Sunday, November 21, 2021

Nasty Girl


Hey, hey, Horror Nuts!  Welcome to another edition of WTFHM!

So, I don't know if you all are aware of this, but...the 80s were weird, yo.

Specifically speaking, once upon a time, videotapes and VCRs were all the rage. With this new technology came the flood of B-Movie horror. And with B-movie horror came moviemakers that stretched the limits of gore on film.

In England, these movies were called "Video Nasties" and the public was incensed about them. In fact, there was a whole campaign to censor these Fangoria gorefests. Some films were even banned for their heavy grossness quotient.

See, the whole idea was that such movies were corrupting the minds of the public. You know, like they said Rock and Roll, 2 Live Crew, Yoga, Holistic medicine, and Marilyn Manson were corrupting the public? Hey, I lived through all that and I'm just fine, right?


starring Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin, Sophia La Porta, Adrian Schiller, Adrian Havill, and Guillaume Delauney.

Once upon a time in 1980-something censor person, Enid(Algar), is doing her job watching the Video Nasties and suggesting cuts to the filmmakers so that they won't get their gory movie banned.

So, Enid has some problems and first, they seem like normal "girl in the 80s" problems. Her coworkers hit on her and call her uptight when she doesn't reciprocate. You know. Overt Sexism.

She also has a sister that went missing when she was a kid. Her parents hit her with a death certificate and most definitely blame her for her sister's disappearance.

So, that's a nice amount of trauma for one person who watches horror movies for a living. And I'm not saying that combination is a recipe for disaster, but...

Okay, in this case, it's totally a recipe for disaster.

Enter film Producer Doug Smart (Smiley), who immediately hits on her and impresses upon her to watch the new Frederick North movie, which she does. 

Enid immediately becomes obsessed and gets hold of one of Frederick North's banned videos. While watching it, she notices that the main actress, Alice Lee (LaPorta), looks a whole lot like her long-lost sister. 

So, it's about at this point that Enid loses her ever-loving mind. She finds out where Doug lives and shows up at his house. Doug, who was on the make from the beginning, thinks it's sexy time. When she tries to get information about Alice Lee from him, he tells her that she's on her way out and "you know what that means."

Which, to a normal person, usually translates to #Dmovieactresslife!  To Enid, it clearly comes off as MY SISTER IS IN DANGER! 

Doug throws his penis at her and she rejects him hard. When he tries to force himself on her, she accidentally kills him and the roller coast begins.

Enid finds out that Frederick North is filming his sequel with Alice Lee in some woods. So she shows up there and the crew thinks that she's one of the other actresses. They get her in costume and makeup and send her into what looks like the pivotal scene. Oh, and they hand her a real ax.

So, already unstable and pretty much a murderer coming into this, she perceives the actor playing The Beast (Delaunay) as someone who wants to hurt her sister and goes all chop choppy on him.

Well, being that she really killed someone on a movie set, everyone loses their mind. Alice runs away with Enid hot on her heels, covered in blood and carrying an ax. It's a bad scene.

Enid starts hardcore hallucinating at this point. In her hallucination, she finds a car, drives her sister back to her parents and her parents love her again...

Of course, that's not what really happens. The movie ends with the hallucination superimposed over reality, which is a blood-covered Alice Lee running to Enid's parents, begging them for their help while Enid looks on madly.

Theee End...

Yeah, I liked this movie a lot.  It was a great commentary on censorship, trauma, all that stuff that we fear is going to happen to us with the wrong influences (whether those fears are substantiated or not). Beautifully done.  I'd give it two jewels if that was my thing.

It should also be noted that this movie was done by female director - Prano Bailey-Bond. We don't have enough female directors in general and definitely not enough in horror. I'll be watching for her. She's got my attention.

Okay, so next week let's watch Till Death starring everybody's favorite "chick we're all supposed to hate because she has the nerve to be pretty", Megan Fox!  Should be fun!

See you next week!




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