A lifelong obsession with the horrorstuffs.
I had no idea what to expect going into this. I just remember it being heavily advertised at the video store around its release, touted as some indie gem.
I was pleasantly surprised to find it has a Southern Gothic lite thing going on: messed up families...shady pasts...petty criminals. Almost like stuff we'd come to see from David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols. It ticked a lot of boxes that I love.
Counter to what I've seen online, though, I…
Manages to be fascinating, terrifying, and heartbreaking all at once.
Besides the Nikes and that recognizable footage of Marshall Applewhite—shorn head and wide-eyed stare, against a purple backdrop—my knowledge of Heaven's Gate, especially who they were as people, was incredibly limited. Thankfully, this doc is very thorough and uses plenty of old footage to tell their story.
Plus, it uses some modern songs to unexpectedly great effect.
Cults are fucking scary, man.
Shot at the same time as Lenzi's other Spring Break-sploitation charmer, HITCHER IN THE DARK, this is less exploitative and more straight-up slasher whodunnit fare.
I've said it before, and I'll say it a thousand times more: I love summertime '80s horrorstuff, and NIGHTMARE BEACH is no exception. Bawdy, gory, and dotted with shithole Florida bars. You can practically smell the sugary, overpriced alcoholic drinks.
Bonus points for Saxon playing a shithead.