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The Really Awful Movies Podcast

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A celebration of low budget cinema, the very best and worst of horror, sci fi, action, exploitation, kung fu and women-in-prison movies from the 1970s to today.

A celebration of low budget cinema, the very best and worst of horror, sci fi, action, exploitation, kung fu and women-in-prison movies from the 1970s to today.
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Toronto, ON

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A celebration of low budget cinema, the very best and worst of horror, sci fi, action, exploitation, kung fu and women-in-prison movies from the 1970s to today.

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English


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Really Awful Movies: Ep 199 – Army of Darkness

11/24/2017
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We’re into Evil Dead in a big way. Here, the third film in the trilogy, Army of Darkness, starring The Chin himself, (screw you, Quagmire and Bob Hope) Bruce Campbell. Ash is transported (along with his iconic jalopy Oldsmobile) to the 14th century, and instead of finding the Black Plague, he comes across an impossibly … Continue reading Really Awful Movies: Ep 199 – Army of Darkness →

Duration: 00:33:19


Really Awful Movies: Ep 198 – Rabid

11/10/2017
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Part outbreak / contagion / zombie / vampire movie, Rabid is a wonderful little nugget of exploitation horror Canadiana. On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we examine David Cronenberg's masterpiece, starring ex adult film star Marilyn Chambers as Rose, a young woman who's involved in a motorcycle crash and who undergoes life-saving experimental surgery at an oddball clinic. It's at this clinic (the Keloid Clinic) where she's given a skin graft for burns. And when she's in...

Duration: 00:31:41


Really Awful Movies: Ep 197 – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

10/27/2017
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Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II is a 1987 Canadian slasher film directed by Bruce Pittman, and starring Michael Ironside. If that isn't enough enticement to make you wanna watch, we don't know what is. Frankly, Michael Ironside is a genre icon. C'mon, look at this resume, people: Scanners, Visiting Hours, Total Recall, Starship Troopers... He plays Billy, a 60s teen with an impossibly receding hairline, who's gettin' down to Little Richard at the prom. After being rebuffed by the queen, one...

Duration: 00:42:03


Really Awful Movies: Ep 196 – Friday the 13th (2009)

10/13/2017
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Jason Voorhees. The butcher of Camp Crystal Lake needs no introduction. Or does he? Perhaps to a new generation of audiences, who were unaware of the source material that is the original Friday the 13th movies. Of course, now Jason is seemingly everywhere, what with the video game developed by IllFonic, and published by Gun Media. And he's been everywhere before too. This is the 12th film in the Jason oeuvre, if you include Freddy VS Jason (which we do). And this is as different as our...

Duration: 00:36:46


Really Awful Movies: Ep 195 – Don’t Torture a Duckling

9/29/2017
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Don't Torture a Duckling (in mellifluous Italian: Non si sevizia un paperino) is a 1972 Italian giallo film directed by Lucio Fulci, starring Tomas Milian, Florinda Bolkan, and Barbara Bouchet. It is notable within Fulci's filmography as it is one of the first in which he began using violent icky gore effects, something Fulci would continue to do in his later films, most notably Zombi 2, The Beyond and City of the Living Dead. The soundtrack was composed by Riz Ortolani and features vocals...

Duration: 00:50:57


Really Awful Movies: Ep 194 – Chopping Mall

9/15/2017
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Scenes from a mall. A CHOPPING Mall. On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, a look at this Jim Wynorski feature, Chopping Mall. Wynorski (The Return of Swamp Thing / Hard to Die / Big Bad Mama II) is known as a highly prolific genre director. He directed 7 features from the mid eighties to the decade's end. And usually worked on a really low budget. This Corman production was no exception, filmed at the same mall as the one used for the excellent Arnold vehicle, Commando...

Duration: 00:30:25


Really Awful Movies: Ep 193 – Video Nasties

9/1/2017
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On this special episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we delve into the Video Nasties phenomenon. The term "video nasty" was a Brit colloquialism which has its genesis in the early 80s, coinciding with the slasher boom. It originally referred to films distributed on VHS that were heavily criticized for their violent content. Some of the films were cut to be able to get a release, while some distributors felt the full brunt of the law. On this episode, we break down some of our...

Duration: 00:45:40


Really Awful Movies: Ep 192 – Don’t Go Near the Park

8/25/2017
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A truly baffling exposition-fest, coming-of-age, caveman /cannibal curse/vampire movie, Don't Gear Near the Park is one of the more odd cinematic experiences one can have in the realm of horror. It fulfilled two criteria for review on this site: a) it was a Video Nasty, and b) it had "don't" in the title, a subset of films one of us refers to as "admonition movies." A caveman sibling duo, is cursed with advanced aging. And the only way to slow down the runaway train of wrinkles, is...

Duration: 00:40:42


Really Awful Movies: Ep 191 – Solarbabies

8/18/2017
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Solarbabies. A box office mega-bomb that burned out in the 80s, but which we hope to revive today, so that modern audiences can warm to its cheesy (and multi-faceted) pleasures. Made on a budget of 26-27 million, this made back a mere smidgen of that, at best. And it was critically lambasted almost universally. However, it's a future wasteland / post-apocalyptic movie. And we're all about those, on the Really Awful Movies Podcast. It's such an inane, yet fun, genre. Solarbabies refers to a...

