Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tales from the Crypt - "And All Through The House" - Robert Zemeckis

I remember watching this when I was a little kid an absolutely being terrified. Resident creep, and great actor Larry Drake plays one the creepiest Santa's I've ever seen, and in just 22 minutes, scarred a young 6 year old Jake. Even watching it now, I can remember just running into my room and hating Santa, but of course, I got over it, and starting watching the grossest horror films imaginable (still, pretty creepy coming from the guy who brought us the Back to the Future movies, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Thanks to the internet, someone posted the whole thing on youtube for all of us to enjoy. Let me know what you think!

Repugnant Review: Black Christmas (1974) - Bob Clark

Everyone I've ever asked when it came to watching classic holiday horror films, always told me to watch the original Black Christmas. This one has eluded me for years, not because I couldn't find a copy of it, but mostly due to the fact that I was turned off by the remake. But that was teenaged Jake, the young ignorant pleb of a horror fan, and to make up for it, I finally took the opportunity to make it a part of my Repugnant Christmas marathon. Directed by Bob Clark, written by Roy Moore, and starring the beautiful Olivia Hussey, this movie has been a cult hit amongst horror fans for 42 years. I'm almost ashamed for putting this on the back burner, because this was actually a very good movie!

To make up a small a synopsis for the film: A group of sorority girls are stalked and murdered by a deranged psychopath that's been hiding in the attic of the house on Christmas break. Yup, a nut job escaped the nut house, snuck into the sorority house (later you find that he used to live in the house), and calls the women in the house, leaving creepy messages and eventually killing them. It's definitely more atmospheric than an all out slasher fest, almost like John Carpenter's Halloween mixed with a classic giallo movie. I'd consider myself a gore hound, but with the lack of blood, came a great story, great performances, and a truly creepy setting for any horror fan to love. Olivia Hussey was fantastic, and how could I forget the great John Saxon (Nightmare on Elm Street), he was just too cool, and their is a scene in there where he and his cop buds laugh about another member of the force for not knowing what "fellatio" was. It was played out perfectly, and I even laughed. This also had a very cool twist ending that really leaves you hanging, but I'd hate to spoil it for you. Only dicks and wikipedia are good for that.

I honestly really enjoyed this, and now I got to say that it'll be apart of my Repugnant Christmas marathon for future years to come. If you weren't swayed by the remake that came out 10 years ago, give this a watch. It was like a breath of fresh air compared with the blood soaked remake, and it just further proves that you don't need 100 gallons of gore to make a fun and interesting horror movie (SHAME ON MY TEENAGED SELF). Let me know what you think!

HE KNOWS WHEN YOU ARE SLEEPING, HE KNOWS WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Repugnant Review: Santa's Slay (2005) - David Steiman

Would could be more compelling than watching a Christmas themed horror movie where wrestler Goldberg plays a murderous Santa? NOTHING. This Christmas slasher was one of the holiday horror movies I actually enjoyed. Santa's Slay has a very interesting take on the Santa Clause story, where Santa is actually a demon who caused havoc all about the land. An Angel shows up, and makes a bet with Santa that if he could push a rock close to the edge of his fishing hole, he could stay evil, but if he loses, he must be good for a thousand years, and spread joy to the children of the world. Santa ultimately loses this bet, and must become the Santa we all know and love. One thousand years later, Santa goes back to his demonic ways and begins to reign hell and torment across the world. It's up to Nick, Mary, and Nick's weird Grandfather to stop Santa before he kills more people on Christmas. Absolutely insane.

