Oct. 4, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST
After reading that review, couldn't wait to start watching. thanks for the Netflix heads up on these movies!
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST
It was pretty awful, but there were certain things about it that were kind of fun. And I did mention to my nephew when we were watching it how cool the music was.
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
but i'll be damned if i can remember it at all. must have smoked a whole lot of weed...
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
I love that the cut octopus scene in The Goonies is still mentioned in the final cut of the movie.
Oct. 4, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
It took three whole posts, for a testicle joke. Guys, we're slipping.
Oct. 4, 2010, 11:28 p.m. CST
I've been ranting to people for years about the differences between vintage trash and modern trash, but just like trying to explain good bad taste vs. bad bad taste, hardly anybody gets it, or cares. Look at a 70's B flick like Bloodusucking Freaks, arguably one of the finest films ever made, and compare it to something like Zombie Strippers. Holy fucking shit. The trash fans thirty years ago had it fucking made. <br><p> Modern B-movies just seem cynical to me. They're actually made to be stupid, they're made for snarky fucking asshole teenagers who think they're better than everything and enjoy watching crappy movies they can make fun of. Then they say, "it's so bad it's good!" No. It's so bad it's just fucking bad. At least the guy that made Blooduscking Freaks was genuinely pouring his heart and soul (and maybe some other body parts) into his film.
Oct. 5, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST
by Big Dumb Ape
This was on Turner Classic Movies only a few weeks ago, late at night, and since I couldn't sleep I decided to just lay on the couch and give it a watch. And, man! I remembered seeing it in the past, but I had forgotten JUST how shitty a movie it was!<p>Worst of all, it committed the biggest crime of all: NOT ENOUGH SHOTS OF TENTACLES GRABBING AND GROPING BIKINI BABES!!!
Oct. 5, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST
There are exceptions of course (good movies of all kinds abound from all eras) but the trend of which you speak rings true.
Oct. 5, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST
There are definitely some good B movies being made, though not much stateside. I adored the onslaught of horror that was coming out of France a few years back, but even that has slowed down substantially. <br><p> What I miss was when low budget didn't have to mean cheesy, and exploitation or horror didn't have to mean camp. That's why I love it when something like Session 9 is made. A truly independent low budget horror film without a grin on its face. <br><p> I can't even do Rocky Horror shows anymore, because what I see as a really sharp, witty little movie (or play), is now seen by most as an excuse to shamelessly cry for attention, screaming unfunny stream of consciousness jokes over O'Brien's far funnier dialogue. Kids these days!
Oct. 5, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST
..low budget, pulpy, horrific... but of course, it's a timeless masterpiece. Now even the "so bad its good, but not really" movies seem to cost at least 60 million.
Oct. 5, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST
Really? I watched this film a couple months back on TV. I could barely make it through. The time time before that was when I was a little kid at my grand mother's place. I remember being so creeped out at the time; I had to go to the bathroom badly. I was so afraid that the creature was going to get me though the toilet (I'm not joking - I was terrified). Anyhow, the movie's crap. "The Swarm" on the other hand is by no means a great film, but very entertaining. I own it and will be watching it again. You got more out of "Tentacles" than I.
Oct. 5, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST
sort of like Caligula in that "why is this bad movie got so many good actors in it?" sorta way, but without the porn and a couple shelves down of actors. Owwww!!!
Oct. 5, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Melbourne comedy act Cinema Fiasco do a live show featuring a different 50s to 70s schlocker each month, and they tackled this about a year ago. I swear if it hadn't been for their gags over the film, Tentacles would have been nigh-unwatchable. Sure, it has many of the tropes of primo so-bad-it's-good cinema, but was so flat and dreary that it would be difficult to sit through on its own. The orca-hand-puppets-ripping-apart-a-dead-real-octopus-carcass finale really must be seen to be believed though.
Oct. 5, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST
...they always promised more than the actual films delivered! Some of the posters were really unnerving - films like Dead and Buried, Humanoids of the Deep, Tintorera (that jumping shark poster - shudders lol) Food of the Gods, The Fury, Ruby...their posters and trailers were great! All crap films though, but classic crap!
