Movie Review: So Bad, It’s Good

yeti2It’s not great cinema, but it IS cinema.

Those at the Sentient Bean last night had the dubious pleasure of viewing Yeti: The Giant of the 20th Century, one of the most astonishingly bad, hilariously funny movies ever created. I had been forewarned; I thought I knew what I was in for, but believe me when I say that this movie will take you to cinematic lows you never knew existed.

The special effects are mind-blisteringly atrocious, for starters. The blue screen work is so bad that the background is visible through the yeti for much of the movie. At one point a character’s blue jacket suddenly changes to tan, presumably so it would show up against the blue screen. The plot is far too ridiculous to explain, but suffice it to say that the Yeti goes to Toronto and does some major damage, all the while making creepy bedroom eyes at the young female love interest and bellowing like a distressed baby elephant. The best part of the movie is undoubtedly the Yeti’s hair, which can only be described as Don King meets Flock of Seagulls meets Billy Ray Cyrus circa 1992.

It was a great night at the Sentient Bean, but if you missed it, don’t worry! Next week the Psychotronic Film Society will be back with a B-movie classic, The House on Haunted Hill. If you’ve never seen this cheesy black and white horror flick starring Vincent Price, you’re in for a treat!

And on January 19th, the 2010 Psychotronic Film Fest kicks off with a screening of the controversial 1972 film Bone. The Festival lasts for ten days, with a different rare and exciting film every night. Hundreds of dollars in door prizes will be given away each night before the film, and all ticketholders will receive discounts on food and drinks at T. Rex Mex each night at the official after party.

The list of films is a little overwhelming, but you can check out the lineup and view trailers on the Sentient Bean’s website to get a sense of what you’re most interested in. I can’t wait to see the Orson Welles adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial, the 1973 version of The Wicker Man (it has to be better than the Nic Cage remake!), and twisted 1968 thriller Spider Baby. And any Tarantino fans will definitely want to catch 1977 grindhouse flick Bare Knuckles. Mark your calendars, film buffs, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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