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Elvira's Movie Macabre: Giant Monsters
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Movies contained are "Teenagers from Outer Space", "Giant Gila Monster", "Attack of the Giant Leeches" and "Monster from a Prehistoric Planet". None of them are very good, yet each of them delivers some low brow entertainment and a lot of fodder for Elvira's barrage of puns and quips.
"Leeches..." For instance has an excellent skeezy performance by Yvette Vickers that ends up being the highlight of the film. "Monster..." has terrible dubbing and "Teenagers..." is filled with amazing Wood-ian dialogue. "Gila Monster" may be the best film in the set based on technical merit, but it's not as much fun as the others when it gets the Elvira treatment.
For her part, Elvira goes about her usual antics feuding with the IRS, an imposter hostess, a pet lizard and a mid-life crisis. Like all the other sets, this is worth getting for her, but there are better sources for the films.
I'm giving a low rating because even though the DVD pack of "Elvira's Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon" has subtitles, the rest of the Movie Macabre does not. No captions either. This goes for "Giant Monsters", "Bloody Madness" and "Wild Women" collections.
These all look like they're part of the same modern series, the E1 Entertainment series produced in 2011. I don't understand why the Mega Movie Marathon pack has subs but the rest do not.
I understand the Shout Factory Double Feature DVDs not having subs as all of those are just a repackaging of Elvira shows that aired in the 80s and subs were probably never made for them back then, but the E1 series is new and the largest dvd pack has them and the rest do not.
Giant Gila Monster is a pretty bad movie about a giant lizard killing someone off every half hour. The only time this movie is even remotely entertaining is when the drunk redneck character is onscreen. 2 stars out of 5.
Attack of the Giant Leeches is the worst of the lot. It is extremely poorly paced, with very little action. The leeches are hard to see, also. 1 star out of 5
Things pick up a bit with Monster From A Prehistoric Planet. It's a Godzilla rip-off that actually has some good action scenes, but also a ton of boring talking scenes. 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
The "best" movie on this set is Teenagers From Outer Space. It's a pretty campy sci-fi movie that I kinda liked. It's not great, but it's about as "good" as a movie included on Elvira's Movie Macabre can get. 3 stars out of 5.
The problem I have with Elvira's Movie Macabre is that I like Elvira, but most of the movies she shows are godawful. The same can be said for Mystery Science Theater, but those guys had funnier quips and a lot more of them. Let's hope that Elvira has her own movie soon. I'm sure (like Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark and Elvira's Haunted Hills) that it will be way better than any of the movies included on this DVD.
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Perfect just as described I don't know what else to say but thanks I couldn't be more happy thanks a lotPublished on March 9, 2014 by Scott Ray Pierson
Elvira is just too funny ... I "needed" this movie to clear all of my "issues" bouncing around in my brain.Published on September 25, 2013 by Cathy in CB VA
She makes all horrible movies look good.
I wish there was more of her movies.
Show some more of her!
I enjoy watching her show back in 2010. It too bad she not on any more but i hope if you are a fan like me you get this one.Published on April 12, 2013 by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
This four monster movie set is wonderful. Elvira is very funny and adds fun to each film with her satirical comments and witty charm (and of course her beauty). Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Larry Burns