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Another straight-to-video movie. Babysitter, Halloween, deranged slasher escapes from a lunatic asylum... Sound familiar? Unfortunately this movie stopped there when it came to emulating more famous slice-n-dice slasher movies themed around Halloween. Bloodless, boob-less and brain-less. with a weak story-line that's padded with the child being baby-sat playing pranks on the babysitter. With the addition of low-lighting (they obviously didn't have the budget to even pay the electricity bill), low-body count, low-quality and it would seem low expectations even of itself.
Bizarrely, and for any cult film fan this maybe the selling point, the movie features a whole 3 minutes of David Carradine. Apparently the Carradine footage was spliced in having been filmed a couple of years previous. Or some rumour has it.
There literally nothing redeeming about this painting-by-numbers so called slasher flick, apart from checking it off the list.
The creator of the creepy Halloween mask used in the movie Don Post was quoted as saying, "Because the masks are so significant to the movie, they could become a cult item, with fans wanting to wear them when they go to see the movie." Unbeknownst to him at the time they likely have become cult items, but not for the reasons he imagined.
A full-on horror romp, with some hysterically imaginative death scenes. You should check out the lipstick scene with Linnea Quigley! A classic twist on the so bad-its-good 80s teen slasher movie.
It is a heavy metal album after all... And at the peak of claims of backmasking during the 1980s. A period of time when crazy Christians went on the attack, claiming that many heavy metal songs contained secret Satanic messages that could only be heard if you played the album backwards. Perfectly placed at the pinnacle of the paranoia, Trick Or Treat is a wonderful piece of schlock horror. Self-referential and tongue-in-cheek before such kinds of horror movies became the vogue. An absolute classic of 80s horror movies, and much under-rated. Trick Or Treat should be placed high on anyone's Halloween play-list.
Not just a straight fighting game, it was packed with weirdness. During fights giant annoying alien heads would pop-up in front of the screen, and a slave girl would randomly walk across the screen carrying a sign with slogans on it. All the characters you got to choose from were strange aliens. You could choose from bladed fin wielding shark creatures, human shaped colonies of bacteria, a huge hairy testicle with arms, oh and the Fatman himself. The "tongue" in the title referred to the giant tongue that would appear from a giant mouth shaped gash that would open up in the stomach of the Fatman.
The PC version came on both 3 5 and 1/4 inch floppies and a single 3 and 1/2 inch disk. However to get the whole game squeezed into the single 3 and 1/2 inch disk the makers removed the digitised sound effects and some of the backgrounds from that version!!! As you load up the game players are introduced to the Fatman, who grins at you from the screen rubbing his nipples. Once into the game players can choose the species of the fighter they want to be, and even bet on how quickly they think they will beat their opponent. Gaining cash, so that they can then buy power-ups and weapons. One special skill you can acquire is invisibility, which your opponent can also have. Meaning at any point in the game both characters can disappear off the screen altogether!!!
With one of the most convoluted control systems ever, the game is virtually unplayable. And players spend most of the time breaking their joystick trying to pull off moves, while their character lays on the floor being stomped on by the computer player. With all of the weirdness and the impossible game-play Tongue Of The Fatman must go down as one of the worst games ever made.
Both the novel and the narration by Bradbury in the animation, have an eerie feel about them. Bradbury was a genius of suspense and dark foreboding often set in small town America. Another great piece of fiction by Bradbury that creates the same sense of unease, loss of innocence and the metaphorical journey into adulthood is Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), which was also made into a live action movie in 1983 by Disney. A particularly dark departure for the studio at that time, harking back to their early darkly chilling animations.
Weird Retro Fact: Death Is A Lonely Business (1985) by Ray Bradbury a previous Captain's Blog post.