Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 025: Lesser-Loved ’80s Horror Fare: Rawhead Rex (1987) and Slime City (1988) and Street Trash (1987) and April Fool’s Day (1986)

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In Episode 025 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies, Jay of the Dead and Dr. Shock take on another of our monster Frankensteinian episodes to discuss some Lesser-Loved ’80s Horror Movies, including obscurities like a demonic Beastly Freak flick called Rawhead Rex (1987) and Slime City (1988) and Street Trash (1987), as well as the infamous and controversial April Fool’s Day (1986). Doc and Jay also discuss also horror-related minutiae, such as our favorite decade for horror. Vote on your preference below:

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SHOW NOTES:

I. Introduction
— No Wolfman Josh for this episode
— Jay’s swordsman anecdote
— Doc’s gunman anecdote
— A brief chat about “Cujo” (1983)


II. Review: SLIME CITY (1988)
Dr. Shock = 4 ( Avoid )

DVD Infatuation.com: Dr. Shock’s “Slime City” review
Slime City trailer
YouTube: Slime City – Full Movie


Rawhead Rex

III. An Impromptu Discussion of Our Favorite Decade for Horror
— Vote for your favorite decade for horror on the poll question above.


IV. Jay of the Dead’s Beastly Freaks: RAWHEAD REX (1987)
Jay of the Dead = 4 ( Very Low-Priority Rental )

YouTube: Rawhead Rex – Full Movie


V. The loss of Richard Kiel, “Eegah” and other miscellany


VI. Review: STREET TRASH (1987)
Dr. Shock = 7.5 ( Rental )


VII. Review: APRIL FOOL’S DAY (1986)
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Rental )


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VIII. Review: APRIL FOOL’S DAY (2008)
Jay of the Dead = 3 ( Avoid )


IX. Listener Feedback
— Voicemail from TJ in Finland
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— E-mail from TJ
— E-mail from Holly


X. Thanks to Our Donors:
— Erik in North Carolina
— Recurring donation from Juan
— Allyson from Oregon


XI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending


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39 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 025: Lesser-Loved ’80s Horror Fare: Rawhead Rex (1987) and Slime City (1988) and Street Trash (1987) and April Fool’s Day (1986)

  1. It’s a shame that we don’t have a Wolfman but I think Jay and Doc Shock always make for a great tag-team. And I love how you guys seem to spook each other out like kids round a campfire sometimes.

    Also, this is an awesome topic. Exactly the kind of horror movies I love!

  2. Also, in episode .021 I asked Doc if he’d seen or heard of the movie “WNUF Halloween Special” and I never received an answer. That was me in the car behind you at the red light Doc. I’ll get my answer.

    😉

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for writing, as always. I wish I could remember exact episodes (because it was never a feature review, just mentioned in passing), but somewhere in the past 25 episodes of HMP, perhaps on two or three occasions, we have discussed the “WNUF Halloween Special.” It has been brought up in the comments a few times, as well.

      But — I can’t remember who saw it or what their verdict was… I know a few listeners were very interested in seeing it (but it’s hard to track down, which is my problem). I want to see it myself!

      I remember having at least one or two listeners feeling underwhelmed and unimpressed by it, but from what I’ve heard about it — I promise to do a feature review of it on HMP whenever I can find it. So, when that day comes, David, know that it’s for you, Buddy!

      Let me know if you know where to track it down. (And if you’ve seen it, let us know your thoughts on it.)

      Jay of the Dead

      • Hi Jay, thanks for the quick reply! I know that you can get “WNUF Halloween Special” on DVD here: https://www.alternativecinema.com/movie/wnuf-halloween-special but it’s kind of pricey and I could not in good conscience ask you to pick it up just to satisfy my curiosity! Really I was just wondering if Doctor Shock was aware of its existence as it seems like the sort of thing he might get a kick out of but I had no idea that it had already been discussed.

        I certainly don’t want it to come across like I’m demanding that you guys do a feature review of it or anything. Of course if any of you do then I’d be extremely interested to hear your thoughts but the same can be said for any horror film you review. You put out so much great content and provide so much awesome insight that I couldn’t possibly ask any more of you!

        P.S. I loved this episode and I will no doubt be back with more overblown comments and recommendation of other obscure, trashy 80’s horror to check out.

