun the characters was.  If Cantanese would have made the characters more realistic and flat the film would have fell apart.  Finally, this is as a good vampire film should be.  Full of beautiful women and blood.  The women are smoking hot and there is a lot of blood.  Sadly, the effects are very limited but that is the nature of vampire flicks.  Cantanese handles the gags very well and utilizes camera angles and trick shocks to make the neck bites work.  Overall, Teenage Bloodsuckin' Bimbos is a fantastic.  This is one of the best vampire films I have seen in years.  This film has bite but no suckage.  Check it out.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Misery




Director - Rob Reiner (This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride)
Starring - James Caan (1941, Elf), Kathy Bates (American Horror Story, Six Feet Under), and Richard Farnsworth (Spartacus, Mighty Joe Young)
Release Date - 1990
Genre - Horror/Thriller
Tagline - "Paul Sheldon used to write for a living.  Now he's writing to stay alive"
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
 

     Some of you know my backstory while a few of you have picked up bits and pieces from my reviews over the years.  When I was growing up my mom had several mental illnesses and eventually left in July when I was 8.  My dad would leave town for a few nights for work so I spent a lot of time at my step-grandmother's.  She was elderly and would sit around all day watching television.  Especially the Sci-Fi Channel before it rebranded.  We would watch shows like Lexx, Roswell, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, and any movie that would come on.  One year as Halloween approached she found a channel playing horror movies all day.  I can't remember if it was Sci-Fi but it played some solid ones.  This was the first time I saw the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's Misery.  I absolutely loved the film.  In fact, I have owned this masterpiece on DVD and VHS.  When Scream Factory announced the release of the film on blu I had to jump on it!
     The film follows author Paul Sheldon (Caan) who is staying in a hotel up in the mountains during the winter months while he works on his new novel.  When he finishes the novel he takes his car out to town but his car was not made for the thick blanket of snow so he crashes.  A fan finds him and takes him back to home to nurse him back to health.  She is obsessed with the author and his work but she is deeply disturbed.  She lies to him about the snow storm so she can keep him for herself and over time she becomes more and more unhinged until she is ready to kill for Paul and she is unwilling to let him go.
     When I was little I loved Misery but a lot of the things going on in the film went over my head.  I loved how the movie looked and how the story was very unnerving but not overly scary.  As an adult I noticed a lot more with the story which makes it down right chilling.  The acting in this film is fucking perfect.  I can't recall a film where I've said that before and I highly doubt I will ever say it again.  James Caan delivers a stellar performance.  He is a strong lead but you can really feel the pain and discomfort he is going through.  As amazing as Caan is he can not overshadow the real star, Kathy Bates.  She is sweet and innocent at first and then dives off the deep end.  She brings a real monster to life that horror fans will never forget.  The story for this one is a bit of a slow burner but tension continuously builds until it cracks like a whip.  It is very dark and claustrophobic resulting in a very chilling tale that you can feel in your bones.  The fact that this situation can actually happen gives it even more impact on the viewer.  Finally, this one isn't gory but it still has a brutal shotgun kill along with a broken foot gag that you will never forget.  The effects team did a fantastic job.  Overall, Misery is a classic.  It is underappreciated and sometimes overlooked but it is one of the most effective horror thrillers to ever be released.  I can't recommend this film enough and the Scream Factory release is a must.   

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Death Wish V: The Face of Death



Director - Allan A. Goldstein (2001: A Space Travesty, Memory Run)
Starring - Charles Bronson (Apache, Machine Gun Kelly), Lesley-Anne Down (From Beyond the Grave, Munchie Strikes Back), and Michael Parks (From Dusk till Dawn, Red State)
Release Date - 1994
Genre - Action/Crime
Tagline - "No judge.  No jury.  No appeals.  No deals"
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
 

