Someone should really pay me to go through the trash can that is Tubi’s film archive, but alas, I’m in it for the love of the game.
Now it’s hard to maintain quality throughout a film. Most movies start off great, then peter out. Others you have stick with until the very end.
This is especially true for B movies. In fact, I’m starting to think that it’s harder to make a good B movie than it is to make a decent GREAT film.
Here’s a couple of examples:
Out of the Dark (1988)
Some heavy hitters were involved in this. Karen Black acts her ass off, and there’s even an appearance from the legendary Divine.
Now you’d think that it would be impossible to screw up a movie about a psycho clown and phone sex workers. In fact, it has a strong opening: some dude playing with his nipples…with a knife…while having phone sex.
Production quality is not that bad here. Despite a few good laughs, not much gets done with this banger of a concept.
The Prowler (1981)
This had the exact opposite problem as Out of the Dark. The concept is kinda meh, but boy does it end on a high note (courtesy of makeup artist Tom Savini)!
What I love about these kinds of movies is determining what was intentional from the filmmakers. There was one scene that was more intentionally funny than it had any business being. And the ending, despite being bizarre, was quite effective.
I don’t know. Maybe I need to stop assuming that these filmmakers are completely inept.
People ask me all the time: “why do you watch this shit?”
Because I’m looking for a diamond in the rough. This time the diamond is Blades, a parody of Jaws.
It’s about a lawnmower that hunts and kills people on a golf course. Only the golf pros and a former groundskeeper stand in its way.
I’m sure people thought that this film was completely fucking stupid in 1989. But some things get better with age.
Now I’m not saying that this one is up there with such classics as Blood Diner or Toxic Avenger. But if you’re high enough, it COULD be.
It’s funnier than Caddyshack. That’s a hill I will die on.