The Giant Killer [DVD]
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Fairy tale fantasy adventure starring Ben Cross, Jane March and Jamie Atkins. When Jack (Atkins) plants some magic beans, causing a giant beanstalk to grow into the clouds, he doesn't realise that he has unleashed a wealth of huge beasts who are now headed for his hometown and are far from friendly...
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This movie takes place in a somewhat anachronistic setting, or maybe New Zealand. Jack (Jamie Atkins) plants magic beans, climbs and meets his long lost father (Harry Dyer). There is a "queen" (Jane March) who lives up there too, as well as creatures who look and act like Gumby had sex with a dinosaur. The production had a Jules Verne quality to it, but unfortunately they couldn't bring that home. The beginning of the feature opens by showing us a scene near the end, one where Jack, using stuff laying around the garage makes himself an Iron Man suit for no apparent reason.
Some of the language and visuals had enough camp value to it to make the film entertaining while other aspects simply fail. Modern helicopters, crank battery powered army field phones, bright yellow rotary phones, and what looked like 60's automobiles.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. In one scene the queen stands up and faces Newald, the father. She is apparently nude from the look on his face, but we only see her from behind from about the knees down. 3 stars for the camp value.
* Props that make Blue Peter look like fine engineering
* Acting on par with what you would expect from a local secondary school's drama club production
* Special effects from the 50's with 3D actors in front of a totally flat, blurred-out canvas scenery back-drop and motorcycle shots from underneath with the sky as backdrop and the camera jiggling around to simulate movement
* As for the dialogue and screenplay, words fail me
The one positive point is the CGI which is passable for young children though rather incongruous in the context of the above failings, not to mention somewhat embarrassing in it's carefully limited use to keep the budget as low as possible.
It is costing me £2.75 to send this back. I think that's rather unfair as the bluray is of such low quality that amazon should not be selling it and then I would not have ordered this rubbish by mistake. I am astonished that anything of this low quality could be seriously released.
If you enjoy collecting movies so bad your friend's wouldn't believe you until you've proven it to them through their own eyes then this film would make an excellent addition to your collection. For everyone else, avoid!
And in typical Asylum style, there are some nice images in this; the beanstalk lore is more imaginative than most, the flying castle rather nice. The cgi beasts are poor cgi by modern standards, but it's made up for by a nice period feel.
I wish the scene on the back of he box was in the movie-the WW1 tank engaging the monster, and the corny scene culled from "Pacific Rim" is just that-corny.
However, I chuckled my was through this, and came up with "It's OK", but that may not be judging on the normal scales. I can see why many loathe it. On the other hand, if you've seen an Asylum movie before, you do know what to expect.
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