Saturday, July 28, 2012


Bubonic plague breaks out on a ship, so four of the passengers (a journalist, a teacher, a chemist and the wife of a politician) steal a lifeboat and head for a nearby island. Once there, they're informed by a native that the only way to civilization is to walk to the other side of the island. A four or five day journey through the jungle...and he would gladly show them the way. Unfortunately, this guy is an idiot and not only did he neglect to tell them there's hostile tribes in the jungle (not to mention a lot of icky creatures), he gets them fucking lost! So now they're wandering around aimlessly in circles. Not to fear though, because as the clothes slowly fall of of the mousy teacher (Colbert), the two guys suddenly realize that once she lets her hair down and looses the cheaters...that she's really hot! So now with romance in the air, the two guys joust over the affections of the fair maiden as cobras hiss and natives fling arrows through the necks of other natives.

For an early sound adventure/drama, FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE is alright. It's a little too melodramatic, but it's still an entertaining watch. I was particularly impressed that it was filmed entirely on location. I found myself thinking about how I would love to see a behind the scenes feature showing the film crew lugging around those old gigantic cameras through the jungle.

If you're into classic cinema, then FFP is a good watch. It won't change your life or anything, but it's a solid film. Recommended. I am curious now as to what is the earliest movie to feature a hot chick "hidden" behind spectacles, pulled up hair and unflattering clothes?
I like how the Morse Code message was animated out on the wires of the ship.

Friday, July 27, 2012


A female news reporter receives a snuff film in the mail. She recognizes the highway and building on the tape, so she does what every normal person would do: gather up some friends and goes to investigate it for herself. Road trip!

Once at the abandoned industrial site, the group decides it'd be best if they break up. Good thinking! It only takes a few minutes for the killer to start fucking people up. And fuck them up he does! The first few kills were awesome and creepy as fook, but it slows down quite a bit by the time we get to the Final Girl...then right when you're starting to get bored it hits you with an ending that's so fooked up that you'll have just enough time to yell "Holy cricket testicles!" before your brain explodes.

Twenty-something years later EDT comes across as kinda dated, but I'm sure at the time of it's release it was probably pretty shocking and maybe even revolutionary. It borrows some of the best bits of Fulci (eye-stabbing, loud maggots) and Argento (camera angles) along with a Goblin-sounding music and then adds it's own unique style. I have no proof of this, but I'm convinced that whoever made those SAW movies saw EVIL DEAD TRAP years ago and just re-vamped it.

It's not a great film and it'll probably never get the recognition it deserves, but if you're into horror and horror movie history then EDT is a must watch.

Part 2 - Evil Dead Trap 2