Friday the 13th (1980) – The Cut Up #11

Check out Continuity Problems, Best and Worst Scenes and the Best and Worst Quotes from the B horror movie Friday the 13th, as done by The Cut Up. Another slasher, summer camp classic!

When Camp Crystal Lake, or as the towns folk call it “Camp Blood”, is reopening for children to come and enjoy a summer full of fun, it’s in need of some counselors and a ton of repairs.

Everyone warns them about reopening the camp, with what happened, how could you want to? After all of the scary stories, the fact that there is a full moon and it’s Friday the 13th, you wouldn’t think anyone would bother. But these positive, persistent kids have dreams for Camp Crystal Lake.

They better be careful though or else they’ll just become another spooky campfire story!

This might just be me, but maybe a rain slicker would've been a good idea?

 

Friday the 13th is everything you’d think it is. A Campy (if you pardon the pun) fun slasher movie. However, there is something different about it. With special effects by master Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) you knew that it had a wake of it’s own to make in the horror lake.

One of my favorite things about Friday the 13th is the music. It’s calling card for scary jumps and eerie strings is a perfect fit and it really set a course for other films after it.

The pacing is also very good. It never seems to drag because you’re thrown in a death scene very early in the movie and the rest of the time, you’re just waiting for the next one until finally you reach the surprising climatic ending. The gore and effects were amazing for their time as well and really add to the death scenes in a way that most movies could only dream of back in 1980. However, nothing should be overbearing for the casual movie watcher either. It’s a very good blend.

Would you believe that this dog is actually the killer? Me either...

 

The acting is predictable but it’s pretty good considering the B status of Friday the 13th. It even features a young Kevin Bacon! I mean, it’s not only Kevin Bacons first movie but his first gratuitous sex scene and first gratuitous ass shot! Yowza, what a combo!

I can’t include some of the best quotes and of course thee best scene in the movie due to the possibility of spoiling the movies ending, in fact I pretty much couldn’t use anything from the last 25 minutes of the movie due to the fact. So, you’re just going to have to watch Friday the 13th for yourself!

It’s been over 25 years since the original Friday the 13th came out and watching it today still proves it to be a really good scare!

Ki Ki Ki…Watch Watch Watch…

Sleepaway Camp (1983) – The Cut Up #10

Check out Continuity Problems, Best and Worst Scenes and the Best and Worst Quotes from the B horror movie Sleepaway Camp, as done by The Cut Up. Just in time for summer campers!

When summer comes, every kid knows what happens, (At least in the 70’s and 80’s) it’s time to go to summer camp! The kids at Camp Arawak however, have no idea what’s about to hit them this year.

After Ricky and Angela are taken to camp, nothing seems to be quite like it used to be. Old friends and girlfriends have changed as well as the amount of kids attending this year. Kids are even mysteriously dying this year, leaving even fewer kids for ball games and socials.

Will Ricky and Angela survive the summer?

Would you beleive that this guy becomes head chef? Yeesh!

 

Sleepaway Camp is your typical summer camp, slasher movie. Lots of kids, lots of sexual tension and so on and so forth. Everything is in place for you to predict what happens in this movie. Or is it?

Sleepaway Camp has all of the cliche trademarks of a slasher film; except for the ending. It will totally catch you off guard and from what I’ve seen from peoples reactions, scare the shit out of you.

So what happens? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

Death by Bees...in the tiolet...

 

Other than the ending, the name of the movie itself tells you a lot about it. It’s pretty boring in between death scenes and there isn’t a lot of new direction in those scenes. They just beat the same dead-horse-story-elements through the whole movie until the climax. Girl gets picked on. Girl gets picked on. Boy gets picked on. Boy is denied sex. Boy calls girl a bitch. It’s enough to put you to sleep.

Another credit I have to give to Sleepaway is its creativeness in the Death scene department. There are a few that are very creative and seemingly new. Questionably creative is another way to put it, when you see a kid trapped in a bathroom stall die from a bee hive (See Video Above). Where did that idea com from? Then there are others that are boring and used though, Shower Death, Lake Death etc…

The acting is below average and it’s no surprise. When you’re watching most of these people interact and talk, you really start to think “Wow, Friday the 13th really spoiled me…”

Regardless, This movie is worth watching at least once for the ending. It’s not a choice cut by any means but it will really pull you in from all of the drab, boring scenes and for some, it may even drive you away.

Sleeping Away Camp…

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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