Halloween Scene: Manly Movie Night 10-17-08

4:26:11 pm

About three years ago my friends and colleagues at Wizard decided to get together and watch three “manly” movies hooting, hollering, drinking and making jokes the entire time. For a more complete history check out Sean T. Collins’ blog post about what we’ve dubbed Manly Movie Mamajama.

About a month ago we started exchanging E-mails about a Halloween-themed MMM and finally decided on a line up consisting of The Lost Boys, Slumber Party Massacre II (which I take full responsibility for adding to the line-up) and Dead Alive. So, Friday night we gathered together in manly fashion eating pizza and chili (some of us simultaneously) and drinking beer and Red Bull. I’d actually seen all three movies before, but it’s always a new experience watching them with these guys.

We started with Lost Boys (1987) directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland. There’s a lot going on in this movie and I’m not sure how much of it was actually intended. As Rickey pointed out, it really seems like brothers Jason Patric and Corey Haim are in a budding romance. There’s also the hilarity of the clothing throughout the flick. Between Haim’s crazy jackets/robes and Sutherland’s gang of mulleted biker vampires. Did this ever look tough? Ah, it was a different, simpler time.

Anyway, for those of you who haven’t seen it Lost Boys is about a pair of brothers and their mom who move in with their grandpa in the town of Santa Carla, CA which looks like Coney Island on crazy pills (but sadly lacking The Warriors). Well, it turns out that Santa Carla has a bit of a vampire problem and may or may not be the murder capital of the world, depending on how much stock you put into billboard graffiti. As Jason Patric gets wrapped up in Sutherland’s vampire gnag (which also includes Bill from the Bill and Ted movies), Haim meets the Frog Brothers, one of which is Feldman with seems to be doing his best Stallone impression throughout the movie. Their parents own a comic book store (probably the most disorganized store of all time). One of my favorite not-funny-on-purpose lines comes when Haim explains why two Superman comics shouldn’t be right next to each other (Lori Lemaris hasn’t even been introduced yet). How about because they’re no less than 100 issues apart from each other. Oh, also their parents look dead. Just saying. Anyway, the Frog Bros. are vampire hunters.

Anyway, you can imagine where things go from there. Sean Collins made the point that, in the 80s kids progressed from Goonies to Monster Squad to Lost Boys. Now, I had never actually heard of Monster Squad as a kid and I didn’t see Lost Boys until Rickey and I lived together, but these three films definitely share a spirit that you can’t find in movies aimed at kids anymore. Heck half the stars of this R-rated movie probably couldn’t legally see it when it premiered. Awesome!

But, really, you should check it out. There’s some pretty good effects and the last battle in the mom’s house is pretty great. Plus it’s good for a lot of laughs, both intentional and unintentional.

So, after Lost Boys we popped the VHS copy of Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) that I bought off of Amazon for just this occasion for about $6. It’s one of, if not THE most ridiculous movies (horror or otherwise) I’ve seen ever. As I explained to the group before we started, the first SPM movie had a random mental patient killing high school kids at a slumber party with a drill. This movie stars Crystal Bernard (the cute, blonde girl from Wings) as the sister of the survivor from the first flick. She’s in a band with three of her friends. One of the girls’ parents’ decided it would be a good idea to allow the girls to head up to their new condo (which are treated with the same sense of “newness” that malls were treated with in Dawn of the Dead) for the weekend.

Crystal keeps having crazy visions about a rockabilly dude with an Elvis haircut dressed in leather and rocking what looks like a BC Rich designed drill-tar. Well, as you can imagine, she keeps getting freaked out by various visions (the zit one is my favorite, worth the $6 I paid for this junk) but her friends just think she’s crazy until the dude comes to real life and starts killing her friends and their visiting boyfriends. What?!

From there it’s your average kids running away from a slasher movie, but with a lot more dancing as the Driller Killer busts some moves at random intervals and sings crazy songs. Seriously, if you love bad slasher movies, check this one out. Though I’m not sure if any of my MMM colleagues would agree with that sentiment. General consensus was that it was in the least liked films in MMM history down there with Steel Dawn and King Kong Lives (which I also found hilarious).

