During a late night taping of Dr. Nasty's Cavalcade of Horror, bloody chaos takes place while screening two features (Dinner for Monsters and Slit). Samantha/Nurse Nasty is frustrated
with how the show is being run by its womanizing director and its drunk and crazy host, Dr. Nasty.
Written By: Varies
Directed By: Navin Ramaswaran,
Torin Langen, Zach Ramelan
Genre: Horror / Comedy
Being a child growing up in the 80's and 90's, watching Late Night Double Feature was a treat indeed. The general setup and delivery of this very cool feature are that of your local broadcast station after hours. Most of you may remember the idea behind the "Wayne's World" films; two local teens running their own TV show. LLDF follows the same premise, airing campy horror films introduced by show hosts Dr. Nasty and his sidekick nurse. What we end up with is a delightful, bloody anthology with a wraparound segment pulling it all together. A true staple of retro television and what I feel fits right into the period piece genre, including the fact it's based on B-Horror.
Segment 1: Dinner For Monsters.
A technically more standard approach best describes this segment. Some nice camera work that, although uses a lot of industry staples visually, also contains some frantic camerawork designed to show the intensity of the on-screen action. The plot and overall pacing were done well here. Nothing new or earth-shattering, but done right and well. My wife came into the room as this played and watched with me, thinking I was watching Cable TV on some retro channel. Dinner For Monsters comes across as a polished piece of work with the perfect amount of fake blood and campy feel. The talent here hits the nail right on the head, and I was especially pleased with Jeff Sinasac's performance. For some reason, he reminded me of "Jeffrey Combs" from Re-Animator in this segment. Loved it! I should also add that I enjoyed the ending. It brought back memories of my favorite shows and films such as "Creepshow" and "Tales From The Crypt." How can the ending of a segment remind someone of other shows? You'll have to watch and find out.
Segment 2: Slit.
The second segment parts ways a little with the vibe you have grown used to by now. Slit is much more real, serious and raw than the wraparound piece or Dinner For Monsters. The shots are far grittier, as is the camera work itself. The story presented is an interesting one, and at times I even found myself feeling awkward watching. I use the term awkward as a compliment as if peeping somewhere I shouldn't be looking. The actors all did a great job showcasing what was probably a very tough script to get right. No one actor stands out as they all seemed to play off of each other. Slit would have stood alone as a horror piece but simply felt a little out of place, mixed in with all the campy humor LLDF tends to focus on. We have humor with the intro segment, humor infused into the Dinner For Monsters segment, and then straight-up horror/slasher in Slit. We then return to the campy jokes in the wraparound again. As good as Slit is, it does actually feel a little out of place. On the other hand, it introduces a break from the laughs long enough to remind you that you are watching a horror film! I guess the way this segment is taken in will depend completely on the viewer themselves and their current mood.
Wraparound: Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horror.
I loved this segment! Somehow director Navin Ramaswaran brought back everything that made TV cool back in the day. A generous helping of "Cheese," a laugh at the TV/Film industry in general, and a great pacing that brought it all together. I'd be lying if I said the plot was an original or super cool one. It wasn't! It was all one big cliche! The beauty was how it was all put together and played out by the talented cast. Intentional or not, older shows of this type were always corny. That's what made them so damn cool! The Cavalcade of Horror is no exception. Cheesy, corny, and at times ridiculous but always fun... and bloody.
Do yourself a favor and see this when you can. I recommend watching on TV over a computer. It just plays out so much better! If you love campy, B-Movie horror, you'll love Late Night Double feature. Even if you didn't grow up in the era, there is something here for you. It's called Entertainment. LNDF delivers!
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