        – David

    • My apologies, sir! We address this directly in the next episode (but I assure you I wasn’t intentionally ignoring your request)

      That was YOU in the car? Well, that explains it…

      Dave (Dr. Shock)

  3. One of the reasons I love Doc Shock is that he appreciates movies like Jeepers Creepers and its sequel. Granted, they’re not great movies, but I do think they’re pretty solid and they offer some tense moments. By the way, Jay, I just saw Inside a few days ago and I’m pissed at myself for waiting so long to do so. Damn good movie. Keep the recommendations coming, brother.

    • @FlyingZombieHead (still love that name!)
      Your comment about “Inside” made my day. Thanks for letting me know. Now that I’ve gained your trust, check out “Alice Sweet Alice” (1976), if you haven’t seen it yet. Another film on the level of “Inside” and “Alice Sweet Alice” would be “Pieces” (1982), a Spanish slasher directed by Juan Piquer Simón.

      And just for good measure, here are a few more I’d recommend that are on the next tier down but still worth it (in case you haven’t seen them):

      Frailty (2001) — Closer to a Thriller / Crime film but unsettling.
      Deadgirl (2008) — Beware! Don’t watch this with Grandma…
      I Saw the Devil (2010) — Long for a horror movie, but well done.

      And I’ve always loved “Splinter” (2008) for a Beastly Freaks / Siege Narrative good time.

      Enjoy!
      Jay of the Dead

      • Another person converted over to the “Inside”; I love it! For those who haven’t seen this one, please do…and don’t be scared off by the fact that it is a French movie.

        Jay I can’t say enough about Pieces (1982) either. I second your recommendation and any self respecting slasher fan needs to see this flick.

        The Dude

    • FlyingZombieHead (I agree, Jay… great name!),

      Thanks so much for the kind words. They’re appreciated! And yes, I’m a fan of both JEEPERS CREEPERS movies. Like you said, they have some incredibly tense moments!

      Thanks also for listening.

      Dave (Dr. Shock)

  4. I must confess I just started this podcast and I’m only 8 minutes in, but I wanted to comment on the conversation about Blue Caprice. In 1968 the great Boris Karloff starred in his final American film Targets which tells the tale of an aging horror movie star and a highway sniper.

    I was looking for a movie to review this week and I think that Targets (1968) will be that movie. Stay tuned!!

    The Dude

    • Dude, Blue Caprice is a pretty good movie. I was actually a little bit disappointed. But it’s definitely a high quality film and worth a watch.

  5. Jay- How can you do without the 1970’s! If I only got one decade- it would have to be that one. The Exorcist, The Omen, The Hills Have Eyes, Phantasm. How many of the 70’s movies have been redone over the years- Carrie, Texas Chain Saw and Amityville Horror. . Better effects, but the story was there to begin with. There was also such a variety of types of horror. There were beastly freaks, religious, slashers, paranormal, psychological, mutants and many that don’t fit into neat categories.

    Great podcast- keep up the good work. I am sure it’s difficult to pull off with normal life’s interferences, but you all bring so much to each episode. Thanks for your hard work.

    • Jay, I second Susan on ’70s horror. I don’t think you’re really thinking this true bro. I mean, you’re just straight up dismissing it. I love ’80s horror as much as the next guy, but the ’70s brought us a more serious take on horror, more sophisticated, more visceral, more psychological. Just look at everything you’ll be giving up:

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      The Exorcist
      Alien
      Halloween
      Jaws
      The Last House on the Left
      Dawn of the Dead
      The Omen
      Black Christmas
      Alice, Sweet Alice
      Carrie
      The Hills Have Eyes
      The Wicker Man
      Invasion of the Body Snatchers

      • By the way, this is how I scored the movies above:

        The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 8.5
        The Exorcist – 10
        Alien – 10
        Halloween – 10
        Jaws – 10
        The Last House on the Left – 8
        Dawn of the Dead – 8
        The Omen -9
        Black Christmas – 8
        Alice, Sweet Alice – haven’t seen it but you seem to love it and that’s why I included it 😉
        Carrie – 8.5
        The Hills Have Eyes – 7
        The Wicker Man -8
        Invasion of the Body Snatchers – haven’t seen the remake, but I hear great things about it. The original is a 9.

