Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Doom Asylum (1987, Richard Friedman)


Sure Doom Asylum is silly, cheesy, and very low budget. At one point a character says something about a person meeting them and God or whatever. I can’t remember, it was hilarious. This is a fun late 1980s slasher movie that refuses to take itself seriously, has a decent enough cast and is good fun trash that works anyways. Elements of the movie are a parody of slasher movies anyways, and work better in comedic fashion.

A lawyer and his girlfriend get in a horrible car crash. She dies, he becomes a mutilated killer who lurks in an abandoned aslyum. Some young folks show up to get horribly murdered in various ways by the killer, who spends half the flick watching old movies. Kristin Davis is probably the most famous actress in this movie, followed by Patty Mullen.

The ending made me laugh actually, and the kills are really good for a silly movie such as this one. Also the killer has some hilarious one liners and he looks really gruesome. This flick is easily a The Last Drive In candidate, although I’m sure the folks there have already seen this and I bet Joe Bob Briggs has reviewed it at some point. Check it out.

Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Frankenhooker (1990, Frank Henenlotter)


James Lorinz may be the main character of Frankenhooker, yet Patty Mullen is the real star of the film. When Lorinz’s maniac and wacky amateur scientist Jeffrey revives his dead girlfriend, Elizabeth, the movie really changes into a different and very amusing, gear.

However what occurs before all that is also insane, outrageous and very much in a spirit of a movie like this one. Frank Henenlotter, responsible for the also entertaining and pretty far out movies Basketcase and Brain Damage gives us in Frankenhooker another fun, gory and quite adult movie. Which is why I like all of those films I’ve seen from him so far, especially since these days PG-13 horror seems more the norm.

If you want to see exploding hookers, this is your kind of movie. If a horrific lawnmower accident either makes you laugh or wonder why it’s not even more violent, this is a movie for you. I didn’t think it was a great film, still I was engaged and I even laughed at times. This is definitely not your average movie, and in this case that’s a good thing.

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