     The time has finally come.  For the last week or so I've been reviewing the entire Death Wish series and now I finish the series with the fifth film.  By this point I am very burnt out with Bronson and the whole vigilante angle.  The films are very entertaining but you can only watch the same story so many times before getting sick.  The fourth installment had its moments but was still the same recycled story so I was worried part 5 would be more of the same.  Lucky for me it was but it was still more entertaining than the fourth film.
     The film follows Kersey once more who is now living New York City again and dating a fashion designer who was once married to a crime lord.  She has since left him and took their teenage daughter where she created her own fashion line but he has found a way to infiltrate her business where he uses it to launder cash.  After an incident at their factory Kersey steps in and gets the police involved.  What Kersey doesn't know is that her ex has people on the force in his back pocket and when he discovers they went to the police he has her beaten.  The sparks Kersey to go back to his vigilante way to stop him.
     Death Wish 5: The Face of Death may not have changed the formula much from the other films but it dials up the cast with some amazing performances and a few fun scenes.  The acting in this one is leagues better than the previous installments.  Bronson delivers the same lowbrow performance with no emotional range but Michael Parks fucking sizzles.  I've never seen him deliver a bad performance and this film is no exception.  He steals every scene he is in and makes the movie his own.  Honestly, I think the film would have been perfect if it was told from his perspective.  The story for this one is more of what we got in the other films, especially the fourth.  Rape is removed from the story and drugs is added.  Kersey is once again wronged and someone he loves suffers from loving him.  Nothing new there.  Finally, the film has several kills that are exactly the same as the other film.  They are easily forgettable with minimal effects.  Overall, Death Wish V: The Face of Death may not deliver a new story but the cast makes it worth it.  Fans of the series will love it.  Check it out. 

Pacific Rim: Uprising




Director - Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Angel)
Starring - John Boyega (Attack the Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Scott Eastwood (The Fate and the Furious, Suicide Squad), and Cailee Spaeny (Backseat, On the Basis of Sex)
Release Date - 2018
Genre - Sci-fi/Action
Tagline - "Rise up"
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
 
     It's difficult for me to dislike a movie but if I like a movie I really like it.  With that being said, I rarely revisit a movie.  If I watch something and I like it I may not rewatch it for a couple years.  There has been a few movies that I watched over and over again.  When I was in high school I would leave Return of the Living Dead and Halfbaked playing in the VCR.  When I would start a cycle I would watch them for days before switching them out.  As an adult I've found myself doing that with very few films.  In 2013 or 2014 I bought Pacific Rim and check it out.  I was hooked.  I watched it so many times that week that my wife hid the DVD from me.  Honestly, it's a god damn masterpiece in my eyes.  I loved it.  When a sequel was announced I was on cloud 9 but that quickly changed when I heard Del Toro was no longer attached.  I was still excited but I knew it wouldn't be the film I was waiting for.  The film recently got a physical release and I was lucky enough to get a review copy. 
     The film picks up ten years after the first film.  Stacker Pentecost's son Jake (Boyega) is a troubled youth and often finds himself in trouble with the law even though he is a gifted Jaeger pilot like his father was.   After an incident that ends him in jail he is offered pardon if he returns to the Jaeger program thanks to his adopted sister.  He doesn't believe the world needs his skills since there hasn't been any Kaiju sightings in 10 years but that changes when bigger Kaiju break free.  Now he must put his beliefs to the side and stop them from destroying the world.
     I went into this one expecting everything and only getting a little.  The first film is a love letter to kaiju fans but Pacific Rim: Uprising missed it's mark.  The film is still great but it just didn't capture what the first film did.  The acting in this one is great.  I've never noticed Scott Eastwood in a film but he does a fantastic job in this one.  His character is very clich├ęd but he does a fantastic job in his role.  He truly makes him his own.  I also enjoyed Boyega's performance.  His character is cocky and arrogant which seems to come natural to Boyega.   The supporting cast is solid as well.  It's always great to see Charlie Day in anything.  The story for this one took what was established in the first film and combined it with Sentai like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Big Bad Beetleborgs.  This time the film focuses mostly on teenagers fighting the Kaiju.  I like where they took the story but it felt a little too much like MMPR over Pacific Rim.  Finally, the film is gorgeous.  Almost every scene is full of visual and practical effects.  Both compliment each other resulting in a visually stunning sci-fi film.  Overall, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a solid sequel but just doesn't flow like the first film. Fans of the first need to check it out but don't expect the perfect film you see in the first. 