        Oh and one other one I’d like to add to the list. It’s more of a hidden gem and it’s not for everyone, but I highly recommend it:

        Alucarda – 9.5

      • Juan, you make an excellent case as always. I think it’s very possible that the 70’s was a more important time in the development of horror than the 1980’s and it could be argued that the overall quality of horror cinema from the earlier decade was higher but I’m afraid I’m with Jay on this.

        Your list definitely contains it’s share of awesomeness but here’s just a fraction of what the 80’s had to offer:

        The Shinning
        The Friday the 13th franchise (the first 4 movies in particular)
        The Fly
        The Thing
        The Burning
        Day of the Dead
        The Beyond
        City of the Living Dead
        Poltergeist
        Hellraiser
        Re-Animator
        Nightmare on Elm Street
        Creepshow
        My Bloody Valentine
        Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
        Aliens
        Return of the Living Dead
        Evil Dead (1 and 2)
        An American Werewolf in London
        Pieces
        The New York Ripper
        Maniac
        The Fog
        Pet Sematary
        Cannibal Holocaust
        Pumpkinhead
        The Lost Boys

        All pretty high quality movies in my opinion and I think most of them could be regarded as classics. What I think really gives the 80’s the edge though is just the sheer quantity and variety on offer. The dawn of the VHS format opened the door to a huge influx of independent and straight-to-video horror. There’s just an innumerable wealth of horror films to choose from in that decade. Also on a more personal level I find the horror of the 80’s to just have more of a sense of fun to it. I understand that this may be a negative for some people but for me that’s the kind of horror that I love.

        • David! The movies that you listed are some of my favorites and yes, I 100% agree in that they are all great classics.

          You hit the nail on the head when you said that ’80s horror had a more fun approach. Personally, that’s not something that ruins horror movies for me (like it does for Jay). I’m absolutely in love with movies like Return of the Living Dead, Shawn of the Dead, and Re-Animator. But there is something about horror, that when it’s approached with the right amount of seriousness, raises it to a whole new level for me. And I realize this is just a personal preference. Anyway, I love the ’80s and I celebrate it just as much as I do the ’70s. Oh and as a bonus, here’s how I score the movies from your list:

          The Shinning – 10
          Friday the 13th 1- 9.5
          Friday the 13th 2 – 8.5
          Friday the 13th 3 – 8
          Friday the 13th 4 – after watching the trailer, I can say that I don’t believe I’ve seen this. Hmmm… exciting! I get to watch a brand new Friday the 13th movie! How the hell did I skip this? :/
          The Fly – 10
          The Thing – 10
          The Burning – 8
          Day of the Dead – 7.5
          The Beyond – 6.5
          City of the Living Dead – haven’t seen it :(
          Poltergeist – 9.5
          Hellraiser – haven’t seen it :(
          Re-Animator – 9
          Nightmare on Elm Street – 9
          Creepshow – 9
          My Bloody Valentine – 7
          Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer – 8.5
          Aliens – 9.5
          Return of the Living Dead – 9.5
          Evil Dead (1 and 2) – 9
          An American Werewolf in London – 9.5
          Pieces – 8.5
          The New York Ripper – haven’t seen it :(
          Maniac – 8
          The Fog – 7.5
          Pet Sematary – 8.5
          Cannibal Holocaust – 9
          Pumpkinhead – 9
          The Lost Boys – 7

          For the past two years I’ve done the 31 horror movies in 31 days challenge and I’ve loved it. It gives me an excuse to watch a lot more horror than usual. Anyway, I put together a list of the movies that I want to watch and Hellraiser is in it. I divided my list in 3 sections: List of shame (15 classics that I’ve never seen), List of Second Chances (5 critically acclaimed movies that I didn’t like the first time around and I’m giving them a second chance based on all the positive things people say about them), and List of Nostalgia (10 movies that I watched so long ago that I remember liking but never watched again, so this might as well be the first time I watch them) and a bonus round of all Halloween movies so I can keep up with Jay and the others with this crazy podcast schedule they have going on. I’ll post the list when I get home.

          • Juan, for taking the time to rate all of those movies I dub thee a true gentleman! it’s so cool to see those ratings.

            Also, if you haven’t actually seen Friday the 13th part 4 then you are in for a treat. That’s my favourite movie in the franchise. it’s full of fun characters with actual personalities, awesome gory kills and a young Corey Feldman playing someone almost as weird as an old Corey Feldman.

