Campy Nightmares: 5 Horror Flicks To Hurt Your Brain
Sometimes, I find myself watching a movie and well aware before I even pop it into the vcr/dvd player/open it on vlc/etc. that I am about to watch something which may very well consume my immortal soul. I could actually make a top ‘100’ list of all these many narrow escapes from ultimate self-destruction, but I decided to let my brain recover from a recent one, and just stop at five for now. So without further ado, leading from mildly ‘well, there goes my comprehension of logic and reality’ to ‘I’m officially insane’, I give you 5 HORROR FLICKS TO HURT YOUR BRAIN
5. Teenage Caveman (2002)
This is one of those movies you may stumble upon late at night, if you happen to be lucky (or unlucky) enough to have access to HBO, insomnia, and a desire to enjoy some good old-fashioned ‘teen’ porn without the legal consequences that may come with it. To this day, I have no idea what the director was trying to accomplish here, and I often ponder whether I should dare tread the path again to watch this…just once more…then I remember there was only one worthwhile scene, where the bad guy (Neil) dances into the room screaming at our half-dressed protagonists, and it’s already on youtube. Without further ado, I present it to you now, to save you the trouble of watching the rest.
4. Terror Vision (1986)
Despite the fact that this is…a bad movie…it’s not bad. Let me rephrase that. This one defines camp, (deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect). So why is it even listed here? Well, it’s vaguely like a movie for adults, then somewhat like a movie for kids as well, but it never really defines the actual side of the fence it wants to be on…unless you count the weird bedroom scene with all of the creature heads, but nothing is outright said about sexing there, so I think it’s safe to assume it could be one of the adult jokes they always slip into a children’s movie just so parents don’t shoot themselves from boredom. Even with the fact that it looks like an 80s romp for the kiddies, the monster is just too scary. By an 8-year-old’s standards, anyway. Maybe I’m just biased, from a distant memory of running out of the room crying because I couldn’t handle the man-eating slime monster, and huddling under my bed until I knew the movie was over. Still, I think this has a well-deserved spot on my list, though it may be a bit more entertaining than the rest. Here’s a trailer to give you a general idea of what the heck I mean.
3. Jack Frost (1996)
I know this may sound crazy, but given the choice between this…Christmas classic…and Child’s Play, I’d pick the other one for a nursery school movie any time. Quality does come into play, based on budget, but so does actual content. There’s so much damn cussing from this foul-mouthed snowman, and a bag of puns than Freddy Kreuger on a bender. I’m not knocking the blade-man, so don’t get too mad at me. I suppose the ultimate brain scorcher for me, though, would have to be the fact that it took everyone over an hour to figure out antifreeze might be a viable option for battling a block of talking ice…be warned, this movie does not feature a love-able Micheal Keaton. Not by mile-long icicle.
2. Teenage Space Vampires (1999)
I refuse to turn this into a list attacking the low budget field of cinema, nor even the poor-writing field, the bad directing field, crappy SFX field, and the terrible acting field. HOWEVER, this one kind of falls into every single one of those areas. There’s only one memorable moment, the rest left me thinking to myself ‘how can they be vampires, if they look like aliens? I think this movie is putting too much emphasis on the space part.’ It honestly felt like one of those concepts translated to a language, and then back to the original, then maybe to a third for good measure, until nobody really knew what the monster was…so they just kinda went with it. Anyway, here’s a pretty good example of one of the better moments in the movie. That’s saying something, since it’s not really much of a moment.
1. Ghost Fever (1987)
I feel sorry for this final one. Sherman Hemsley practically funneled a majority of his money into it, and you can really kind of almost somewhat not really see the potential here. Two ghosts try to keep the slave-owner father of one of them from leaving his grave, then the descendant of the other comes to the house they used to live in to throw two old women out, the two old women turn out to be beautiful and young, they’ve got a psychic…there’s a dancing mummy ghost getting served by George Jefferson…Dracula…Rape machine, zombie surgery, boxing match, death, champagne and thunderstorm…I don’t really know where I was going this. It feels more like a combination of as many terms as possible on a youtube video description, just to boost page views. Maybe that’s what they were going for in the movie, too? I wish I could say this was another weird movie that charmed me to death in it’s own poor existence, but Hemsley went bankrupt as a result of this ham. The director was so ashamed, he even took the ‘Allen Smithee’ name for it…which is a title usually only employed when nobody wants to acknowledge a picture as their own. I honestly hope some day this movie gets the attention ‘The Room’ and ‘Troll 2’ got, and audiences from miles around flock to worship it for the train wreck it turned out to be. It’s on youtube in it’s entirety, by the way, though Netflix completely dumped it. I wonder why?