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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Killer Shrews (1959)

Ah, 1950's Sci-Fi. There's noting else like it. This one's about a doctor who is experimenting on making humans half their size in order to help prevent overpopulation and depletion of natural resources. It sounds like a noble goal but, of course, there are side effects! The Killer Shrews is classic cheese from Director Ray Kellogg who has a long resume of visual effects in movies as varied as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The Giant Gila Monster (1959). Shrews is his first of five times in the director's chair and he does a decent job with it. The characters are believable, the acting is solid and the pacing is good.

But, we all know what we've come to see…killer shrews!!!! So, how do the oversized varmints rate? Goodness gracious, they're bad. When they finally appear on screen they are simply dogs with some type of fur costume on them. It's painful to watch! There are also a few close-ups of the "monsters" but they use either a puppet head or a small mouse enlarged for dramatic effect. Ugh! If the monsters had been a little better, this would have been a MUCH better film.

The cast includes at least one actor that might be known to modern audiences. The man's man, Thorne Sherman (he even has a manly name. LOL), is played by James Best who is best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco Coltrane in the 70's TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. This is a very different role for him but he holds his own quite well. His femme fatale sidekick is played by Swedish actress/model Ingrid Goude. She is unfamiliar to American audiences but fits the bill quite nicely.

As a final thought, The Killer Shrews offers no surprises. You can tell where it's headed from the get go. It's strictly unimaginative, by-the-book stuff. So, you can skip this one unless you're a fan of bad cinema.
comedy and not a horror movie.  You can view it legally online and it can be appreciated as a solid effort that was done on a very limited budget.

RATING: Bad.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Hobgoblins (1988)

Dear sweet baby Jesus, please make it stop! Hobgoblins may very well be one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life. That's saying a lot because I've seen LOTS of wretched movies over the years. Think of Hobgoblins as the worst version of Gremlins you can ever imagine and it will far exceed your expectations! The characters are paper thin. The acting is simply atrocious. The script doesn't always make sense. And then there's the hobgoblins which are puppets with a fixed expression on their face. Their heads bob up and down and their jaw moves a little but that's it. When they attack the director switches to stuffed animal versions whom the actors fake-pretend are attacking them. It's beyond hilarious and looks like something out of a Saturday Night Live skit. They are supposed to be terrifying but I could only laugh at these poorly constructed creatures.

What more is there to say? Beware this stinker of a film. You've been warned.

RATING: Bad (Really bad).

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.