Since cutting the cable cord and picking up a Roku, I’ve stumbled upon a great free film option.
One of the streaming channels available to Roku owners is B-Movie TV. Every two hours, the channel plays a low budget B-movie, usually from the 80s or 90s. The channel plays a different genre every day, ranging from martial arts to horror.
The latter is very reoccurring for the channel, with regular segments like Tuesday Night Terrors and Saturday Night Terrors.
As a result, I’ve seen a very large chunk of low budget horror flicks and they are certainly worth commenting on. Over the month of October, for Halloween Horror Fest, I’m going to take a look back on some of the scary flicks I’ve watched since picking up the channel.
Dawn of the Mummy – 1981
This flick bears a lot more resemblance to zombie movies than a mummy tale. It’s very clear a lot of inspiration came from the “Night of the Living Dead” aftermath.
The premise features a group of models going to Egypt and disturbing the tomb of a mummy. As a result, the mummy rises from the grave, and several of his minions come back too. Those minions are practically zombies since they slowly stalk and take bites out of people.
In true B-Movie fashion, “Dawn” features poor acting and even worse lighting. There are sequences where it’s very difficult to see what’s going on thanks to the lighting. Maybe the worst part of “Mummy,” though, is a very slow first half. It takes a while for things to really get going.
Fortunately, the movie is boosted by a wild climax. There is a lot going on in the final 30 minutes and it’s a lot of fun. The gore effects are solid and there’s a ton of mayhem making for wonderful entertainment value.
1.5 out of 3 Egyptian tombs.
Fatal Games 1984
“Fatal Games” has also been known as “Olympic Nightmare.” Both are fine titles, really. The movie takes place at an academy that specializes in training athletes for major competitions, such as the Olympic Games.
The training takes a deadly turn, though, as it turns out a killer has a grudge against some of the young athletes and decides to take it out on them in bloody ways. The killer appears to be an athlete, too, as all of the kills come by way of throwing javelins.
This is the complete package one wants from a low budget 80s slasher, since it follows the blueprint exactly. The result is a cheesy but fun slasher with some fairly inventive kills thrown in. Slasher movies are usually a bit more entertaining when the weapon isn’t just a knife.
There’s plenty of camp and sleaze to make this one a fairly fun watch. Not that one expects a masterpiece in writing, but the ending pulls things down a bit, though. As a slasher this probably could have had more blood, too, but still, credit to creativity.
2 out of 3 blood covered gold medals.