Freaked (1993)

August 15th, 2014

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With a box office budget of less than $30,000 against an estimated budget of 12 million, Freaked is not what you would call a commercial success -- but don't let that fool you. You know how, in movies about Hollywood, the protagonist has a quirky project that a studio exec is really excited about, but then the studio exec gets fired and the movie gets shelved by their replacement? Well this is one of those. Featuring an all-people-you-sort-of-recognize cast (including Bill S. Preston, Esq., Blossom's brother, and Hollywood Star-Whacker target Randy Quaid in his best role), Freaked is surprisingly hilarious from start to finish. We should take listener requests more often.

Coming Soon: Freaked (1993)

August 8th, 2014

Demon Knight (1995)

August 1st, 2014

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There's an a lot of interesting history to the somewhat-unsuccessful attempt to make HBO anthology Tales from the Crypt into a film series. As the first part of a planned trilogy of Crypt Keeper-introduced horror movies, Demon Knight was actually written before the Crypt show existed, and thus lacks the series's usual signature dark karmic ending. What it does have, though, is a lot of gore, chuckles, exposed bosoms, and a winning performance by Billy Zane as a fun-loving demon intent on killing everyone and literally raising hell. Don't forget to stay after the credits for the Crypt Keeper's pun-tastic epilogue.

Coming Soon: Demon Knight (1995)

July 25th, 2014

Captain America (1990)

July 18th, 2014

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Join us on a voyage to the distant past of 1990, when any movie based on a Marvel Comics franchise was guaranteed to be one of the worst pieces of crap ever. Following closely on the heels of Howard the Duck and The Punisher (not the good one) comes a film introducing World War II hero Captain America (also not the good one). Unlike the Steve Rogers to whom you've grown accustomed, this Cap is a whiny loser with a cheap plastic shield who gets consistently stymied by a small gang of young, fashionable Italian models. Directed by Brain Smasher director Albert Pyun and produced by the infamous Menahem Golan, this movie is a perfect storm of cinematic badness that will swell your heart with American pride.

Coming Soon: Captain America (1990)

July 11th, 2014

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

July 4th, 2014

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For reasons that no film historian has ever divined, the late 1970s and early 80s were a real boom time for space operas -- a trend that culminated in the mysteriously-titled Turkish Star Wars. For whatever reason, in 1980, bargain-hunter Roger Corman decided to produce this re-imagining of The Magnificent Seven in space, an idea whose complexity is only slightly compounded by the fact that The Magnificent Seven was itself Seven Samurai in the Old West. All of which is to say that Hollywood is ready for my adaptation of Battle Beyond The Stars but at a high school. If I can get Sybil Danning to play a saucy teacher, I'm pretty sure I can get the green light.

Coming Soon: Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

June 27th, 2014

Brain Smasher...A Love Story (1993)

June 20th, 2014

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This may be one of the more obscure movies we've watched for the podcast -- I'm not sure, because obscurity is hard to measure -- but there are three reasons why we felt we had to see it. First of all, it stars human regret Andrew Dice Clay, who we loathed in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Secondly, the antagonist is played by none other than Seattle restauranteur The Bad Guy From Karate Kid Part II, who we reluctantly enjoyed in Aloha Summer (and who proudly displays a Brain Smasher poster in his fine establishment). Thirdly but perhaps mostly, it's a film written and directed by notorious schlockmeister Albert Pyun, into whose oeuvre we have had yet to delve. We'll be seeing a lot more of Mr. Pyun's work in the near future, so pay close attention, cinema enthusiasts.

Coming Soon: Brain Smasher...A Love Story (1993)

June 13th, 2014