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown



Director - J. Lee Thompson (Widow, Firewalker)
Starring - Charles Bronson (House of Wax, Death Wish), Kay Lenz (Murder She Wrote, Lois and Clark), and John P. Ryan (Class of 1999, Three O'clock High)
Release Date - 1987
Genre - Action/Crime
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
 

    Here we go again.  The last few days I've been working hard to knock out the Death Wish films.  More specifically the second, third, fourth, and fifth film in the series.  Death Wish was always a series of films I had heard about but never had the opportunity to check out.  That changed when Umbrella Entertainment sent over the Death Wish II and 3 double feature along with Death Wish 4 and 5 double feature.   I had owned the first film on DVD for sometime but never had a chance to check it out until now.  I enjoyed it but the sequel was more of the same.  Things changed with the third film.  I absolutely loved the third film.  In fact, I can easily say it is one of my favorite exploitation films now.  After watching the third film I was excited to toss in the next double feature!
     The film once again follows Paul Kersey (Bronson) who has now put the events of the first three films behind him.  He has a new love interest who has a teenage daughter with a blow problem.  One night she overdoses and dies.  Kersey suspects her boyfriend is responsible and follows him where he finds him confronting her drug dealer over her overdose.  The drug dealer kills her boyfriend before Kersey steps in to take him out.  Soon a rich and mysterious man hears about Kersey's work and uses him to stomp out the drug trade in the area after he tells Kersey how he lost his daughter to drugs.  Kersey wipes out the two biggest drug pushers in the city before the mysterious man's true intentions are revealed. 
     I had high hopes for this installment.  The third film in the series is fantastic.  It reminded me of the post-apocalyptic gang films like 1990: Bronx Warrior and so on.  Sadly, Death Wish 4 abandoned the look and story of the third film and returned to the original formula.  It's not a bad installment but it is repetitive.  The acting in this one is the same quality as the other films.  Bronson, once again, shows no emotions.  He is an emotionless killing machine and does not show any sort of remorse.  The supporting cast is solid as well.  In fact, I really enjoyed John P. Ryan's performance as the man who plays Kersey.  He did a fantastic job and made the film as fun as it is.  The story for this one is more of the same but rape was replaced with drugs.  In the first two films every Kersey loves is raped or murdered.  In this film the rape is replaced with drugs which triggers Kersey's killing spree.  It did mix it up some but in the end we are given the same film.  Finally, the kills in this one are more of the same established in the first three films.  The effects are minimal and work for the film but they are easily forgettable.  Overall, Death Wish 4: The Crackdown nothing new but it still hits the spot.  Check it out with a few beers and enjoy yourself. 

Taste Me: Death-Scort Service Part III

 

Director - Chris Woods (Chaos A.D.,  Amerikan Holokaust)
Starring - Eigh8t The Chosen One (Crackbaby Billionaire, American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore), Bob Glazier (Cannibal Claus, Die Die Delta Pi), and Cayt Feinics ($kumbagz, The Litch)
Release Date - 2018
Genre - Horror
Tag line - “They’re the escorts with bite!”
Format - DVD (Personal Copy) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

