September 1, 2012 · 12:11 am
GANJASAURUS REX (1987) – Category: A film that doesn’t know what it wants to be.
In Balladeer’s Blog’s review of the incredibly bad horror film Horror House on Highway 5 I pointed out that a few scenes gave the impression that the filmmakers might have been trying for a wry parody of slasher movies but lacked the talent to make the film work even as a comedy. Ganjasaurus Rex has that same problem tenfold. The parts that are supposed to be funny aren’t, the scenes that aren’t supposed to be funny are, and the end result is a cinematic misfit that is more boring- bad than fun- bad.
The film begins promisingly as a sendup of the Reagan Administration’s hilariously naive “Just say no to drugs” campaign. A fictitious arm of the Gipper’s War on Drugs called C.A.M.P. (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) is leaning on pot growers, burning their crops and hauling them off to prison. That’s the Continue reading →
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Tagged as Bad Movies, badfilm, Cannabis, Cheech & Chong, creature features, Ganjasaurus Rex (1987), Horror film, Just Say No, movie reviews, Parody, Ronald Reagan
August 14, 2012 · 12:04 am
I recently received an email requesting that I review the hilariously bad 1987 horror film The Newlydeads. As it happens I reviewed that flick in 2010, so here it is again. As a reminder to new readers if you want an immediate bad movie fix on a particular film you can check my Bad Movie page to see if I’ve reviewed it already. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/bad-movies/
THE NEWLYDEADS (1987) – Category: A neglected bad movie classic that deserves a Plan 9-sized cult following This film is about an undead transvestite slasher called Jackie who preys on the couples at a honeymoon hotel. Hey, if the Sleepaway Camp horror films can have the Continue reading →
March 1, 2012 · 9:06 pm
My latest review is up at Man In Black Reviews. It’s my brand-new take on the 1988 horror film Rabid Grannies (one of whom is pictured at right). Go ahead and take it in if you like and roam around the MIB Reviews site for articles on other movies, plus books, games and more. If you enjoy my Bad Movie page you should enjoy MIB. Here is the link – http://mibreviews.com/2012/02/29/balladeer-takes-on-rabid-grannies-1988/
October 31, 2011 · 12:04 am
Mexican horror films of the 1950’s and 1960’s deserve to be as well known as the Hollywood horror films from the 30’s and 40’s. Just as Universal Studios churned out a series of memorable movies featuring the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Mummy, studios from south of the border went on to give the world equally outstanding creatures.
These horror films boasted Universal- style production values and beautiful black & white cinematography combined with uniquely Mexican twists on horror themes as well as more sensuality and lurid violence than Hollywood had dared to present. This list aims to introduce Mexi- Monsters to younger viewers who may not be familiar with them. I’m omitting generic monsters like the various vampires from Mexican horror films (including Fabian Forte, Cristina Ferrare and a descendant of Nostradamus) and the werewolf wrapped in mummy bandages from Face of the Screaming Werewolf.
The Original Poster
7. THE BRAINIAC (1962) – Many may be outraged at my inclusion of this film since it makes many lists (including mine) of the most laughably campy horror films ever made. I would argue that its thoroughly latin theme and brilliantly conceived (albeit cheesily presented) monster earn it a spot on this list.
There’s also the fact that the title creature (seen in the photo above left) symbolizes the Mexican chillers of its period as completely as Karloff’s Frankenstein Monster with the neck bolts and squared head represents the Universal monster movies of earlier decades. The Brainiac is a sorceror who was burned at the stake in the 1600’s and who transferred his spirit into a passing comet as he died. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Horror film, La Llorona, La Loba, Mexican horror films, Meximonsters, The Black Pit of Dr M, The Brainiac, The Crying Woman, The Man and the Monster, The Witch's Mirror
October 17, 2011 · 10:04 pm
HOMEBODIES (1974) – Category: Enjoyably bad movie with a weird premise This is the film that is always known to me and my fellow bad movie geeks as “the killer fogies movie”. When a group of elderly citizens in their 70’s and 80’s face eviction from their decrepit neighborhood to make way for high- rises they strike back under the leadership of feisty and frightening Mattie, played by Paula Trueman, seen at left.
Homebodies has that nice blend of badness and tastelessness that I love in a horror film. I’m not trying to sound hostile to the elderly, since we will all end up facing the same problems some day, but the Continue reading →
February 4, 2011 · 12:26 am
For a nice Friday post we’ll depart from our usual week-ending edition of my Cool-Named Team Of The Day to do a Bad Movie. It’s 1977’s Death Bed and it’s hilariously bad. It gets my highest rating, in fact. For more Bad Movies click here: https://glitternight.com/bad-movies/
DEATH BED – (1977) – Category: A neglected bad movie classic that deserves a Plan 9-sized cult following A bed that eats everyone who lies on it is the hilarious premise of this actual straight-faced attempt at a horror film. You know how water-beds have water in them? This living bed has digestive juices in it. Its victims are somehow sucked through the Continue reading →