Halloween III: Season of the witch

The Halloween season is upon us and with it comes a month of nothing but amazingly awful horror films for us here at At Least You Tried.

First up this month is Halloween III: Season of the witch also known as “That one Halloween movie without Michael Myers”. Why is Dan pursuing the case of this evil mask maker, when he’s just a doctor with no real ties to it? Why would Conal Cochran create a robot woman that would assist in foiling his evil plans? Why does no one really care that a large chunk of Stonehenge just randomly disappeared? and honestly why does Dan ask Ellie’s age right before they have sex for the SECOND time?

Our newest member Caitlin joins us this week for the first time as we try to make sense of this beautiful mess of a movie.

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Top 5 Horror sequels

To celebrate the start of October Jonathan and Anthony sat down to discuss their picks for the top 5 horror movie sequels.

Can a sequel ever surpass the original? Are we stuck rehashing the same material that made the original great? In our lists we found 10 movies that stepped away from the original formula to make an experience that is truly memorable.

So take a seat, turn down the lights, and join us while we discuss some truly scary/fun horror movie sequels.

Jonathan’s list

Child’s Play 3
The Devil’s Rejects
Dawn of the dead
Halloween 3: Season of the witch
Army of Darkness

Anthony’s List

Day of the Dead
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream warriors
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Evil Dead 2

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Well we all knew it was bound to happen eventually…. Tonight the gang bit the bullet and we watched Tori’s pick for “Best of the worst” month: Monkeybone.

This movie is the new bar for painful movie watching experiences. How could Henry Selick, the director of amazing films like The nightmare before Christmas and Coraline, put out garbage like this? It should have been a red flag to us that this movie was awful after seeing Chris Kattan was a major character in it but nay we ignored that and pushed forward.

Why is America so crazy over a cartoon about monkey character that appears after a kid gets an erection? Why is this cartoon aimed at kids at all? ¬†Why is Julie so quick to believe that her boyfriend is possessing dead Chris Kattan? Is Miss Kitty the only redeemable part of this movie, and seriously what has happened to Brendan Fraser‘s career?

Misery loves company so please join us as we torture ourselves with the finale to “Best of the worst” month: Monkeybone.

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Our “Best of the worst” month continues on with Jake’s pick and he picked Waterworld… Joy.

Considered to be one of the biggest flops of all time this movie is definitely a spectacle to see, so much money put into something so disappointing.

This week we ask ourselves why in a world where food is scarce are cigarettes plentiful? How in the world did the little girl go almost a decade in waterworld without learning to swim? How much of the budget was spent on digitally altering Kevin Costner‘s receding hairline?

All this and the story of how Jake attained the prestigious rank of “Marlboro scout” in this weeks episode of At Least You Tried.

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Interview with director Matt Stuertz

On a very special episode of At Least You Tried we sat down with director Matt Stuertz and discussed his new movie Tonight She Comes. We talk about the movie making process, Horror as a genre, and what the future holds for his directing.

“Tonight She Comes” premiers October 9th in Manchester, UK at GRIMMFEST 2016 and we will keep you up to date with updates on it’s stateside premier. We had a lot of fun talking with Matt and would love to have him back on the podcast sometime to discuss movies again.

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Fateful findings

“Best of the worst” month continues on with Anthony’s pick: Fateful findings. Many have claimed this movie is worse than the room and they couldn’t be more correct.

Did Neil Breen have a genre picked out when he created this movie? Why are so many characters ghosts and Dylan seems not concerned about it? Also how can he lose both his wife and best friend in the same week but still feel happy enough to have sex in the “Magical” forest? As Jake found out first hand, seeing really is believing for this movie so strap in and join us as we review Fateful Findings.

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Chopping Mall

September is “Best of the worst” month for us here at At Least You Tried… Each week one of our regular cast is championing a bad movie that they’re passionate about. One that even though it’s a bad movie, well it’s still kinda awesome.

Starting us off is Jonathan’s pick for best of the worst, a lesser known “Horror” movie called Chopping Mall. Why does a mall seriously need robotic security guards when it has giant metal doors that look like they could stop an enemy army? What kind of a mall has scientists on staff? How can a robot have an “Unpleasant ethnic quality”? and what the hell is a “Rambogram”?

Join us this week to find out


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Top 5 Movies that made you think

For this week’s top 5 episode Jonathan and Jake sat down and discussed their picks for the top 5 movies that made you think.

Most movies will make you think about them after the credits roll. Often you’ll be filled with a false sense of grandeur about what you’ve just witnessed and will quickly include it among your favorite movies. However like everything else that newness wears off, it’s faults start to show, and eventually it’s just another movie with all the rest.

On a rare occasion though you’ll come across a movie that is truly special. It’ll have a plot or setting that resonates with you and you find yourself coming back to it. You put yourself in the character(s)’ shoes and question what you would’ve done or how you’d adapt to the setting of the film. These movies are something else and for many are the reason we watch movies at all, just hoping to find a gem.

For this list we explored the movies that have stuck with us throughout the years. Some of them for their oddity, others for how perfect they portray human nature, but all of them for how they allowed us to lose ourselves in their story for awhile.

Jonathan’s List

5) Dogtooth
4) Defending your life
3) Groundhog Day
2) Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
1) Compliance

Jake’s List

5) Room
4) The Matrix
3) Inception
2) Fury
1) The thin red line

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Fantastic 4

We’re finishing super hero month with a flop to end all flops, the 2015 reboot of Fantastic 4! Quite possibly the worst film we’ve watched so far with without a doubt the thinnest plot possible. Why is everyone such an asshole to Reed? Why is Ben (the only non “scientist”) part of the team at all? Is Ben simply continuing a cycle of child abuse? and seriously what is Doctor Doom’s motivation at all?

We’re left with more questions than answers as we power through this reboot that may have been better off left alone. Remember: Sometimes dead is better.


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Suicide Squad


For this episode the gang sat down and watched the critically thrashed “Suicide Squad“. We discussed the movie’s pros, it’s cons, and it’s convicts. Does this movie really deserve it’s sad 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Where’s the Joker that we saw so much in the promotional footage? and did they really think they had anyone fooled with the character Slipknot?

We give an honest review of the film along with having our resident DC fanboy Alex weigh in on how accurate the film is to the comics/ DC universe.

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