Duration: 00:33:58


Really Awful Movies: Ep 190 – The Stepfather

8/11/2017
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The Stepfather is a unique horror / thriller, featuring an amazing performance by Terry O'Quinn. On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, a discussion of the long-lasting appeal of The Stepfather, how we came to have it cross our radar, and the phenomenon of depicting divorce and blended families on television in the 1980s. The film, directed by Joseph Ruben (who most will know from his work behind the camera directing Sleeping with the Enemy and Money Train) is an understated,...

Duration: 00:34:33


Really Awful Movies: Ep 189 – The Love Guru

8/4/2017
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Whoa. 2008's The Love Guru, pretty much sank Mike Myers. And that's a DAMN shame. It's a terrible movie, to be sure, but a terrific comedic talent like Myers, deserves another shot. Despite supporting cast-mates like Justin Timberlake, Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver and Sir Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru really lays a big-time egg. This is a monumental stinker, and while not on the level of Master of Disguise, it's still something to behold. Juvenile zingers, tepid puns...sure,...

Duration: 00:39:11


Really Awful Movies: Ep 188 – George Romero and Martin

7/21/2017
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With the passing of George Romero, on this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we look back at the famous horror film director, and examine a real classic from his oeuvre: Martin. "He could be the boy next door," is the tagline, and this "boy" (played by John Amplas) is en route by train from Indianapolis to Pittsburgh, where he is put under the care of great uncle Cuda. Along the way, we get a glimpse of the "vampire" in action (the question as to whether Martin is a blood-sucker...

Duration: 00:39:30


Really Awful Movies: Ep 187 – The Amityville Horror

7/14/2017
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The Amityville Horror has spawned a seemingly countless number of both sequels and imitators. All the stuff we've come to expect from the genre is here: the devil, cat scares, warnings, strange doings, a wigged out pet, creepy dolls, the works... The 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg (who is best known for Cool Hand Luke), is based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel of the same name, which was a big hit. It's Installment 1 of the Amityville franchise. A remake was...

Duration: 00:35:25


Really Awful Movies: Ep 186 – The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

7/7/2017
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On today's episode, a journey to the Valley of the Sun..."death" valley, as it were in this serviceable, yet flawed remake of the Wes Craven classic, The Hills Have Eyes. In this 2006 flick, Alexandre Aja is behind the camera lens (he of, the new-wave French classic, Haute Tension and Piranha 3D). And we get a little preamble featuring some nuclear scientists in hazmat suits and Geiger counters, roaming around in a desert setting. Soon, they're poleaxed / bludgeoned to death...and we know...

Duration: 00:42:11


Really Awful Movies: Ep 185 – Meatballs

6/30/2017
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It's a rite of passage for many North American kids: being sent to summer camp. In the late 70s, early 80s, a spate of summer camp movies came out, usually with some maniac hell-bent on murdering counselors. However in Meatballs, we venture into uncharted territory on the Really Awful Movies Podcast, as this is our first "raunchy teen comedy." No body count. Both of us attended summer camp, with decidedly mixed results. It twas the best of times, it twas the worst of times, as we variously...

Duration: 00:35:11


Really Awful Movies: Ep 184 – Conan the Barbarian

6/23/2017
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Conan the Barbarian is a sword and sandals epic, which meant a lot to us as youngsters. Ergo, we have to visit it (or revisit it) for the Really Awful Movies Podcast. The 1982 American fantasy adventure film was directed and co-written by John Milius (and co-written by legendary crank Oliver Stone). The adventure is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a 1930s pulp fiction writer. The novel chronicles the eponymous Conan in a fictional pre-historic world of black magic and savagery. The...

Duration: 00:33:00


Really Awful Movies: Ep 183 – Blacula

6/16/2017
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This puts the sucking in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka? Anyway, here's a terrific African American vampire movie...a portmanteau of black and Dracula (obviously). And that movie is: Blacula. The flick stars the imposing, booming-voiced actor, William Marshall (a Bard-trained theater guy brings great gravitas to the role of The Count. . He plays an 18th-century African prince named Mamuwalde, who is turned into a vampire (and later locked in a coffin) by Count Dracula in the Count's castle in...

Duration: 00:32:24


Really Awful Movies: Ep 182 – Drunken Master

6/9/2017
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The phrase "human highlight reel" is pretty shopworn. In the world of sports, it's used for the one-namers, your LeBron, Kobe, Jordan, etc. Jackie Chan DEFINITELY qualifies, albeit in a different medium. And here, Drunken Master (1978) is a showcase for all his wild, over-the-top, ground-breaking antics. Whether you like it or not, this film put comedy kung fu on the map. It's not exactly to our taste, as we like our Shaw Brothers productions, but there's no denying the spectacular talent...

Duration: 00:41:00


Really Awful Movies: Ep 181 – The Evil Within

6/2/2017
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Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the most f-ed up of them all? On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, a discussion of the long-time coming, plagued Andrew Getty-directed/written production, The Evil Within. The Evil Within came and went in 2017. However, it did generate media coverage. Just not the good kind. The Guardian weighed in on the production of the film, some 15 years in the making, and discussed the labour of love which eventually brought it to, if not the big...

Duration: 00:38:12


Really Awful Movies: Ep 180 – Rollerball

5/26/2017
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In a world...where a gruesome blood sport placates a docile public...That's the milieu of Rollerball, a Norman Jewison-directed, James Caan-starring 70s dystopian hit. Houston is the best team on the planet, led by crafty veteran uh, "rollerballer" Jonathan E (played by Caan). Globalism is the order of the day, and the New World Order includes corporations ruling the world. And corporate interests fund this sport, which is an odd hybrid of roller derby, baseball, football, basketball,...

Duration: 00:41:29

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