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The Buzz:

     Shock horror pretty much died in the 80’s, or I should say shock horror of any decent quality at least.  One of the most shocking and disturbing films from that genre is one of Tom Savini’s  greatest works, a little film starring Joe Spinelli called Maniac.  I only discovered recently that one of the most detested films of all time was remade in 2012; basically the same movie with new faces.  Having seen the original and felt dirty for years after doing so, I made the brilliant decision that I gotta watch this one too.  I am glad I did!  I was treated to a well-acted piece of modern shock horror that all fans should see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Life of the Party:

     This film was made as a loving tribute to a criminally bad film, but the people in charge really tried to make this a work of art.  The thing that will strike you right from the start is that the story is told from the characters eyes, literally; you rarely see him in anything but mirrors or pictures.  This really works because you get a true sense of him losing his mind from his muttering and first person visions.  The film is a modern day Psycho in the way of Frank’s relationship with his dead mother; there is no body face of his career and this film just pushes the envelope so much further.  He is terrific as the aforementioned Maniac; he owns the role and doesn’t shrink away like some stars would at violence and sex.  His character’s career at mannequin restoration goes to make the film just that much creepier and crawlier, as the soulless eyes of mannequins are just hell-like.  The film does have some intense violence and sexual situations, but the way they are put on screen are not to glorify them, but to make them feel dirty.  If you are a fan of horror and have not tried the shock horror sub-genre this is a happy medium that would make a great first adventure.

 

 

 

Potential Hangovers:

     This film is not for the squeamish; let me be clear on that point.  It has intense scenes of sex and violence, and even sexual violence that may keep a majority of people steering far away from this film.  The film also gives a deeply disturbing look into the human psyche that some people just might not want to see.  This film kind of reminds me of Taxi Driver, in the sense that you either love it or you hate it; there really is no middle ground.

 

And With That Frank's Dream of being a Hairdresser was over...

 

The Atmosphere: (Casual Gathering, House Party)

     I think this film can be a solo experience, but speaking as someone who watched it alone in a dark basement it can really turn you o….I mean make you feel dirty….yeah that’ it.  But there are two times this can work well: in a gathering of like-minded folks with some alcohol, or as background noise in a house party with LOTS of alcohol.  Either way sounds like a good time to me!

 

Drinking Games:

~ Drink when someone is looking at Frank like he’s crazy

~ Drink when someone shies or turns away from Frank

~ Drink when you see Frank’s face

~ HARD MODE: Drink when you see a mannequin

~ IMPOSSIBRU MODE: Drink when any type of blood is on screen 

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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