Patchwork is the debut feature film by none other than Tyler MacIntyre, director of Good Boy AND the movie I was by chance thinking of watching next, Tragedy Girls. What a coincidence! Patchwork hits all the proper notes of comedy and grossness a parody horror should hit compared to the lackluster Good Boy. I can only hope that Tragedy Girls leans more in this direction on the quality scale.
The “Thumb Parodies” are somewhat of a curious personal legend. All the way back in 2008, when I first joined Netflix, the series caught my eye and I added the short films to my queue. Ever since then, they have been there waiting, watching me as I added more and more movies in front of them on my list. Well, today they are ignored no longer. I have finally rented The Blair Thumb.
Getting off on the wrong foot has a sequel and its name is Bad Taste. An ironic moniker and perhaps an omen glossed over. It turns out watching a renowned filmmakers first film for that reason alone is not always as enjoyable as intended.
The 1989 gross-out film Society has been popping up in my peripheral over the past couple of years. The unnerving patchwork DVD cover caught my eye so I decided to give it a go. It follows the story of a paranoid young man who is convinced by another suspicious kid that there is something fishy going on with his family. The further he investigates, the more danger he puts himself in. Are the wealthy people he had lived with his whole life actually who they say they are or is he just loosing his mind? He soon discovers there is weight to his theories.
We Are Still Here is a 2015 film set in 1979 about a husband and wife (who I just learned is played by Barbara Crampton, the girl from Re-Animator!) who are grieving the death of their son. They move from New York to rural New England to find some peace on the countryside. They start hearing voices in their new house, thinking their son might be trying to contact them from the other side. They are very wrong.
It had been such a long time since I first laid my eyes upon the classic Re-Animator that I had forgotten most of what happens in the movie. I figured it would be good to go back and revisit the film not only for nostalgia sake, but to prepare myself for the sequels I have never seen. Re-Animator is about a medical scientist obsessed with bringing the freshly deceased back to life with his fluorescent glowing green mystery serum. He does everything he can to further his experiments, including convincing a fellow med student to be his “Igor”. Things begin to spiral out of control as the scientist starts leaving behind a wake of alive-yet-dead subjects. Continue reading