Monday, 17 October 2011


I didn't get a chance to watch as many horror movies last week as I would have liked. Life got in the way slightly. However, I did manage to get through six of the nine that I had planned to watch. There is still two and a bit weeks left of this glorious month which is plenty of time to watch unsuspecting people get pillaged, killed, haunted, exorcised, raped, stabbed, battered, bruised and all kinds of equally gruesome acts of excessive violence unleashed upon them. Wow, that was a long sentence.

Anywho, for those interested, here are some more mini reviews of the five 80s horror movies that I watched last week... 

The Burning (1981) - The thing that immediately struck me about this 'cult classic' slasher is that the screenplay was written by Bob Weinstein (and some other dude I'd never heard of) with a 'story' credit from Harvey Weinstein. Who knew that those two old fuckers wrote movies? According to IMDb this was one of only two endeavours into screenwriting from either of them. As for the film itself, enjoyable enough. Interestingly defied a lot of the horror movie conventions i.e. the innocent virgin prude girl died first, the geeky creepy weird kid survived, in fact like half the cast survived. Obviously the Weinstein's weren't familiar with the Final Girl rule. 

The Funhouse (1981) - [NB: Not to be confused with the 90s British kids TV show] Directed by Tobe Hooper of Texas Chain Saw Massacre fame. A bunch of kids decide to stay in a carnival over night, which turns out to be a fucking stupid idea as they get fucked up by some creepy deformed carnival dude. Final Girl rules apply. A cameo from Pat Sharp and his 80s mullett would have been amazing.

The Thing (1982) - Legendary director John Carpenter's remake of 50s sci-fi horror movie The Thing from Another World. What impressed me most about this movie, apart from Kurt Russell in tip top alien ass kicking form, was that the special effects have held up surprisingly well. I can now gladly tick this off my "Highly regarded movies that I have never seen but probably should have" list. 

Sleepaway Camp (1983) - This film features some of the WORST acting I have ever seen. In any movie. Ever. So bad. This is another 'cult classic' that was clearly inspired by Friday the 13th. Aside from the hilariously bad acting this is worth watching for the equally hilarious 80s fashion, and for the fucked up ending, which just about saves it from being completely pointless. 

Sleepaway Camp 2 - Unhappy Campers (1988) - I enjoyed this far more than the original. It doesn't take itself too seriously and is just a fun, silly slasher movie. It's pretty funny in places too. There is also lots of naked boobs which is always a treat. They loved showing a copious amount of boob in the late 80s. God bless the 80s. You misogynist swines!

Sleepaway Camp 3 - Teenage Wasteland (1989) - This was shot back to back with part 2. It isn't quite as good as Unhappy Campers but I did enjoy it. A fourth movie was made in this series in 2008, I will probably track that down and watch it this week.

I have no idea what I am going to watch this week (aside from Return to Sleepaway Camp). I don't really have a theme planned out for this week's movies. I guess anything goes. As always, suggestions would be very much appreciated. I hope you're all enjoying SHOCKtober as much as I am!

1 comment:

  1. YES! 80's movies were all about sleep away camp. I think that's why I found wet hot american summer so effin funny. And teenage wasteland was also a great song. Your reviews were pretty tasty. This is kind of inspiring, actually. Do you know of any slasher flicks free to watch on the interwebs? I feel the need to check one out for you. Solidarity, bro. I would only trip you if they were sprinter zombies, I swear.