Valley of The Zombies (1946)
Directed By – Phillip Ford
Staring – Robert Livingston
As odd as it sounds, I absolutely love 30s and 40s Poverty row B-Movies. It’s really behind 50s creature features and 70s exploitation in most peoples minds. Poverty row really was the birth of the B-movie and this film is a great example of the decentnesss that could come out of these studios.
Okay, first things to get out of the way. This movie doesn’t have much to do with Valleys or the modern definition of Zombies. So I’ll have to apologize to all the disappointed Valley fans out there that saw the film title. It’s mainly a mystery film with horror elements, like many horror films from the 30s and 40s were. And the Zombie (one Zombie yes) can speak and is really just a play on the Haitian beliefs shown in other films from the time like White Zombie, but is still different from that. It’s kind of hard to explain.
Would I recommend this film to anyone? Sure! It’s only 56 minutes long and if you enjoy any type of B-Movie it’s a cool film to watch as it plays a role in the evolution of the Zombie Genre.
56 minutes long
Fun and entertaining
almost too short
Directed By – Brad Jones
Staring – David Gobble
1 Hr 58 Min
I’m going to say something up front. I’m a fan of Brad Jones and his review show, but I’m going to try my best to not give this film a bias because of that.
Do you like sleaze? Then “Cheap” might be a movie you want to see. This low budget shot on video film by internet famous film reviewer Brad Jones is dripping in it from start to finish. The griminess of the video and the overall feel of the film makes you feel dirty from beginning to end. The film runs into a few obvious problems due to the low budget nature of the project, but the good acting, directing, and script really power through to provide a entertaining, if disturbing experience.
Jack Stone (Brad Jones) a porno director is looking for the next big thing. He decides he wants to make a real snuff film. He finds two girls, Patty and Anita, to star in the film, and gets his perverted former associate, Manny, to film the movie. They then make a snuff film, which they sell to porn producer Max Force (David Gobble). Will they find success?
“Cheap” is a very odd movie, even for an exploitation film about making a snuff film. I was initially put off by it’s near two hour run time, which is unusual in the realm of this genre. But when you watch “Cheap” everything comes together very nicely, and the story really drives everything forward at a good pace. I really couldn’t think of anything that could be cut out of the film.
Another thing about it is the lack of very many conventional screenwriting motifs that are in most scripts. There isn’t a protagonist, or really an antagonist for that matter. Sure Jack Stone is killing people for profit, but Max Force is a wife beating drug addict. Still though, the great writing doesn’t make you think of this much and you can really pick your own side in it.
“Cheap” does have a few cheap moments though, which considering the budget doesn’t bring the film down much. A few of the kicks and hits look pretty bad, and at one point a prop for a human heart is an aluminum foil ball in blood! A lot of scenes are very convincing and disturbing though.
Overall I recommend “Cheap”. For a shot of video low budget film it has a lot of potential.
the story is pretty twisted, but kind of fun too.
Really good soundtrack
Some bad audio
could’ve used a tripod in some parts