Really Awful Movies: Ep 390 – This is Gwar

This week, a documentary turn: This is Gwar chronicles the three decades-long history of the infamous rock band, though countless iterations and many a rubber monster suit.

A Shudder exclusive, the movie is must-see material for fans of Some Kind of Monster, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, and This is Spinal Tap.

Truly inspirational filmmaking.

Subjects discussed in this episode:

  • “Gimmick” bands like Gwar, Alice Cooper and KISS, plus local novelty acts like White Cowbell Oklahoma, etc
  • The life of a touring band especially in an era of decreased prominence of music culturally and a plethora of entertainment options
  • Misconceptions about Gwar’s musicality
  • The band’s two seminal members and their influence on its direction
  • Tales of wanton self destruction
  • Disaffected art school brats and the connective thread through rock music and pop culture, with David Byrne, David Bowie and Seth MacFarlane,
  • and the excellent podcast, Your Favorite Band Sucks

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 389 – Summer Camp Nightmare

On today’s episode of the podcast, Summer Camp Nightmare. Don’t be fooled, folks. This is not a stalk-and-slash 80s horror.

In fact, it’s got smarts. There’s a wack of political/historical context, and it punches above its weight for what you’d expect from a small, largely overlooked film.

A bunch of counsellors in training (CITs) and the usual cadre of summer camp wimps, jocks, misfits and troublemakers, attend a summer camp. And after some time, the kids take umbrage with their overlords and turn the tables on ’em.

And bonus. Chuck Connors! The western star, and also the lead in Tourist Trap, plays the disciplinarian summer camp head.