Shocker (1989)

By 1989 horror movies had become rather tepid.

Thanks to the chastening whip of the MPAA and BBFC during the mid-1980s, the genre would descend into cartoonery as a way to reach a broader audience. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn would lead the way in that respect, and some movies were able to pass explicit gore based on absurdity, while others, such as Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, added depth as a way to counterbalance the meaningless nihilism that would outrage a generation […]

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Eliminators (1986)

For the most part, Eliminators is like Star Wars on an A-Team budget, but the comparisons don’t stop there.

Produced by low budget sci-fi maestro Charles Band, the movie is a savvy exercise in cultural marketing which taps into a plethora of 80s hits and features the kind of characters which probably would have resulted in a successful toy range were its financial aspirations just a tad higher […]

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Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

The Great White Shark swims in a cesspool of negative stigma.

This is due mainly to its enormous size and many rows of razor-sharp teeth, not to mention the fact that the human beast has a tendency to fear anything that may pose even the smallest threat to its Earthly dominance. Sharks do kill – around 10 humans per year – but when they do it is usually a case of mistaken identity, while humans are known to kill around 20 to 30 million sharks annually […]

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Cool as Ice (1991)

For a brief period during the early ’90s I longed to be Vanilla Ice.

I remember turning up to school discos wearing ridiculous baggy pants and brightly-coloured sweatshirts, doing my utmost to imitate his bodacious dance moves while wondering just how he got his hair to stay like that. Sometimes I would dream of bursting into the school hall and wowing the ladies with my hip moves and colourful charisma. It’s amazing what a classic Queen riff and a well-oiled corporate think tank can do to an impressionable young mind […]

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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

For visionary independent filmmakers the biggest drawback to making mainstream movies are the studio sacrifices.

Wes Craven had been there before prior to horror/comedy The People Under the Stairs, which, for a movie with an 18 certificate, is an incredibly hokey affair. In 1984 the director would be forced into a sequel-setting finale for his ethereal, low-budget triumph A Nightmare on Elm Street, a decision which led to perhaps the most successful horror franchise in history […]

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