Saturday, December 17, 2011
Boogie Woogie under the Snow: The Boogens (1981)
starring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren and Anne-Marie Martin
Apparently a monster movie built around a slasher skeleton, complete with cliches such as the villain's POV being used in unconventional ways, ignored doomsayers, and even some pretty decent killings, this mine-based obscure horror became a cult treat for many for being unreleased in video for nearly two decades since it's theatrical run and too for its nostalgic 80s quality.
Cue some teenagers out for a snowbound getaway with their boyfriends, who the latter happens to be working on the mines too. It's only a matter of time before the monsters get to them and then the feeding begins...
Arguably, I could easily diss away this film for being that bad but the truth is, it kinda added some charm to the film's quality. While it's sluggish and pretty dull at some places, The Boogens' greatest strength is its atmosphere, which is actually great due to the whole movie taking place in the snowy mountains, impressive looking caves and underwater mines, adding much isolated and helplessness as victims fell prey to something underneath them. Cheese fans might appreciate this a bit more, with the entire film dipping into mediocrity as a stalk-and-kill influenced monster flick, whose little critters' design looked like a cross between an octopus, a turtle and a spider. The low budget definitely limited their appearances (and too the effects used to animate them) but they did made their attacks worth a while to watch.
1 female snared by monster, killed offscreen
1 male had his throat clawed open
1 dog killed offscreen
1 female repeatedly clawed on the face
1 male dragged into the water, killed
1 elderly male clawed and snared on the neck, dragged into water and killed
1 male bitten on the face, clawed
1 monster pounded to death with steel pipe
1 monster immolated in explosion
1 monster had its head crushed with rock
1 male clawed on the neck
1 monster decimated by dynamite, killed in cave-in