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Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 at 01:08:40 am EDT (Viewed 532 times)
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    Exorcist 3 has a couple of really creepy scenes. There are a couple of sequences that show it could have been a better movie with a slightly better script. George C Scott is decent as the lead but you can see he probably would rather almost be anywhere but in this movie.

I haven't seen it, but isn't the point of his character that he doesn't really want to be there?

    It has always been something of a mystery to me that Carpenter has made so many great movies on a small budget while some of his bigger budgeted films are not so good.

Maybe it's the old thing about necessity being the mother of invention. He's better on a budget?

    Monster Squad I barely made it without walking out and have no desire to see again. It seemed like an attempt at Ghost Busters lite.

It definitely seems like fan service delivered with cheese. Scenes you always wanted to see with the monsters (like all 5 teaming up), scenes you wanted to see with kids (like making silver bullets in shop class). Callbacks to old scenes like the wolf man asking the cops to lock him up, or Frank finding a little girl on the edge of a lake. But then there's cheese like Van Helsing giving a thumbs up to the kids as he drags Dracula into limbo. It's cheesy but I enjoyed it. It seems a little more violent than you'd expect from a kids movie.

There is a difference between the actor not wanting to be there and the characters sense of self. George did take part in some bizarre movies that seemed below his talent level. Fire Starter comes to mind.
Carpenter noted how many of his movies got so little credit and then found new life when the VHS craze began. Then again when the DVD made its entrance. He never talked about money made that I know about but there was a story that claimed he made 10x more on the home market than on new release films. I hope that is true because he deserved it.

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