I really liked this movie, and it hooks you in with the hilarious, yet brutal introduction to Santa murdering a family with Christmas related weapons, and Goldberg's brute strength. There was nothing funnier than seeing Santa brutally kill Fran Drescher, Chris Kattan, and Rebecca Gayheart in that opening sequence. It was funny as it was violent, and I couldn't stop watching. Even Santa's demonic buffalo/reindeer was bad ass. Lots of great practical effects and action. I was also really impressed with Santa's suit, which had that classic folky/Scandinavian style. Everything was pretty top notch, and I though Goldberg absolutely kicked ass playing Santa. The acting was overall pretty decent, and I really can't find a flaw with the film. Some people might take notice to the bad CGI job on Santa's sleigh when it shows him flying around, but for me it was easy to over look. I highly recommend this movie, and if you find it cheap online, buy it.

Let me know what you think, and more Christmas review to come!

DRINK UP!

Repugnant Review: A Cadaver Christmas (2011) - Joe Zerull

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, MERRY KWANZA, WHAT THE FUCK EVER. Welcome back to the Repugnant Playhouse for some gore soaked holiday reviews. I was pretty surprised at all of the Christmas horror films out there, and since I've only seen a couple in my life, I figured it was about time to branch out into this joyous and murderous genre. The first on my list happened to be the holiday themed zombie flick, A Cadaver Christmas. A college janitor teams up with a drunk, a suspended cop, and the college student/security guard to destroy zombies that a college professor unleashed inside the school. The movie is very reminiscent of classic zombie films, such as the Romero "Living Dead" series, but covered in Christmas lights, tinsel, and ornaments.

The acting was really silly and over the top, just like the script. The janitor was so intense with everyone, and I immediately disliked him as a character. The most annoying thing was that the janitor kept referring to the zombies as "cadavers", which never made sense to me. It isn't till later he starts calling them zombies, because you know, cadavers are just dead people, and zombies are the ones that wake up from the dead and eat people. The professors little story and explanation on how the zombies came to be was pretty neat, and if they actually made a story based on that alone, I think I would of enjoyed it more. The worst part is that I don't think you would have known that this was a Christmas horror movie if it wasn't for the fact that there were Christmas decorations everywhere, oh, and the name of the movie. Other than that, it's a typical Zombie movie with a goofy cast and cheap effects. The movie as a whole isn't that bad, I did enjoy some scenes, but to call this an all out Christmas Zombie movie is just asinine. I would definitely suggest this to someone who loves zombie flicks, and doesn't care about the plot and characters. Not a terrible movie, but it's just not for me.

Let me know what you think!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jake's Top 5 Favorite Stoner Horror Movies

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, I figured it would be a great time to get legally stoned and watch some of my favorite pot related horror movies. There are a ton to choose from, but these select few really stick out to me. Let's get ripped and check out some of what I think are the greatest, and funniest, stoner horror films.

1. EVIL BONG

I know I know... "No shit", but a lot of people who are into the horror/comedy genre that I know, have never watched it. You've definitely got to be in a certain mindset to watch a Full Moon Feature film, considering the movies they put out (Puppet Master, Killjoy, Demonic Toys), but I love them all, and Evil Bong is no exception. Their is something awesome about an evil bong that kills you in your dreams, trapping your soul inside. It lacks in the gore department, but all of the bone-headed, stereotyped stoner humor makes up for it, with a good cast, witty and funny story, and great special appearances by Bill Moseley and Tommy Chong.

2. IDLE HANDS

The 90's was almost the downfall of mainstream horror, except for Scream, but the 90's ended wonderfully with the release of the horror/comedy Idle Hands. Teenaged slacker and stoner, Anton (played by Devon Sawa), who's hand becomes possessed and begins killing everyone around him. Although it made a meager four million to it's twenty five million, it was one of the decades best horror films. It's slapstick horror at it's finest, with amazing practical effects, ridiculously great dark humor, and it's very reminiscent of Evil Dead 2, down to the possessed severed hand and all. My favorite characters had to be Mick and Pnub (played by Seth Green and Elden Henson), the goofy stoner duo who are friends with Anton. They fall victim to the Idle Hand in a gory, yet hilarious fashion, and they become resurrected as pot loving zombies who try to help their friend capture his demonic hand. Too fucking funny.

3. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DORKS

This is probably the best zombie/comedy in recent years, and hell of a lot funnier than anything this country puts out (Do we really need a Zombieland 2?). This German comedy follows three high school losers who get blasted by the ashes of Hatian zombies during a ritual with other people from school. When they take off in their van, they get into an accident after cabin baking the car and slamming into a tree. Next thing they know, they wake up in a morgue, and then that's when they realize that they have turned into zombies. All is well for awhile, using there newfound zombie powers to torment their tormentors, prank classmates, and try and get chicks. Everything eventually goes to hell once their urges for human flesh starts kicking in, and with the help of the goths from the ritual, they try to find a cure in the Necronomicon. This was a really good movie, with a very funny and solid plot, great actors, and it just had that nice high school buddy movie vibe to it. The gore and special effects were as gross as they were silly, especially the scene where the main character loses his balls while trying to make out with the school hottie. Totally worth checking out.

4.CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH

Ahhhh yessss, TROMA. There's just something about young people smoking radioactive weed and turning into mutants that makes me all giddy inside. I've seen this movie a bunch of times, and it never gets old. Shit goes down in Tromaville after a school is plagued with radioactive waste that's turning its classmates in punk loving, pot smoking, CRETINS! Anything for that "Atomic High" I guess. Just like all of Troma's movies, they're hilarious, gory, and absolutely bonkers. This is a must for stoners, with it's killer action, kick ass monsters, and awesome soundtrack, your THC infused brains will be entertained from start to finish.

5. CABIN IN THE WOODS

A modern horror film, which is pretty rare for this blog, but the reason for this movie being on this list is mostly due to the character Marty, the silly, funny stoner character everyone wants to be. Hell, he even influenced a group of people to create their own Coffee Mug Bong and have it be available to the public. I knew I needed one after seeing it in the film. Other than that, I think what attracts stoners to this movie, is it's stylized action, and the twists that follow during the climax of the movie. For a stoner, finding out that the Cabin was a simulation only used to sacrifice teens to Ancient Gods was pretty mind-blowing. I don't think most people were expecting it, and that's where it got the stoners. I know after I got stoned and watched it, I couldn't even believe what was happening, and every time I tried to predict what was going to happen next, it shifts and destroys everything I've been trying to predict. An absolutely great mind bender for anyone stoned enough to watch it.

I really hope you like these suggestions, I know I did. Let me know what you think, and let me know if there are other stoner/horror films I should check out for the future.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Take a Load Off, Baby" (1995) - David Donar

A beautiful depiction of early childhood in Webster, Ma.

Repugnant Review: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) - Lloyd Kaufman

Do you have certain movies you watch several times a year, and never get bored with? Poultrygeist if definitely at the top of my list, and it's even become a Thanksgiving ritual for my friends and I. Directed and written by Lloyd Kaufman, and co-written by Gabe Friedman and Daniel Bova, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead is an outrageous comedic horror musical, packed to the gills with enough blood, gore, and politically incorrect humor to cause a riot at both whiny college campuses, and grindhouse theaters. This movie doesn't shy away from anything, making you laugh and gag at every single scene you see. I've seen this a thousand times, so I could talk about how much I love everything about this movie, but I'll go into some of my favorite aspects of the film in great detail. This movie does not disappoint.

Poultrygeist follows a fast food themed cast of characters who work in a military themed restaurant called American Chicken Bunker, which happened to be built on top of the Ancient Troma-Hawk Burial Ground. The uncooked carcasses of the dead chickens are possessed by the angry souls of Native Americans, and begin to kill, and possess, all those who work, and eat there. It's a pretty incredible concept, and one of the coolest things about Troma films, is the political and environmental messages in their films. Lloyd practically takes a dig at everyone in this film, by calling out the unfair and disgusting work practices in fast food franchises, mega-conglomerates killing small businesses with cheap practices, the displacement of Native American land by corporations for profit, and the last one is even more relevant now, considering all the trouble happening at Standing Rock this year. Not only does he depict the right as fear mongering tyrants, he definitely picks on the left quite a bit, mostly by calling out trust-fund college protesters for being hypocrites and not really doing much to help anything. Not a whole lot of film-makers do that now-a-days, with most of Hollywood pushing their own ideologies on the world, both overwhelmingly liberal, and... uhhh, Clint Eastwood picking up the conservative rear. I personally lean towards the left, but the fact there are people like Lloyd Kaufman in the world, poking fun at both sides, is just wonderful. That is my favorite thing in this movie, and practically everything else he has written and directed.

