Legacy of Terror 2017

This book contains the reviews of 200 sequels, 80 prequels and 20 remakes.

For each category, installments are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting, quality and creepiness.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, a list of moods, eight ratings and a three-paragraph review.

Head of the Family

A couple blackmail a family of mutants.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
1996
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Thief
Relative: 
Sibling
Trickster: 
Lurer
Conman
Catastrophes: 
Fire
Psychics: 
Hypnotist
Medium
Telepathist
4
Terror a head...
6
3.04
5.04
5.04
2
3
2
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
This is one of Full Moon's best pictures. It’s not as flamboyant as Puppetmaster or Demonic Toy, but it has Charles Band’s signature all over it. If you didn’t know this is a movie about a twisted mutant family, you’d initially think it’s about small-town criminals. The family members are an odd casting, even for oddballs. There’s the smart one, the strong one, the charmer and the hypersentient.
There’s the gimmick and then there are subplots; all the pieces of the puzzle are equally interesting and they converge around the halfway mark. Not that this film is particularly brilliant, but it handles character exposition interestingly. Everyone in this story is despicable. It takes a while to figure out who the protagonists are, but they’re not good guys. It’s hilarious. It's ridiculous.
The make-up effects are cool. The dialogue is dumb. A good portion of this feature depicts a woman cheating on her husband, which is convenient because instead of conventional filler, we get sex and nudity. When these guys aren’t fucking, they’re talking about it. At some point, the cheater gets cheated on by her secret lover, but it’s not his fault since he was hypnotised, as he puts it.
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