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Really Awful Movies: Ep 270 – Pet Sematary original and remake



In this installment of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, the hosts do a side-by-side comparison of these two indelible horror genre films, the 1989 vs the 2019 Pet Sematary. So, what’s the fuss all about?

The original, while not a runaway hit, has its backers as well as detractors. While the remake has a whole slew of detractors. Perhaps it’ll take a while for people to warm to it, but that’s unlikely.

The story is familiar to most: a cat is run over on a New England highway. And the father, along with a neighbor accomplice, buries the thing only to have it return.

The characters are terrific, as well they should be. After all, Stephen King wrote the source novel (and King even wrote the screenplay to the 1989 original).

While many of us are sick to death of cat scares, we will make an exception here with Pet Sematary (both films). Church the cat (derived from Sir Winston Churchill) is a bona fide animal star. Even if the movie built around him, is more of an asteroid than a sun.

Still, as is the ethos of our podcast, we celebrate as much as we criticize. We hope we were being fair to Pet Sematary, both versions.

If you haven’t seen either, do so. And definitely rock out to the stand-out Ramones song of the same name. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be glad to listen (we hope) to the Really Awful Movies Podcast.


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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