Saw (2004) – The Cut Up #9

Check out Best Scenes and Best Quotes from the horror movie Saw, as done by The Cut Up.

Imagine you wake up, not knowing where you are or how you got there. You look around and see nothing but darkness. The lights pop on and you notice you’re surrounded by a frightening, life threatening situation. Suddenly you’re greeted by a a very creepy puppet whom explains to you in a deep voice that if you don’t make it out of this trap in a few hours, you will be left there to rot and your family will die…

This is what Adam and Dr. Gordon are faced with. They’re forced to realize some horrible truths about, not only this seemingly, sadistic, serial killer, but about themselves too as they try to work together to beat the game.

Will they be able to escape this puzzling trap and save Dr. Gordons family or will they not be able to pick up the pieces?

"Live or die...make your choice..."

 

For a horror film fan, Saw has it all. It’s gory, sadistic, clever and of course, frightening. Because of these attributes, the movie also works on the average movie-goer. The twists and turns make this so that all can enjoy, even if you’re not big into gore or blood.

The average viewer may find the gore gross but upon seeing the movie, you’ll realize that it compliments the movie as apposed to trying to drive the squeamish away. Besides, with all of the mystery involved, you become more en<span style=”font-style: italic;”>grossed</span> with trying to put all of the parts together; and the ending doesn’t leave you guessing or questioning its outcome.

As far as story is concerned, Saw doesn’t do anything amazingly new. It does, however, take many old ideas from movies past and put them together to create a new horror experience. Think of it as a sort of Sadist-Gore-Mystery genre. Sure, other movies have been much gorier but Saw puts it all together in a way where the story doesn’t suffer for the visual.

"Hey big boy. Need a lift?"

 

The actors are really able to hold this whole concept together. The acting is perfect for Saw. There are a few over-the-top (Ahem, Cary Elwes) sequences but they fit in decently with the situations. The cast does a good job to make sure all of these instances seem believable and authentic. Not to mention, Saw starts up a new horror villains career. Dubbed Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), he will go down as a favorite along with legends like Freddy and Jason.

Sure, Saw has great story-flow and twists but it would be nothing without its famous traps. The traps that Jigsaw brilliantly puts together are a huge part of what makes Saw unique. From trapping a drug addict in a room with a bear trap tied to her head, to trapping a fat man in a room with razor wire; it’s all here and it’s very intense to watch but you can’t look away.

General Audiences will get a huge kick out of Saw. Hardcore audiences may need a little more blood for their buck but if you can get past the need for more gore, then this movie becomes very enjoyable. It has a very clever twist ending and many interesting scenes and that makes up for any loss of blood.

Watch it or miss out…make your choice…

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) – The Cut Up #8

Check out Best Scenes and the Best Quotes from the B horror comedy movie Bubba Ho-Tep, as done by The B Movie Cut Up.

Elvis Presley has been dead for a long time; or has he? Apparently he still lives — in a nursing home in Texas under the moniker of Sebastian Haff. He also has a list of regrets almost as big as his catalog of music.

He meets up with a black man who believes he is John F. Kennedy and they quickly become friends but their reminiscing about the old times is interrupted when they find out that some kind of ancient, evil mummy is attacking people in their nursing home.

They realize that they need to do something about the crazy mummy that is sucking souls through all of the old folks assholes or else they too may have their right of passage to heaven sucked from their sphincter.

"No one fucks with the king!"

 

The creator of the Phantasm series, Don Coscarelli (Not to mention, Bruce Campbell) is back! This time he has done something different though. This is not so much a dream world as it is the real world, with real people who have real problems…like dealing with a real mummy.

That’s the best part of Bubba Ho-Tep, the concept. The idea that two old people, but not just old people, two icons, one from american history and one the king of rock’n roll, are together in battling a mummy from ancient Egypt. Absolute genius!

I also don’t think that they could’ve gotten better actors for the roles. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis add so much character to thier…welll…characters that you fall in love with their relationship immediately.

Beleive it or not, this isn't one of the elderly people in the home.

Bubba Ho-Tep is one of the best examples of a horror, comedy that I’ve ever seen, next to Shaun of the Dead. Bubba Ho-Tep is more dialogue or conversation funny than it is situational funny. Most of the best parts of the film are actually just Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis bantering with each other and with those that inhabit the nursing home. This, of course, roots from the fact that the movie stems from a short story.

Even though it was once a short story, the movie is perfectly paced. On the short amount of time that Elvis introduces us to his life-long problems, meeting and greeting JFK and still fighting off a mummy; you feel like you’ve learned enough about the characters and their current mind-states to satisfy your thirst for souls.

If you are a Bruce Campbell fan, a Mummy fan, old people fan, JFK supporter, fan of conversational and dry humor then Bubba Ho-Tep is for you. If you like a lot of action or situational humor then this movie probably isn’t going to fit your fancy. I would say, however that since It’s received a choice cut award that it is worth checking out, regardless of your preference.

Hail to the King Baby!