            I also strongly recommend “The New York Ripper”. Classic Fulci it may be, but even if you’re not a fan of Italian horror it’s still going to deliver (so long as you can get over a serial killer who does a top notch Donald Duck impersonation!). Some really intense gore, gritty police procedural elements and sleazy 80’s New York, what more could anybody want!

          • Also your 31 days challenge is extremely admirable and seems incredibly well thought-out. My plans for October just involved eating baked potatoes and watching “Saved by the Bell”.

          • Juan:

            Thanks for posting your ratings above! And I envy you the opportunity of seeing FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV completely fresh. It’s my 2nd favorite in the series (after the original).

            And best of luck with your 31 Days of Horror challenge! I look forward to hearing more about it in the days to come.

            Dave (Dr. Shock)

  6. So after listening to this episode I have to say that I finally feel the urge to check out “Street Trash”. It’s a film that I’ve been aware of for a while but never felt inclined to watch before (something about the antagonist being a drink didn’t really appeal to me). Dr Shock talked me round though, helped by the fact that I’ve developed a love for anything that showcases New York in all it’s gritty, dirty 80’s glory.

    Also, I thought I’d drop a few of my own recommendations relevant to this episodes topic. Please keep in mind that some of these obscure little oddities are pretty trashy so don’t go in expecting works of art:

    “Sweet Home” (1989)
    So this is basically a Japanese take on the classic haunted house movie. Nowhere near as insane as “Hausu” (1977) but still with it’s fair share of bizarre quirks. Spooky, strange and featuring some great special effects and a few moments of awesome gore. It also has a notably different feel than most of the more standard modern J-Horror fare. 6.5/10

    “The Rejuvenator” aka “Rejuvenatrix” (1988)
    This is a pretty obscure body-horror B-movie that borrows the bulk of it’s plot from the 50’s monster flick “The Wasp Woman”: Ageing beauty goes to extreme, pseudo-scientific lengths to recapture her youthful good looks with horrific results. Cheesy and dumb but with some decent gross-out special effects. 5/10

    “Pin” (1988)
    In my opinion this is an underrated thriller/horror movie, somewhat lacking in gore but very disturbing nonetheless. It borrows heavily from Hitchcock’s “Psycho” but to effective ends. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the mood for some psychological horror. 7/10

    “Spookies” (1986)
    I’ve talked about this one a few times before but the more times I watch it the more I feel a weird affection towards it. Yes it’s a total hacked-up mess of a film but I just love all the imaginative and strange monsters throughout. 6/10

    – David

  7. Nice call with PIN David.
    For me this is a tough one to categorize, but there are certainly a lot of horror elements in it. I remember seeing this VHS in my video store as a child and always wanted to see it, but didn’t until a few years back.

    While we are throwing out recommendations for 80s horror movies I would like to mention a movie that always seems to be overlooked, but it is one of my favourites from that era: Re-Animator (1985). The famous H.P. Lovecraft story of Herbert West and his quest for life after death. This film is over the top in everyway and any horror / gore hound should see it. It is so often passed over in conversations about horror but should not be overlooked.

    • Thanks Dude.

      “Re-Animator” is definitely a super fun movie and one well worthy of B-movie classic status in my eyes. In a similar vein “From Beyond” (1986) is also worth checking out. Another science-gone-awry gorefest made by a lot of the same folks who did “Re-Animator” and also (loosely) based on a Lovecraft story.

    • I second your Re-animator recommendation Dude. That movie is truly a gem. And you, that word gets thrown around too often, but this, this is a gem, a gem indeed.

  8. Im so glad you mentioned Rawhead Rex. A horrible movie, yet so good because the demon monster is so horribly awesome. I remember seeing this movie when I was a kid and while its super corny I loved it and I remember it being one of those movies that while cruising the horror section this cover always caught my eye. As I got older it always reminded me of just a modded shaved gorilla suit, ha ha ha ha. It needs a bluray release…well maybe it doesn’t but id buy it if it did. Thank you guys for another awesome show.

  9. This is the list that I put together for this month of Halloween. I think it’s pretty final, but I’m open to suggestions. I’m sure there are movies that I completely forgot about or that I’m unaware of.

