Remember that old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure", well that couldn't be any truer than in the genre of horror. Films like "Citizen Kane", "The Godfather", and "Ace Venture: Pet Detective" are universally recognized by most semi-intelligent life forms as being classics. This plateau can also be reached in horror and IMHO those films are highlighted in The Vault. But what about those films that fall a notch or two below these classics, shouldn't they be recognized and recommended. I think so, and that is why I am adding The Bathroom to the House of Horrors.

You will either love or hate the films found here. There is no middle ground with these gems. Here you will find other people's stink, but The Bathroom is more about taste, than smell. We that have some and you who don't (just kidding). In my opinion, these films are all great in their own little way. They may be gory, or funny, or totally off the wall, but all of them have thoroughly entertained me. I am proud to have each and everyone of them in either my laserdisc or video collection. Be warned, these are not classics, but still worthy of mentioning. So sit back with your favorite beverage and whatever else you need, and enjoy!!!!!

As always please e-mail me if you have anything you can add to this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.  

 

Child's Play

The movie begins as the police are chasing after known "Lakeshore Strangler"...Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). As the lead flies, Ray is mortally wounded and head off into a toy store to die. But not so fast, seems Charles has some unfinished business to take care of and with the help of a little voodoo he transfer his soul into Chucky, a "Good Guys" doll.

As the story continues, we meet Andy (Alex Vincent), a real "good guys" fanatic. I mean he wears the pajamas, watches the cartoon, and even eats the cereal. It is enough to make you sick in this day of commercialization of childhood fun. So it seems it's Andy's 6th birthday and he has his eye on getting the one thing he doesn't have...a "good guys" doll. After seeing the disappointment in her son's eyes, Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) buys her son a doll from a street peddler. Wonder what crazed serial killer inhabits this body of plastic???

Andy is so happy to get a new friend, but little does he know what lies ahead of him as Chucky begins to hack his way through every grown-up that gets in his way, as he tries to transfer his soul into the first human he revealed his true identity to...Andy. The suspense builds as Andy is blamed for the deaths, because no one will believe him. The ending is very cool as this killer hones in on his ultimate freedom. One way or the other, he's getting out...or is??? Rent the film, but skip the sequels unless your are a masochist like me.

Child's Play

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1988

Wow, this film is a lot better than I originally remembered. Maybe my opinion on this film was soiled by its' follow-up sequels. Both "Child's Play 2" and "3" were terrible, but I kind of dug "Bride of Chucky" in this day of "Scream-esqe" tainted horror films. As a stand alone movie, "Child's Play" is as good as they come. Although it is not quite good enough to warrant  placement in The Vault that doesn't mean it should be overlooked for it value to the genre, thus it residence here in The Bathroom. It was directed by Tom Holland, who also brought us "Fright Night". The puppeteers were well ahead of their time when this film was made. We are also lucky that Barney and Teletubbies weren't popular when the first "Child's Play" was made. Could you imagine a little murderous purple dinosaur??? Although, Chucky didn't get lucky...we horror fans did when they decided to make "Child's Play"


Bad Taste

Well, it seems everyone in a little coastal village in New Zealand has disappeared. "The Bastards have Landed". So the Queen Mum sends out a call for the boys,  A.I.D.S. (The Astral Investigation and Defense Service), to help save the day. This elite fighting unit has taken on the duty to protect the Earth (and the Moon) from alien attack and serve as our last line of defense against the evil invaders from Nalic Nod. These invaders, lead by Lord Crump,  have stumbled upon the newest delicacy in the universe... humans meat pies. We are the big mac of their "fast food".

Join Derek (Peter Jackson), Ozzy, Frank, and Barry as they do battle with these extra-terrestrials to save the world in this laugh a minute gore-fest. Great low-budget effects done by Peter Jackson himself. This is the one that started it all for the Peter Jackson. This film almost reaches the lofty plains of exquisite execution found in the first features of Romero and Raimi.

Bad Taste

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[DeadAlive/Braindead]

1987

Hopefully, if anyone (Please listen Don May, Synapse Film) were to do a special edition of this on laserdisc or DVD, they should include a great documentary I saw on the "making of Bad Taste" (available from Blackest Heart as part of the Peter Jackson collection).

 

                                                          

Whoever said that "TV kills" couldn't be more on target than with this movie. A TV is mistakenly delivered to the house of a writer. Wow, a free TV!!!! I'd be happy too, but this is no ordinary TV. It only plays a zombies movie called, "Zombie Bloody Nightmare". That's even better, but not in this case. It seems that these zombies from TV land are dying to get out into the real world.

A teenage brother and sister (Rocky Duvall and Roxanna Augesen) move into their new family home while their parents are away. Hey, a new TV...oh no, but it is too late the zombies are already out and about to reek terror. As a sexy blonde (from inside the TV) tries to seduce the boy, the "garbage man" arrives on the screen kills the bimbo and warns the boy about the zombies. 

The Video Dead

This film is presently out-of-print in the U.S.

1986

As all hell begins to break loose, a Texas cowboy (Sam McClelland) arrives on the scene to do battle with the walking dead from some bad b-movie. Let kill us some zombies. Using a bow and arrows (not your normal zombie killing weapon, but the whole secret here is "convincing" the zombies that they are dead), and chainsaw the carnage begins. The low-budget effects are extremely effective.  The zombies are cool. The story line is pretty solid and entertaining. This is an awesome zombie that hardly anyway really know about. If you love zombies, you must search out this title.

 

 

Get the salt....it is our only defense!!!!! Just another cause of mother nature striking back against man for his destruction the environment.   She even uses his own tools of destruction (toxic waste) to cause these slugs to grow into giant carnivores man-eaters.

Mike Brady (Michael Garfield), no not Mr. Brady, the local health inspector begins investigating some strange deaths in the little town of Ashton. Through his investigation he finds out that Ashton has been built on a closed down toxic waste dump. With no help from the skeptical authorities, Brady heads down into the sewers for the ultimate battle with these slimy bastards and save the world from becoming slug wasteland.

Slugs

 
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1987

One of the coolest scenes occurs with a young couple is attacked in their bedroom and the slugs eat their skin off. An awesome effect!!!!! Great effects, horrible acting, but still an entertaining film.


 

 

The story begins when a comet crashes outside of town, but when people go out to investigate this phenomena they only find a circus tent. Great the circus is back in town.... wrong!!! This is no ordinary circus. You won't find any elephant rides, flying ladies on trapeze, or cotton candy, well not the kind you are accustomed to. Just a bunch of cannibalistic alien freaks (see Bad Taste above) disguised as clowns stocking up their fridge.

Watch out as the cotton candy and popcorn flies. Your favorite treats will kill you fast them you can say "circus midgets". These Bozo wannabes will bag you up in a cocoon and take you home to momma for a late night snack. The Klown make-up was very well done and added greatly to the atmosphere of the film. 

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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1988

Beckoning back to the sci-fi/horror classic of the 50's comes "Killer Klowns from Outer Space". The success of this film lies in it balance between sci-fi, horror, and gut-wrenching comedy. Although this film was very comical, it had some really dark moments (i.e. the police dummy) Beware of the circus, but get this movie. You will love it. 

 

 


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