Posted by: Damon Swindall
After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!
Those direct-to-video titles can be quite a toss-up. When you would venture into the local VHS depository and scan the racks these crazy films with crazy titles and, sometimes, even crazier artwork would immediately catch the eye. That’s the job of the DTV flick: suck in the consumer and rake in the rental scratch. No matter what people might say, the majority of these films never amounted to much and usually left the viewer a tad down. You will get a gem every now and again but the odds are not in your favor. One such example is 1987’s Wizard Video release, under the “Too Gory for the Silver Screen” banner, Mutant Hunt. Certain parts of the film are brilliant and hysterical, but before the halfway point things get boring and never really recover.