Bad Movies at Redbox: Watching the very worst Redbox has to offer so you don't have to

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 Bad Movies at Redbox Awards


Well thanks to all my readers in this, Bad Movies at Redbox's inaugural year. It's been a fun year with tens of readers. Loyal reader's know that this site doesn't review studio releases that have just made it to DVD, rather indie films and straight to DVD films that may be diamonds in the rough. It's time to compile my list of the years best and worst Redbox had to offer in 2013. Quite an undertaking and needless to say, I wasn't able to do it on my own. I assembled a panel of experts to help me decide. On the first anniversary of my little site, here are the awards:

The Catagories are:
  • Worst Movie at Redbox 2013
  • Redbox Deception of 2013
  • Best Film Concept of 2013
  • Comic Relief Performance of 2013
  • Best Male Lead of 2013
  • Best Bad Movie of 2013
  • Movie of the Year 2013
  • Best Death Scene 2013
and of course...
  • Hott Hottness Award of 2013

Lets meet our nominees after the fold...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Devil's Pass

At Least it isn't Aliens.


















Redbox Synopsis: When nine hikers venture into a remote mountain area they are later found dead. In an effort to solve this mystery, five college students return to the site of the original events in the belief that they can uncover and document the truth of what happened. But what they find is more shocking than anything they could have imagined. (100 minutes, Rated R, Closed Captions)

Review after the jump, no spoilers on this one

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Resurection

A film with a script resurrected off the shelf from 1998

Redbox Synopsis: A high school psychologist tries to help a mentally ill student who believes that his brother is returning from the grave to exact revenge on the students who killed him. As she works with him, he gives her vague clues into the mysterious death of his brother, which she passes along to her fiancé who is a deputy sheriff. But before she can help the boy, she finds herself swept into his plot to keep her and some other students locked up at the school until his brother, now inhabited by an evil spirit, returns to kill them. (Rated R, 92 minutes, closed captions)

I don't really feel either way about this film. It's technically done well, the acting passable despite weakly written characters and the story is somewhat unique. It felt to me like this film was originally conceived as a horror comedy that wasn't funny and turned into a straight horror. Problem is, the characters are all cliche and the tone makes you feel like something missing. The entire time I watched this movie feels like it belongs in the late 90s. Idle Hands, The Faculty, Scream series, I Know What You Did, Final Destination but just not as good.

With cartoonishly bad bad-kids, an unrelatable kid and Misha Barton dressed in the frumpiest teacher outfit I've ever seen, this movie was ripe for Scream like satire. It wouldn't suprise me if this was written in the late 90's and couldnt get made despite the resurgence of the horror genre of the time. It's a shame this was Micheal Clarke Duncan's second to last film. Don't bother with this utterly forgettable film. 4/10

Final Verdict: Not worth a Redbox Rental

Trailer below the fold

Friday, November 22, 2013

Mother

Mother, mother,
there's too many off you spying
Daryl, Daryl, Daryl
There's to far many few of you knifing
You know we've got to find a way
To make a better lifetime movie today

What's Going On?
NOTE: Daryl Hannah never holds a knife in a threatening manner throughout the entire film

Redbox Synopsis: An A-student's life is turned upside-down when inappropriate status updates and photos appear on her online profile. Soon, she learns that even her life is in danger. (not rated, 90 minutes, No closed captions*)

*Although my screenshots have captions, those were generated by a program on my computer. There are no captions watching this movie on DVD, Bluray player or PS3.

Redbox Deception: Mother was originally titled Social Nightmare when it ran as a made for TV movie on the Lifetime channel. If you think Daryl Hannah ever picks up a knife in this move, think again. I don't know why they would give away who the "bad-guy" is in this film by the cover and name change.

Fun with this movie and spoilers below the fold. And lets face it, if you are worried about spoilers for a Lifetime Movie with Daryl Hannah on the Cover titled Mother, you need to start watching better movies. I swear to god, do not email or tweet me to gripe about spoilers. If you think anything doesn't happen in this movie you didn't expect to happen, you should stop watching movies altogether.