The Evil Dead (1981) – The Cut Up #7

Check out Continuity Problems, Best and Worst Scenes and the Best and Worst Quotes from the B horror movie The Evil Dead, as done by The B Movie Cut Up.

Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his friends are heading to a cabin to relax from college for a weekend. Little do they know that there is an unseen evil unlike any other lurking around that cabin. It’s finally summoned when they find an old tape recorder and play back it’s contents. Now Ash and his friends are falling victim to it one by one through-out the night. Will Ash and his friends be able to survive till sunrise?

Grandma's havin' one of her gull-dern episodes again!

What is there to say about a movie that is in such classic B movie status as Evil Dead? Evil Dead and it’s sequels (which I’ll have videos up for in the future) is about as perfect of an example of the best gory B horror movie as you can get. I’ve gone over in my mind about how to tell people about it and found that the only real way is to just explain and talk about it as though you haven’t seen the film, as if you were an Evil Dead pup.

Evil Dead, in essence is a demon possession movie with demons who do very grotesque things to the victims body and anyone in the way. They bite their own hands off, then stab a girl in the ankle, fend Ash off, throw a girl, get knocked down, fake death, come back, rinse and repeat and then get hacked into many different pieces; this all happens in one scene.

That’s another thing about Evil Dead is that there aren’t many scenes that are easy to pluck out and stick into a video review or trailer because many of them last a long time. As apposed to Ash finishing off a demon within seconds, he is left struggling with it for a while before he can fend it off or kill it. Whether he is stuck under a bookcase, being choked or just doesn’t have the heart to cut up his girlfriend, Ash is always ready to be reluctant.

Not Macho? Are you sure?

In the video I mention this movie to be before its time because the camera work, though not the best, shows Sam Raimi coming out and doing something new. The camera angles are genius at times. The idea that we’re seeing through objects, that the objects make sounds as the camera passes by them and uses the camera as a means for demon travel. All of this suggests that the house and the woods are alive, which really helps to scare anyone because no one is safe, anywhere. (And yes, Sam Raimi is the Spiderman Guy now, just in case that’s what you were wondering. He did The Evil Dead way before any of that came about.)

At times, there even feels like there is a foreign/artistic side to the movie. A particular scene is where Ash has a necklace to give to his girlfriend and sweet music plays as he opens the box for the camera and he doesn’t say a word. It’s odd to see a some what beautiful scene like this in a horror movie but it just fits.

The movie isn’t without it’s flaws, however; this is a B movie after all. Considering that it has continuity problems all through-out it (visible equipment, blood and scratches changing location, visual skin through the demon masks and props, etc.) this doesn’t change the fact that the movie captured a certain feeling and charm that many others failed to do. It’s just goes to show that talented people can create amazing things without millions of dollars.

Evil Dead really set a mark for movies, regardless of it’s obvious low budget. The things that the filmmakers did to make it stand out really helped it along to become something of a diamond in the rough. It has gore and can be disgusting, it has an artistic side, it has jumps and screams but it also has charm and ingenuity. If you’re any kind of fan of B movies, The Evil Dead must be in your collection.

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Parasite (1982) – The Cut Up #6

Check out Continuity Problems, Best and Worst Scenes and the Best and Worst Quotes from the B horror movie Parasite, as done by The B Movie Cut Up.

Paul Dean is dying and on the run. In an undated future, a man who once worked for the government creating super secret parasites, has now turned his back on them and become a fugitive. While housing one of the leeches in his own body, he dodges an agent and tries to find a cure for his infested stomach all at the same time.

He ends up in a little community that consists of desert, a couple of houses, a hotel and a garage that is shelter for a gang of thugs. As if Paul needed more on his plate of things to look out for, the gang starts roughing him up, so he finds the aid of a town girl named Patricia (Demi Moore). Together, they try to survive against a life eating parasite and what the harsh world has become.

"Hi, I'm Paul Dean. I am very sweaty, I have two first names and a bug

In the future, government agents drive Lamborghini’s! At least that’s what Parasite, the futuristic 3D blood-sucking bug movie would have you believe. That’s right, Parasite was originally intended to be and was released as a 3D movie. Most movies that are 3D don’t really have much in the way of content because they’re trying to support the gimmick and believe me, Parasite just adds to that pile of gimmicky monster movies.

Parasite really is a mixed bag. There are some scenes that are pretty creepy or gory yet entertaining while there are others that are boring or cheesy (yet still entertaining) or just contradict the whole idea that Paul is on the run and that the agent after him has any idea what he’s doing. While watching it, you’ll wish that you had the 3D glasses to see all of the scenes where you know that it’s really enjoyable.

"This is Petey the Parasite reminding you to eat healthy and exercise!"

The casting is give and take. Personally, I think Paul Dean is odd looking and doesn’t really give off the vibe of a hero type. He plays a doctor, but he is pushed into a hero role where he not only has to save himself, but others around him as well. I guess you could say that he doesn’t look the part because in essence, he really is just a doctor but I’m not going to dig that deep. Besides, he’s a very creepy looking doctor anyway; I wouldn’t let him work on me. Parasite also features Demi Moore in her “first starring” role. The DVD boasts this fact and is very proud of it.

