Back to the Steve Austin well! This one was intriguing because not only does it star Austin, but it stars my other big discovery from the action marathon – Michael Jai White. I enjoyed the Austin/Seagal team-up from Maximum Conviction so I was damn excited for Austin to team up with Black Dynamite himself. I was just hoping unlike Maximum Conviction, the two stars would actually spend a decent amount of time on screen together instead of primarily being off doing their own individual things. Well the good news is that Tactical Force has the common sense to ensure they are together quite a bit. The bad news is that this still doesn’t make this a very good movie.
There has been a lot of focus on the AVGN and the Irate Gamer in these DVD reviews lately so let’s switch gears and talk about something different – Turbo Views. Turbo Views is an ongoing series on YouTube done by Chris Bucci. The goal of the show is to review each one of the North American released Turbo Grafx 16 games (of which there are approximately 130 I believe). It’s a lofty goal but as of this writing he is well over halfway there which is pretty fantastic. There are currently 3 DVD sets of the show, with the third having just been released in February. I haven’t yet gotten to the third volume since I felt I should go back and write about these first so here we go!
No need for the backstory, you know who the AVGN is. This DVD will always hold a bizarrely special place in my heart as it’s what I put on to watch and space out to when I got back from getting all four of my wisdom teeth removed a few years back. Not sure why I chose this but it was my pick me up as I sat in a haze of mouth pain and drugs. Though I imagine it would be entertaining for those with a clear head as well.
I’m writing this introduction before actually sitting down and rewatching this episode but I’m reasonably confident this is one of the Goosebump stories where somebody becomes an animal. I remember one where a guy became a bee, another where at least two people turned into chickens, and I’m sure this one involves a kid turning into a dog. They went to the “dude becomes a _____” well quite often and I don’t remember it working out too well any of those times.
What in the hell is the deal with doing the sequel episode before the original?! Again I don’t remember the books so I can’t say whether the second Dummy book was significantly better than the first, but couldn’t they have dropped the two in the title no matter what? I get that’s the book it’s based on but in this format it’s just confusing and looks silly.
Ventriloquist dummies are the worst though so this episode admittedly has some potential.
Also I didn’t know that if you watch several episodes in a row of something on Netflix, it will skip the opening credits for you. The computer brain knows I hate sitting through that shit!
It seems odd to have a “return” episode when the mummy hasn’t even arrived yet. I know there was a Curse of the Mummy in the book series that came before this so why would they skip immediately to the follow-up? Was it just that much better than the original? I don’t think I even saw this episode as a kid so this will be interesting.
If you followed my action movie marathon at all then you know one of the biggest surprises for me was Steve Austin. I watched two of his movies – Damage and Maximum Conviction – and came away pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed each one. Damage was a surprisingly effective character piece with some ok action and Maximum Conviction was a fun but dumb piece of nonsense with almost too much action. Now that the marathon is over I still wanted to check out more of his stuff so fuck it, let’s keep right on going! Maximum Conviction came off a 4 movie set I had purchased so I had plenty more material to make my way through. I started with this one as it was the first movie in the set and man, I chose poorly.
Fun fact – this is the first episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark I ever saw. It came on after another show I had watched and I figured what the hell, may as well check this out. I don’t remember anything about my thoughts on the episode but I guess I must have enjoyed it well enough as I continued to watch the show. Strangely enough I think I remember a lot about the actual plot of the episode, including how it ends. So this could be interesting.
At the end of my DVD review for The Irate Gamer Volume 3 I said that was likely going to be the last Irate Gamer DVD review I would ever write as it had been over two years since the last volumes had been released. Well what do you know, only a short time later and here we are again! This was a pretty exciting one as I had only seen maybe half the episodes before so a lot of it was going to be a mystery. I couldn’t get to it right away because of that damn action movie marathon but I’ve watched it from start to finish and oh man I have some things to say so off we go!
For the final review of this marathon I thought it would be interesting to watch District B13 as one of the first movies at the start, and one of the main reasons I kickstarted this whole thing in the first place, was the remake Brick Mansions. I very rarely see the remake before the original so this move made sense and holy shit. Had I seen this first I would have been waaaaaay less kind to Brick Mansions. As its own movie its ok but as a remake of this? Not so much with the good anymore.