Killer Christmas Movies - Page 2
2). The Long Kiss Goodnight - Released in 1996 by New Line Cinema.
This action-packed Renny Harlin thriller stars Samuel L. Jackson as worse-for-the-booze private investigator Mitch Henessey and Geena Davis as Charly Baltimore/ Samantha Caine, an amnesiac hit woman turned perfect housewife. When Caine's memory of her past life as a government hired gun begins to return, she finds that she has no choice but to run. The accident that caused her amnesia was no accident at all — it was a failed attempt to dispose of her. A hit on a hit. When they get word that Charly Baltimore has returned, the powers at the top send the best in the killing business to clean up the botched job — and they have no intention of failing a second time.
But when her daughter is kidnapped by some unremembered nemesis from her former life, Samantha Caine is forced back into the fight. She takes an unwitting Hennessey, whom she had hired to find out who she was before she lost her memory, on the ride of his life. It's not long before her previous life catches up with her and out of the sweet suburban homemaker emerges hardcore assassin Charly Baltimore. The question in the end is whether there will be any of Samantha Caine left inside when the ice cold, dead-sexy, murderer-for-hire fully regains herself — if they survive at all.
Geena Davis manages the personality change, from Samantha to Charly, exceptionally. We're right there nodding in agreement when Samuel L. Jackson utters the now famous lines... "Back when we first met, you were all like 'Oh phooey, I burned the darn muffins.' Now... you go into a bar, ten minutes later, sailors come runnin' out." This film proves that Geena Davis, popping off lines like "You're going to die screaming... and I'm going to watch," can hold her own in the ass-kicking action arena, alongside other killer femme fatales like Terminator 2: Judgment Day's Linda Hamilton and Kill Bill's Uma Thurman.
3) Tales from the Crypt - Released in 1972 by Amicus Productions, and later re-released by 20th Century Fox.
This movie is hard to find but definitely worth hunting down. Though it was the basis for the later '80's and '90's television shows and subsequent movies, those American, made-for-mass-consumption, ugly stepchildren bear little resemblance to this cult favorite, the original British horror classic that inspired them. Tales from the Crypt, which was based on five unique and twisted stories from the EC comic books of the 1950s, stars the late Sir Ralph Richardson acting superbly as The Crypt Keeper.Continued on the next page