The 80s were a great decade for horror. It was not only a great decade for some of the most timeless and beloved horror films, but thanks to the age of VHS and Beta, it was also a great decade for some of the lowest budget ridiculous horror films ever made. This new double feature Blu-ray from Shout Factory is a curious one as the first film on it is fairly well known with a known name starring in it, but the ‘throwaway’ sequel may be the best reason to pick this one up.
The Curse is the story of Zack (Wil Wheaton), a good-natured kid with a not so nice family who discovers a strange meteorite that lands on his family farm’s property. After the meteorite shrinks down to nothing but leaks a strange glowing substance into the ground water, the crops soon become inedible as the local animals as well as the locals themselves begin to go mad. Now Zack and his sister Alice (Amy Wheaton) must find a way to survive when their entire family becomes violent maniacs.
The Curse is about as cheesy as 80s horror gets. There are a few good scares and some cool makeup FX and Wil Wheaton is actually pretty good too, but it just came off as fairly enjoyable but incredibly average.
Curse II: The Bite is the story of Clark (J. Eddie Peck) and his girlfriend Lisa (Jill Schoelen) who are on a road trip together when they accidentally pass through an abandoned nuclear test site that has become a breeding ground for deadly mutated snakes. When Clark is bitten he begins to transform into something even more horrendous as Lisa just fights to stay alive.
First off, Curse II: The Bite is in no way associated to the first film by anything other than name alone. I found Curse II: The Bite to be far more entertaining than the first movie though. Peck and Schoelen are both great and have great chemistry, Jamie Farr and Bo Svenson play supporting roles and the story is decent, fast paced and fun. But the best thing about Curse II: The Bite are the awesome and inventive makeup effects. They just pulled out all the stops on this one with makeup by horror veteran Screaming Mad George. You get cool snakes shots, lots of gore and wickedly gruesome transformation scenes that do the 80s proud. All in all this is a pretty great double feature with a cool but average first film and a surprise unrelated sequel film, all for the price of one. Recommended.