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Really Awful Movies: Ep 311 – Unhinged remake

A remake of the 1982 video nasty ‘Unhinged,‘ which we podcasted in an earlier episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast. In this one, four best friends, young women, decide to take the back roads travelling to a wedding in the English countryside, much to their peril. Dah da dum!

The foursome is off to enjoy fun and frivolity, but finds anything but at a local gas station, where a farm hand is giving them the stink eye and behaving in a way that’s all sorts of creepy. When he meets up with them on a deserted “short cut,” (don’t you just hate those?) later, all things go haywire and the girls put up quite the fight.

This is NOT the new Russell Crowe thriller, people.

This is a rebooting/reworking of a regional Pacific Northwest horror film that most people have no clue about. But c’mon, a bride, and shears a la The Burning? What’s not to like! This one is a doozy, dumb, but undeniably well acted for what it is, with a dynamite score to boot. So is Unhinged a revenge thriller a la The Last House on the Left? Is this a barely sober Oliver Reed wandering around a big sprawling creepy mansion in Burnt Offerings? Not quite, to both.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 285 – The Ritual

The Ritual is a UK lost-in-the-woods horror, set in Sweden and filmed in far cheaper Romania.

A group of laddish UK fellows are mulling over different vacation options while guzzling pints in a pub. They consider the usual suspects – Vegas, Amsterdam – and settle on hiking in Scandinavia.

Unfortunately, one member of the group, after a night of boozing, is victim to a convenience store robbery gone wrong. He’s murdered in cold blood.

The friends, in a tribute to the deceased, opt for the hiking / wilderness excursion. And boy was that a wrong move.

This week on the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we tackle this effort, and compare it with others of its ilk.

We discuss the Canadian backwoods horror, Rituals, as well as White Raven, and explore folk horror flicks like The Wicker Man.

The hosts also delve into what makes a good backwoods horror, characterization, the effectiveness of supernatural elements, bears, the Canadian wilderness, camping, Algonquin Park and much, much more!

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