More Below the Fold

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Ouijia Experiment

Another Gem out of the Indie film scene of Dallas, Texas

Redbox Synopsis: A group of friends decide to record their Ouija board experiment, but when the spirits turn deadly, the friends find themselves haunted. In the hope that it that might save their lives, the friends rush to destroy the board before it kills them.(not rated, 92 minutes, closed captions)

Today's film The Ouija Experiment was filmed entirely in Dallas, Texas, my home city. Shorter, spoiler free review for this one. Review, rating and award after the fold

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Haunting at Silver Falls


AHHHHHHH

Redbox Synopsis: Silver Falls is a small town plagued by a series of unexplained deaths. When new arrival Jordan, an orphaned teenager, becomes haunted by the ghost of a murdered young girl, she is compelled to uncover the shocking truth. (Not Rated, 96 minutes, no captions)

For those of you who grasp your pearls and get the vapors every time I reference something from the trailer, read on without fear of any spoilers.

I wasnt vey excited to watch and review Haunting at Silver Falls. The creepy dead girl trying to force her killer to face justice postmortem films are pretty cookie cutter at this stage of the genre. By now, horror fans are used to red-herrings and blind alleys as the identity of the killer is revealed in a fairly predictible "plot-twist". Really, ever since the poisoned ghost of the little girl in 6th sense, screenwriters have been stretching that story arc into a feature length film over and over again. If you aren't yet sick of that narrative, the Haunting at Silver falls is a perfectly good, yet run of the mill film...until the third act.

In the third act, Haunting veers off the road to a blend of campy horror, unclear character motivation and a very strange twist ending. I reviewed the film last night and as I am writing this I'm not sure if I liked this movie or not. I'm so sick of this horror genre subset that a wheels off ending was a welcome escape from the usual trite ending. On the other hand, I'm a bit insulted as a viewer that the film would just fly off the rails with camp that the Crying Dead series would find obscure. I think halfway into production the director realized he had a mediocre film and tried to spice it up. The shame of it was, they the perfect cast to film this with a different mood but the same plot from act one.

I'm not saying Army of Darkness needs a reboot, but if you did reboot it, this kid would play a solid Ash Williams
Overall: As much as I would like to fault the writer/director for the disjointed third act, I enjoyed watching the Haunting at Silver Falls. I would have loved this movie if they had gone for an intentional-campy comedy shot in the bleak, dead-girl-ghost mood. It's technically done well, good cinematography and solid acting, albeit with a few klunky lines of dialog and nonsensical plot points. Haunting at Silver Falls's unique characters keep the film moving as they serve you the usual, just watch out for that final act-it's a doosy. For those that care, there is no nudity in A Haunting at Silver Falls. Try not to think about it too hard and keep in mind what the usual ending normally would have been and Haunting at Silver Falls is worth a rental. 8/10 

Final Verdict: I'd rent that for a dollar!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Killer Holiday

This Fall...if you think there's a clown in this movie...think again!

Redbox Synopsis: Psychotic killer Melvin "Spider" Holiday stalks eight unsuspecting teenage victims along old Route 66, driving them further and further from civilization. Anxiety starts to build as each stop along the way proves stranger then the last until the group is lured to an abandoned amusement park with a horrifying past. Soon they discover that the park comes complete with broken down carnival rides, the smell of death and a killer ready to give them one ticket to hell. (Rated R, 89 minutes, closed captions)

Today's review will be bit different than the usual, mini review first then a spoiler laden recap. You'll only enjoy the recap if you rented the film (or maybe you'll hate it, same difference really).

Overall: Killer Holiday is a low budget indie film that had some potential. The narrative is solid, but has an identity crisis halfway in between slasher and paranormal horror. The twist makes no sense if you think about it and the motivation of the killer makes even less when you don't (see what I did there?). There are some fun kills scenes in Killer Holiday for an indie horror. A few of the action scenes are interspersed with heavy-metal-music-video-effects from the 1980's making some of the action hard to follow. It does have some brutal moments in scenes that are more chilling due to lack of action and actually quite disturbing. The characters are unusual and entertaining, though I could have been fleshed out a bit more. The three chicks are mega-hott but sadly, there is no nudity. Killer Holiday is a fun watch but forgetable afterwards and in the end, leaves you unsatisfied. 5.5/10

Final Verdict: Not worth a Redbox Rental.

K, now that that's over, lets have some fun with this film. Below the fold I explore some questions I had while watching the film. Spoilers ahead so if you plan to rent this, you may not want to read below the fold.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hope You Had a Super Scary Halloween!

And thanks to all who helped me get to the 100,000 hit mark this month!
Not as scary as this lady's Halloween, but close
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