We started to watch Werewolf Bitches From Outer Space, an Amazon Prime selection, first and bailed a few minutes from the start. It was after the horrible werewolf women appeared. I was curious because the movie had Janeane Garofalo in it. We didn't even get to her scene before the complaint level rose and we bailed. It's a rare thing. I did check out the movie myself when I got home and she does appear, a long way into the 73 minute movie, as an art gallery owner who does get attacked by the werewolf bitches from outer space. You can check out the trailer in the link in the title and that will give you an idea of the production. It just goes to show you that you can make a movie without any talent.
Stymied by that stinky diversion we went with another Amazon Prime selection, this time a 1982 Shaw Brothers movie from Hong Kong. Human Lanterns is the US title of Ren pi deng long which translates as Human Skin Lanterns. It's a mix of martial arts and horror.
Lo Lieh is a lantern maker who has a grudge against a couple of local noblemen. He uses their dislike of each other to his advantage. Lo kidnaps women from their houses and peels off their skin to make lanterns. The men blame each other for the kidnappings and battle.
Things get weirder and weirder and more and more henchmen die. By the end of the movie there's hardly anyone left. Not that I cared that much, hardly anyone is likeable, so I couldn't get too worked up over their going.
Typical of the Shaw Brothers of the time there are plenty of interesting sets. The street of lanterns is particularly nice. There's plenty of nice props and lots of extras to fill the space. There's a good bit of fighting and some nice wire work. At one point a fight nearly levels a house. That was a really nice bit of work. It's got a nice level of humor, a good thing, as it is a bit gory. Most people wouldn't puke at the scenes with the ladies getting their skin peeled off.
The direction by Chung Sun was good and the story was interesting enough. I like these older Shaw Brothers movies, especially since they started issuing them in widescreen subtitled versions. Well worth checking out, I think it stands out a bit from the crowd.
I can't say the same for Non-Stop. It's a 2014 Liam Neeson film about a bomber on a plane. It's directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who's previous film was Unknown with Liam Neeson. He followed this up with Run All Night with Liam Neeson. He skipped Liam for his next movie, The Shallows with Blake Lively in a bikini, but they reunite for the 2017 movie The Commuter. I did see Unknown, enjoyed it well enough, and I did see Jaume's first movie, the 2005 remake of House Of Wax. The latter was OK but I enjoyed the original so much more.
Non-Stop is about Liam, a sad sky marshal, on a flight to London from New York. Right after it takes off the bomber texts him and the game is a foot. Bomber boy is going to start killing someone every 20 minutes unless he gets 150 million bucks in his account. Liam tries to figure out what's going on and at the end of twenty minutes someone is dead. Sadly Liam has killed his fellow sky marshal. Admittedly the guy has a huge bag of coke in his briefcase and he was going to fire his gun in the bathroom. It soon turns out that the dead sky marshal isn't the bomber. Things get more grim as the pilot is poisoned and dies. The TSA turns against Liam when they find out that the account for the ransom money is in Liam's name.
Things get worse for Liam, the bomber seems one step ahead of him. Liam misjudges people and then they find a ticking time bomb. What to do, no one really believes him.
The movie is stuck on a plane so there isn't much going on scenery wise. I like a bit of variety in locations in a movie. Some of the script, by a trio of first timers, is weak. The bombers motivation is the let down at the end of the movie. Most of the direction is fine, the action fairly good, but once you get down to it, it's all pretty much a bag of cliches and you'd be better off to watch Unknown. I didn't feel I needed to buy the DVD now that I've seen the movie.