With the success of The Toxic Avenger: The Musical, do you think we'll ever see a theater adaptation of Poultrygeist? With it's witty and satirical songs against fast food, and major corporations, I think it would be smash hit, and relatable in todays society. It's very reminiscent of another well known Troma musical, Cannibal! The Musical, by Trey Parker. The songs are catchy, well constructed, and absolutely hilarious. Even writing this now, all I can hear is "When I rolled out of bed today, little did I know Wendy was gay...", and so on. I could see this up there with The Book of Mormon, and I'm going to be surprised if this never gets any kind of theater adaptation.

Other than the movie itself, I absolutely love the documentary that comes with the DVD and Blu-ray. Poultry in Motion captures all of the disfunction and frustration that comes with making a Troma movie. I thought Lloyd was going to have a stroke the entire time, seeing him lose his mind over everything and everyone. It's a hilarious, but also an insightful documentary, literally showing you the day to day life of an independent film-maker working on his next masterpiece. It gives you a behind look at every job on the film; make-up, lighting, sound, director of photography, set building, everything. I've watched it a few times, and it's something I love to watch when I want to get motivated to work on my projects, and I wouldn't be surprised if film school teachers have shown their students this. I would.

Lastly, thanks to Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma team for uploading these movies on to Youtube for free, so that anyone who wanted to get into Troma, can see the best of his work, including all of the other films Troma produced and released. I already own Poultrygeist on DVD and Blu-ray, but knowing I could watch these for free on the go is just the coolest, and if it weren't for this channel I wouldn't of watched a lot of what Troma offers in their catalog. I want you to please check this movie out, you won't be disappointed, especially if you're a gore-hound who has a fondness for chickens and Native Americans. I'll link the movie, and the documentary below. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Evil Dank": How to Crush a Human Head, CHEAP

Awhile back, my friend Ty, and I were trying to create a special effect for our short film, "The Mass Murder". The idea we came up with was myself, crushing his head with a sledgehammer. We had to figure out how to do this, because we've never really done "fancy" special effects before. Thanks to Lloyd Kaufman's books and films, I finally found out how to do this, and I spent less than $10 on the whole gag. It's cheap, it looks cheap, but check it out.

Here's what you need: A cantaloupe, red jello, generic fake blood, red food coloring, and tissue paper.

How to construct: Grab the cantaloupe and cut a hole into it, maybe 2 inch radius. Don't take the guts out, but soften them up and scoop them around a bit. Grab the jello, fake blood, and extra food coloring, and mix into a bowl until the jello is completely mushy. Pour the mixture into the cantaloupe, mix it around to get all of the fruit guts mixed in there. Cap it, add a wig, and fucking PRESTO. Time to crush it!

