30. Frankenhooker, 1990
Oh mighty Thor… If I thought Toxic Avenger was schlocky, boy was I in for a real fest of schlockyness and grade A baloney.
I heard about this movie a bunch of times on Rue Morgue, and thought it would be funny and entertaining, also I knew it wasn’t Academy Award material, but I never imagined how shitty it would be. Lucky for me, I enjoy shitty movies (my limits are somewhere between the Tommy Wisseau movies, so you get the idea).
Anyhow, this movie is fucking weird and pointless and if I thought I had to shut my brain to watch Jennifer’s Body, I would have to drill my brain (the main dude in the movie does that like a habit).
SO, to sum it up: If you like shitty movies watch it, other wise stay away.
P.S. Writer/director Frank Henenlotter improvised the basic story at a pitch meeting. After getting the okay to make the picture, he then wrote the script for the movie. Needless to say, it shows. Also, I was going to watch My Name is Bruce, but I got mentally tired with this.
26. Toxic Avenger Part 2, 1989
Welp… I decided to continue with this series, but I guess these movies get dumber with each sequel…
The story seems to have been pulled straight out of a cartoon, the movie is self aware of it’s suckiness apparently. The jokes are even less funny than the last movie, over the top acting, bad acting, dumb acting.
Some of the gore scenes are good, others are really shitty. There is a lot of unnecessary nudity also. I guess is a Troma tradition.
In this film Toxie (yeah they call him Toxie in this one) goes to Tokyo to look for his father, I think it was just an excuse for the filmmakers to go to Japan, a lot of the scenes make it seem like they just started walking around japan without any idea of what they were going to do.
There are a lot of racial stereotypes, Japanese, Jewish, Latino, Afro American… oh and seems like it’s a running gag to have a dude dressed in drag fighting the Toxic Avenger. In the last movie there was this one guy but he got killed off (of course), in this movie there are two, an American and a Japanese.
I am really rethinking if I am ever gonna watch the other 2 movies.
P.S. Toxie can now move his popping eye.
Month Of Horror:
20. The Fly, 1986
First let’s talk about the original, because I love the 1958 film, it is classy and sophisticated, most people dismiss it thinking it’s just a cheesy b movie, but that would be the sequel, with the piñata head and shit.
The original Fly is great at building suspense and it doesn’t rely on cliches, the scientist doesn’t just becomes a monster, he’s still himself, he doesn’t get instantly mad or anything, it depicts a struggle and… yeah you get the idea, beside I have to talk about the 1986 version.
This one is a gross out special effects fest that goes straight for shock value. It has a great pacing and the take on the subject is waaay different than the original, the main guy (Jeff Goldblum) starts out after the teleportation thinking he has become some kind of a superhero, pure and focused and sharp and shit, like, in his mind he became the greatest human being ever, but to his love interest (played by Geena Davis) he’s simply gone nuts.
It’s still a pretty tragic movie, but I don’t think it delivers the same feeling than the original, like I said, this oe is more about the ‘ahh flesh’, so if you want to enjoy a gory and shocking movie, be sure to give it a watch.
P.S. Originally this was a project for Tim Burton to direct which makes sense because Michael Keaton was offered the role of Seth Brundle, but he declined. So instead we got David Cronenberg, Goldblum as Brundlefly and his girlfriend at the time Geena Davis as… well his girlfriend.
14. Day of the Dead, 1985
George A. Romero is just a genius when it comes to zombie flicks.
It is his tradition to focus on the people rather than the actual zombies, the struggle of being confined to an underground bunker stuffed with a few military men and a trio of scientists. The development of the characters is great, my favorites were the guy who everyone called Dr. Frankenstein and Sarah (the main lady).
The opening scene is pretty damn impressive, takes by surprise and gets you right into the movie. The special effects and the gore once again are awesome (Savini, of course!), it doesn’t give you too much throughout the movie, but the final act is just a flesh eating fest.
I have always loved the idea of having the living dead remember things subconsciously, in this film that is major development in the plot. Here may be better handled the social satire and also takes a little touch into ethics and religion.
Unlike the two Romero films I talked about in the past days, I had not seen this movie before, so it got me pretty hooked from the beginning.
If you haven’t seen it be sure to check it out, if you don’t ‘Bub’ will get sad and lose his shit.
P.S. Gorillaz had a bit of this movie remixed in the song “M1 A1” from their 2001 album, also the song “Hip Albatross”, features a clip of John’s (Terry Alexander) dialogue.
Month Of Horror:
13. The Toxic Avenger, 1984
This movie is weird. Just weird. I have no words.
Comedy horror, low-budget, campy, slapstick, tongue in cheek, and a cult classic.
It’s odd to think that this movie has generated not one but three sequels, a stage musical and a children’s tv cartoon called ‘The Toxic Crusaders’ complete with action figures and a comic book series (yes, I do own one of those comic books).
This movie has gore, shitty acting, nudity, over the top dialog, unsiched dubbing, kung fu, mop fu, granny punching fu, guts fu, and it’s all around bat shit crazy.
Four stars! If you have a chance and feel like getting on a bizarre movie ride, be sure to check it out.
P.S. I do have the rest of the sequels around here, I am still considering if I’ll watch them as well this month.
11. Dawn of the Dead, 1978
So tonight I wanted to watch something a bit more gory than the last few movies I’ve been watching… well here’s the early work of effects man extraordinaire Tom Savini who also acts in the film.
This is a bloody fun film, the mall setting makes wonderful scenarios and tools for the zombie killings and the humor of the movie. The same setting may be interpreted as social satire comparing mall shopper to zombies, but to me it is just a fun horror/gore flick (I’m not that deep when it comes to horror, sorry).
I love how red the blood is! Supposedly, Savini was unhappy with how the blood photographed; to him it looked too bright and fluorescent. Romero felt it was perfect for the film’s comic book style and decided to keep it like that, the fake blood was a mixture of food coloring, peanut butter and cane sugar syrup.
If you haven’t seen it or if you just saw the remake, you’re missing out.