Category Archives: Musicals

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 279 – Little Shop of Horrors

A casting director’s dream of a movie, Little Shop of Horrors features Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, John Candy, and Christopher Guest.

It’s a creature feature with songs, but in this case…the creature in question is a plant, the incomparable Venus Fly Trap, Audrey II.

This is a fun one, with a showstopping scene involving a sadistic dentist (is there any other kind?)

During production, director Oz shot a lengthy ending based on the off-Broadway musical on which this 1986 production is based. However, after test audiences did not react positively to it, the ending had to be rewritten and re-shot for the theatrical release with a happier, cloyingly romantic ending. We obviously prefer the carnage.

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we talk about pharmaceuticals, musicals, fear of dentists, horticulture, and the legacy of the late, great John Candy.