Okay, this was a weird one. I liked the opening, which definitely telegraphed the whole "it was all a dream" ending, but then the movie meanders for a bit until suddenly we're dealing with weird green ectoplasm tentacles and a mad scientist professor. AND THEN, the whole thing nearly redeems itself for all faults with the exceptional gore FX on all the bodies and people with pulsating growths all over them and that completely WTF Wizard of Oz-style ending, featuring a shockingly effective use of the Zhuangzi butterfly dreaming it's a man quote, which nearly threatened to elevate this peculiar '80s schlockfest into high art.
Holy shit, that was terrible! How does this have any positive reviews!? How does this have 50% critical approval on Rotten Tomatoes!? And Godzilla: King of the Monsters only has fucking 42%!? Jesus Christ! 🤦♂️
Let me see if I can list everything I found infuriating about this movie.
The absolutely fucking abysmal acting.
An overuse of completely terrible CGI.
An awful and intrusive score.
Really fucking bad editing.
Terrible camera work. (The overall filmmaking quality of this movie is…
This Lovecraftian horror flick is pretty middle-of-the-road. I watched for Barbara Crampton, and I liked her role and how prominent she was, because I was afraid it would basically be a glorified cameo, but I will say that the Norwegian accent she was trying to use was not really working. Anyway, the story was okay; definitely Lovecraft-inspired. I liked the ending, even though you never really get to see The Slumbering One, this movie's version of Cthulhu or Dagon. I also really loved the beautiful location they used in Norway. Volda's natural beauty definitely added a lot to this movie.
My wife and I live in Little Rock, AR, and last week we decided to drive down to Fouke to visit the Monster Mart and check out the Boggy Creek. The Fouke Monster Mart is a delightful little roadside attraction dedicated to the Fouke Monster, Bigfoot kitsch, and this film. It was an excellent little day trip, and I was very happy to find out that they were selling the new blu-ray release of this film. It's sourced from a…
In the small-ish pantheon of Bigfoot horror movies (or Sasquatchsploitation films), this movie is a wild-and-woolly, under-loved, flawed, but undeniably entertaining masterpiece of the subgenre. "Masterpiece" is probably not exactly the right word to describe this movie, but it is an incredible watch. It is violent and gory, right up to the line of ridiculous. The story must have seemed borderline insane on paper. This is one of the most violent depictions of Bigfoot in cinema, and certainly the most…
Another excellent collaboration between David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen! I said this in my review of A History of Violence, but I really don't know why I skipped these two Cronenberg films when they came out. I guess, at the time, I was only interested in Cronenberg's sci-fi horror work. (In my defense, I was a teenager.) Anyway, Viggo Mortensen is great in this! I knew that there was a naked fight scene in this by reputation, but goddamn, what…