RIP to Corey Haim & Merlin Olsen.
My pal the Midnite Movie Mamacita is hosting a double feature of gruesome ‘80s horrors tonight & tomorrow night at 8 & 10 p.m. at MADCAP Theaters in Tempe—Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead & Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes Part II.
Raimi’s classic requires no more accolades, but here’s a word for Craven’s laughable 86-minute-long sequel, which I’ve always perversely preferred to his 1977 original The Hills Have Eyes, probably just because I had a blast seeing Part II (no relation, by the way, to The Hills Have Eyes 2, the unpleasant 2007 sequel to the slightly-less-unpleasant 2006 Hills remake) at the Plaza in Erie with my pal Ronnie in 1985. I remember the young hero taunting the murderous mutant Reaper (John Bloom) with insufferable shouts of “The Reaper sucks!” I also remember how drop-jawed we were when the dog—the dog—had a flashback to Part One.
My fondest memory of this absurd movie, though, came at a particularly improbable-seeming moment, when Ronnie pantomimed suspending a huge weight over his head, then losing hold of it so that it crashed to the floor.
“My disbelief,” he explained.