Houseboat Horror (1989)
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A straight to video slasher that is as piss-poor as you might suspect based on the title, it still has some amusing moments (though unintentional), so if you go into it with the right frame of mind and friends, you can get a few yucks out of it. A hair metal band travels into the outback on a houseboat (duh) to film a video, only to find a killer waiting for any hapless tourists who come along. Rental at best, unless you just love the 'so bad it's good' school of viewing.
Houseboat Horror has the distinct honor of being infamous known as the Australia's Worst Movie Ever. I'm willing to content that by going beyond just Australia, for this movie was just unbearable. Houseboat Horror is about a large group comprised of a rock band, groupies, and a film crew enlisting a few Houseboats to go out on a lake vacation to shoot a music video. Sure enough, there's a killer afoot who was badly burned during his own video shoot as a child and naturally, he feels as though he needs to kill everyone involved in this new shoot. One of my major golden rules of movie watching is to NEVER give up and stop the movie. You do that, and then you have no right to rate a film. Well, with this one, I came closer than I ever have before to turning it off early. This film is shot on video in the 80's, so the quality is damn near below home video, as is the acting (though lead Alan Dale has gone on to be somewhat successful surprisingly. I'm sure he keeps this film hidden from people) and the music (Oh God, the music!). The video they wind up shooting is probably the most entertaining part of this film, as I haven't laughed that hard in awhile. The kills are lame and uninventive, while the effects are laughable as well. There's a decent abundance of nudity, but unfortunately, they pick some of the ugliest girls to get naked. This is definitely one of the worst films I've seen in a long time. Atrocious.
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