What I was really shocked about was the music. The music is good for this kind of movie, when you usually have to just deal with orchestral jabs and such. After I did a bit of research I found out that the man behind the music for Parasite, Richard Band, is the man who is also behind the music for classic B movies like The Reanimator Series, The Puppetmaster series and From Beyond (which he actually won an Academy Award for).

It’s a good idea to check out everyone else who was involved in the making of Parasite on IMDB.com. For a not-so-great movie, there are a lot of recognizable b movie names in there.

My ultimate concern with Parasite is that it takes itself too seriously. There are a few scenes that are funny based on bad editing or acting but for the most part, it’s just boring because everyone makes the whole movie very important and proper. What usually makes a B horror film experience swell is the fact that the actors take the part seriously but in a different direction, to the point where they forget the topic at hand. Which in turn makes their over-acting show in a glorious way. Luckily, Parasite has the bit-parters to hold up the bad acting and cheesy lines.

If you’re looking for that typical boring-saturday-afternoon type movie, Parasite really shines. If you don’t mind your futuristic parasite infestation movies to be a little drab and boring in between the decent and gory scenes, then you may enjoy this B movie. If you’re looking for constant cheesiness or frightful moments, it’s probably best to get your life sucked away elsewhere.

I've heard of regretting waking up next to a monster the next morning,

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) – The Cut Up #5

Check out Best and Worst Scenes and the Best and Worst Quotes from the B horror movie Killer Clowns from Outer Space, as done by The B Movie Cut Up.

Mike and Debbie are on top of the world, literally, that’s what the local make-out spot is called, when they see a shooting star. Instead of staying there and scoring, they decide to go and inspect it.

Before they get there, a local old man has the same idea while going to hunt for food. Him and his dog Pooh march out to the woods and the old man is just starstruck by what he sees. A giant big top tent, but this one is obviously different than what he remembers as a kid. As the old man investigates, Pooh disappears and the old man gets angry. He finds that he is not alone; there are clowns. He is shot by the clowns and never seen again.

Upon looking for it, all they see is a big top tent, so they go inside to check it out. They find a very weird place, nothing like any big top they’ve been to before. Via Elevator, they find a room full of cotton candy that hangs individually like pods and inspect them. Debbie feels weird about them, so mike rips a piece off to show her it’s okay but to their horror, they see a bloody human face inside!

They quickly hide when they hear a noise. It’s a clown! The clown is walking around and fiddling with some levers and buttons until Mike says something a little to loud and they sprint for the elevator.

A couple of clowns chase them but Mike and Debbie escape and try to tell the local police about it. The clowns aren’t going to take this laying down, so they all gather together and start to walk into town and that is when the clowny carnage begins.

"Where the hell is the Pepto? I always get an upset stomach on the tilt-a-whirl."

I have been watching this movie since I was a kid. I hadn’t heard of it when it was released but in those days we didn’t have OnDemand, so HBO would hook people up with free service for about a month every year. So we recorded it on a VHS tape (which we actually still have) which was watched probably a million times.

Now the question I keep asking myself is would I be as much of a fan of this movie if I had never seen it before? My answer is yes. I still buy B horror movies often; the box sets and the sales are all top game. So eventually, I would have come across this bad boy and absolutely loved it. I also figured that it can’t just be the memories considering the gags in the movie are hilarious and some are just downright genius.

Out of all of the great ingredients in this movie, the best thing about it is probably the title. You know from the get-go that the Chiodo brothers were making a B horror movie and that’s all there was to it. Killer, good, Klowns, mispelled and heading in the right direction — from outer space; hot damn!

The clowns get-up is scary as hell. They have huge disgusting teeth and their laugh is what haunts children’s dreams. For the first half of the movie, you are welcomed to laugh along with the fun but eventually you start to realize that there is a real serious danger going on here. They have come to feed and won’t stop until the humans are wiped out.

The budget for the movie was two million, which is not a lot by yesterdays or todays standards but they really made it stretch in this movie. For a B movie, everything looks realistic and to a lesser extent, convincing. Sure, it’s not all completely perfect, it is a B movie after-all but the feeling is present through the whole thing and that’s what’s important.

Unfortunately, I needed to keep the video from being too long so I was only able to include a few scenes. I had to leave some amazing scenes out that I’m a bit ashamed about but I had to make sure all the bases were covered, from funny to genius to scary. This is why you need to go and buy the dvd. Not to mention, all of the special behind the scenes special features that it has. It has over an hour of how they performed the gags and effects and it’s really interesting.

Despite anything you see or hear, if you’re a fan of B horror, you must own this movie; it’s a classic! It’s also earned a Choice Cut award from The Cut Up and deservingly so. Kudos to you, Chiodo Brothers! May your killer klowns sequel see the light of day!

"King Klown, beast of the big top! 9th wonder of the world!"

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