Really Awful Movies: Ep 266 – Blair Witch

The original Blair Witch Project was a cultural juggernaut, an explosive hit right out of the gate and on a minuscule budget. The movie put found footage horror on the map, and the conceit has survived to this day in various guises – adopted by indie filmmakers because they’re incredibly cheap to produce compared with conventional film.

Blair Witch (2016) is  It is the third film in the series ignoring the events of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which is probably for the best as that one was a real piece of crap.

As for this one? Well, let’s say that Creep, Cannibal Holocaust excepting, there are few found footage flicks that we find compelling.

So, we come in prejudiced. But to give ourselves credit, we went in hoping for the very best. After all, what else can you really do?

A young man, James, and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Burkittsville, Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister, Heather. Many believe her disappearance 17 years earlier is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when two locals act as guides.

They set up camp, and then…things start to go haywire.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 35% based on 192 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. That’s probably being charitable.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 265 – Silent Rage

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we get back to our action roots with this, an oddball half action, half sci-fi horror flick, Silent Rage.

We get a prologue, that cheesy staple of 80s horror movies. In it, our antagonist Kirby, a pill-popping lunatic, grabs an axe and goes on a rampage.

Chuck Norris is a sheriff deputy in a small Texas town, who rushes in with backup, and singlehandedly stops the killer dead in his tracks. When Kirby gets loose, Norris’ deputy colleagues put a crap-load of lead into him. And the audience leaves him for dead. But where’s the body?

In this hick town, there’s a research hospital. And under its employ, some devious scientists who figure they’ve got someone who’s near-dead on whom they can test a mysterious serum. They inject Kirby and BAM! He springs back to life, mute (hence the “silent” part of the title). And he’s once again on the loose, murdering anyone in his path, and all this while wearing some weird jump suit.

Silent Rage is full of ass-kicking by Chuck, and of course this is a film with lots of slash and stalk horror elements. But what’s truly surprising is the biker element, the silly side-kick subplot, and also the ridiculous love montages. This is one cheesily enjoyable flick.

Tune in, as we certainly love our action movies. And this one has some whiz-bang bar fights and fisticuffs.