    Indie horror has seen some ups and downs over the last few years.  I've reviewed hundreds of movies my short time here at Horror Society and few more hundred on my blog before I was recruited to the greatest horror site on Earth.  I've seen some of the worst horror flicks imaginable (see Bloodbath in the House of Knives).  I've also seen some amazing films.  Some of those films were so great that they were able to ride the popularity into a sequel.  A few years ago I reviewed Sean Donohue's Death-Scort Service.  This sleazy slasher was fantastic and one hell of a good time.  Not long after the release of this film Donohue announced a follow up to his indie hit.  This time he dialed up the sleaze and carnage in Death-Scort Service Part II: The Naked Dead.  Both films are well known among indie horror fans so it only made sense a third would be in the works.  This time the follow up film was being handled by The Sleaze Box's Chris Woods and would be loosely tied to the first two films.  Chris was kind enough to send a review copy my way.  Thanks Chris for keeping it sleazy!
     The film follows a man that is down on his luck.  He gets a hotel room for a night and hears a fight next door.  He goes over to check it out and finds a man abusing a prostitute.  He confronts him and finds himself on the business end of a gun.  He is shot and the prostitute helps him to her car where he collapses.  He wakes up in a brothel and is asked to stay on for security purposes.  There is a madman strangling prostitutes around town and believe he may find his way to their doorstep.  He agrees but soon finds himself in the middle of a police search for missing people, a murderer with a belt, and a coven of cannibals. 
     I love how a three film series has evolved from a straight forward slasher to the crazy shitstorm that is Taste Me.  The first two films were raunchy slashers that threw just as much nudity as it did gore.  However, Taste Me took that story and added even more insanity which is what I would expect from the man behind Chaos A.D.   The acting in this one ranges from decent to fantastic.  The film mostly centers around Eigh8t The Chosen One, aka Frank Pickarelli, who does a great job.  I've seen him in several horror films by this point and his acting skill has grown substantially.  I had seen his YouTube videos years earlier and was afraid that his persona on YouTube would spill over on the screen.  When you watch some of his earlier work you can see that charisma and personality spill over into his characters but Taste Me shows a more mature Pickarelli.  He does a fantastic job and I can't wait to see him in his next role.  We also see some returning faces that many fans of The Sleaze Box may recognize.  Ashley Lynn Caputo, Bob Glazier, and Jow Makowksi once again deliver solid performances.  I've seen these three appear in several films at this point and they always deliver a solid performance. I like that Cayt Feinics had a bigger role in this film than in her previous films.  She did a great job but there was times when she was trying to be intimidating or menacing that it just didn't feel right.  These scenes were a little forced but far from bad.  She was fantastic.  Now, with that being said, there was a few scenes with fresh faces that were inexperienced.  They were confident and charismatic in front of the camera but they struggled finding their footing.  Their inexperience showed but it is nothing a little practice can't fix.  The story for this one was great.  The first two captured that late 80s sleazy slasher feel that I grew up loving but this film built upon that and took us in a different direction with cannibalistic prostitutes.  The story does have a few slow moments but the good far out weighs the bad.  I liked the pacing, for the most part, and loved where the film took us.  Finally, this film is fucking gory.  Like many of the films brought to us by The Sleaze Box and Gatorblade Films, this one has tons of blood and guts.  The effects are gruesome but there is a few gags that didn't work like they should.  It doesn't take away from the brutal death scenes but it does show the film's budget.  Overall, Taste Me: Death-Scort Service Part III is worthy of the Death-Scort title.  The film is vicious, sexy, and fucking gruesome.  If you want some filth with your horror check this one out!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wrestlemassacre



Director - Brad Twig (Milfs vs. Zombies)
Starring - Richie Acevedo (Frames of Fear, Outsiders), Rosanna Nelson (Grindsploitation 2: The Lost Reels, Fiendish Fables), and Julio Bana Fernandez (Killer Campout, Zombie Horror)
Release Date - 2018
Genre - Horror
Tag line - “You can’t tap out when you’re dead”
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
 

