Horrorfest 2022 Presents: Head of the Family (1996, Charles Band)

Head of the Family has some good comedic moments, yet as a horror movie it’s flat and not interesting enough. The mutants provide some entertainment, however I couldn’t give a hoot about the human characters whatsoever. Furthermore the movie seemed to be holding the viewer at arm’s length, possibly afraid no one would laugh at the jokes and daring people to care about this goofy movie. It doesn’t work, yet I didn’t hate this movie. I was just left disappointed.

Most of the truly captivating material happens in the last act, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the movie. Charles Band has done much better work, check that stuff out instead. Viewed on Shudder because of, who else, Joe Bob Briggs, of course. I wonder if the sequel goes full camp all the way or not.

Horrorfest 2020 Presents: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966, Jun Fukuda)

That is a really long title for a Godzilla movie: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. Ebirah happens to be a giant lobster that Godzilla ends up fighting later on in the movie. First though a group of people end up on an island controlled by a terrorist military group that even has airplanes and a nuclear reactor. Boy does this series really dial up the camp factor by this point, and people just went along with it. No matter because I really liked this movie: it’s fun, and wacky.

Plus fun for the whole family, really, as this entry is one that the kids could watch too. I liked how the heroes kept having to play hide and seek with the bad guys. They are forced to awaken Godzilla, who of course does underwater combat with Ebirah. Too bad Godzilla didn’t fight more underwater monsters in the series. Oh and Mothra pops up later on to help out, which makes sense considering she is the real hero of these movies.

Maybe one day I’ll finally tire of viewing Godzilla movies, and perhaps they’ll even stop making them. Yet I doubt either of that happens. Give me movies with huge monsters fighting each other while the humans run for cover. Sometimes cinema should be a blast, reveling in pomp and circumstances. If one can’t enjoy a movie with a killer lobster and a giant lizard sleeping off a bender, can one truly enjoy movies? Probably not.

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