THE FINAL OUTCOME

Repugnant Review: Video Violence 1 and 2 (1987) - Gary P. Cohen

Another thanks to Ty, again, for letting me borrow his box-set of "The Basement", which comes with a VHS copy of "The Basement", and a 3 disc DVD set with the main film, and a few other "lost" super 8 horror films. Man, is this cool. The big box vhs cover is so nostalgic of those old Wizard Video big box cases. Even though the main movie is the bulk of this box set, a couple movies stood out. I'm talking about Video Violence 1 and 2, the gritty, gory, blood soaked super 8 films by Gary P. Cohen. How could you not check out these movies, just by name alone. "Video Violence"... imagine all the ridiculous possibilities. Video Violence follows a husband and wife who open up a video store in a small hick town. They come to find that all the locals prefer horror films and the occasional porno, but it gets really out of hand once the store starts finding unmarked tapes in the return bin, showing real people being killed by the deranged townsfolk. In Video Violence 2, two of the killers from the first film, Howard and Eli, starting there own TV show out of their basement. They basically just murder people on live TV, with other aspiring psychopaths sending in their own videos to be shown on the show. Very bizarre but very interesting scenarios. Everything a gore mongering camp fiend could ask for.

These movies are very reminiscent of Herschell Gordon Lewis' films, with it's dark humor, over the top gore, and less than spectacular acting, this basically hits the nail on the head as far as splatter movies go. Sure, the acting is bad, but isn't kind of supposed to be? I love that kind of stuff, and just because it's "bad", it's still entertaining. The killers were incredibly fun, and since I work in a video store, I had a fun connection to the main character. The plot for the first Video Violence is just great. A town full of horror fans who make their own snuff and terrorize the video store owners for being massive prudes. It's pretty damn hilarious. The deaths are absolutely over the top, but I enjoyed. Messy, blood splattered, gore-soaked greatness. Video Violence really pushes the comedy element much more than the first, and the blood and gore is turned up to fucking eleven. It's basically a horror/anthology type film, kind of like the V/H/S movie series today. Eli and Howard are incredibly entertaining, a couple of blood thirsty hicks going out of their way to please their fans.

Video Violence 1 and 2 are the perfect movies to watch on a Friday with a huge group of friends. You'll laugh, flinch, and cringe through these films and beg for more. So what I want you to do is pick up some drinks, pick up some weed, and order a fat fucking pizza, because you're going to have a blast chilling out and watching these ridiculous ass movies. Let me know what you think!

Repugnant Review: The Wizard of Gore (1970) - Herschell Gordon Lewis

Yesterday, one of my Amazon packages came in the mail, and I was excited to see that it was the one that contained my Herschell Gordon Lewis blu-rays! Maybe I was too excited, but I never actually owned physical copies of these movies. I would just watch the shittiest rips and bootlegs I'd find through friends and the internet, but then I saw that Something Weird Video finally put them out on blu-ray. Two blu-rays, five movies. Fucking amazing. I purchased "The Blood Trilogy" which featured "Blood Feast", "Color Me Blood Red", and "2000 Maniacs", The other is the "Blood Drenched Double Feature, which consisted of "The Wizard of Gore", and "The Gore Gore Girls". I've seen most of them, but I had to watch my favorite one before I went to bed. Out of all of them, I watched "The Wizard of Gore". I've seen several rips of this movie, including bad vhs copies, dvd rips, youtube, etc etc, and I was so pleased to see this some-what restored. It was like watching it with new eyes. "The Wizard of Gore" follows a Tv talk show hostess and her boyfriend investigate the great Montag the Magnificent, a magician who can control people with his mind, and use them in his onstage torture show. The women he tortures on stage may be fine after the initial act, but later, the strength of his magic leaves the women, and they die the same way they were tortured on stage. It's a very neat concept, and it really gives Herschell a better chance to get more shock out of gory ideas, especially with the several acts of gruesome torture that occurs in the film.

I've seen this several times, so I obviously enjoy the movie, but even though this is a fun splatter flick, it does have it's flaws (flaws that can be definitely overlooked). They're the typical flaws you'd see in most HGL movies; bad acting, over the top "bad" special effects, and probably the most noticeable is (this movie at least) the poor sound. Everything kind of sounded it was recorded on a little tape recorded, mic pops and everything. Sure, it's obviously a low budget feature, but I've seen zero budget movies with better sound. I think what I, and many other people find appealing in these kind of movies, is the scope of how gory and adventurous Herschell got with these scenes. You know it's fake, I mean, really fake, but it doesn't take away from the scene, and it still somewhat grosses you out, and makes you squirm in delight. These are just incredibly fun movies, and you're always waiting to see what happens next. Is that woman going to be cut in half with a chainsaw? punctured by a metal press? stabbed through the head with a railroad spike? Herschell Gordon Lewis' mind went to some entertaining and brutal extremes to make some of the most innovative and shocking horror films of all time, and we love him for it.

