July 22nd, 2008

FORBIDDEN ZONE (1980) **

I’ve already reviewed this flick before, but seeing how Legend Films was kind enough to send me the all new colorized version of the film, I felt compelled to check it out.  Normally, I can’t stand to see a colorized movie, but Forbidden Zone is so goddamned weird I thought that seeing it in color couldn’t possibly hurt. 

 

Well it doesn’t make any more sense now that it’s in color, but it definitely is a neat alternative. 

 

The film always resembled a black and white acid trip version of a Max Fleischer cartoon, now it just seems like a colorized acid trip version of a Max Fleischer cartoon.  There’s still the same amount of frog men, bizarro musical numbers, Monty Python style animation, and frantic dry humping, except now it’s all in color. 

 

I don’t know, I never “got” this film.  (I’m not even sure if there’s anything to “get" about it.)  If it didn’t try so damn hard to be a cult item, it may have worked, but for me, it’s just weirdness for weirdness sakes.  However, if you’ve always wanted to see Herve (Fantasy Island) Villechaize and Susan (Angel) Tyrrell as the King and Queen of the sixth dimension, then this is your chance!  Easily the best thing about the flick is the awesome theme song by Oingo Boingo (frontman Danny Elfman also appears; which figures because his brother directed it). 

 

Forbidden Zone is on DVD for the first time in vibrant color from the good folks at Legend Films.  To get your copy today, head on over to www.legendfilms.net.  

GINGERDEAD MAN 2: PASSION OF THE CRUST (2008) ** ½

The first Gingerdead Man was a funny if uneven variation on the Christmas horror classic Jack Frost; except instead of a killer snowman, it was all about a homicidal gingerbread man cookie.  (With the voice of Gary Busey of all people!)  This sequel drops the Christmas theme and is more like a low budget horror version of The Player as it takes place on a movie set and features cameos by several B Movie veterans. 

 

Like the first movie, this flick has a brief running time that’s padded with tons of filler.  There’s a recap of the first movie and an excellent opening credit sequence that features some awesome old school horror movie posters and fake Joan Jett music.  The humor is a little bit more consistent than the first movie and features a pretty hilarious gag about a terminally ill kid from a Grant-A-Wish style foundation called “Over the Rainbow”.

 

Most of the kills are of the stab, then make a bad pun variety; but there is at least one memorably nutty death scene involving a gay guy getting a red hot curling iron shoved up his ass.  Since the film takes place almost entirely on a horror movie set, the filmmakers saved a lot of money by just using a cheap existing set.  (They also didn’t have to worry about paying Gary Busey this time out, so that saved them some more scratch.)  There are also cameos from directors such as John Carl (Troll) Buechler, Adam (Hatchet) Green, and David (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama) De Couteau, but the only real “name” star is 80’s scream queen Michelle Bauer (who has aged gracefully enough). 

 

Naturally, the killer cookie monster gets the best line of the film when he aptly ponders, “Who writes this shit?”