August 7th, 2014


Friends, it’s finally here. My first collection of movie reviews, The Best (and Worst) of the Video Vacuum has arrived! As the title implies, it contains some of my best (and some of my worst) reviews. Chapters focus on everything from Topless Kickboxing movies to Women in Prison films to Zombie flicks. As an added bonus, I’ve included several all-new reviews that you won’t find anywhere else. Ever wanted to know my thoughts on Robocop 2? How about Godzilla (2014)? Or Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout? Well, they’re all here, including a dozen more brand-spanking new reviews!

And not only does the book feature some new reviews by yours truly, it also contains an introduction written by none other than Jim (Return of Swamp Thing, Not of This Earth, Chopping Mall, many more) Wynorski!

There’s a couple ways to get your hands on this sucker.

First, you can pick up your copy direct from the publisher here:

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This book has been a real labor of love. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me all know what you think!

And while I’ve got you all here, I’d like to take this time to announce my second book: The Video Vacuum’s Unexpendable Guide to Action Movie Icons. Each chapter will spotlight a different action movie icon (featuring Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Lundgren, you name it,) Like The Best (and Worst) of the Video Vacuum, it will be about 70% old reviews and 30% new material. While the book is still in the early stages, I’m confident enough to announce that it will be out in time for Christmas.


Well, Killer Nerd wasn’t all that great, but it was at least watchable. I mean, it had a few genuinely humorous moments where I laughed out loud. This crummy sequel can’t even manage any unintentional laughs.

Harold Kunkle (Toby Radloff) is now working in an office where he has to deal with more uncomfortable social situations. To make matters worse, he’s haunted by the ghosts of his previous victims. Meanwhile, a nerdy student named Thelma (Heidi Lohr) is perpetually being picked on by her fellow classmates. They make fun of her so much that she’s almost to the point of committing suicide. When she meets Harold (at church, no less), it’s love at first sight. One night, the couple gets invited to a big party where they become the butt of Thelma’s tormentors’ cruel jokes. They then vow revenge and set out on murdering everyone who picked on them.

The first film had a handful of memorable performances by its amateurish cast. They weren’t great by any means, but they delivered their lines with a certain amount of gusto. The cast in this outing makes the players in the original flick look Shakespearian by comparison. Even Radloff, who was OK in the first film, is extremely stilted this time around.

It feels like the scenes of the killer couple’s courtship were kind of rushed through in order to get to the murders. I could’ve lived with that, especially if the movie actually delivered in the gore department. Once the Bride of Killer Nerd dons her Joker-like get-up (she actually looks pretty cool) and starts offing people, the whole thing stops on a dime though. Even the gore scenes are lackluster. By the time it gets to its SECOND Psycho rip-off shower scene, you just sort of shake your head and start wishing for the end credits. You know you’re in trouble when you’re watching the counter on your VCR more than the actual movie itself.