Running Commentary Review #1: Jack-O

So I had this idea, since we review a lot of crap on the Splattercast and in our online reviews, that it might be fun to do a “Running Commentary” every now and then. Basically, in order to keep me sane, I’m going to do these sorts of reviews every time I’m watching some throwaway junk via my Netflix instant viewing queue. This idea originally came from reading some of the online running commentaries during awards shows like the Oscar’s, so I figured, why not try it with some movies every now and then? Jack-O will be my first attempt. I’m watching this because Jeff and Paul had some nice comments about the film on Splattercast 80. I don’t know how this is going to turn out, as it is a completely new thing I’m trying, but hopefully it will be fun and give you all an idea of the lunacy in these films as well as be humorous. I’ll update as interesting things come to my attention. One word of note, I just remembered I wanted to do this so I’m actually starting this commentary 23 minutes into the film. And away we go….

23min: Linnea Quigley rubs her asscrack and her breasts while taking a shower. She looks like she’s really enjoying it.

25min: ACK! The wife has a total case of Reche Caldwell Eyes!

26min: “If she were a dog, I’d have her spade”

30min: mental note- if a man with a pumpkin for a head charges me, hold up a makeshift wooden cross and hit his ass with a scythe

31min: John Carradine stock footage alert! I wish I had DVD commentary to find out what movie the footage is from…if anyone knows, e-mail me.

33min: Carradine from a different movie resurrects Jack-O who proceeds to use his scythe on 2 necks and 1 face. He also gets this rad back lighting and fog that accompanies him everywhere he goes. Totally rad.

37min: Reche Caldwell Eyes!

40min: Cameron Mitchell sighting. You may remember him as Vance in The Toolbox Murders (1978)

42min: Brinke Stevens sighting. She’s playing an actress in a film they are watching on TV called “The Coven”

44min: Ok, the rich conservative couple who hate trick or treaters (“You want something from me, you pay for it!…Little Parasites”) are awesome.

48min: For the love of god woman, enough with the Reche Caldwell Eyes!

49min: This movie just taught me that since I’m a “bleeding heart liberal”, I am stealing Jeff’s air.

51min: It took nearly 20 minutes, but we finally have another death scene. Scythe to the belly crosscut with images of toast being cut up. How very Godardian.

53min: Death by toaster. Somebody remind me to slap Jeff the next time I see him.

56min: BOOBS!

59min: Earlier in the film, they mentioned that Jack-O takes peoples eyes. Before this movie is over I better see him rip the eyes out of the wife’s head. Is this chick a BEM, or something?

65min: Death by decapitation!

67min: Characters are dropping like flies now. Neck slice combined with extreme closeup of blurry Jack-O head and a beagle. Why is it taking so long for this movie to end? And why does Jack-O feel the need to walk up to people menacingly yet not kill them? He always walks away and waits another 10 minutes before offing anybody. It’s stupid.

72min: The family prophecy says only the 5th male descendant after the original destroyer of Jack-O can re-kill Jack-O. Somebody remind me to punch Jeff the next time I see him.

78min: Scythe to the gut!

80min: Jack-O blows up…or something like that. I was under the impression that it was the little kid who was the 5th male descendant, however it is his father that shoves Jack-O onto the wooden cross?

84min: The End. Video credit montage. Rebecca Wicks and her Reche Caldwell Eyes didn’t die and now I’m angry. This movie can go to hell.

Movies You Haven’t Seen but Should #1: The Spirit of the Beehive

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) d. Victor Erice

What’s it about?:The setting is a sleepy village in rural Spain around 1940, just after the conclusion of the Spanish civil war. The rural community is incredibly isolated and resembles medieval life in the peoples’ use of horse drawn carriages, oxen, and crumbling brick buildings. One of the most anticipated community events is the weekly screening of a movie, which is brought in by a couple of entrepreneurs for a screening before they head on to the next village. Two sisters end up seeing James Whale’s Frankenstein, causing the younger of the two to embark on a search for the Monster’s spirit, which she finds in the person of a young soldier who has deserted the army. In the meantime, her father (a beekeeper) and mother must come to terms with their lost dreams, the banality of life, and their lost love for each other.

Thoughts: Using Frankenstein as a metaphor for life and death, both literal and emotional, Spirit of the Beehive uses James Whale’s film as a reflection on childhood innocence, imagination, and dreams. The adults of the film are stuck in a bee like repetition of life (the father’s job as a beekeeper and his honeycomb-esque glass windows emphasize this) that they can never escape and thus have grown a part from each other. The children, particularly Ana, search out the Monster in hopes of connecting with a kindred spirit and as a substitute for the emotional separation from their parents. The entire film is shot as if it were a dream. It doesn’t follow any traditional narrative and requires the viewer to figure out the symbolism and structure for themselves. The last act of the film, in which Ana comes face to face with the Monster and the possible implication of the films final shot is incredible. A non-horror film that should be of extreme interest to horror fans, if that makes sense.

Splattercast 80: The Linnea Quigley Special

Episode 80 is now up

A very happy birthday to Ms. Quigley who has now graced us with half a century on this earth! She’s older than our moms!

In this episode we happily invite Splattercast listener Paul in as a co-host for winning the Splatterpiece Theatre segment. Like the ungracious hosts we are, we talk so much that he barely gets a word in edgewise. Sorry Paul! We also pimp our listener Stuart’s band Black Helium and play his latest single “Consumed With Doom”, click the link to check em out! After that, we delve into the oeuvre of Linnea Quigley with reviews of Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and Jack-O while Deejay magically appears about half-way through the cast to tell us what he’d like to do to a 50 year old woman.

Once again, thanks to Paul for putting up with our unprepared shenanigans and for the kind words about TGH, it was fun!

Women of Horror #70: Linnea Quigley

in honor of tonight’s Linnea Quigley themed Splattercast, we give you…Linnea Quigley

some films: Silent Night Deadly Night (1984), The Return of the Living Dead (1985), Creepozoids (1987), Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Night of the Demons (1988), Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout (1990), and a zillion others.