Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Up next from my new batch of used dvds, I’ve got Crazy Eights.
IMDb: Crazy Eights (31 October 2006)
Circumstance brings six childhood friends together to face their past, and a secret they share.
This is another from the same After Dark Horrorfest collection as Lake Dead. Somehow I never noticed until this month the amount of movies about friends reunited after the death of a friend from when they were younger. Either it’s a more common trope than I thought or it’s a strange coincidence for my random picks. The movie uses this same set up to bring our group to an old haunted building where they have history. If for some reason you want to watch without any influence, bail out now (possibly reconsider). So, when they were kids, they were test subjects. That particular plot point creates several points for your brain to reject it completely. For example, somehow in their entire adult lives they never realized they had unusual childhoods. Another is despite having been friends since they were kids they never realized that they all think the same guys is their dad. The main story of the movie is a vengeful ghost of a little girl that they where indirectly responsible for killing has trapped them in the facility they were tested in. Sounds reasonable, right? But when the movie abruptly ends, there is a short flashback that insinuates that the whole thing is a test. What the fuck does that mean? Was there a ghost? The ghost seemingly does things in the movie, so does this means the testers know about the existence of ghosts? I’m not asking rhetorical questions. If the viewer is meant to reach some conclusions about what happens in the film itself, some elements have to be answered or you end up with nothing solid. Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend this.
I’ll be watching one more from this bundle tomorrow. Check back in. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on the John Waters movies Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby, the second of which also features Tracy Lords.