Monday, October 19, 2009

I Might Be Showing Paracinema My Jack-O-Face!

What better way to encapsulate the month of mayhem known as Chucktober, than by watching classic Halloween themed horror movies?! Okay, maybe I'm stretching a little when I say classic, but 1995's monster mash masterpiece, Jack-O is a horror film, and it is set during I'm not that far off, right?

I can't help but love cheesy holiday and event themed Slasher films of the utmost ridiculous nature - whether it be celebrating Independence Day with Uncle Sam - giving the gift of three abducted Innocent women to Ma dukes for Mothers Day - getting your diploma on Graduation Day, or drinking a pint with a Leprechaun in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Christmas has this "sub genre" on straight lock down with a slew of awesomely wacky and out there holiday horror with movies like Santa's Slay, Jack Frost, and Silent Night Deadly Night 2 just to name a few.

I think most of these films are set out to achieve what they are, and that is entertaining B-movies that aren't to be taken too seriously, but instead are meant to be fun. You almost cannot judge this type of film with other more serious, or direct horror movies - they are schlock and are to be judged for how many times you can roll your eyes back in giddy disbelief, or how many times you can simply say, wow. This type of film may be looked down upon by some, and that seems to be a little unfair since they are not made to win awards, or to actually be scary, let alone be taken seriously. I wonder how many of those same people went all ape shit for Eli Roth's Thanksgiving segment in Grindhouse...which is the epitome of the films I am talking about here. Maybe Thanksgiving could be looked at as a kind of gateway drug to these "bad" movies in a way...I'm more than okay with that.

So, now that I have completely rambled on about movies that are of the lowest score on IMDB, I should get back to the reason why I am here in the first place. That reason is Jack-O, which I just so happened to write a review of over at Paracinema...The Blog. It fits in perfectly with the films that I am unintentionally ranting about, and should fill your Halloween horror needs if you are looking for something on the trashy side to watch...and it is on Netflix instant watch! I'll tell you one thing, Jack-O is a whole hell of a lot better than Automaton Transfusion.


  1. You should totally make a project out of reviewing the lowest rated movies on IMDB. I would die to hear your thoughts on Glitter!

  2. That is a great idea and one that could be a whole lotta fun...though I would rather not ever see Glitter! Then again, I never wanted to see Honey, and now I practice Basketball inspired dance moves in my house all the time!

  3. You know I STILL havent seen this damn flick? Making the jump to read the ol review... NOW!

    OK, I lied, just wanted to say be SURE to watch SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER this Halloween for more seasons bleedings!

  4. I think that Satan's Little Helper is on instant watch if I remember correctly. I have always wanted to check it out, and with a recomendation from a gentlemen such as yourself, I shall make sure to watch it soon!

  5. Yeah, Satan's Little Helper is a real unsung gem - a solid comeback from Squirm and Blue Sunshine director Jeff Lieberman. I don't think he's made another feature since then but at least it showed he still has his chops.

  6. That's good to know, Jeff...I love Squirm! That's even more the reason to give Satan's Little Helper a look.


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