“Spookies (1986). One of my Favorite Movies of all time! It is so amazing… if you’re into things that aren’t. This movie starts off rough with a 13 year old kid named Billy who has run away from his family that has unfortunately has forgotten his birthday. He is also Being hunted by some sort of Cougar man thing? Then the film Poorly sag ways to a group of teenagers looking for a good time in an abandoned mansion. Oh, and did I mention that there is some old dude with them? When the group of people show up to the House, they immediately find a Ouija board (Because what haunted house is complete without a Ouija board?) in which they end up falling prey to a sorcerer named Kreon’s sadistic game of Cat and Mouse. Meanwhile, Billy is Being buried alive??? This entire movie is so patched together, normally I would say it’s a skipper. BUT!!! The practical effects and ridiculousness of character design make this movie an absolute Gem in the Horror Community! To date, Spookies is still unreleased on any other format than VHS. Making Spookies a truly unique piece of cinematic Garbage. Check it out! –GRAVES”
“Black Roses (1988) This movie is… well…weird. Hahaha! It starts out with two stylish Lamborghinis rolling into a small town. What’s in these Lamborghinis you ask? DEMONS! Wielding the power of rock n roll! Mill Basin, Ontario Canada is a normal Midwestern town with normal Kids looking for any way out. So when Rock n Roll group Black Roses rolls through, Mill Basins’ youth population is thrilled to finally have rock pierce their ears. The only problem is that the towns folk aren’t to keen on having hard rock corrupt their kids. After a misleading performance of soft rock, the good Samaritans of Mill Basin allow the group to play. But what the public doesn’t know, is that behind closed doors, the youth of their town are being brainwashed by group leader Damian. Black Roses is one of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen. It is everything I’ve said and not much more. The end of the film is just as anti-climactic as the entire film itself. That being said… It is GREAT! All of the 80’s outfits, hair and slang spewed throughout this movie make it a trainwreck of cinematic shit. The practical effects of this movie are super thrown together. And all the acting deserves an academy award for how bad it is. However, if you like bad movies as much as I do, check this one out! -GRAVE”
MIKE GRAVES is a trash cinema enthusiast from Spokane, Washington. His love for all things grainy and garbled together have lead him down an interesting path of cinema history. Since he was a youngin’ growing up in the nuclear wasteland that is middle America, his fascination with practical effects and movie gore has blossomed into a full on obsession and a radical VHS collection. He hosts Warped Tape Wednesdays here in Bellingham, a major event for fellow trash cinema aficionados, and he is a contributor for Bleeding Skull VHS.