I bought these movies for about $14 a piece, not bad for two blu-rays featuring some of the best splatter movies ever made. I'll post the links to Something Weird, Amazon, and the trailer below. I highly suggest this movie, so if you do buy it and watch it, tell me what you think! I'd love some feedback!

BUY IT HERE ON AMAZON

SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Animation of Greg Ecklund: Lloyd's Lunchbox

Remember Lloyd's Lunchbox? I remember seeing clips of it back when I was 10 or 11, and I remember being completely mortified. Most of you probably remember clips of Lloyd's Lunchbox in the Korn video "Right Now", showing animations of an ugly man sneexing his brains out (literally), stabbing himself in the stomach, ripping his fingernails off, etc etc. Just some really sick shit. Little did we know is that those clips were from a set of small animated films by Greg Ecklund, and a few years ago I happened to come across a couple DVD's from Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. I only have two of them, but I think most of the Lloyd Lunchbox series are featured on these two. "How to Get Pronged" is probably the most disgusting one I've seen, but let me have you do the judging. Check out some of these shorts and let me know that you think.

Pissed that I couldn't find the 4th one, but here's the Korn video featuring Lloyd's Lunchbox.

Enjoy!

The Mass Murder - A Horror Short - Chris Latour, Tyler Aucoin

From early October to late November, I worked on and acted in a short horror film called THE MASS MURDER, a tale about two siblings who break into an abandoned lodge to hunt for the mysterious ghost of a psychopath who went postal there decades before. Directed by Chris Latour, Written by Tyler Aucoin, and starring Emily Cawley, Tyler Aucoin, and myself.

Enjoy!

My buddy Tyler also has his own horror blog, so check it out HERE

Repugnant Review: Feed (2005) - Brett Leonard

Feed plunges you into the deepest, darkest pits of fetish hell, shining light on one of the worlds weirdest and most unsettling fetishes to ever be created: FEEDERISM. Feederism is the act of obtaining sexual gratification by having your parter eat, and gain an obscene amount of weight. I've seen it many documentaries before. Usually a skinny guy stuffing Big Mac's down some 600 pound lady's gullet like a goddamn garbage disposal, getting off by the sight of her expanding flesh and weight gain. It's pretty fucked up, even for me, and Feed puts an even more disgusting spin on the subject. The movie follows a cybercrime detective (played by Patrick Thompson) trying to catch the mysterious sexual deviant (played by Alex O'Loughlin) after finding the "feederx" website, and fearing the women he feeds are in danger. It's a pretty solid set up, but what follows next is absolutely disturbing, especially once the detective finds out what the man does to his women...

Feed plays out more like a crime thriller other than just a straight up horror film, with incredible acting done by Patrick Thompson, and Alex O'Loughlin. I felt like crawling out of my seat when it came to the sexual feeder stuff, especially the scenes of the obese women, Diedre (played by Gabby Millgate), begging to eat, trying to reach her weight goals, and just the psychological hold this guy has on her. Deirdre is completely unaware of the danger she is in, which makes the whole situation even more unsettling. The power this man has over this women is extraordinary. Alex O'Loughlin is an absolute treat to watch. His sinister Hannibal Lecter like intellect, mixed with his psychopathic urge to commit these acts on desperate women... the guy is just devious. Absolutely sick. The tension between the detective and this fetishist is heavy, and my adrenaline was pumping every time they went at each other. The films twist absolutely sickened me, but I really don't want to spoil it. It's something that needs to be scene to believed because it is just that foul. Also, you ever wonder what the fat of obese women tastes like? Yeesh.

