Elvira's Movie Macabre: Blue Sunshine / Monstroid

Elvira's Movie Macabre: Blue Sunshine / Monstroid

God bless Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Were it not for her, throngs of us would never have subjected ourselves to the worst in late night "bentertainment.” Furthermore, the "artistic” creations of many wannabe directors and screenwriters would have fallen into the abyss of crap. Thanks to her though, they live on and we continue to waste away watching "the films that should not be.” In this case, those films are enjoyably disastrous commitments to celluloid. Blue Sunshine follows the tale of Jerry (Zalman King), a man who must find the dealer responsible for handing his buddy a batch of LSD that rendered him a babbling psychotic killer. Watching King fumble his way through half-baked lines and dealing with the mind-warped murderer — who does little more than stare as if he just saw his parents fucking — is hilarious and just shy of painful. Factor in that this ’70s piece of fluff is a thinly veiled attempt at justifying the onset of "Just Say No” and Blue Sunshine is long (107 minutes!) but enjoyable without the need for influences. The unassuming laugh riot that is Monstroid follows suit with its absolute cheesiness, actually surpassing its partner film. The laughably "based on a true story” feature sees a small village attacked by a creature created by a corrupt chemical company that denies its existence. It haunts the nearby lake, so we indulge the hapless inhabitants who find excuses to be by the water so they may be cherry picked by a beast that melds the rubber props of early ’50s sci-fi/horror and a latex suit that is seemingly one of the rejects from Godzilla. Insert the usual onslaught of screams, deplorable acting and slights from Elvira for another hour of "why did I watch that?” amusement. Sadly, there are no DVD extras. (Shout! Factory)