FILM

The End of Summer is mostly film-centric, performing a lot of new-release reviews for various distribution companies, but you won't find those here. Below are films chosen for discussion and dissection for an array of reasons. Unsung Horrors honors the cream of the crop that, for whatever reason, have not received the respect they deserve. It Ain't That Bad focuses on films with a bad wrap deserving of better. Shitty Flicks, well...use your imagination. The list goes on, so feel free to browse through the library and see what's been tackled in the past.



Every once in a while, a genuinely great horror movie—one that would rightfully be considered a classic, had it gotten more exposure and love at the box office—makes an appearance. It comes, no one notices, and it goes. But movies like this are important. They need to be treasured and remembered. If intelligent, original horror is supported, then that's what we'll begin to receive, in droves. We need to make these movies a part of the legendary genre we hold so dear. Because these are the unsung horrors. These are the movies that should have been successful, but were instead ignored. They should be rightfully praised for the freshness and intelligence and craft that they have contributed to our genre.

So, better late than never, we’re going to celebrate them now…one at a time.

CHOOSE



Though every genre is guilty of contributing their fair share of bad films, it would seem the horror genre not only eclipses other genres' output of dreck, but does so in such a way that sometimes – when the stars align just so – something so befuddlingly stupid and entertaining is created that you just know in your hearts and hearths that a better version of that film simply would not have been as valuable. Shitty Flicks is an ongoing column that celebrates the most hilariously incompetent, amusingly pedestrian, and mind-bogglingly stupid movies ever made by people with a bit of money, some prior porn-directing experience, and no clue whatsoever. It is here you will find unrestrained joy in movies meant to terrify and thrill, but instead poke at your funny bone with their weird, mutant, camp-girl penis.

WARNING: I tend to give away major plot points and twist endings in my reviews because, whatever. Shut up.

CHOOSE



In this column, movies with less-than-stellar reputations are fairly and objectively defended. Full disclaimer establishes that said movies aren’t perfect, and aren’t close to being such, but contain an undeniable amount of worth that begs you for a second chance. Films chosen are based on their general reception by both critics and audiences, more often than not falling into the negative. Every film, no matter how dismal, has at least one good quality. As they say, it ain’t that bad.

Spoilers abound.

CHOOSE




A joint effort between The End of Summer and Exploitation Movie Review, “Two Guys, One Quip” is a new venture to honor the cheesiest, oddest, and most unheralded crop of films we can stand. Some films can be tackled solo and some cannot. Some films are so excruciatingly unusual that multiple parties are needed to catch every single solitary weirdity. "Two Guys, One Quip" is a free-for-all, back-and-forth, "I'm-just-gonna-say-whatever" approach to double-teaming an easy target in the unsexiest way possible. Below you will find nothing close to actual, legitimate film discussion, but instead sarcasm and douche-bag superiority flying fast and furious. Profanity will be immense, constant, and unyielding. No on-screen target is safe. No incompetence will pass by unmocked. And no punches will be at all pulled. Some films are asking for it. These are some of them.

CHOOSE



FOUND FOOTAGE ARCHIVES


Found footage movies go by many other names: the mockumentary, cinéma vérité, first-person POV. Love 'em or hate 'em, this device has been part of the horror genre since the turn of the century. (Seriously!) The Blair Witch Project showed how so much could be done with so little, while Cloverfield proved you could go big – very big. The Found Footage archives is a definitive list of flicks – from big budget to no budget; from all four corners of the world; from the released, to the unreleased; the good, the bad, and everything in between. Check it out.

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