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Bood Beach (1981)

  Tags: 80's, beach, Blood Beach, Burt Young, campy, cheesy, Darrell Fetty, David Huffman, Jeffrey Bloom, John Saxon, Lena Pousette, Marianna Hill, Otis Young, Stefan Gierasch

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)
Reviewer Rating: 
5

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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Jeffrey Bloom
Runtime: 
92 minutes
Cast: 
John Saxon, David Huffman, Marianna Hill, Burt Young, Otis Young, Lena Pousette, Darrell Fetty, Stefan Gierasch


I heard about this cheesy 80's flick years ago, but I never had to chance to check it. Me being a fan of 80's horror flicks, I knew I had to try to get my hands on it. Despite the negative reviews I read, I watched the movie hoping to find it just a cheesy fun flick. Ah, silly me. The movie ended up being a real bore and the ending was just plain silly, but... somehow I still sorta liked it?

The story revolves around a man who returns to his old hometown after a good friend of his, who also happens to be the mother of a childhood friend that he almost married, turns up missing. In his search for clues, he comes to the conclusion that the locals are being eaten away by the beach, but only if they roam the beach alone -- sneaky, sneaky. Dubbed "Blood Beach," the man, the old gf, and a detective played by veteran genre actor John Saxon, attempt to find the origin of the hungry beach and what creatures may lurk within it.

From the plot alone and with taglines like "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - you can't get to it." and "The five people believed to have drowned here never even made it past the sand!" you know you're dealing with a cheesy horror flick. Now normally cheesy 80's horror is pretty entertaining, but this movie didn't really work for me. It was too slow and all the deaths were basically just people screaming as they got sucked into the sand. We do get to see a creature towards the end, but it looked hilariously bad, which made me believe it probably would've been a better had they not shown anything at all.

Despite all the negative and it being rather slow, I did somehow find most of it interesting. I guess it's something about the low-budget 80's look that appeals to me for one reason or another. Although the movie is slow, cheesy, and boring at times, it's still a decent watch if you don't expect much. In the end I figured I'd give it a 5-rating. For people like me, who've seen countless movies that were incredibly bad, you tend to grow a tolerance with bad movies, because you remind yourself that you've seen a lot worse. Well, at least that's how I think of it.

A decent cheesy 80's horror flick. Slow and boring at times, but managed to keep my interest for the most part. Don't expect much from this.

Posted on June 15, 2010 - 11:41am | FrighT MasteR

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