Another post from the One with the Hump.
I have a long lasting love of horror. I grew up on classic horror such as Night of the Living Dead, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, All the classic Hammer Horror movies. My sister was horrified, and not in a good way about my love of horror, but that was okay, as I watched much of the horror I loved so much on Creature Features after she went to bed. So when RM mentioned that Jo Bob Briggs was doing a new show, I was excited. I love good schlocky horror! Schlocky horror every Friday night? I'm in! BTW, I think it always surprises RM that I love horror. I seem to surprise RM a lot when it comes to genres he never thought I would like. A few years ago a friend would come over on the Saturday nights and we would watch old Samurai movies such as Lone Wolf and Cub and the Blind Swordsman movies. RM thought I was just humoring him, and was genuinely surprised when he found out I REALLY like Samurai movies. Any way I digress.
Jo Bob featured the movie C.H.U.D. A surprising horror movie because it had star studded cast known for anything but horror movies. According to Jo Bob the movie was an attempt by a group of New York theater people to make a horror movie. So how did they do? Not well, not well at all. C.H.U.D. should never be viewed without the benefit of robots and a person in an orange jumpsuit stranded in space by his evil bosses. The movie made no sense, the special effects were particularly bad even for a horror movie that is not known for amazing special effects, the acting was weird. The movie seemed to desperately want to be some high brow movie about a fashion photographer who was tired of the scene, and snobby at best and his fashion model girlfriend , but kept being derailed by the Soup Kitchen Preacher and cannibals who live in sewers. It was like 3 movies from different genres were badly edited and scrunched into one movie.
I agree with Jo Bob's opinion on C.H.U.D. He did not like the movie, not even as the fun schlocky horror. The reason is that C.H.U.D. was made as an art house movie, but did not succeed as either an art house movie nor as a schlocky horror. It was made by people who do not have a love of horror and it shows. They missed the humor, the tongue in cheek feel of good schlocky horror and the movie and the actors took itself WAY too seriously.
As the Last Drive-In does as the classic drive in did a double feature, the second in this nights offering was Castle Freak. Castle Freak is a Full Moon offering. A married American couple, and their blind daughter take possession of an Italian castle the man inherited. Turns out in the basement of said Castle is the tortured soul who is unbeknownst to our hapless protagonists the the son of the duchess and the husband's brother! The Freak is for some odd reason both sexually rapacious, and a bit of a sexual cannibal (note this is why we need sex education, people! One must learn the right way to eat pussy! I'm just sayin'. Key and Peele has a really good instructional video for this: Cunnilingus Class.) Anyway, this installment in the Last Drive-In was typical fun, schlocky horror.
Castle Freak unlike C.H.U.D. was made by people who obviously love the schlocky horror genre and it shows. No this will never win an Academy Award, but that was never the intention. The movie is fun because of the type of movie it is and the pure joy people had in making it.
So in closing, check out Jo Bob Brigg's Last Drive-In. You can find it on Shudder. BTW, Shudder is worth the $5 a month fee if you like bad horror.
- The One With the Hump