Lazy Sunday CXLII: More Movies, Part XII: Movie Reviews, Part XII

It was a grueling week for yours portly, and the weekend hasn’t been much easier.  There won’t be much resting this Sabbath; in addition to catching up on this quite belated post, I have quite a bit of prep work for the school week ahead, which includes not just writing review guides for exams (which also need to be written), but also preparing for the school’s annual Christmas concert.  One major beef I have with the time-honored five-day workweek is that it leaves little precious time to attend to what needs getting done around the house (like fixing a clogged drain and hanging my Christmas lights), and this school year I feel like I am constantly grading and creating assessments.

But enough moaning.  Here are three more film reviews, all three from August of this year, when I was deep in the throes of my ongoing love affair with Shudder, the horror streaming service:

  • Monday Morning Movie Review: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018)” – I actually didn’t watch this one on Shudder.  Audre Myers of Nebraska Energy Observer asked me if I’d seen The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018), and encouraged me to write a review of it, so I did (I still have to write that review of 1999’s Bicentennial Man that she requested months ago—I’ll get to it eventually!).  The flick is nothing like what its exploitation-style name suggests (although the title character does kill both Hitler and the Bigfoot), but it’s still pretty good!
  • Monday Morning Movie Review: Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)” – Now this is the flick I thought 
  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot would be!  I loved this flick, which is about the title character, Sam Hell (Roddy Piper), infiltrating a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by frog people (thus, Hell Comes to Frogtown).  The world is completely ridiculous, but fun, with hot babe super scientists, villainous frog dictators, and a man whose virility is so legendary, women lick their chops at the sight of him.  It’s everything that made the 1980s great:  original storylines, comedic machismo, and pro wrestlers as actors.
  • Monday Morning Movie Review: Jakob’s Wife (2021)” – In August Shudder released a new exclusive film, Jakob’s Wife (2021), a feminist-inflected vampire story starring 80s scream queen Barbara Crampton.  While the feminist themes were a bit heavy-handed at points, the film handled the subject matter with a surprising degree of nuance.  For one, the film suggested (perhaps unintentionally) that female empowerment unleashed is a destructive, parasitical force—like a vampire.  Regardless, Crampton’s portrayal of the titular wife is excellent, and the script makes us sympathize with her.

Happy Sunday!

—TPP

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Sunday CXLII: More Movies, Part XII: Movie Reviews, Part XII

  1. Fun article! You mention the feminist infected vampire movie and the possibly unintentional highlighting of female empowerment being a destructive force. I see that in The Walking Dead. Three major characters – Lori, Carol, Andrea – were as dangerous as the zombies, in their own way. They knew better than anyone else, no one could tell them anything, they were ‘strong women’ who would not be denied. Folks who are familiar with the series understand what I mean.

    We see the destructive force in certain elected females – horrendous decision making and never back down from those decisions. Of course that’s our modern day, real life horror story.

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    • Yes! That was a major part of the film’s premise. Crampton’s character has to face the decision of becoming fully a vampire or embracing the life she built with her husband (who also grows as a character). Jakob finally overcomes her cowardice and love of comfort and kills the main vampire (a Nosferatu-style one, at that), and Crampton freaks out at him, saying that he never lets her choose, and she wanted to do so just once.

      Of course, we can HOPE she would choose to be her old self again, but her husband did the right thing—and potentially spared his town the scourge of _another_ vampire sucking people’s blood. Chances are she would have kept the intoxicating vampiric powers, and her dutiful husband might have ended up helping her along in her new life.

      The destructive force of some elected females is quite real (as I’ve observed firsthand—reasonable questions about decisions or policies I’ve brought up before often are treated as negative attacks by some of my more emotional colleagues on Council; it’s lonely being the only man sometimes—ha!). It’s also true of women in the workforce, unfortunately, especially in leadership roles. I don’t want to bar women from working or from leadership, and I wish it wasn’t the case, but I’ve seen a great deal of pettiness and mercuriality from female supervisors over the years.

      Alternatively, some of them are great, but my own experience is that the toxic ones outnumber the others.

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