I’ve written about their show before, but one of my favorite memories of growing up was watching Siskel & Ebert every week to see if they were going to review any horror movies. And nothing is more of trip than when they reviewed Roger Corman’s Carnosaur back in 1993. I can’t do the clip any justice, but I will say that one of the highlights is Roger Ebert emphasizing that he thinks Stephen Spielberg will do a better job with the look of his dinosaurs in his upcoming movie (which of course was Jurassic Park). And also Gene Siskel gleefully discussing and pleading his case for how good the plot was for the movie. Just do yourself a favor and watch below, please 🙂
Ah yes. Thank the heavens for Youtube. Because that’s where you can find old Siskel & Ebert clips from their show and see them reviewing old 80’s horror movies. Up to bat in this post: Stuart Gordon’s…….From Beyond! Let’s hear what the boys had to say about it:
Where to begin with that. Well, for starters – how about that kinky sex?!?! Such prudes those two were. How can you not appreciate Barbara Crampton in a leather dominatrix outfit?? But anyway, kudos to Gene for loving From Beyond! He loved it so much that it “tickled” him too. Sounds fun. Roger was on the bubble with it – but at least he noted several times that he loved The Re-Animator. It’s just called Re-Animator, Roger! Geez. I love watching these old reviews because it’s actually a huge piece of my childhood, and I can vividly remember watching this show just for the horror movie reviews. Rest in peace to both of them – especially Gene. Because he loved From Beyond, just not the kinky sex.
With the kinda great news that our favorite psychopathic killer doll Chucky would be gracing us with his screen presence again in the upcoming Cult Of Chucky, I thought it would be fun to snoop around Youtube for anything Child’s Play related. And boy am I glad I did! Remember Siskel & Ebert? They were a thing one time. And it’s not an exaggerated fact to say that they really didn’t like horror movies. But man oh man are their reviews of horror movies fun to watch! Let’s watch Roger Ebert confess that Child’s Play 2 made him feel “unclean and disturbed“:
Well, at least Ebert gave some props to the overall production value of the movie. After he called it “Sick, unwholesome, and a completely malignant exercise!” though. If you do watch a majority of their horror movie reviews, you would come to the conclusion that horror movies were responsible for the hunger and famine problems in the world today. But anyway, to say this is an enjoyable watch would be an understatement. Btw guys (and I know they can’t read or hear this because they’re both dead now), Child’s Play 2 was a movie about a talking killer doll trying to play a game called ‘Hide The Soul’ with a little boy. Let’s not overthink things, mmkay?