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Really Awful Movies: Ep 388 – The Barge People and Daughters of Darkness

Two very different movies on the podcast this week. The first, is a low budget British horror called The Barge People. It’s about, of all things, creatures that lurk about near canals and torment canal boaters. Hey, there’s something for everyone in horror, apparently.

Two couples get together for a weekend getaway…floating down canals in the English countryside in what’s known as a narrow boat. Apparently, 8500 or so people in the UK have registered these vessels as permanent homes. Weird.

Anyway, things begin to go a bit awry, as this is, after all, a horror movie. A series of murders takes place nearby and adjacent to the canals the couples are travelling on. And they eventually encounter….well, look at this poster!

Daughters of Darkness, by contrast, is a brooding, slow burn, vampire flick that’s set in Belgium. It’s very um…deliberately paced, but also visually very appealing.

Stefan Chilton, raised in the US, is the scion of an upper crust aristocratic British family.

He is traveling with his newly-wed wife, Valerie, through Europe and by all accounts is having a great old time.

The couple check into a grand hotel on the Belgian seaside, intending to catch the cross-channel ferry to England, where Stefan’s mother lives. As it’s off-season, the hotel is empty.  At nightfall, however, a mysterious Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory, arrives, driven by her “secretary,” Ilona.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 382 – Censor

On this episode of the podcast, a British Film Board Classification censor gets caught up in the work of an exploitation director.

Here we are with Censor, a period piece set in 1980s London, during the peak of moral panic and the world of Video Nasties, so dubbed because they were deemed excessively violent.

This 2021 British psychological horror film was directed by Prano Bailey-Bond, and created a small buzz at Sundance.

On this episode, contextualizing the film with the likes of Videodrome and The Editor, plus discussions of Driller Killer, The Stuntman, and Don’t Answer the Phone! along with other films that infamously landed on the Nasties list.