The very first horror movie I ever saw was TOURIST TRAP on television and it scared the living daylights out of me. Years later I bought it on DVD and there it sits on my shelf, gathering dust. Even the cover freaks me out. I keep telling myself I’m waiting to be in the “right mood” to watch it. The truth is, that even as an adult I’m scared to return to that feeling again. There is a scene where the killer puts plaster on a tied up girl’s face and tells her that her heart is going to explode from fear. That got to me more than every other horror movie I’ve ever seen put together.
- Opening diner dream sequence includes PLEASENCE looking right at home brandishing a cleaver
- The loons run over a mailman
- Bunky (CAROL LEVY) is menaced by a knife blade that appears through the mattress and strangely recalls the shark fin from JAWS
- SIC F*CKS perform “Chop Up Your Mother” at a joint called “Stumps”
- Sis goes to the crazy side and hallucinates a corpse out of the blue
- The brilliant reveal of “The Bleeder”
- Warning: There is a redundant overload of supposedly scary sing-songs; migraine sufferers take note
- Buster has no nose! A great concept if only it were: A) explained; B) followed up on, in any way shape or form
- The flashbacks are the best part; HOLLAND gets the summery suburban atmosphere just right
- Evil Virgil (COLIN CUNNINGHAM) melting in the hot tub. Gloriously BLOB worthy. That’s what I’m talking about!
- Layne uses remote control sprinklers to freeze the frosty Buster
- Mom and Pop’s swinger pals get offed in the pool, later to recreate BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE poster with Grandpa thrown in for good measure
- Rocker O.D.’s (JONATHAN GRIES of MONSTER SQUAD) remains resemble a guitar
- Shout out to ELVIRA in the form of T.V. host Medusa (JENNIFER RICHARDS)
- JOHN CARL BUECHLER‘s (CELLAR DWELLER) ZYZZYBALUBA on acid style special effects
EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks to Richard of Doomed Moviethon for setting me up with this jem!
I was about 5 years old or so, and someone in our family thought it was a good idea to take a child to see the movie DEATH SHIP at the drive-in. I don’t remember much of the plot, but I remember people in one boat boarding another boat (the titular “Death Ship”). Of course, all sorts of bad things happened to them. The one thing I remember QUITE VIVIDLY was the scene where a guy finds a fishing net full of skeletons…and proceeds to “fall” into it. As he struggles among the bone pile, someone or something else is lowering the fishing net…slowly, very slowly…into the water. To this day, my biggest fear is drowning at sea.
I can’t believe nobody has brought up LEGEND, that movie gave me nightmares for years. Was that really meant for kids? Are they kidding? It has to be the scariest movie ever made! TIM CURRY as the Lord of Darkness is bad enough, but that witch in the swamp was just unbearable! I guess my parents thought that since it was a fantasy picture with fairies in it, it must be O.K. How else can I explain them renting that for me? Thanks Mom and Dad. Hope you don’t mind paying my therapy bills!
- The first couple false scares. I admit it I fell for them.
- Val’s (VALERIE MAMCHES) cavetch-y incantation
- Sensitive Anya (ANYA ORMSBY) looses her shit
- The dead finally do rise and it’s impressively staged
- Coward Alan throws Anya to the undead to save himself
- Lovable Orville gets his just revenge!
- The opening scene aliens deserve a movie of their own. So does the, “Screaming like banshees” janitor.
- What’s not to like about a movie whose main characters go to Corman University, whose last names are Romero, Carpenter-Hooper and Cronenberg, and are aided by cops Landis and Raimi? Extra-bonus points for the DICK MILLER cameo.
- I’ll be honest; there are too many indelible scenes to report. The whole second half is back-to-back incredible scenes. Even the scenes that didn’t make the final cut are great. Check out an alternative and superior ending HERE.