Jim Wynorski's BONE EATER features some P.O.V. boning, but not the type one would expect from the director of THE HOUSE ON HOOTER HILL. Instead, this one brings the beasts to a Sci-Fi Network film from 2007 that brings the horror and action to the small screen with the typically eclectic cast and tight t-shirts that you expect. No, the ones you DEMAND as a Wynorski Fan!
3 Steaming Hot Tubs of Wynorski Glory!
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
"Laura, Laura, my Laura? My God those ARE Laura's glasses! She needs those to see Teddy, she wouldn't just leave those behind!"
After ranting, raving and carrying on about BILLY CLUB on Cinesludge - A Mangled Media podcast's SLASHER EPISODE I was really intrigued by the Troma released BLOOD JUNKIE, the first film from director Drew Rosas. What I got was far beyond expectations and a sign of the greatness to come and a damn fun, funny, and fucking disturbing surprise twist film that definitely carries the same vision as Billy Club and bears the same kind of repeat viewing experience I enjoyed from the latest feature. Set in the 80s, you have two totally rad dudes that engage in 80s homoerotic teenplay while trying to get laid on a rad camping trip. It all goes spectacularly wrong when they run into JUNKIES (Junkies? Junkies. JUNKIES!) hungry for blood. One monstrous masked mayhem maker to be exact, and the groovy guys and boobs baring babes are in for a bad ride. But did I mention the girls brought along their slightly odd little brother, buying off his silence for a 5 spot to buy more instruments of doom for the local ant population. Andy is... a little off, and if you pay close attention, when things start strobing in front of Andy's eyes (TV, bonfire...KNIFE!) shit is about to get weird.
To be honest, I'm not going to spoil the twist to much, but what Billy Club used to fuel it's finale, Rosas places into an epilogue that changes the movie completely and left me shaking my head that, AGAIN, I suspected what was going on, but got so caught up in the funny dialog, refined period details, occasional gore and suspense and deft editing that it still hit me like a Pet Rock!
The cast is excellent top to bottom (even the speed walker in the background that totally jumped off the screen for me gets a credit!) and Nick Sommer is once again VERY funny as the hyped up dickhead that you have to root for because once his one liners stop the audience will become very sad! Besides, rockin' a velour shirt like that is either a crime against the eyes or an epic conquest of fabric to make cinematic shirt art. I mean, look at that! As with Billy Club the tropes of the slasher and horrors of the 80s are played with, but not mocked so much as embraced. If you LOVE watching movies like Deadtime Stories, Scalps or Killer Workout, you'll enjoy this while scratching your head how it is so damn close to the vibe of the VHS era new releases. If you want a bit more, and find lots of humor in groovy editing that feels as familiar as a montage with weed and hair spray, you get that too. And then...woah, it's off to the demented denouement for BLOOD JUNKIE.
And fuck it...it's worth it for this. Crack a BUNTZ BEER (tm Billy Club Rules Inc) and enjoy some BLOOD JUNKIE, on DVD, from TROMA no less!
And of course...
Monday, July 20, 2015
I certainly love Bigfoot films of any stripe, and this Australian film takes the myth of the Yowie (or as I shall call him, Ausquatch!) and brings it to life. While not exactly a rip roaring adventure or heart rending horror, there are a few bits worth checking out.
The first thing I learned was that there is a BOGGY CREEK VINEYARDS, because they drink some wine from there. HAH! Irony. Humor! Actually, I need a bottle. Thank you, Throwback!! But the film proper isn't quite as informative. It's quite simple. Two rather unlikeable chaps are after the lost treasure of Thunderclap Newman, a rogue fella that apparently enjoyed taking prospector's gold many years ago. It's still out there, but nobody has found it. Why? YOWIE! No, not a Batman show expletive, but the Aussie Outback Beast...THE YOWIE!
But the Yowie is more an element of action than a full blown threat for most of the film, as the two former bug exterminators (!!!) betray each other over and over with attempted drowning and many many leg woundings (and even a hand wound...woah!) . After a beautiful woman is thrown in the mix, and this blogger learned to pronounce Rhiannon, the action doesn't pick up so much as the use of human bait for the Yowie becomes a strategy to find some gold. And then there is this bit, which made me smile a whole lot.
Oh, and the leading guy, he looks like a deflated Brett Favre to me for some reason. Maybe it isn't obvious in the still, but...wow, it just struck me. When he has to throw something at the Yowie in the final reel, I kept waiting for Wez to reappear and intercept it!
|Uh...you aren't going to text me anything inappropriate no matter how hot it is when I say Baboon with my accent, right?|
In the end, THROWBACK takes all the chunks of 'Foot Meat you could want, stirs it around and comes up with the basic sauce, no more no less, though yes...I never heard "baboon" sound so...sexy.
The DVD from MVD Visual is interesting and now incomplete, the transfer is solid enough and there are plentiful extras including a nearly 18 minutes alternate ending that is less explosive. But it would have robbed me of the interception / Favre joke. I'm glad they went with this one! Short films and behind the scenes footage are included also. You'll certainly get your fix of Yowie's in cinema with this film, which says...well, it's the only Yowie movie I know!