Not that I need an excuse to watch Horror movies, but it’s October and, to me, that means Horror All the Time. Movies, books, and other, uh, horror things. In the past I used to watch a Horror movie a day all through October. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I don’t have the time to do that anymore so I watch them when I can. Which means the weekends. And this weekend I watched movies aplenty.
One of them was a low budget movie called Rabid Love. It’s an homage to 80’s slasher films, more or less, with college kids in a cabin in the woods and hijinks ensue. The “action” scenes were poorly directed, especially the way they were edited, and the acting was horrendous almost across the board, and the pacing was glacial, but since it was an obvious nod to 80’s films I couldn’t quite figure out if all that was on purpose. Considering some of the camera shots were pretty good and there were a few really good ideas running through the film, I’m going to go with “on purpose.” Still, it’s tough to pull the whole “bad on purpose” thing off unless you’re John Waters. Writer/director/star Paul J. Porter obviously had a vision for the film and I think he mostly pulled it off. Overall, it’s a decent film. Better than decent, I think. Don’t let the 3.3 rating on IMDB dissuade you, all those people who voted are wrong. Wrong, I say. Despite it being not all that horrific or gory or scary or even slasher-y, it’s well worth a watch for Horror fans.
But where it really shines is the soundtrack.
Whoever put the soundtrack together deserves an award. Or, you know, a job in the film industry. Both the original score and the chosen songs seem to be stolen from a much better film, sorry to say. Like I said, the movie’s decent, but the soundtrack is fantastic. There’s maybe a bit too many songs in the movie, with a single scene sometimes having two different songs, but they’re all great. It seems as if the director (or whoever it was) somehow managed to get all these great songs (and a great original score by Nicholas Nielsen) and didn’t want to waste any of them. It’s a professional soundtrack to an amateur movie, a soundtrack so good it overshadows the movie. They all feel like lost 80’s classics. A perfect soundtrack to a faux-80’s movie.
One of my favorites is a song called Exit the Building by Racecat Deathmatch. After the movie, I hit up the internet to hear more from this band (and all the other bands actually) and was surprised to find virtually nothing about the band. The only thing I could find were 7 tracks on Soundcloud. Apparently, it’s one guy. Makes sense, when you hear the music. And he only has 9 followers.
Nine. (Well, ten now.)
A travesty, you ask me. He deserves way more than nine. I mean, nine!
Anyway, if you like fake 80’s songs, the soundtrack is worth the listen even if low budget horror movies don’t zing your ding.