Oct. 5, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Oct. 5, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST
by Jack Burton
Man, that flick scared the shit out of me and I watched it for the first time last year. I'm not sure I would call the precursor to Halloween a "B" movie. I'm enjoying this column, Quint. Any way you can tell us ahead of time if a movie is available on demand rather than the day of the review? I absolutely plan to watch this on demand now, it's been years since I've seen it and the only thing I remember is the trailer scene when it snatches the baby. Should be a fun one to watch with the kids because watching crap monster movies and ripping on them has become a very enjoyable family activity lately.
Oct. 5, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST
from the 70s such Barnaby Jones, Cannon, etc. When the voiceover guy would say "with tonights special gueststar William Shatner". <br> <br> As marineboy said and I agree, those 70s posters were great and better than the movies. <br> <br> Still remember thursday and friday newspapers in the 70s with all the movie ads that took up a whole page alone. Jaws even had a full page to itself when it was so popular one friday.
Oct. 5, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST
very few actors about these days with the class or ability of Fonda. Was on a set for a forthcoming movie recently and the actors were mainly preoccupied with their cell phones, never mind the script! Let's have an industry revolution now please :s
Oct. 5, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST
is an underrated gem. I'm interested in Quint's opinion on this.
Oct. 5, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST
Oct. 5, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . the only thing better than Barbara Hershey's awesome tits is Barbara Hershey's awesome tits as fondled by an entity.
Oct. 5, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST
..."Bad Ronald" and why is a very young Stephen Colbert featued on the DVD cover? (Yes, I'm kidding!)
Oct. 5, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST
I too was a puzzled by "Black Christmas" being lumped in with the cheese dip. Now "Devil Times Five" is a real good example of how a movie can cheese it up and still bring the dread, but Clark's little masterpiece? Never saw it, myself. Not calling you out, Quint, just wondering if you weren't thinking of "Silent Night, Deadly Night" or something...by the way, these AMAD's are great fun, and if you haven't seen it yet, I'd love to read your take on "The House of Laughing Windows". Real fucking creepy, that one.
Oct. 5, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST
a million Japanese porn fantasies were born.
Oct. 5, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST
I never forgot the baby scene with the stroller in the water, or the climactic battle between the giant octopus and two orcas. Flippin' classic! I found this on DVD as an MGM double feature with Empire of the Ants--another flippin' classic!
Oct. 5, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST
I have 3 older sisters, and we all sat down to watch this movie when we were kids, it was on the Saturday night horror movie show on local TV. It fucked them up for *years* :-P
Oct. 5, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Today's low budget films don't do ballyhoo with cool posters and deadly serious trailers with husky voiced narrators. I also firmly believe that shooting on film, with the grain that gives the picture, makes films like this seem much more professional than shot-on-digital-video crap. The film makers WERE more professional; any kid can grab a digital camera and call himself a director. Also, the film makers took the movie seriously even when the subject matter was absolutely ridiculous. There was no obvious tongue in cheek and so it's more fun to watch. You can't laugh at something that's already laughing at itself to difuse any of its inadequacies.
Oct. 5, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST
I got nothing.
Oct. 5, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
Part of the reason why things look better is that folks had to educated to light film stock so that it was anything other than garbage. Once you had that education sometimes you found yourself working in "the boonies" cause money is money. So what if you are lighting for a giant octopus picture. Working with video doesn't require that discipline.
Oct. 5, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST
Don't they have a cure for that?
Oct. 5, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
Watch it back to back with PIRANHA 2 THE SPAWNING.
Oct. 5, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
MonsterQuest did a whole episode of nothing trying to say that Mega-giant Octopuses existed off of Seattle. Then they actually get live footage of a purported sixty foot or a hundred foot giant squid off of the Sea of Cortez. Now that was freaking fantastic. Tentacles and giant sea monsters make horrible movies watchable. YAY!
Oct. 5, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST
I remember the one sheet for this movie, because I was walking out of Star Wars for the first time in '77 and saw it in the theatre lobby. Think that year I watched "The Gargantua" and "Island of the Mushroom People" for the first time as well. My little kid nightmares were in overdrive that year.