Minotaur (2006)

Minotaur
Director: Jonathan English
Writer: Nick Green, Stephen McDool
Cast: Tom Hardy, Michelle Van Der Water, Tony Todd, Lex Shrapnel, Jonathan Readwin, Rutger Hauer, Maimie McCoy, Lucy Brown, James Bradshaw, Fiona Maclaine, Claire Murphy, Ingrid Pitt, Ciaran Murtagh
Seen on: 2.9.2021

Content Note: racism, sexualized violence, sexism, ableism

Plot:
Every year, Theo’s (Tom Hardy) village gets raided and some young people taken to the great palace to be sacrificed to the Minotaur. The only one who has always been protected is Theo as he is supposed to become the next leader of the village. But when The Leper (Ingrid Pitt) tells him that his big love, abducted a couple of years ago, may still be alive in the Minotaur’s labyrinth, Theo is determined to go. He gets himself on the ship with the sacrifices and sails to Deucalion’s (Tony Todd) and his sister Raphaella’s (Michelle Van Der Water) court to confront them and, more importantly, the Minotaur.

Phew, you can file this film under “Things I Have Watched for Tom Hardy” and “Things I Have Watched So You Don’t Have To”. Trust me, Minotaur is not some kind of underrated fantasy gem, it is just a collection of pretty offensive and very bad fantasy stereotypes.

The film poster showing Theo (Tom Hardy) in the center and Raphaella (Michelle Van Der Water) to the left of him and Deucalion (Tony Tood) to the right.
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Re-Watch: Candyman (1992)

Candyman
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard. Plus, my first review.]

Plot:
Helen (Virginia Madsen) wants to write a thesis about urban legends. Among them, the legend of the Candyman: if you say his name five times into the mirror, he will come through it and kill you. Her research takes Helen to a run down apartment complex that have been haunted by a series of murders. Bit by bit Helen comes to believe that the Candyman actually exists.

I already liked Candyman when I saw it the first time, but I think I liked it even better the second time around and I loved getting to see it on a big screen.

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Frankenstein (2015)

Frankenstein
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Mary Shelley‘s novel
Cast: Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, Tony Todd
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Viktor (Danny Huston) and Elizabeth (Carrie-Anne Moss) have been working on artificial life for a while and they finally seem to have made it: their specimen (Xavier Samuel) fulfills all expectations, but it is not quite stable yet. As tumors start to take it over, Viktor and Elizabeth decide to put it down. But it manages to escape its own death sentence. Unleashed in the world far from laboratories, it starts looking for a place where it can stay and fit in.

Frankenstein is a very clever new take on a story that sometimes feels done to death. But I’m not sure whether it doesn’t ultimately undermine its own attempts as well. Be that as it may, it is certainly worth checking out.

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Hatchet II (2010)

Hatchet II
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Sequel to: Hatchet
Cast: Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Tom Holland, AJ Bowen, Mercedes McNabJoleigh Fioravanti, Shawn Ashmore (for about 3 seconds before getting his face sliced off)

Plot [with Spoilers for Hatchet]:
Marybeth (Danielle Harris) just barely escaped Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) and she’s the only one from her group. She returns into town to ask Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd) for help. Zombie agrees and gets together a band of mercenaries for support. But there is more to his agreement to help than pure altruism and Victor Crowley is far from dealt with.

Hatchet II is a decent continuation of the series. It concentrates more on the gore and less on the sexism, which I appreciated. But it also rehashes a bit and makes the ending of the first movie worse in hindsight.

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Hatchet (2006)

Hatchet
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Cast: Joel David Moore, Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond, Kane Hodder, Mercedes McNab, Parry Shen, Joel Murray, Joleigh Fioravanti, Tony Todd

Plot:
Ben’s (Joel David Moore) girlfriend just broke up with him. He’s crushed so his best friend Marcus (Deon Richmond) takes him to Mardi Gras in New Orleans to take his mind off of it. But Ben would rather go on a haunted swamp tour than party. But that tour turns out to be a lot scarier and more dangerous than anticipated.

Hatchet is fun sometimes, but it’s also sexist and offensive and it didn’t do much for me in general.

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Candyman (1992)

Candyman
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams

Plot:
Helen (Virginia Madsen) wants to write a thesis about urban legends. Among them, the legend of the Candyman: if you say his name five times into the mirror, he will come through it and kill you. Her research takes Helen to a run down apartment complex that have been haunted by a series of murders. Bit by bit Helen comes to believe that the Candyman actually exists.

This movie was surprisingly not awful. I mean, it was pretty cheesy and the ending could have been better, but it was tense and it had the most excellent score by Philip Glass. I was caught up in it.

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