Category Archives: Low budget movies of the week

Really Awful Movies: Ep 357 – Paganini Horror

On this week’s episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, not enough sax and violins together, but plenty of the latter, as we visit Italian horror and Paganini Horror.

The plot revolves around a failing female rock band, whose manager is beside herself about their inability to drum up, so to speak, a hit. Desperate, she solicits a strange piece of music, via the group’s producer called Le Streghe, aka, The Witches.

It’s a long lost piece by the eponymous and infamous in some circles, Italian composer and musician, Niccolo Paganini.

Paganini, like Robert Johnson much later, apparently sold his soul to the devil in order to totally shred on his instrument. Ah, the classic Faustian bargain horror. Join us. Grab your bow, rosin it up, and play along with.

Is this movie a Stradivarius, or is more of a cheap dime-store fiddle? You tell us!

Really Awful Movies: Ep 353 – Superhost

On today’s edition of the Really Awful Movies podcast, the Shudder-produced low budget, Superhost.

Superhost refers to a duo, Claire and Teddy, who are travel vloggers who occupy an Air BnB style sprawling home, a quid pro quo arrangement in exchange for a very positive review of the rental property.

Soon, they find out their host is not so super…

In today’s episode:

  • the travel vlogging phenomenon and the explosion of YouTube travel content
  • a rundown of some of the more popular travel vlogger channels, including Kara and Nate, NFKRZ, Bald and Bankrupt, Wolters World and Downie Live.
  • the use of first person POV/found footage and its effectiveness as a conceit in horror films
  • female antagonists in horror and how/where Rebecca from this film (pictured, right) compares with some of the all-time greats
  • protracted lockdowns and the need to cocoon
  • surveillance and accommodation horrors like, Psycho, 13 Cameras and The Rental