Category Archives: Low budget movies of the week

Snowbeast



snowbeastposterFor some, the phrase “made-for-TV movie” is synonymous with crap. Those people are what we might call…”correct.” However, much like a basketball whipped overhand from half-court, there is the occasional one that connects and scores. Snowbeast, is not one of those. Duel is one of those.

However, we are talking Snowbeast, an abominable Yeti creature feature featuring none other than the hulking Bo Svenson (not playing the creature).

This 1977 production has a pretty game cast, but also some really odd romantic sub-plotting that our listeners will definitely get a kick out of.

The plot couldn’t be any more simple: a monster is attacking skiers in a Colorado resort town. And it’s up to the resourceful townsfolk to, uh, cover it up…and then do something about it when it gets to the point where they finally do a cost / benefit analysis and realize dozens of deaths aren’t good for local tourism.

It’s Jaws, on the slopes. Join us!

 

 


Really Awful Movies: Ep 130 – Crap of the Week: The Last Dragon and Wrong Turn



On this episode of the podcast, our segment, CRAP OF THE WEEK where we spring movies on one another, unplanned and unencumbered by pesky research.

First up, who knew Motown was involved in film production? Barry Gordy was the man behind the scenes for the bizarre The Last Dragon.

Directed by Michael Schultz (Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Cooley High), this martial arts exploitation musical came out in 1985 and stars Taimak and Vanity, two one-named stars a la Cher or Adele, except not famous.

Set in The Big Apple, the movie follows a martial artist named Leroy Green (a/k/a Bruce Leroy), who has dreams of becoming an iconic martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee.

Another martial artist, competitor Sho’nuff (!) sees Leroy as the only obstacle to being the true master of martial arts.

Not surprisingly, this received a critical drubbing. Were they right?

Listen for yourself!

Part II of this discussion features the largely forgettable but well-executed flick Wrong Turn, which has, for some reason, generated numerous sequels.

It’s a typical lost-in-the-woods slasher flick, unique in that Hamilton, Ontario substitutes for the wilds of West Virginia.

Desmond Harrington (Quinn from Dexter) is a doctor who gets in a car accident and finds himself stranded in the backwoods with some cyclists whose vehicle has been disabled. Unfortunately, the woods are inhabited by cannibal inbred hillbilly psychopaths!

Eliza Dushku and Emmanuelle Chriqui co-star.