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Trail of the Screaming Forehead (2007)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead

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Aesthetically and thematically, director Larry Blamire's outrageous camp-fest Trail of the Screaming Forehead resuscitates and satirizes bottom-of-the-barrel 1950s sci-fi movies such as X the Unknown and The Creeping Terror. Blamire's tale revolves around the scientific discovery that foreheads (and not brains) house human intelligence. In a misguided attempt to prove this axiom, scientist Dr. Sheila Bexter (Fay Masterson) injects a serum called "Foreheadazine" into the cranium of her colleague, Dr. Phillip Latham (Andrew Parks) -- whose head rapidly balloons to the size of a watermelon. Meanwhile, a spaceship packed with "furrowed brows" crash-lands on Earth, and the brows promptly attach themselves to every human in sight. To complicate matters, dozens of locals also get wind of the scientists' project and decide to investigate; before long, the entire seaside community is swarming with addicts of the Foreheadazine drug, a problem that doubles in size when two liquor-happy sailors arrive in town with a boatload of frozen human bodies. Blamire re-creates the visual look of '50s sci-fi films such as The Blob by shooting in shockingly bright rotogravure colors -- a photographic process he dubbed "Crainioscope." Stop-motion demigod Ray Harryhausen -- who reportedly inspired this work thanks to such classics as Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad -- is listed as "presenter," and his influence can be seen via the special effects of the ballooning heads.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
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½

Not quite as well thought out as Lost Skeleton, but the premise is more ridiculous, and it's still pretty funny. Blamire has assembled a cast that excels at the bad/campy acting style necessary to pull off these old school sci fi spoofs.

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Extremely goofy parody of 1950s drive-in sci-fi. Extraterrestrial foreheads are bent on world domination. Look, every other body part has been done. The Crawling Eye, The Screaming Skull, The Crawling Hand... it's time for a really scary movie about evil foreheads. This isn't it, but it's hard to stop watching once you start. You'll learn more about foreheads than you ever thought you would, and things that were bad will get better than they were, which is good because it's not as bad as when it's better because it's good.

Larry Blamire, who brought us the great B-Science Fiction movie parody "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" has made this fantastic parody, which has more of a big studio B-picture, shot in color and CinemaScope style visuals, with dialogue that tries to hard to sound smart or complicated that it becomes completely moronic. The cast is great, and the movie's villain is moving, mind controlling foreheads! It's like "The Blob" in some ways. Good fun all around.

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