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)”
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)”
So here’s a movie that goes way back to my early education of horror.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m the youngest of four boys. Not just am I the baby of the family, but I’m the youngest by a bunch. My brothers are 15 and 12 years older than me. I great up in the 80s, and they grew up in the 70s. My brothers who are 12 years older than me are twins and grew up on some classic 70s slasher flicks. By the time the 80s classics came along, they were seeing those movies as much as possible, but I was also heavily exposed to a couple decades of movies. Better yet, like with this week’s movie, Tourist Trap, I was exposed to what my brothers were nostalgic about as well as the new stuff.
If you think that upbringing was strange and kinda sad, I’ll have you know that I have my very own blog where I write every week about horror and exploitation movies. So… Who’s a sad weirdo now? Continue reading “Tourist Trap (1979)”
Here’s a recipe for a B-Movie Enema feature: One part The Most Dangerous Game, two parts 80s, a couple bimbos, one whole Charles Band, and a whole heapin’ helpin’ of silly sci-fi. This is what Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity are made of.
And I’m gonna tell you all about it this week!
First off, I want to admit that the title definitely caught my eye, though I’m sure I’ve heard of this before. Full Moon Direct often has lots of sales on their website. It’s why you’ve seen me cover more from Band’s company over the past couple months. What’s great is that I have more to come too! But another thing I definitely appreciate about this movie is that it isn’t horsin’ around. It’s 74 minutes, wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. Continue reading “Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)”
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)”
We’ve reached the end of Subspecies Month.
I’ve got to say, I’ve really enjoyed the three previous chapters in the series. Are they the very best vampire flicks I’ve ever seen? No, but it’s worth mentioning that Full Moon Features specifically seemed to try to have some idea of consistency (aside from one piece that I will get to momentarily), and some considerable effort while filming the movies in Romania to add the appropriate flavor to the whole thing. Additionally, each of the four actual Subspecies flicks were directed by the same guy, Ted Nicolaou, primary villain Radu was played by the same guy, Anders Hove, each time around, and Michele was played by Denice Duff in three of the four films. That’s consistency that you don’t often find in a lot of direct-to-video horror. Hell, you may not even always find it big budget horror in the 80s or 90s.
But before we get into 1998’s Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm, we need to do a little bit of housekeeping. Continue reading “Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998)”
Welcome back to Subspecies Month here at B-Movie Enema.
Full Moon Features had a certified hit on their hands with the first Subspecies film. The second, Bloodstone: Subspecies II, while leaving me with a whole bunch of questions (not the least, “Where are the Subspecies?”), was still fairly decent. It wasn’t as good as the first, but was far from some of the really bad cash-ins Full Moon tends to do later in the 2000s. The one thing the sequel did, was leave us with a cliffhanger. Last we saw, Michele (Denice Duff) had seemingly defeated the evil Radu (Anders Hove), but needed to stay behind in a crypt out of the sunlight before being able to leave with her sister Becky (Melanie Shatner). However, Radu’s mother and beef jerky person, aptly named Mummy, snatched Michele and drug her back below into the crypt for who knows what. We were teased with a coming soon title card that reminds many of the era of how Back to the Future II teased Back to the Future III.
So, here we are, it’s time for Bloodlust: Subspecies III! Continue reading “Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994)”
Subspecies Month marches on!
With Subspecies being another hit for Full Moon Features, it was clear that a sequel was indeed needed. So, two years later, Full Moon released Bloodstone: Subspecies II picking up directly after the conclusion of the first chapter. Because this is being featured on this blog, and the dreaded specter of the Angel series still haunting me, you better believe there are casting changes here.
(And yes, that Angel specter is still constantly reminding me there is a fourth film I have yet to cover. It haunts my dreams, man. It’s a constant reminder of my failings in life. This devilish Angel will not be appeased until I finally cover it. Just hold tight and I will get there in time. In fact, sooner than you know.) Continue reading “Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993)”