Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.
There are things you can't fix with a song....
Bad Channels creates a concept bigger than its budget can allow, and then makes it happen the best it can. The characters are eccentric and are a good diversion from all that is flaky. The sets are limited in size and fabric quality, but are believable enough to get the story across. The comedic tone isn't even, so better hang on to the keen surrealism and the deliberate cheese.
For an alien invasion flick, the stakes aren't very high. It’s not a gory film, either. The makers are having fun thinking outside the box for better or worse and in full creativity. The monster rigs are limited so they in fact barely move. Their extra-terrestrial essence is put to use when Bad Channels unexpectedly turns into a musical... and a bad one!
The idea of a haunted broadcast has exploitative potential, but can easily be ruined by an asynchronous score, weak character depiction and superficial editing. There simply isn't suspense or build-up. The characters do have an arc, but their emotional state toggles constantly and, as a result, we don’t care about their trouble any more than they themselves do.