MADNESS: Video Nasty WEEK ONE Results

Posted: October 13, 2013 in News and Rumors
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Here we go! This is a list and scoring of my first week of the Madness, the most badass horror marathon on the Internets!

The Burning (1981) 91m– I think this movie missed being a major franchise by a couple of months.  Friday the 13th beat it out, and we’ve seen a dozen Jason movies, but only one Cropsy movies. Anyways, lots of good camper kills and a good amount of future stars here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 hedge clippers

Nasty worthiness?  Not so much.  You don’t see much here that you don’t see in other 80’s slashers.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

The Funhouse (1981) 96m– Remember when Tobe Hooper made good horror movies?  He had a pretty amazing stretch which included 2 Video Nasties (almost 3!).  Funhouse isn’t my favorite movie, but it’s grown on me a little over the years.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Carnies

Nasty worthiness?  Again, not a real nasty movie.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

A Bay of Blood (1971) 84m– Mario Bava is one of my favorite Directors of all time.  I actually enjoy his Gothic movies more, but there is no denying that he mapped out the traditional slasher blueprint here.  Friday the 13th blatantly ripped off several kills as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 machetes

Nasty worthiness?  Borderline.  Some of the kills are pretty graphic, but not much that you don’t see in a lot of 80s slashers.  The biggest difference is that not a lot is cut out.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

The Evil Dead (1981) 85m – Sam Raimi.  Bruce Campbell.  Enough said?  This is a classic, but I actually enjoy the second movie more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Books of the Dead

Nasty worthiness?  I don’t think so.  Although rather graphic, the stop motion FX pulled me out of the suspension of disbelief.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

House by the Cemetery (1981) 87m – Lucio Fulci is the embodiment of the Nasty list.  Gore, nudity and outrageous kills in each and every one of his movies.  House by the Cemetery delivers on all those levels, but it also features one of the most annoying voices in the history of horror.  That kid just drives me nuts and keeps me from loving this movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5 insane undead surgeons

Nasty worthiness?  Compared to some other movies, I can see this one being on the list, but there are far worse.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

The Beyond (1981) 87m – Another Fulci entry.  The Beyond is often considered Fulci’s masterpiece, but I have a tough time getting into this one.  I’ve revisited it several times, but it fails to draw me in.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 zombies

Nasty worthiness: There’s lots of gore to be found, but for me, gore is not nasty enough to be notorious.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) 91m – The third Fulci movie on the list, and my favorite of his.  Fulci earns his title as the Godfather of Gore and really builds on what Romero introduced. He also gave us one of the single greatest scenes in a horror movie, Shark vs Zombie!

Rating: 5 out of 5 zombies

Nasty worthiness: Plenty of gore and a pretty gnarly eye gouging scene, but not a lot of taboos here.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Don’t Go in the Woods…Alone! (1981) 82m – Terrible, terrible acting but some pretty nasty kills out in the wilderness.  This was a first time viewing for me, and more than likely a last one.

Rating: 2 out of 5 boobie traps

Nasty worthiness?  The nastiest thing about this movie was the abysmal acting.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) 95m – Udo Kier always gives automatic cool points, and this is a movie that I have been looking forward to for quite a while.  It underwhelmed, but I still had fun with it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Mad Scientists

Nasty worthiness?  Mixing sex and violence is a good way to make the list, especially when the sex is with a corpse.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Mardi Gras Massacre (1978) 97m – Very dated and pretty bad acting, but I actually enjoy this one.  It reminds me of a HG Lewis flick.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 beads

Nasty worthiness?  Lots of nudity and pretty graphic violence make this a worthy entry!

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Last House on the Left (1972) 84m – A fantastic movie that is very hard to watch.  This one is a pretty famous entry and has been discussed quite a bit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 necklaces

Nasty worthiness: Yes.  Difficult to watch scenes with intense violence and rape scenes make this a tough watch.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Night of the Demon (1980) 92m – I’m a sucker for killer animal flicks and I was looking forward to this Bigfoot move, but it really wasn’t all I hoped for.  The lighting was tough, and it seemed like they used the same Bigfoot noises over and over again.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Bigfoots (or feet?)

Nasty worthiness?  Yawn.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Don’t Look in the Basement (1973) 89m– The basement? People were getting killed just about everywhere in this one!

Rating: 3 out of 5 doomed nurses

Nasty worthiness?  It takes more than just a bunch of gruesome killings to be a true nasty for me.  Those Brits sure were some prudes.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Event Horizon (1997) 96m – The first non-Nasty of The Madness! This is a favorite of mine and truly one of the scariest mixtures of science fiction and horror going.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 sentient space ships

Points: 3 – 2 points plus one for the multiple instances of eye gouging throughout!

I Spit On Your Grave (1978) 101m – Another infamous entry from the Video Nasty list.  This features one of the most drawn out rape scenes I’ve ever witnessed.  Tough to watch, but well done.  Kudos to Camille Keaton for her role here, it couldn’t have been easy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 rusty knives

Nasty worthiness?  I think so.  The extended rape scene is enough to make it, and then we have the good old castration scene to seal the deal.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Blood Feast (1963) 67m – Good old HG Lewis! I’m not sure how this movie makes the list and his other’s didn’t.  They’re all in the same vein.  I don’t love Lewis’s stuff, but it’s still pretty fun to watch.  He pretty much invented over the top gore, even if he didn’t perfect it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 fake intestines

Nasty worthiness? Pretty graphic violence and lots of body parts, but it’s pretty fake.  I guess the cannibalism puts it over the top.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Visiting Hours (1982) 105m – There are some stars found throughout the Nasty list, but this one sports more than a few! William Shatner, Michael Ironside and Lee Grant all deliver in the biggest surprise of the month so far.  This is a really good movie, although I think it gets a little drawn out at the end.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 switchblades

Nasty worthiness?  Some pretty intense violence, but not on the same level as a lot of the other entries here.  I think the domestic violence angle had a lot to do with it.

Points: 6 – British Video Nasty List – ATB

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 98m– Everyone bitches that this is the Halloween without Myers and that it should never have been made, but it is one of my seasonal favorites.  Personally, I think the franchise would have been better served to continue making theme movies than bringing Myers back ad nauseam.  Just think, we may have been spared Resurrection!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Silver Shamrock masks

Points – 3 2 points plus the murder of a child, and potentially many, many more children!

The Goldbergs: S1 E3 Mini Murray (2013) 30m Adam tricks his Grandfather to bring him to see Poltergeist in theatres, scaring the crap out of him.  Once his mother finds out that he is scared and needs her, she stokes those fears for more attention.  I added this because it centers around a horror movie and the fact that the mother made attempts to build on the fear of that horror movie

Points – .5

  1. fringevoid says:

    Wait. You watched all these movies in a week? You’re a machine.

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