This week we’re gonna go obscure and old school. 1982’s “Trick or Treats”, not to be confused with 1986’s “Trick or Treat” or 2007’s “Trick R’ Treat”, is one of the weirdest slasher movies from the 80s, and that’s saying something.
As much as I love to in bottom-of-the-barrel garbage, I also love it when a movie defies my expectations of being a dumpster fire and actually turns out to be good. This is what happened just last week with BAD MOVIE MONDAY after one of the other people in the group chose a film called “The Curse of Humpty Dumpty” At first, I was stoked because it sounded awful. However, as we watched it we all sort of were all surprised and delighted that this was turning out to be a neat little moody thriller. Nothing perfect mind you, but deserving of mention. So, here’s me mentioning it.
Today’s review is for a movie called DEMONOID: MESSENGER OF DEATH starring Stuart Whitman and Samantha Eggar, both of whom are pros at making any movie look awesome just by virtue of them being in it. It’s directed by the legendary Alfredo Zacarías who not only made this twisted gem but also made the utterly batshit insane “The Bees” in 1978 with John Saxon and John Carradine, another one worth seeking out.
Alright. Since I’ve celebrated trash cinema by having reviewed one of the worst and one of the best movies that I’ve seen on BAD MOVIE MONDAY, how about this time I just do a review about an average middle-of-the-road movie? One that didn’t surprise me and didn’t hugely stand out, but was still a lot of fun.
Most of the films that are picked for BAD MOVIE MONDAY tend to be exactly what I expect them to be. They’re either stupidly bad or shockingly bad or awesomely bad or boringly bad or… Well, you get the idea. I don’t mind to be honest. That’s what I’m expecting. It’s all part of the morbid fun that I get from discovering cinematic doo-doo. However, sometimes I actually discover something good by complete accident.
When COVID shut down everything two years ago, I started an online bad movie night get-together with some friends that we eventually dubbed “Bad Movie Monday”. The premise was simple: We’d torture each other every Monday with the worst trash we could find, tell a few jokes, cheer each other up, and in the process maybe discover some weird obscure cinema that we might never have seen any other way. This series of reviews will feature highlights of those night, so you guys can share in the fun and maybe get some ideas for your own movie night.
It’s a question I’m often asked when I tell people I’ve been hosting a little get together with friends called BAD MOVIE MONDAY for the last two years.
“What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?”
Since we’re all slowly and inexorably heading into the last day of the month of October, I’ve gotten to thinking about the perfect film to watch on Halloween. The sort of film where, to properly experience it, you have to turn off all the lights in your living room and surround yourself with friends or family, put a huge bowl of freshly made popcorn on the table to get that smell of hot butter in the air, and then cower together to scream and laugh while lit only by the glow of the television. We’ve all done it at least once, and it’s always fun, but it can be unforgettable if you pick just the exact right thing to watch.
This, in turn, got me to thinking about John Carpenter. Because, as you all remember, he just happened to make a little obscure flick called “Halloween”. Which, coincidentally, is why my own personal recommendation for the perfect film to watch on Halloween is “The Fog.”