Oh man – nothing got ol’ Gene Siskel riled up more than those damn 80’s slasher movies! And he was fired up and fuming over our favorite Valentine’s Day themed horror movie, My Bloody Valentine back in 1981.
I always just have to chuckle when Siskel & Ebert would review horror movies. At least they acknowledged that Halloween was good in this review, and I admire Roger for even mentioning New Year’s Evil – but geez were they a couple of Grumpy Guses. The funny thing is, I had just watched a review they did for Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and they loved it! Granted, it’s a much better film than My Bloody Valentine – but two completely different styles obviously. Don’t listen to Ebenezer Siskel though, folks – you go watch My Bloody Valentine by yourself or with your significant other next month, and you cheer on Harry Warden while he murders those kids that look like they’re in their 30’s! It’s what any 80’s slasher movie would want you to do.
Ah yes, one of my favorite guilty pleasures is back: Finding old Siskel & Ebert horror movie reviews on Youtube! Sometimes these two would surprise me with their views on 80’s and 90’s horror……and then other times things would go as according to plan. Such was the case with the 1988 review of Hellhound: Hellraiser II. Peep the video below and take a toboggan slide into hell…….
Well clearly all those involved with this movie missed an opportunity to call it Skinned Alive…..at least according to the late great Gene Siskel. Now granted, I didn’t expect these two to like Hellraiser II – but it always tripped me out with how ‘out of touch’ they sounded with most horror movies they reviewed. Easily my favorite bit from this particular review was Mr. Ebert proclaiming his annoyance with Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) and Tiffany’s (Imogen Boorman) names being said too much in the film (lol)! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again by the way, if you are ever in need of an escape from reality……go on Youtube and watch Siskel & Ebert review old horror movies. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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?