Revisiting The Warriors
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1d ago
When it comes to an author despising a screen adaptation of their work, Stephen King’s remarks about The Shining being “a maddening, perverse, and disappointing film,” are almost complimentary, at least if you compare them to Sol Yurick’s take on The Warriors. The novelist never came to terms with the film’s status as a cult classic. And ..read more
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Enter the Ninja
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by Really Awful Movies
1w ago
“Ninjas? That’s preposterous! This is 20th century Manila.” What would we do without low budget dreck lensed in the Philippines? After all, the country has been a favored filming location for all manner of trash that’s in part been the inspiration for this very site. You’ve got the likes of “erotic kung fu classic” (er ..read more
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The Last House on the Left
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by Really Awful Movies
2w ago
With no apologies to fans of Scream, The Last House on the Left is Wes Craven’s second best, a masterpiece that’s a cut below the all-time great A Nightmare on Elm Street because of the latter’s sublime creativity. This one’s a gut-punch, as unrelenting and uncompromising as they come. And one of the more harrowing ..read more
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Jeepers Creepers
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by Really Awful Movies
1M ago
Your peepers will enjoy Jeepers Creepers’ visual appeal, and low budget DIY feel. The film competently combines rustic hicksploitation (think Dark Night of the Scarecrow or Hatchet) and roadside horror (think Tourist Trap or Duel) but with a mythical monster in the mix too (think Pumpkinhead or Cellar Dweller). Siblings Darry (Justin Long) and Trish ..read more
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Ghostkeeper
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by Really Awful Movies
1M ago
Probably the most wintry film this side of The Shining, Ghostkeeper may draw comparisons to the epic Kubrick classic as it also has a remote mountain lodge, characters who are snowed in, plus associated recreational vehicles – snowcats and snowmobiles. Ghostkeeper also has a whiff of Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo, admittedly largely in the form of ..read more
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New Year’s horror resolutions
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by Really Awful Movies
1M ago
Another year is in the rearview mirror – and as far as we can tell, there’s no maniac following us on that lonely stretch of rural road. As per usual, 2023 ran the gamut from the ridiculous (Pet Sematary: Bloodline and Children of the Corn) to the sublime (When Evil Lurks, many a critic’s unanimous ..read more
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Silent Night, Bloody Night
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by Really Awful Movies
2M ago
The killer here has an axe to grind – and an axe to swing. However, Silent Night, Bloody Night is decidedly not a stalk-and-slash. Rather, this 1972 production combines elements of the Gothic, mystery, Giallo, and hell, the supernatural too, and the different elements delight, for what is more than meets the jaundiced eye of ..read more
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Don’t Open Till Christmas
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by Really Awful Movies
2M ago
There are just too many Santa slashers. So Don’t Open Till Christmas, which turns the tables by making the fat man in felt the victim rather than the perp, is a welcome change. This fraught British production was long in the making and it’s evident in the finished product. But it’s a wild one. Two ..read more
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Decent recent Christmas horrors
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by Really Awful Movies
2M ago
Christmas horrors have proliferated like Black Friday deals – but unfortunately, they’re often associated with a lot more buyers’ remorse. Typically pun- and kill-filled, there’s frequently little in the way of atmosphere or foreboding – witness the aggressively terrible It’s a Wonderful Knife or Santa’s Slay, a clear nadir for poor James Caan, who at ..read more
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Primal Rage
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by Really Awful Movies
2M ago
“I’m a rageaholic! I just can’t live without rageahol!” Ok, that’s The Simpsons, but speaking of indispensable entertainment – at least as far as readers of this site or listeners of the Really Awful Movies Podcast – Umberto Lenzi is one of the creative forces behind Primal Rage. As writer, Lenzi’s insane Italian sensibilities are blanketed ..read more
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