Say what you will about Full Moon Pictures; they have some of the most interesting monsters of modern-day cinema. Paradoxically, they can’t afford puppetry. In true Full Moon tradition, the actors are decent but inexperienced, and stuck with bad dialogue, the score is rarely appropriate, but the sets are badass. The main plot takes place in a medieval castle; that good old Charles Band castle...
The photography isn’t too shabby, but inappropriately dark. Turn on the lights, people! Show us that sumptuous set design, or lack thereof. There’s fluff in Hideous!; gratuitous nudity being the best kind of fluff. As some point, this gets substituted by gratuitous practical effects that live up to the film’s title, in every sense of the word. Expect cheap-looking but imaginative rubber monsters.
“Sheila”, played by Jacqueline Lovell, spends most of her time looking hawt, posing, and showing cleavage. While this may sound like a superfluous detail, it’s the best thing about Hideous!, granted you like the simple things in life. Again, this postpones the expensive effects and satiates us until a second half that feels like a substandard Puppet Master movie.