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Discussion in 'General' started by fceurich39, Dec 26, 2009.
i haven't heard much about which probably means it isn't any good?
I saw it years ago, but honestly remember very little about the film at all. It must have been either average or below average.
I think this went direct to video, I watched it no later than 1990 on good old VHS. Remember it well - not an outstanding film, but fairly creepy and has nostalgia value. The director certainly adopted a more subtle approach to most of his contemporaries who were churning out horror films at the time. If I was offered a decent DVD-R recorded from tape or a satellite channel, I'd happily pay £8 for it. My rating would be 7½ out of 10.
Always meant to watch but for some unknown reason never did. Never got a chance to check out the AB DVD either, which is OOP now I think.
While it is awful, this kind of holds a special place in my heart. My senior year film teacher (who was a pretentious dickhead) worked on the film. It was the most well known credit on his resume...so it has always made me feel good that this was that asshole's biggest accomplishment.
I do kind of enjoy the terrible late 80s straight to video vibe that the movie has. It has a couple of memorable death scenes and make-up, and some totally over the top moments from James Hong, who pretty much made this as a vanity piece. Is it a good movie? Not at all. But it can be fun if you are in the right mood.
I LOVE that movie. It's like James Hong decided he was gonna do every damn thing he ever wanted to do in a movie that they wouldn't let him do from sex scenes to insane dancing to imitating Bela Lugosi in all his mad scientist bits. Sure the acting is sub-par to sub-porno and nothing seems to make too much sense. But it is cool to see a character actor who has been in everything but regulated to the same damn roles to get a chance to do it all, although not that well.
It is B-Movie as dream fullfilled.
It?s one of those movies that has a special place in my heart...
Nostalgia is a bitch...
You think our nostalgia is bad, cry for today's youngings. In ten or fifteen years, they will be thinking back to nothing but shitty remakes.
I wonder when they remake the remakes if these kids will be bitching.
"I mean, they totally forgot to add the Love Hurts montage with the Mama stripping. Blasphemy!"
Couldn't have said it any better. If movies like that were my exposure to horror, I never would have fallen in love with the genre. Kids today are seriously at the disadvantage.
If you're nostalgic for anything this movie was ripping off or copying, including trends that kind of leak / spill over into Witchery, Spellcaster, and Sugar Hill, this movie becomes nostalgic by default. It'll be familiar the moment you step into it. Like a club built from pieces of other places you've been to and playing similar music.
It's extremely similar to Hellgate in that its bizarreness is its virtue and if you don't dig that, you won't dig the movie. There's no substance but a lot of strange entertainment value.