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ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE: BLUE...
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Jeff Lieberman, Kenneth Hartford

Starring:
Zalman King
Deborah Winters
James Mitchum
John Carradine

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What's it about
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, hosts us through two awesomely bad tales of bald-headed LSD freaks and man-eating toxic monsters from the depths below. Fun filled cheese fest and all around good time ensues.
Is it good movie?
BLUE SUNSHINE - 2 Stars
A cross between mid-70s anti-drug propoganda, a zombie flick and a detective story, BLUE SUNSHINE delivers when it comes to featuring spooky and overly scary music, a bizarre cast of characters, and utterly freaky close-ups of deranged eyes and bald heads. The party begins when a group of friends find out their happy-go-lucky buddy has lost all his hair (think Jason Voorhees as a kid). He then goes on a rampage. And throws 3 women into a raging fire. In a living room fireplace. Needing to know why his friend lost his mind, and to clear his own name, his friend Jerry is out to find the truth. And that's just the beginning. The victims of Blue Sunshine (the hit of LSD that makes people go bonkers) reminded me of those infected with the rage virus in the 28 DAYS LATER universe... and it actually worked out pretty well here. Coupled with creepy music and weird close-ups, BLUE SUNSHINE is actually one of the better bad movies I've seen in a while. But make no mistake- it is bad.

MONSTROID - 1.5 Stars
Where do I begin? Set in a small Colombian village next to a polluted lake, the villagers and the American business men running the local cement factory (and the reason why the lake is polluted) are being stalked and killed by a giant monster who lives in the lake. And by giant monster, I mean a big rubber suite worn by a guy in a pool. A monster that isn't even scary, but is absolutely hilarious in how bad it is. Campy dialoge and cast of macho men and easy lays equals one monster movie that actually reminded me a lot of the GODZILLA remake, and PRIMEVAL. Why PRIMEVAL? Oh, did I not mention that this movie is based on a true story??? Well, according to the opening credits, it is. It's such a true story, it tells you it's a true story twice. Once at the beginning of the opening credits, and once at the end of the opening credits. So it has to be true, right? The ending will have you in stitches, and you'll likely be scratching your head, wondering what ever happened to MONSTROID 2.

ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK - 4 Stars
Elvira made both these movies not only worth watching, but fun to watch in the process. Taken straight from the original 'Movie Macabre' TV show she hosted in the early 1980s, her commentary on each flick is priceless, as she doesn't hold back when she tells you how bad these movies are. She knows it, you know it... and now it's time to sit back and laugh at it. They don't have hosted horror movies like this any more, and you'll likely wish they did after checking this out. Somewhat dated (it is the 80s), and jokes that are only somewhat amusing, it's Elvira's charm and knock-out good looks that will keep you tuned in. Not to mention her rockin' cleavage, which may be the most famous cleavage to ever hit the genre.

Video / Audio
Video: BLUE SUNSHINE is presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. It was crisp and clear, and a decent transfer, all things considered.
MONSTROID is presented in Full Screen. It looked like it was taken straight from a crappy VHS copy that had been played through 1000 different VCRs. But somehow, that added to it's charm.
ELIVIRA's Movie Macabre is also presented in Full Screen. Looks like your cheap 80s TV show. Again, added to the full experience.

Audio: Both films and Elvira in 2.0 Stereo. It matched the video quality through and through.

The Extras
No real 'extras' to be seen here. Each film is presented to either be viewed alone, or with Elvira. Seeing as Elvira contributes to the overall enjoyment of each, I wouldn't suggest watching them by themselves.

Before the menu, each disc gets a trailer for The Search For the Next Elvira, a Reality-TV series starting this October on Fox. Also an entertaining ad for Stubbs the Zombie Soundtrack, and a trailer for Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper.

Last Call
While both movies by themselves are horridly bad on multiple levels, watching them through the eyes of 'Movie Macabre' and our host Elvira made them much more entertaining, and way more awesome than you'd normally give them credit for. Movies touching on a bad LSD/rage trip and a giant monster in a lake seem to compliment each other, and called for a good double feature. While the discs are plain when it came to extras (trailers for the TV show, the movie, or even a short 'History of Elivra' would have been nice), the movies themselves, coupled with Elvira's charm and knack for making cracks, make this buy totally worth it. If you loved her in the 80s, and you miss the late night B-movies on TV, you're gonna love this.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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