Nearly a year ago, my best friend since high school, Dom, moved into a new house. This is relevant, because thanks to this move, I came into possession of several spindles of DVDs containing hundreds of DVDs. I was so excited to get these DVDs that they sat collecting dust. Last night, I decided that it was time to start watching these movies in order to effectively sort through them. Dom and I have been friends for over half our lives, I know what I’m getting myself into. I’m sure there will be a few gems, but those will be extremely few and extremely far between. I’m going to document my journey through these mountains of DVDs, and if there’s a decent amount of interest, I may turn it into a Youtube feature for the podcast. I’ll be pulling movies randomly out of the stack to watch. Some discs will be disqualified, but that will be very select and limited mostly to non-movies (ie. tv shows and wrestling matches). I’ll list the discs that were skipped (if it happens) with each part.
Part 1: Blood Feast (1963)
Directed by: HerschelI l Gordon Lewis
Starring: Mal Arnold and Connie Mason
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 36%
IMDB: 5/10 (4139 ratings)
Synopsis: An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down..
I bet if I would have seen this movie when it first came out, I would have had a much different experience. From the little bit of research I did on the film, I learned that it was one of the first splatter movies and probably (maybe?) would have been shocking in 1963, but damn was it ridiculous in a great kind of way. 70 minutes was the perfect running time. There were a total of maybe 5 set pieces and 12 actors in the entire movie (IMDB lists 13 with another 6 uncredited). There was nothing exceptional about this movie, but the more I think about it the more I enjoyed it. The plot, the dialog, the acting, and the effects were all extremely campy. There was lots of gore, but it’s 1963 gore so it doesn’t cause the squeamishness it was designed to at the time. If you can wrap your head around the idea of a good bad movie, you should definitely check this movie out. If you’ve seen this already, or end up watching it, comment below, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our google voice line (201-472-0139) and let me know your thoughts.
Part 2: Dead and Deader (2006)
Directed by: Patrick Dinhut
Starring: John Billingsley, Dean Cain, and Colleen Camp
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: N/A (TV Movie)
IMDB: 4.9/10 (1338 reviews)
Synopsis: After he’s bitten by a scorpion carrying a zombie virus, a tough soldier survives the infection, becoming only half zombie. Once back in the US, he finds himself fighting his former comrades in arms, all of whom are turning into zombies!
Holy shit this was bad. I don’t even know what else I can say about this. Dead and Deader isn’t just a made for TV movie, it’s a made for SYFY TV MOVIE! I knew 2.2 seconds into it that it was going to be awful and it absolutely was. Compared to this, Blood Feast was a cinematic gem. This was literally a chore to get through. Watch this at our own risk. I can’t find one good thing to say about it. The synopsis is more substantial than the actual movie. If you’ve seen this already, or end up watching it, comment below, email me at email@example.com or call our google voice line (201-472-0139) and let me know your thoughts.
- Blood Feast (1963)
- Dead and Deader (2006)
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