Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Trophy Heads

An obsessed fan and his mother kidnap scream queens and force them to reenact their famous film roles.

 

United States
2014
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Sadist: 
Torturer
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
Meta
3.04
Scream queen all you want...
5.04
3.04
6
5.04
1
4
2
Ambiance
Dialog
Performances
There is something troubling about the way the main character describes how actors grow old and fade away. He then comes to the realization that he, too, is fading away. He wants to create something big, something significant. He wants to kill scream queens. Full Moon was never so honest, so introspective and so depressing. This film starts well but runs out of fuel halfway.
Many scream queens are reunited and play a parody of themselves; scream queens like Brinke Stevens, Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, Denice Duff, Jacqueline Lovell and Maria Olsen. Prolific filmmakers David DeCoteau and Stuart Gordon make an appearance, too. This is one for the fans. It’s only funny and clever if you know your stuff. It’s self-congratulating, at times, and very meta.
Can Trophy Heads be appreciated by someone outside the Full Moon loop? Not really. It’s not a great horror movie. It relies on humor but those are mostly inside jokes, therefore it won't work as a comedy for the uninitiated. The movie ranges from decent to schlock. It’s rough around the edges. The script could've used more work. The dialogue is pretty bad, but the actors make the most of it.
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