1st Halloween Special – horror guilty pleasures

As you might now, I’m very fond of the ‘so bad it’s good’ type of movies. This list, however, will focus on five titles that I consider to be highly entertaining, rather than plain awful ones.

The films I’m talking about can’t be considered good motion pictures on many levels (storyline, characters, production values and so on), but they aren’t pure rubbish either. Other than one, probably.

I hope you’ll like at least some of these titles and find a few mindless, dumb entertainment to celebrate your Halloween with!

AvP .jpg1)   Alien vs Predator, 2004. Paul W.S. Anderson is unanimously regarded as a factory product himself: he’s never created an original movie, he works within the Hollywood clichés restraints and even his best work (Event Horizon, 1997, which I love) can be seen as a big rip-off from Alien and other claustrophobic films set in space. It’s no surprise, then, that he made a pure fan service movie with AvP, which story serves the sole purpose to showcase mass audience what a battle between two indestructible species would look like. The movie has no characters development nor a convincing storyline; nonetheless, the fight scenes between Xenomorphs and Yautja are worth a watch: they’re well crafted, mostly practical and, above all, tons of fun! Plus, the Alien Queen featuring blue beans of electricity is just stupidly awesome and her unjustified presence in the movie makes it even more amusing! I own this one in DVD and I’m not ashamed (well, maybe a tiny bit) to state that I’d play it any time!

Tremors 3.png2)   Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, 2001. The first Tremors (1990) is a purposely comedic and cheesy monster movie, which benefits from good acting and an unconventional concept followed by a light-hearted storytelling. The third chapter, instead, is just plain stupid: the Graboids (aka the big, nasty worms) are now an endangered species which the US Government must protect from people who kill them to preserve themselves and their property! Thus, our main characters reach an agreement with the Government, stating that as long as they capture one of the beasts and give it to Washington, they’ll be free to kill the others… however, they didn’t take into account the evolution of the species, which makes a Graboid turn into an Ass-Blaster. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s still rather bad and silly. Nevertheless, the humour of the entire situation, some good gore and some shitty special effects make Tremors 3 a highly entertaining guilty pleasure!

BOG3)   Bog, 1979. The most obscure and unknown entrance on this list focuses on dynamite fishing in a rural swamp that revives a prehistoric gill monster that must have the blood of human females in order to survive! With an outstanding 2.9/10 on IMDb, this B-movie features terrible practical effects, obnoxious characters and painful performances. I can’t really explain why I like this flick: probably the combination between childish social commentary (kids, don’t pollute swamps!), cheesy action and attractive women makes for a quirk experience that truly needs to be seen to be believed!

Freddy vs Jason4)   Freddy vs Jason, 2003. With an advertisement campaign that went as far as to show the actors in their costumes having a press conference boxing-match style, this film is the definition of fan service. The characters are hollow and the story dumb, but seeing Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees fighting over the lives of a bunch of teenagers is just great, mindless and disposable entertainment. When these two heavy weights go head-to-head towards the end, the movie reaches the pinnacle of stupidity, but it’s still really amusing and enjoyable. Honestly, I don’t understand how some people seriously think about Freddy vs Jason as a good movie; nevertheless, I like it for what it is and it surely gives slasher fans what they’ve been asking for years!

Evil Aliens5)   Evil Aliens, 2005. A British gore fest where a tabloid reporter is forced to face killer, rapist extra-terrestrial beings! Title and synopsis perfectly sum up the idiocy of this horror comedy. Clearly gory and over-the-top, Evil Aliens never takes itself too seriously and relies on British, dark humour quite a bit. In all fairness, this would a decent movie if it wasn’t for the terrible production values and horrendous CGI… but even these ugly features make for a unique, twisted viewing experience. If you like your shitty movies, this one needs to make it on your ‘to watch list’!

Have an awesome Halloween everybody! Cheers!