Unfortunately, I started coming down with a pretty bad cold that I’m still dealing with today, so I bounced out before the end of Dead Alive, though I’m not sure how much longer anyone else watched it. I would recommend skipping to the last 30 minutes, but make sure to view the zombie sex scene. It’s hilarious. Anyway, for my full Dead Alive/Braindead review, click here. As always, I had a great time at the MMM (even with getting sick) and I highly recommend starting up your own.

Dead Alive and Loving It

3:52:55 am

Okay, so the title of this post is somewhat misleading because, even though I did in fact watch Peter Jackson’s (yes PETER JACKSON’S) Dead Alive (or Braindead as it’s known in New Zealand) I didn’t quite love it. I’m a bit torn between hating the story and a lot of the acting and LOVING the gore. Sure the gore was great, but the story was difficult to follow at best and completely nonsensical and cartoony at worst. I do remember seeing this video at the video store and wondering how it was with that freaky skeleton leering out from that girl’s mouth. I’ll put it this way, if you’re a gore fan you NEED to see this movie. Between the dinner scene where mom’s falling apart, the zombie sex scene and the last 15-20 minutes or so of the movie, you’ll get your money’s worth. Just don’t expect the kind of flick you normally would from the guy who directed those Lord of the Rings movies people like so much. That being said, I’m just going to publish my viewing notes on this one again. Enjoy!

Oh, duh, the movie’s about this doofy guy whose mom gets bitten by this rat monkey thing that got imported from what looks like King Kong’s Skull Island. That turns her into a zombie, of course, and then she in turn turns a bunch of other people into zombies, ignoring the first rule of not getting your head ripped off my a zombie: cap anyone you even THINK is a zombie. Sorry folks, but that’s how you gotta roll if you want to survive.

Dead Alive/Braindead (1992)

Written by Stephen Sinclair, Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson

Directed by Peter Jackson

Starring a bunch of New Zealanders

Braindead/Dead Alive

Claymation rat monkey is awesome, holy sh!t, he ripped a chimp’s arm off

Old lady crushes the rat monkey’s head-AWESOME

His mother sucks

“Your mother ate my dog!” “Not all of it” HAHAHA

Needles to the eyes and nose, nice

I should be paying better attention

The old guy in a purple robe just kicked a dude’s head off and then died

Why is he not killing these zombies?

Zombies copping a feel and making out and having sex?, oh god, he lost his face

Monster baby in the park – hilarity ensues

THIS guy directed Lord of the Rings?

Haha, he punches zombie baby in the face, the homeless guy loves it

Who’s the guy who thinks he’s a Texan Elvis? Why isn’t he FREAKING OUT about the walking dead? Oh, he wants the house, maybe (?), I should have paid better attention

Annnnd, now there’s a party? WHAT!? THERE’S FREAKING MONSTERS IN THE HOUSE!

Haha, it’s a wig

They think burying the undead will do anything? Hey, back to the party!

Oops, he gave them stimulant instead of whatever he meant to and now super-zopmbies are bursting through the floor!

They ripped that dude’s RIBCAGE out! And that dudes’ face off! There go her guts!

Now they’re ALL zombies! What a terrible party

That guy’s entire lower skin got ripped off (he’s just leg bones)! She got punched through the back of her head!

Really? A running-in-place-on-blood joke?

Elvis just tore out that zombies teeth with pliers!

That lung/intestine monster looks pretty cool

That baby zombie just won’t die

There’s a dead broad in the attic?

Elvis may be a jerk but he does a good job of hacking those zombies to bits. He has a bit too much fun doing it though. Yeesh

Elvis gets his spine ripped out by what looks like a Todd MacFarlane monster

Finally, the infamous lawnmower scene, later zombies. Bloodies scene EVER

They blended a head

Elvis as a spine monster looks rad, like something out of The Thing

These are probably the best 15-20 minutes in gore history

Oh! the baby just ripped that ladies head open FROM THE INSIDE

Mental note, get a manual lawnmower, just in case

Mother vs. son, woah, gnarly rack monster mom

You tell that bee-yotch sonny boy, she was a murderer even before she turned into a zombie

Her belly just ate her son and he promptly punches his way out. YEAH DUDE