    List of Shame Classics (These are movies that I know are loved by horror fans that I just never got around to, but now I have the perfect excuse):
    The Monster Squad
    Maniac Cop
    In the Mouth of Madness
    Night of the Creeps
    Hellraiser
    Q
    The Brood
    Lifeforce
    Ants!
    The Vanishing (original)
    The Fury
    The Deadly Spawn
    Alice Sweet Alice
    Don’t Look Now
    The Town that Dreaded Sundown (original)

    Critically Acclaimed Revisits (These are well received movies that I didn’t like upon a first watch, but was intrigued enough to give them a second chance. I think I might be able to appreciate them a lot more now):
    Trick R Treat
    Rubber
    The Host
    Near Dark
    Thirst

    First Time Second View (These are movies that I’ve seen once in my life and I have fond memories of, but haven’t revisited them in a really long time)
    The Return of the Living Dead
    The Return of the Living Dead Part II
    The Car
    Wolf Creek (don’t remember much of it, but after watching Wolf Creek 2 it made me want to revisit the first one)
    The Stepfather
    The Lift
    Blood Beach
    Firestarter
    Without Warning
    The Hand

    Bonus Round
    All Halloween movies covered in HMP.

    Sorry for taking up so much space with all these lists guys!

    • Juan, I really wish I could be this dedicated for the month of October but my movie-watching moods are so unpredictable that I’d probably never be able to stick to my plan.

      It looks like you have some awesome movies ahead of you. I’ll be especially interested to hear what you think of some of the picks in your List of Shame Classics. “In the Mouth of Madness” is a favourite of mine; it’s one of those movies that feels like an actual nightmare put on screen. There’s a bunch of others on there that are awesome too, “The Deadly Spawn”, “Hellraiser” and “Monster Squad” being particular personal favourites.

      – David

    • Blood Beach: a movie from my sixth grade year (1981) that I never actually saw until the mid-1990s. BB is one of my all-time favorites and revisit it at least once a year, sometimes twice. If HMP ever does a close reading of Blood Beach in conjunction with Tremors, count me in!

  10. Hey chaps, I thought I’d pop on here and post a few mini-reviews of some of the horror movies I’ve watched recently:

    Resurrection (1999)
    So I’m always on the look out for dark, gritty, serial killer movies but often find myself disappointed by how few there are out there (please feel free to throw recommendations my way!). “Resurrection” is one such movie and comes saddled with the stigma/gravitas of being an apparent “Se7en” rip-off which is how I first heard the film described. This made me somewhat wary as in the past I’d been recommended Renny Harlin’s atrocious “Mindhunters” under the guise of it being similar to “Se7en” and boy do I hate “Mindhunters”. “Mindhunters” is just awful. Fortunately “Resurrection” fares better. It certainly has more similarities to “Se7en” (though it is nowhere near the same league of film): Religious themed serial killer. Gruesome crime scenes. Leland Orser. Rain. Overall it’s not bad, some of the acting is a little shaky, it can be predictable in places and I guess it’s more in a thriller/police procedural vein than hardcore horror but there’s a surprising amount of pretty nasty gore on show. I guess I came away feeling unchallenged but fairly satisfied. I’ll go with a 6.5/10.

    Demon Wind (1990)
    Yet another movie that’s often described as the cheap clone of a well regarded classic. “Demon Wind” is basically “Evil Dead” if Sam Raimi had had even less money, some actors who got rejected from the “Saved by the Bell” auditions and the very first draft of a script written by a 13 yearold boy. This was kind of fun and never particularly boring but there were some glaring problems that I find hard to forgive even in a low-rent B-movie: The two best characters get killed off waaaay too early and for no real reason. Their decision to put themselves in danger doesn’t even make any sense. Expecting totally realistic character motivations in a movie of this calibre may be a little much but this was akin to Ash nobly sacrificing himself by jumping down a precipice because they just got to the cabin and realised they forgot to bring the rice crispies. Even worse, one of the characters (played by Fake-James-Spader on tranquillizers) sees his girlfriend pretty much killed in front of his eyes and he just sort of looks sad and then in the next scene he’s normal again and everyone else is acting like nothing of any consequence has happened. Then Jock-George-Michael and his cute girlfriend get it and the director realizes he’s running out of people to kill so even more pointless characters arrive only to be killed off pointlessly.

    Really though, I’m probably coming across more annoyed than I actually was with this film; I just felt that if the script had been re-drafted a few times and the whole thing was 15 minutes shorter then it could have been a much better b-movie. They probably could have written an ending that didn’t make me feel like I was tripping balls too. There’s a bit of gore, some fun but VERY goofy characters and gross zombies/demons/deadites. I’m going to go with a 4/10.

