I’ve been putting off revisiting the Friday The 13th series for ages because I had memories of the first one being boring and pretty shit. The horrible cover art didn’t help. But I finally decided the time was right and as it turned out, it wasn’t so bad. Actually, much better than I remembered. Some of the kills were pretty brutal. The axe to the face in the showers would have to be the highlight.
What’s up with Kevin Bacon’s dick?
aka Stage Fright
This started out great and looked like it had real potential (the bottle landing on the kid’s head was hilarious) but once the other plot elements got introduced it wasn’t as captivating for me. It was still funny, a weird slapstick-esque comedy but just not as good as I was hoping it would be. Maybe, 6 or 7 beans. 6.5, I guess.
Note, May 2014: Years ago, I read a review of this movie on badmovies.org, and downloaded one of the sound clips. It was hilarious, and ever since I had wanted to see the full film. Well, one fateful day in August 2006, I stumbled across a DVD copy of it at Video Ezy in Lilydale. I could’t say no. It then sat on my shelf, then made its way into a box, then back onto my shelf at my own place, where it gradually gathered dust until finally I put it on. And, well… yeah, it’s a bad movie alright. Slow, boring, uninteresting… but, it was all worth it to see that classic line uttered on-screen.
“I am no messenger! But… I will give you a message. The message… of death!!”
Not bad.. I was kinda hoping for more gore. The story is that four young journalists go to make a doco on a primitive cannibal tribe, and then they go missing and some guy recovers the footage they filmed which shows what happened to them.
I watched a Making Of doco that was on disc 2 which was pretty interesting. Apparently people thought it was actually real footage of these ‘reporters’ dying and being eaten and the footage was seized and the film maker was facing jail. He had told the actors to go into hiding after the film’s release to make it seem like they really were killed, but that obviously backfired on him, haha.
I haven’t watched Cannibal Ferox in a while but from memory I liked that one better. 6.5/10 beans.