Really Awful Movies: Ep 258 – Death Ship

Death Ship is a disaster movie, and a horror film (and some would maybe insert the words “of a” between “disaster” and “movie”).

In our books, this one’s super-fun and we thought it’d make excellent podcast fodder solely because of the poster and the cast.

A mysterious rusty freighter is sailing the high seas. There’s a cruise ship in the distance, captained by Ashland (played by Airport’s George Kennedy, so you know something calamitous is afoot)

The freighter alters course, and starts to bear down on the liner, interrupting one of those captain’s dinner / passenger shindigs.

Despite actions so evasive you’d think Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump were behind them, the two vessels collide!!

The next day, there’s a dinghy floating about in the open ocean, and it includes a waterlogged captain, his first mate (played by the Colonel Troutman dude from Rambo) and some surviving passengers and the dude who was a love interest on the hit TV series, Fraser.

Soon, the stranded survivors drift into the mysterious ship, which has a boarding ladder hanging into the water. They hop aboard, thinking they’re saved, but that could not be further from the truth.

You see, the ship’s been totally abandoned and is just drifting around as if it’s been possessed by some nefarious spirit. Spoiler alert: It friggin’ has.

Jeez, the Golden Era of horror, roughly speaking, was so much bloody fun. And even though Death Ship is as far removed from the likes of Friday the 13th or Halloween as you can get, it still manages to succeed because like those films, there’s a solid understanding that place matters. And this ship provides so much incredible atmosphere.

Is Death Ship (1980) a classic for the ages? Undoubtedly not, but it’s a warm blanket of nostalgia amidst choppy  seas.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 257 – You

On this special episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we delve into a Netflix series that’s making waves: YOU. Guess you could say, this episode’s all about you.

Joe is a bookstore manager in Midtown Manhattan. He becomes obsessed with a budding writer and MFA student, Guinevere Beck, aka Beck.

The two of them quasi hit it off at his place of work, before things take a more sinister turn. Soon, Joe is lurking about outside Beck’s (it should be said) palatial student housing accommodations. He peers through her window to observe the comings and goings (and especially coming!) Meanwhile, the internal monologue inside his skull tells him everything he thinks he knows about the apple of his eye, the object of his affections/obsessions.

Gradually, You reveals Beck’s entourage of friends, a veritable Sex and the City assemblage (minus the professionalism and successes), a group bursting with Me-monkey Insta-solipsism. Joe, as the trailer says, believes she has the wrong group of friends and a liaison with him will go a long way to fixing that.

Then the Netflix series sets up that class in-group out-group dynamic of the friends with the new boyfriend. Given that he’s a cerebral reader and they’re consumerist bobble-heads, they’re unlikely to see eye to eye.

You was a Lifetime show, and now it’s being sold as a Netflix Original. It has that Lifetime romance-flick-of-the-week glossy sheen, but to their credit, they do the best to depict NYC life (to the best of their abilities and budget, although we hear that the show is being moved to California for tax reasons).

Anyway, on this episode we blaze through 10 episodes of You (Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell star) in under an hour.

This is a show that’s cheap, trashy, brainless fun. So that’s pretty much right up our alley, right, champions as we are of genre/transgressive cinema. Join us, folks.

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