April’s Cheeser – Sleepaway Camp

American Eagle Films

How this horror cult classic had escaped my eyes for this long is beyond me.

From 1983 comes this Friday the 13th-ish camp slasher flick that is…just simply bizarre.

The film itself is far from good: the script is laughable, the editing is nonsensical, and the acting leaves a LOT to be desired. (The atrocious acting is most likely due to younger actors being cast, as opposed to adults being cast to play the teens).  However, while physical makings are apt to put the viewer in stitches from laughter, the psychological implications that it throws at them will disturb, confuse, and muddle everything that they had just seen.

Known to have one of the biggest twist endings in the horror genre, Sleepaway Camp is shockingly complex, albeit full of technical flaws and weak writing.  Still, it manages to give us a killer who has more depth than most horror movie villains.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

Is it a shark?  Is it a tornado? Nope, it’s something even better….

Tonight on SyFy is the annual premiere of the next Sharknado installment:  Global Swarming.  This time, Fin and the gang find themselves traveling the globe and battling the only phenomenon that would make being a weatherman halfway interesting.

Possibly one of the most popular and successful spoof sagas, the Sharknado films have featured all kinds of creative talent and cultural commentary…all amid flying sharks, and Tara Reid.  They are storms of deliberate silliness and absurdity that, in the essence of Ed Wood, can be thought of good-bad films.

To appreciate quality cinema, you have to know what bad cinema is.  A balanced exposure to all approaches to film-making is important to a critic’s objective analysis;  it allows them to have a better informed angle when investigating what works and what doesn’t with any respective film.

Every film has something to offer, no matter how atrocious the acting is or how ludicrous the plot.  From heralded masterpieces like The Godfather to the depths of the SyFy originals, we must remember that art, even “bad art”, is art nonetheless.

Yes, I just argued that it is actually beneficial for us to watch the ‘Nadoes.  I deem it worth the while to humor these films and their humor, as they test our entertainment/cultural knowledge while allowing us to have fun and watch completely asinine happenings.  Which brings us to the next important point of concern:  what type of weapon will Tara Reid have fastened on her severed hand this time?  We will find out soon!