What Did You Watch This Weekend?

By  · Published on September 1st, 2014

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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.

The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend.

Prom Night is a Canadian slasher film from 1980 that tried to capitalize on the “theme” craze of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Mad Magazine’s sadly never produced Arbor Day, but not even the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis can make it all that worthwhile. The pacing is mostly to blame as it takes far too long for the killings to start – something that would be forgivable if the earlier time was spent giving depth to the characters – and once they do even the deaths are stretched out to ridiculous lengths. Curtis’ character is unimportant to the story in every way too. On the plus side the film does set some kind of record for red herrings… a record that only fell earlier this year to Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop.

Special fx guru Stan Winston made his directorial debut with the backwoods creature feature Pumpkinhead, and while the film has more than a few bumps in its script and supporting actor departments the stellar monster effects along with an intense turn from Lance Henriksen make up for them all. Revenge, morality, good and evil… all set to the tune of an eight foot tall demon who just wants to fuck around with you a bit before he kills you.

I took a break from the horror films to watch the new documentary, Fed Up, and what do you know… it’s the scariest and most depressing movie I’ve seen since the last “important” doc I watched. It’s a pretty fantastic and insightful look at the nation’s obesity problem, and it makes its case with both common sense observations and intelligent realizations. It correctly points the finger at the food industry and our government’s lack of will to keep them in check, but it does drop the ball a bit by repeatedly letting consumers off the hook completely. It’s right to say the deck is stacked against us, but it’s wrong to think we ourselves aren’t partially to blame. Conservatives will denounce it in the name of capitalism, but in addition to the film showing its apolitical agenda in its criticism of the Obamas the facts are clearly laid out for all to see. Businesses do not care about you nearly as much as they care about your wallet.

My unintentional quartet of terror concluded with the new Serbian film, Killer Mermaid. Think for a second about the creativity and talent necessary to come up with that title, and you’ll have an accurate idea as to the quality of the film. (To be fair, the original title was Mamula. That is not a joke.) It’s not all bad as there are a few nice bits of practical gore effects on display before the CGI takes over, and Franco Nero stars as an angry fisherman too. The best part of the film by far though is the final minute which actually accomplished the impossible by making me excited for a sequel. I know, I don’t understand it either.

What did you watch this weekend?

Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.