    It feels like it's been awhile since I watched some good no budget horror movies.  When I first started writing reviews on my blog I focused on old action and exploitation films from the 70s and 80s but my love for horror pushed me in the indie horror direction and soon I was befriending directors who was looking for reviewers.  Now it feels like most of my time is spent on rereleases of old movies on blu from Vinegar Syndrome, Scream Factory, Arrow Video, Vestron, and so on.  This is fun so don't get me wrong but I do miss those crazy no budget passion projects.  I just finished reviewing the third entry in the Death-Scort Service series when a review copy of Brad Twigg's new film Wrestlemassacre showed up.  This is one I had been excited to see so I immediately tossed it in.  Thanks Brad!
     The film follows Randy (Acevedo) who is a sexually frustrated groundskeeper.  One day Randy falls in love with one of his customers but is unable to impress her.  Things change when he sees a commercial for a wrestling school and decides to turn his childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler into a reality.  Sadly, he finds himself on the business end of an ass whooping his first day in training resulting in him becoming the laughing stock of the locker room.  When he returns home from training he finds out that he lost his job and now his father hates him.  This sends Randy over the edge and he becomes a killing machine unwilling to break keyfabe. 
     Wrestlemassacre started out as a segment in the Fuzzy Monkey Films' anthology Frames of Fear.  This segment was one of the more popular segments in this amazing anthology which prompted Twigg and company to adapt it into a feature length film.  The wait was worth it.  The acting in this one is solid and reunited several familiar faces from other Fuzzy Monkey films along with several iconic professional wrestlers.  The film stars wrestler Richie Acevedo who is known in wrestling circuits as the Cuban Assassin.  I absolutely loved his performance at the end of the film when he is crushing and killing.  He was fantastic and really made the film as fun as it was.  With that being said, he didn't have me sold on his performance earlier in the film.  It is here that Acevedo's character is established as a big hearted guy who can't catch a break.  Acevedo struggled to bring that aspect of the character to life but he more than made up for that during the last portion of the film.  We once again see Julio Bana Fernandez, Rosanna Nelson, Nadia White, Rick Jermain, and Alex Neumeler among several others who have appeared in several other Fuzzy Monkey Films.  They all deliver solid performances and do a great job moving the story along.  It was also cool seeing iconic wrestlers like Tony Atlas, The Sandman, The Boogie Woogie Man, and Rene Dupree just to name a few.  Their roles was fairly small but it was awesome to see them in the film.  The story for this one is more of what we got in the short but with a lot more backstory.  In fact,  the back story and why Randy kills takes up a majority of the film.  It does a great job at establishing the why but fans of the short will have to wait to get to the carnage.  Finally, the deaths in this film is my favorite part.  I grew up during the WCW and WWF Monday Night wars with ECW rolling in on cable early in the morning.  This was my favorite time in wrestling.  WCW had the gimmicks I loved, WWF had the names that filled the seats, and ECW had the energy.  Wrestlemasscre takes the gimmicks from WCW and adds it to the energy and viciousness of ECW to deliver wrestling inspired deaths that will not be forgotten anytime soon.  The kills are brutal, fit the story, and have solid practical effects.  There was a few instances where you can spot the film's budget but Twigg worked with it to make it effective.  Overall, Wrestlemassacre is everything you need for a late night horror treat.  It has a fun story, some nudity, and plenty of gore.  Check it out!

Death Wish 3



Director - Michael Winner (Death Wish, The Mechanic)
Charles Bronson (The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven), Deborah Raffin (Grizzly II: The Concert, The Sentinel), and Ed Lauter (King Kong, Cujo)
Release Date - 1985
Genre - Crime/Action
Tagline - "He's back in New York bringing justice to the streets."
Format - Bluray (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     If I like a movie I tend to watch the sequel, prequel, remake, whatever with some excitement.  While most people bitch and moan about a new film I go into it expecting a good time.  I had never seen the first Death Wish film until recently and once I saw it I was a fan.  Sure, it wasn't nowhere near as good as people made me believe but it still entertained.  The sequel was more of the first film with nothing new but it was just as fun.  Sadly, because the second film didn't offer up anything new I was a little burnt out of the Paul Kersey story after just two film.  I decided to push on through and check out the second film on the Death Wish double feature.  This third entry in the film would become my favorite of the series.  Thank you Umbrella for the hook up!
     The film once again follows Kersey who is visiting NYC to see an old war buddy.  Right as Kersey enters the apartment building his friend is murdered by a gang.  The police find him standing over the body and accuse him of doing it.  They rough him up but eventually the inspector recognizes him.  With crime on the rise in the city he lets Kersey go if he can help them clean up the city.  Kersey settles into his old friends apartment and sets his sight on the gang responsible for the death of his friend. 
     Death Wish 3 may not break the mold for the series but it definitely made it even more fun.  This installment could have been extremely bland but DW3 made it over the top and fun.  The acting in this one was way more enjoyable than the first two.  The cast seemed to embrace the exploitation and really got into their roles.  Their characters are fun and you wont be forgetting them anytime soon.  Also, Bronson fucking smiles.  Not a little smirk like in the other films but a real fucking smile.  I think he may have this acting thing down now.  The story for this one breaks away from the rape and revenge of the first two films.  Instead, it went down the gang war film similar to 1990: Bronx Warrior.  I absolutely loved the way this series turned and I loved the story given to us.  Finally, the film does has some on screen kills.  These kills are just like the other two films and deliver gun shots that require minimum effects.  Overall, Death Wish 3 is fucking fantastic.  I could have used a little more blood but I still loved it.  Check it out.