Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Abomination, The (1986)

Directed by:
"Max Raven" (Bret McCormick)

Over five thousand years ago, the prophet Daniel foretold the coming of The Abomination that makes all things desolate. Then Saint John again warned of its coming in the Book of Revelation. Or as one character here puts it, The Abomination is simply "a hideous demon from hell!" But The Abomination is much more than just a demon. It's also a fitting description of the God awful acting, sound recording and grainy Super 8 photography in this very low-budget film. It appears that this was actually shot without sound; it's partially narrated and any dialogue exchanges (note the many back-of-the-head shots) have been dubbed in later by a cast of voice actors who are about as bad as they come. However, if you're willing to overlook that or it doesn't even matter to you in the first place, there's actually some stuff to to enjoy in here: Regional charm (it was shot in Texas), a somewhat original premise and, best of all, very fun special effects and bucket loads of blood and gore. Strangely, and rather unwisely, director "Max Raven" (Bret McCormick) decided to start things out with a four-minute-long nightmare sequence which actually spoils many of the film's later gore scenes. The film would have played better without it.





The Abomination is narrated by Cody Lee (Scott Davis), a young man suffering from horrific nightmares, who recounts his bizarre story of demon possession and murder to a doctor. It all begins with Cody's sad, brainwashed mother Sarah (Jude Johnson). Sickened with lung cancer, Sarah sits in front of the TV all day and night listening to phony televangelist Brother Fogg (Rex Morton) begging for 20 dollar "love gifts" and such. Fogg asks everyone with cancer in the audience to place their hands on top of their TV set so he can heal them. Sarah does so and ends up coughing up a bloody tumor "big enough to choke a horse!" onto the kitchen floor. She tosses it in the litter bin and goes to bed. Cody returns home and the tumor climbs out of the trash, into his bed and into his mouth. From there on out, Sarah gets healthier and Cody gets sicker. He starts coughing up blood, feels like something's swimming around in his stomach and is put on bed rest by the family doctor. Finally, Cody coughs up a bloody, pulsating mass and hides it under his bed.





Cured of his cough, but now under the possession of the creature, Cody goes on a killing spree to get "food" for the demon. He cuts a female friend's throat and gives the body to the creature, causing it to grow from about the size of a baseball to a large, tentacle-sporting, fanged red blob that barely fits under the kitchen counters. Immediately afterward, he coughs up another small tumor which also must be fed. A friend stops by long enough to get hacked in the head with a shovel to provide more grub. Sarah goes to Brother Fogg for help and he agrees to stop by to perform an exorcism. Before that can take place, Cody serves his mama up to the beast, which bites off her hand and then eats her whole. He then takes his pet cat and a new, third tumor he's just yakked up to Fogg's office and hides the tumor in his toilet. The filmmakers felt it necessary to actually put the cat into the toilet, have the actor hold it down in the water and then close the lid on the poor scared puss. Hopefully they rewarded it with a nice chicken dinner afterwards for its contributions.





After Brother Fogg is eaten alive while taking a dump, Cody has yet another member of his ever-growing "new family" to feed. He pops in to the garage where he works as a mechanic and tricks his asshole boss into reaching into a cooler with one of the little critters inside. After it chomps off his hand, Cody whacks him with a machete and then cuts off the top of his head with a chainsaw so that his brains fall out. A scene of Cody attacking a woman in the cemetery, slitting her neck and then going to a carwash, which we'd already seen at the beginning of the film, is again repeated in its entirety. (Along with the 'best of' gore montage at the beginning, I'd have edited this down some). Finally, Cody's girlfriend Kelly (played by Blue Thompson, the director's wife) shows up at the home to see what's become of her missing man and gets more than she bargained for.





Considering the filmmakers backed themselves into a corner with all the weirdness, the ending seems like a lazy cop out to me personally, but never mind that. Just sit back and enjoy the bloody, entertaining low-budget shenanigans as they unfold. Director McCormick also made TABLOID (1985), a parody of tabloid headlines, the seldom -seen sci-fi comedy REPLIGATOR (1996) and the more serious-minded HIGHWAY TO HELL (1989), and produced the goopy gore comedy OZONE ATTACK OF THE REDNECK MUTANTS (1986), which featured much of the same cast. The copyright date on the end credits says 1988, though this was actually filmed in either 1985 or 1986.

The VHS was from Donna Michelle. There is no DVD release that I'm aware of thus far.

★★

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