Like I said, this movie was an absolute thrill ride, making you squirm with just about every scene. Top notch acting, great filmmaking, and an absolutely fucked up plot made this a perfect sexploitative thriller. For awhile I thought the actress playing Diedre was an actual obese woman, making it all more believable, so kudos to the make up guys. If you're into crime thrillers/sexploitation/body horror, this is the movie for you. A perfect movie to show all of the fellas!

- Jake.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Repugnant Review: Bad Boy Bubby (1993) - Rolf de Heer

After quite the break for Thanksgiving and other festivities, I'm back at writing reviews. For the 1st of December, I'm reviewing something that I've always wanted to see, the Australian dark comedy, Bad Boy Bubby. This has been on my wish list for awhile now, and after spending a ton of money on movies recently, it's finally in my hands (thanks to Blue Underground). This movie stars Nicholas Hope, playing Bad Boy Bubby himself, and this has got to be one of the most deranged, funny, and thought provoking movies I've ever seen, especially for a movie with such subjects as murder, incest, and rape.

Bubby lives with his abusive mother in a shitty dark apartment. She suffocates him, sexually abuses him, and tells him that the outside world is full of poisonous gas, so he's been kept locked away since he's been a child. Bubby is only aware of what surrounds him, mostly repeating things his mom says and does. He's basically an adult with the mind of a child, sort of unaware to the harm of what his mother does to him, making all of the abuse seem normal. Everything gets worse when Bubby's estranged father comes back into the picture. Bubby eventually becomes jealous, and as his parents were sleeping, he wraps their faces in plastic wrap, killing them. This is when he makes his way to the outside world, adventuring into the unknown for the first time. The best part of this movie is the fact that Bubby is technically still a child. He's not necessarily a bad person, he just literally doesn't know any better. Bubby learns as he goes, and a lot of the time it just doesn't go his way. He gets in trouble with the law, goes to jail, and tries to figure out what the hell everything is about. His life gets turned around when he meets a rock band on the road, and eventually joins them as their lead singer. With the band, he embarks on a journey of self discovery and learns about the life he never had. It's incredibly touching actually, seeing this character come into his own after being locked up for his entire life.

Some of the sweeter scenes really happen towards the 3rd act, when Bubby is helping out at a special needs home and becomes intimate with a real disabled person. I don't say it much, but it was cute. Seeing two people, outsiders and freaks in their own right, have generally friendly emotions for each other. Bubby eventually falls in love with one of the nurses there, Angel, a cute curvy woman who lives with abusive, religious parents. It's an odd connection for sure, with Bubby being mentally off and all, but it's genuine. All Bubby needed was love, and by the end of this amazing feature, that's what he got. From being shackled and abused in an apartment for 30 years, to being in a kickass band, falling in love, and eventually having some sort of a normal life, it was a wonderful sight to see.

I totally get why some of the scenes in this movie might turn some people off, but it's necessary as to set up what kind of person Bubby is. Nicholas Hope's portrayal of this character was totally believable, and the change from how Bubby was in the beginning to what he becomes at the end is just extraordinary. You really saw this character change, and become his own person. If I knew Bubby, I would absolutely be his friend. Besides the great acting talent in this movie, the audio and cinematography were just incredible too. To record the dialogue in the movie, Rolf de Heer sewed in binaural microphones about both of his hears, so everything you hear in the movie, is what Bubby is literally hearing at the moment. The movie also used 31 different directors of photography up until the last 3rd of the movie, with each different scene being recorded by someone new to give the same feeling Bubby gets when he see's something new. Pretty fucking cool if you ask me. All in all, this movie was an absolute blast, disturbing as it is touching, and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a touching story with some hilarious and disturbing sequences.

- Jake

P.S. Am I the only one who thought Carmel Johnson (Angel) was kind of a babe?