    That’s it for today but if I drink too much coffee again tomorrow I’ll no doubt be back with more.

  11. And I’m back with a couple more mini-reviews:

    The Lost Boys (1987)
    So full disclosure: I’m really not much of a vampire fan. Sure I like “Nosferatu”, the Universal “Dracula” and “Salems Lot” but I can’t help but feel that my perception of the subgenre has been irreparably sullied by its obnoxious modern representatives. “Queen of the Damned”, “Blade: Trinity”, “Underworld” and “Van Helsing” are exactly the kind of style-over-substance CGI-fests that I can’t stand. “The Lost Boys” is another Vampire flick often derided for embodying a style over substance approach; an opinion which I do not share.

    I revisited this movie a few nights ago for what’s probably the first time in almost a decade and I was almost surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sure it’s corny, sometimes comedic and never subtle or truly scary and yes there is an emphasis on style and teenagers and mullets and leather jackets etc. but by god is this one awesome looking, super-fun roller-coaster ride of a film. The cinematography is astounding, as are the sets and locations (those shots of the illuminated board-walk at night are just beautiful and unforgettable), the music is pure 80’s excellence and the pacing is perfectly brisk. What really stood out to me on this re-watch though, is just how much fun the characters are. There’s nothing subtle or overly-complex about them but each individual seems to have their own unique and vivid personality. “Twilight” this ain’t.

    Really “The Lost Boys” is as much adventure-comedy as it is horror. Basically “The Goonies” with vampires. If that description appeals to you and you haven’t already seen this film then I definitely recommend it. 8/10.

    Kazuo Umezu’s Horror Theatre: The Wish (2005)
    So I can’t explain why, but I have a real soft spot for cheap-looking, made-for-TV horror fare. Everything from obscure TV movies to 90’s kids shows like “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Goosebumps”. Recently I’ve developed a particular interest in Japanese made-for-TV horror anthologies. I’m not sure why but even some of these Japanese shows made as recently as the late 2000’s still have that distinctly cheap 90’s look and feel that I weirdly appreciate. “The Wish” is no different.

    This is the story of a very smart and resourceful but lonely kid who builds his own friend in the form of an extremely grotesque wooden puppet. A friend whom he wishes could really come to life. Such desires are soon forgotten when he befriends a girl at his new school. It’s kind of obvious where it goes from there so I won’t waste time elaborating any further but suffice to say what follows is creepy but probably nowhere near horrific enough to satiate the blood-lust of most horror fans. Personally though, I kind of enjoyed this. It really did remind me of those 90’s TV shows that I previously mentioned. The (albeit minimal) effects here are also quite impressive and the puppet itself really is one terrifying piece of wood. I’m a guy who can find a good weird-looking puppet truly scary but my fear is often negated when they’re given smart-mouths and lame one-liners. Fortunately that isn’t the case here and I did find myself genuinely creeped out.

    I can’t say I recommend this to most horror fans due to it’s tameness and low production values but if you’re like me and have a thing for made-for-TV stuff, particularly from Japan, then I say check it out. 6/10.

    That’s all for now. Just want to say that I’m really looking forward to another episode from you guys. It’s pretty easy to say that this is now my #1 favourite podcast.

    – David

  12. I absolutely loved this podcast! I am an 80’s horror fan for sure, but the 70’s are a close second for me. My fiancé, Drew and I had actually just previously watched “Rawhead Rex” and had a really good laugh at the creature. We had also just recently just watched “Slime City” (unfortunately) and were confused by the film’s bizarre editing. We have also been working our way through some of Linnea Quigley’s movies on our B movie nights. When I listened to this podcast, it was a little eerie hearing so many movies we had just watched mentioned, but fun nonetheless.
    I wanted to add my two cents about the subject of the “WNUF Halloween Special”. If anyone finds a way to rent it or watch it without having to buy a copy for 23$ I would love to see it. After doing a little research I learned that it is similar the concept of a BBC production from 1992 called “Ghostwatch” which is currently available on YouTube, and which apparently had quite an effect on viewers when it first aired (much like the infamous “War of the Worlds” broadcast of 1938). It was blamed for several women going into labor and one suicide. I think if a review of “WNUF” is ever done it would be interesting to compare it to “Ghostwatch”. Here is the address to view “Ghostwatch” on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHVqzRyaByM

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