Let’s get back into the depths of Full Moon Features!
In the 90s, Full Moon was killing it. They were pumping out movie after movie after movie thanks to the boom of video stores and cable television. You could make a handful of movies very inexpensively and, instead of the promotional costs to get the word out about a featured film in theaters, processing prints, making the deals with theaters to show the movie, etc., all you had to do is mass produce VHS tapes. It would also be easy to sell your movie to HBO and Showtime as well. The profit margin was much higher and you could turn that money right around into more movies for video stores and cable TV.
And, hey, and if you add a little sexy shenanigans with a pretty lead actress – even better! That’s certainly what we have for you this week. Another direct-to-video Full Moon selection with a little bit of sexy and a little bit of demon. It’s 1994’s Dark Angel: The Ascent! Continue reading “Dark Angel: The Ascent (1994)”
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Why not cover 1995’s NC-17 rated, all pomp and circumstance but failed at the box office with a whimper Showgirls? This is directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas who had previously teamed up for one of the all time greats in the world of erotic thrillers with 1992’s Basic Instinct and again right away with 1993’s Sliver. Verhoeven was always a big fan of the big musicals from studio MGM and wanted to make one himself. Eszterhas was in one of the worst moments of his life.
This is what you can accomplish with a little hope to make a big musical while your writer buddy is in the deepest dumps of his life. The film obviously is not what most would expect from this duo. Eszterhas has often stated that there were clearly mistakes made. Plus, that whole thing with him being in a dark place meant he wasn’t being as clever or witty as he normally could be. He admitted both he and Verhoeven were probably operating on a great deal of hubris after Basic Instinct was such a success. Continue reading “Showgirls (1995)”
David DeCoteau is back under one of his many pseudonyms, Ellen Cabot. One year after Cabot/DeCoteau made the epic Beach Babes from Beyond, he teamed up again with Full Moon Features’ sexier production company subsidiary, Torchlight Entertainment, for another sex comedy. That’s the topic of this week’s B-Movie Enema – Virgin Hunters!
Now, the title Virgin Hunters was the original name of the movie, however, there was a bit of an issue with the explicit nature of the title. So, in order for Full Moon’s usual home video partner, Paramount Pictures, to release the film, the title would be changed to the more tongue-in-cheek Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 and slightly less provocative poster and box art was utilized.
Interestingly, Virgin Hunters is now a franchise. A second film was released in 2016 and a third in 2017. You best fuckin’ believe I have those as well and will endeavor to complete the trilogy for you fine Enemaniacs here on the blog. Continue reading “Virgin Hunters (aka Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000, 1994)”
Hello and welcome to B-Movie Enema. This week, I’m gonna discuss something I’ve wanted to do for a while – Tobe Hooper’s 1990 made-for-television thriller I’m Dangerous Tonight.
Now, the easy joke here is to say that “I’m Dangerous Tonight” is something I’d exclaim after a Crave Case of sliders from White Castle, but… Actually. Wait. That’s a pretty good one. I’m pretty bummed I didn’t lead with that.
Eh… Never mind. There’s a lot here I could discuss. You have Tobe Hooper in the director’s chair. The fact this was a TV movie and not a cinematic release. Mädchen Amick lookin’ gooood. Anthony Perkins is right there on the poster… Yeah. I guess I can go with other things than a farty poop joke. Continue reading “I’m Dangerous Tonight (1990)”
Every now and then a movie suddenly finds its audience. Take The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for example. Sure, it didn’t find that audience immediately, but within a couple years of release, the mega fans were showing up at midnight showings in costume and so forth. With the advent of home video and the explosion of home entertainment via cable and a video rental store in almost every strip mall as well as even grocery stores, movies that didn’t do so well in theaters suddenly had a second life.
Then comes this curious little direct-to-video movie called Tammy and the T-Rex. Aside from it featuring two very young, and very pretty future stars in Denise Richards and Paul Walker, it was relatively overlooked as a low budget teenage romantic comedy.
However, in recent years, it’s been rediscovered… Continue reading “Tammy and the T-Rex (1994/2019)”
The 1990s saw a leap in technology. From 1990 to 1999, the leaps in percentages in the number of households that had computers or word processors of some sort year over year showed that advancements in computer technology took it from the magical boxes that movies told us could almost do anything in previous decades to something that might show up in dens of every house on any street in America. By the mid-90s, the internet would connect people all over the world which, thanks to its capabilities to gather information, at the very least, changed the way students would work on homework and term papers. Either way, with each slight advancement from word processing power to internet to faster internet to shopping, etc., computers started taking over our every day lives.
With the computer industry making those leaps and bounds, naturally Hollywood wanted to cash in on the hype, or the potential terror, of advanced technology at everyone’s fingertips. That’s where this week’s B-Movie Enema, Brain Twisters, comes in. Continue reading “Brain Twisters (1991)”
Previously on B-Movie Enema…
Wait… Oh no…
What the fuck is this shit?
No… I… The “Angel Collection” came with only THREE movies… Wh-what is this?
Oh god no…
And now… B-Movie Enema’s 175th article, Angel 4: Undercover. Continue reading “Angel 4: Undercover (1994)”
Following up on a movie I covered at the end of last year, Space Babes from Outer Space, let’s take a look at what’s likely its most direct influence, 1993’s Beach Babes from Beyond.
Beach Babes from Beyond comes to us from schlockmeister David DeCoteau who, quite frankly, I could have an entire spin-off blog about. I own both this and its sequel thanks to Full Moon Features who distributes the series on DVD. If this layered pedigree of DeCoteau and Full Moon ain’t enough for you, well… Then the cast should also be enough to make you realize this movie is loaded with talent. First, we have Linnea Quigley who is just a treat whenever you can see her in her prime years of the mid 80s through the mid 90s. If that ain’t enough for ya, we have royal lineage of Joe Estevez (THE Estevez of the family), Don (who needs Patrick when you got Don) Swayze, Joey Travolta (the name speaks for itself), and the matriarchal Jaqueline Stallone.
Fucking shit, that’s some serious pedigree there. Continue reading “Beach Babes from Beyond (1993)”