Blog Series: Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #3 - Psychophobia / The Island / Ed and His Dead Mother

Thrilled to have made it to the third installment in this blog series, whether anyone is reading them or not! I am really enjoying finding odd (and some not-so-odd) films to review so much that it may as well be a running log for myself. In any case, let's dig into the titles for this edition. Each one is a different genre and style this time around...

PSYCHOPHOBIA AKA EL SER - 1982

Despite the bitchin artwork promoting this film, it's all about the last 10 minutes, I'm afraid. This is a poorly dubbed (aren't they all?) Spanish supernatural thriller, as slow as slow burn can be. But like I said, it's worth the wait for the final 10 minutes for a truly fascinating and unusual plot twist I personally had not seen before.

Don't cheat and skip to the end, you'll deprive yourself of the hilariously bad editing and all-around strangeness. Oddly enough this film doesn't feel Spanish..I was thinking more along the lines of Finnish, Norwegian or some other Nordic country.

Put it on while you're doing something else, you'll be able to follow along. Just give it your full attention well before the payoff so you don't miss the best part.


THE ISLAND - 1980

Another film I've always been aware of, but had just never gotten around to watching. WOW. Written first of course by Jaws author Peter Benchley, I haven't read the book but now I definitely want to. I went through several emotions while watching this, from "What is this bat-shit insanity?!" to "Holy crap that was a great movie!" and a little of everything in between.

This is filmmaking of the finest kind. Big budget, big studio, classic talented actors. The cinematography is simply gorgeous, I wish I had seen it in the theater, while mindlessly devouring a big bucket of popcorn. A movie like this filmed today would have gone way over the top. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, that The Island just may make it into my personal collection. Highly recommended action/thriller!



ED AND HIS DEAD MOTHER - 1993


First off, um, hello early 90's Steve Buscemi, am I right ladies? He was the only reason I needed to watch this super fun Black Comedy. Well, that and the fact that it was written by my husband's uncle's neighbor. How's that for fittingly wacky?

This film is filled to the brim with a band of beloved character actors, most notably Ned Beatty who plays Ed's (Steve Buscemi) Uncle, and is absolutely heee-larious. John Glover is our resident shyster-with-semi-good intentions, and it was a joy to see Jon Gries (giving us shades of a yet-to-come Uncle Rico). Most impressive, I think, was how spry Ed's portly mother (Miriam Margolyes) turns out to be, and a real delight.

Give it a shot when you're in need of something light, and a good laugh. Oh, and I almost forgot; the set design and art direction are remarkably stellar. The film has a retro-vintage vibe, expertly executed, and a real rarity in 90's cinema. Enjoy!

That concludes this installment of mini-reviews, I hope you enjoyed them. Perhaps I would get more eyes on these reviews if I mentioned they are spoiler-free. No one likes a tattle-tale. Join me next time for another round of what I'm watching, and let me know if you have any titles that you think should be included. Stay tuned!

2 comments:

  1. Reading these and looking at the cover art just brings me back to those lovely nostalgic trips down the weird aisles at the local video store. I mean the local haunt too, not Blockbuster (though admittedly, they had that section too). Thank you as always for feeding my addiction to nostalgic media! <3

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    1. I'm so happy that someone out there is actually reading them! Thank you as always!

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