Alright, Full Moon Fever II: Torchlight Diaries is off and running thanks to last week’s check in with the Beach Babes. This week, we keep to the out of this world hotties with Cybil Richards’ 1996 erotic sci-fi flick Femalien.
Now, I want to say that I always think Cybil Richards is one of David DeCoteau’s many, many nom de plumes, but it actually isn’t. I don’t know if I’m excited or sad about that. On one hand, I’m betting Femalien doesn’t have a shit ton of dance scenes as she traipses across the galaxy and meeting new people and dealing with back pain. On the other hand, I’m betting there’s no bad jokes and shit.
Now, was this made on a slim budget of 27-30,000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers like so many of DeCoteau’s films looked to be?
It’s the first episode of B-Movie Enema: The Series! Join B-Movie Proctologist Geoff Arbuckle as he and his faithful companion, Nurse Disembaudee, as they watch the 1978 Italian sci-fi/horror/sort of thriller Eyes Behind the Stars!
Well, holy hot damn… This is the 250th B-Movie Enema article!
So what do I do to celebrate? I kick off a second month of “Full Moon Fever”. I covered a bunch of Full Moon movies back in February of 2017. But then, over the course of the past year or so, I started looking at some other types of movies from Charles Band’s production company. More specifically, I started checking out some of the offerings from Torchlight which was the spicy wing of Full Moon.
Beach Babes from Beyond was one that I chose to do. So, to kick off Full Moon Fever II: Torchlight Diaries, let’s talk about its sequel, Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island!
As with the first entry of this duology, Beach Babes 2 is directed by David DeCoteau under one of his many pseudonyms, Ellen Cabot. Unlike the first entry, this movie doesn’t draw the relatives of famous actors to fill out the cast. No Joe Estevez, no Jackie Stallone, no Don Swayze, no Joey Travolta. There’s not even a Burt Ward or Linnea Quigley. I’m sure that will have no significant effect on the sequel.
Okay, so maybe last week I closed out one tradition on this site, but I still have a lot more that I can draw from!
That’s what’s up this week as, yet again, it’s time to check out a Norman J. Warren joint! This week’s movie is one that I often see a lot of negativity float about on social media sites and groups I belong to. I don’t care, I think this is a perfect example of the strangeness in one of Warren’s movies. I’m going to talk about Inseminoid.
But, here’s the deal. This movie is actually quite well liked in a few circles. First and foremost, it impressed Roger Corman who nearly hired Warren for movies he was producing. It was made on a shoestring budget, but that actually works in its favor as the cave where they filmed the scenes for the scientists doing their excavation produced the perfect effect Warren wanted. He also got a boost when the famed Shaw Brothers from Hong Kong provided half the budget. It was a little bit of a tortured set though. The cave provided little light and air, and it would often be damp and cause quite a few injuries to cast and crew. On top of that, Robin Clarke, an American actor cast as one of the more important roles, didn’t get along with Norman. The two clashed often. Continue reading “Inseminoid (1981)”→
So, yeah, at some point B-Movie Enema was going to come back around to a movie with direct production involvement from Roger Corman. And with a title like Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader? Oh you bet. I’m on board.
This movie got premiered at none other than Comic Con International in 2012 about a month before showing to the masses on Epix (a lovely little-known cable network). Yet another month later, it played at the 3D Film Festival. Oh yeah… This movie was originally made as a 3D feature. If you want to know something utterly fascinating too, then know this:
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader is the first 3D film ever produced by Roger Corman.
Last week, I checked in on site favorite Norman J. Warren. This week, it’s time to check in with another favorite of the site, Brett Piper.
Toward the end of 2019, I wrote about his fun, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, alien invasion flick Battle for the Lost Planet from 1985. This time around, let’s look at the 1988 sequel – Mutant War. Whereas the first movie finds our hero Harry Trent first remembering a series of events that started with him hijacking a space shuttle to being stuck on a pre-planned, five-year course to finally returning to Earth to discover that aliens have landed and more or less messed things up pretty bad. It made for a nice little movie that, at times, gave me real classic Doctor Who vibes.
As was the case with his later film, Drainiac, and, to a certain degree, They Bite, I appreciate the spirit in which Piper works with and his general effort he puts out for the movies. I truly do get the feeling that Piper just likes making movies and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Good on him. In truth, he mostly just likes doing effects and creatures, which is obvious in his movies. That said, sometimes, you just need these little types of movies that don’t take themselves very seriously and just wants to entertain. Continue reading “Mutant War (1988)”→
With a single word, this mega company can conjure up many, many feelings. For many, it’s animated features. For some, it’s an iconic mouse. Others think of family vacations when they were little or, once grown, special times they have with their little ones. Some believe it’s everything wrong with the world. Some, like director Randy Moore, apparently believes it is a person, place, and thing that is so fake and full of shit, he wants to be sure he makes a whole movie to drive home his disdain, and then go on a press tour to make sure people know he’s above all this Disney fakeness.
The movie was Escape from Tomorrow. The gimmick is the guerrilla style filming inside both Disney World and Disneyland which is mostly what this movie has to stand on seven years on from its original release. Why is filming inside Disney Parks such a gimmick to begin with? Well, the place is absolutely crawling with intellectual property. Disney is fierce about litigation when it comes to their shit. There’s another reason why this movie was deemed risky, but I’ll get to that momentarily. Continue reading “Escape from Tomorrow (2013)”→
I have something to admit… Originally, I had Attack of the Killer Tomatoes slated for this week’s B-Movie Enema. About 20 minutes into that movie, I quickly realized, there’s no way to do that movie in the fine tradition of this blog. The reason was that everything about that movie that made it what it was, was in the jokes.
You had parodies of Jaws, Superman and Lois Lane, Japanese science fiction, bad dubbing on a Japanese character, tiny oneliners, lots and lots of visual jokes, a black man who was the master of disguise and often dressed as white guys convincing others he really was the person he was disguised as, and incompetency from government types and what have you. It’s impossible to write about because it is entirely made up of those little moments that turned out to be greater than the whole.