Vampire’s Kiss

What movie could possibly provide a crazier Nick Cage than “The Wicker Man“? Oh you simple ignorant fool…. Clearly you haven’t seen his early work in a little film called “Vampire’s Kiss

Well this month on At Least You Tried we are celebrating March Madness by watching films about crazy people.  In Vampire’s kiss Cage plays Peter Loew, a publishing executive that thinks he’s turning into a vampire.

In this wonderful little movie you will be treated to:

  • Cage running down a crowded street screaming “I’m a vampire! I’m a vampire!”
  • Cage yelling at his secretary and chasing her around an office
  • Cage buying cheap plastic fangs and wearing them as if they were genuine.
  • An amazing “bat attack” from the bat’s perspective
  • An explanation of how filing works, complete with Cage screaming the alphabet (picking up on a trend?)

This movie is an instant classic and the source of one of the internet’s longest lasting memes. I can think of no better film to start March Madness with than Vampire’s Kiss.

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Cradle of fear

We’ve come across a wonderfully awful movie this week under Matt’s suggestion, a little known horror anthology called “Cradle of fear“. If you’re a fan of Cradle of filth (aka either Matt or Richmond from the IT crowd) then you’re probably already aware of this movie.

Some special effects are timeless like the face melting Nazi in Raiders of the lost ark… The effects in cradle of fear are not like this at all, they are INCREDIBLY dated. The movie has worse CG animation than a windows screen saver. What it does have is excessive nudity and possibly the funniest/most awful fake websites in it’s last segment such as “ape”.

This movie has 4 loosely tied segments about people being murdered under plans from “The man” played by Dani Filth. These segments include:

  • A young goth party girl hits the club and finds her “Dark Prince” who impregnates her with a demonic hellspawn
  • Two would be burglars break into a deaf man’s home and things go south fast. The deaf man only repeats the statement “Give me back my teeth!” Pure gold
  • A kinky man with a stump leg isn’t happy with his situation and decides to steal another man’s leg and get it transplanted. The leg rebels and hilarious CG car antics ensue.
  • A man gets increasingly interested in extreme pornography especially snuff films. He stumbles across an interactive website that allowed him to inflict harm on anonymous victims…. in a shocking twist that no one saw coming, he ends up a victim himself

The movie is awful and wonderful. I didn’t expect to enjoy it but I did. If you manage to come across it have a few drinks and do yourself a favor.

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Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s son in law

This has been a great black history month on At least you tried. Today we end it with some PEAK BLACKNESS! We watched Petey Wheatstraw: The devil’s son in law. This was a instant classic for all of us. Kung fu, magic canes, and jive turkeys. With quotes like “romance without finance is a damn nuisance” how can you doubt this is a diamond in black movies?

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Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe

For this week’s entry we watched Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe, a lesser known gem of a movie starring former wrestler/ governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura. The movie follows our titular hero Abraxas, a space cop out hunting down his former partner gone rogue named Secundus. Secundus is on a mission to impregnate a woman on Earth (and this is where it gets weird) using his glowing palm and then after the child is born he will extract the “Anti life equation” from the child and with it’s power rule the universe. Does that sound bat shit crazy to you? Well it is, it really is.

The movie is just a hodgepodge of WTF moments wrapped up into a semi coherent film. Where the movie really shines though is the over the top action scene where a TON of civilians are harmed FOR NO REASON. From pistol whipping an elderly woman to punching a man off a motorcycle this movie has no qualms about hurting passerby.

The movie also leaves us with many unanswered questions such as:

– Why does NO ONE question the timeline of this child’s birth? The mom goes from not pregnant at all to having a kid in the course of 15 minutes

– Why does the police officer have an uzi? That’s clearly not standard issue

– How did Jim Belushi get to be principal when the thought of actually talking to bullies that torture a mute kid is foreign to him? Also how is Jim Belushi the second billed star when he is only in a single 2 minute scene?

– Finally, who thought the scene where a shirtless Abraxas reads a story to a young boy while in bed was appropriate? It’s possibly one of the cringiest moments I’ve ever scene

This film really is a seeing is believing type of experience so do yourself a favor and scrounge up a copy.

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This month we’re going to be watching movies with stars that aren’t normally actors. It’ll be a month of athletes and musicians trying their hand (and failing) at being movie stars. We could think of no better film to start this month off with than the super hero film Steel starring Shaquille O’Neal.

The movie has Shaq as John Henry Irons an ex military weapons specialist who finds out the technology he helped create is making it’s way onto the streets and is being used for crime. John decides to stop this crime by becoming Steel the armored super hero. All of this sounds pretty awesome until you realize that the villain is the rebellious teen from The Breakfast Club and that his super powered hammer is really only a glorified gun. Not once does he hit something with that hammer.

That aside Steel is an enjoyable ride, though not in the way it’s creators intended, and was a fun watch for us. It had some comical villain deaths, a dog Alex actually liked, and prompted “Grandma’s Souffle!” to be a thing for which we’re all grateful.

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The Boss Baby

So after a brief hiatus we’re back wrapping up the worst of 2017 with The Boss Baby. The movie itself is not the worst thing we’ve watched but DAMN is it a generic movie. The plot, dialogue, and character development are very by the books and we found ourselves predicting what was going to happen almost word for word at times. That being said we do have a few questions, such as:

– What kind of corporation creates a new kind of puppy, complete with it’s own release day?

-If the other babies the “Boss baby” worked with were dumb normal babies why did he work with them?

– We know our narrator has an overactive imagination, is the whole movie possibly one big imaginary day dream?

We wrap up the year with this dud of a film but can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2018. Lots of new content is on it’s way in the coming year as well as some movies we held off on reviewing to save for a special occasion (Looking at you episode 100). To all the fans, listeners, and people that just put up with us on a weekly basis thanks for supporting At Least You Tried…

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The Great Wall

This week on At Least You Tried we continue our month of the worst of 2017 with “The Great Wall“, proof that even when you have a giant beautiful real life structure to use people will still flock to CG graphics.

The movie follows William (played by Matt Damon) who is a mercenary that helps out the Chinese army protect the great wall again werewolf/ lizard creatures called the Tao Tei that are mercilessly attacking it. However, despite the army appearing to be highly capable warriors….. dear god are they dumb.

Whether it’s loosing 9/10 of their forces in hot air balloon accidents or bungee jumping into groups of hungry monsters, this army makes some really dumb mistakes.

While the movie isn’t the most plot driven movie we’ve watched, it surprisingly was a pretty fun film to watch even if most of that enjoyment was just us mocking the film. The action scenes are well choreographed and according to Alex the nunchuck drumming was “Lit”. This is actually one of the few movies we’ve watched that (If you’re in the right mindset) I suggest you check out.

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