Hideous! (1997)

Michael Citriniti, Rhonda Griffin, Mel Johnson Jr., Jacqueline Lovell,
A group of rival collectors of severely deformed freakish human beings and the FBI agents that are investigating them must battle against some of their collections which aren't as dead as they seem...
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  • Neal Marshall Stevens, Writer:
  • Charles Band, Director:
  • Kirk Edward Hansen, Vlad Paunescu, Producer:

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8/10 / 10

When sewage workers serendipitously discover a discarded and deformedfetus, several collectors of medical oddities vie forpossession of it. Subsequently, the fetus, along with others in acollection, come back to life and begin wreaking havoc.The plot offers an interesting premise, as medical oddities are anexoticsource of fascination, as well as a dark biological aesthetic which lendsitself well to the horror genre, while providing an antidote to the sterileand plastic commercial culture which permeates the mainstream media.

While the viewer may be inclined to perceive the reanimated fetuses as theantagonists of the film, the real antagonists are the collectors - Elvina,Napoleon Lazar, and Dr. Lorca. They can be characterized as such because(1)they seek to obtain the deformed fetuses for their own personalcollections,thus gratifying their own egos, whereas such preternatural specimens shouldbe studied by science, or if such specimens are to be put on display, itshould be a public exhibition in order to stimulate the intellectualcuriosity of the novelty-starved masses. Preferably, they should be in amuseum, ideally one that specializes in medical oddities, such as theMütterMuseum in Philadelphia. (2) They are antagonists because they continuetheirpursuit of the fetuses even after they discover that the specimens are notonly alive, but sentient. Therefore, they would exploit the fetuses fortheir own gain, despite the fact the fetuses express (in the form ofwritingnotes!) their preference to be left alone. This can be symbolic of howbusinesspeople view the consumer as a commodity - a means of improvingone's"bottom line" - rather than as beings with their own desires. The deformedfetuses, therefore, are not antagonists but antiheroes. They only causetrouble once their desire has been disregarded.This film contains some creatively sexy scenes. Regarding sexual content,mainstream films tend to offer little more thanmundane male-female sexual intercourse. B-movies often deliver a refreshingselection of uncommon/unnatural sexual scenes,serving to satisfy one's desire for an alternative to routine andunimaginative sexuality. "Hideous!" is no exception, and in fact, thesexualscenes make for some of the most appealing content of thisfilm.

9/10 / 10

PEOPLE! Get off your high horse and realize this movie rocks harder than anyother "horror" movie from the 90's. (face it, 90's horror movies BLOW) It'sbetter than Dead Hate the Living, better than all the Puppet Masters, betterthan any of those!! Hideous is an AWESOME movie and I could watch it overand over.

I am a sucker for horror comedies, however. Some people don't like thesetypes of movies, which is understandable. But I eat them up like nachos. Ilove them. Hideous is the ultimate horror comedy. It's up there with BloodDiner, Blood Hook, Motel Hell, Sleepaway Camp and probably a bunch of Tromamovies.

The acting is great. I love Napoleon. He has such a great look, a greatface. The two collector men are hysterical! The way they talk to each otherand the vocabulary they use cracks me up. They are so serious all the timeand make such great facial expressions. I love the one guy'seyebrows!

Yeah, yeah, the gorilla face topless scene is funny, but it's NOT the onlygood part of the film! Far from! I found this movie highly entertaining,witty, rarely dull and full of surprises and great characters. I WISH it haddone better on the rental market because I would totally buy all the actionfigures!!

LOVE IT! 9/10!

10/10 / 10

Yup, once again people are bashing a Full Moon movie simply because theythemselves were too stupid to understand it. And Jacquelline Lovellwalkingaround topless in the snow with a gorilla mask and a gun-PUREGOLD!

This is the sort of horror/comedy in which there are no protagonists,onlyantagonists. A lot of people have a problem with this but I think it isfarmore realistic.

Say what you will about the writing but it certainly does put a new spinonan old concept. I love it. The characters are over-the-top and absolutelyhilarious. Thanks be to Band.

9/10 / 10

Not quite the seamless bit of work that Band displayed with "Head OfThe Family", but a worthy satirical hoot with much of the same cast.Once again, the fanboys of goreporn can't see how this is horror, butmaybe someday they'll grow out of their obsession with guts, grime, andfilms that look like they're shot in King Kong's colon. Perhaps theportrayal of perverse, obsessive, doctrinaire collectors of horrificmedical oddities cuts a little close to the bone for their comfort. J.Lovell's hijack scene is one of the best riot-girl moments ofcinematography. Take that, Suicide Girls! In fact all the women herechew up the scenery like it's a cocaine laced Cinnabun. The oddballpremise delivered, it becomes a deranged take on drawing room murdermysteries and haunted house extravaganzas. The ensemble cast ping-pongone liners off each other with aplomb, as the quite ridiculouscollectibles go about their quest for...respect? Freedom? Who knows?This is a flick about subverting expectations, and it carries that goaloff better than many an effort by David Lynch. Take a deep breath,loosen your funny bone, and enjoy the ride. Don't worry, you'll be ableto return to the comfort of torture and entrails soon. HAR!

10/10 / 10

A Great Horror/Comedy Film is a Fine Addition to My Full Moon Picturescollection. Of Course, It's rather a Bit of a Twisted Movie, that SomePeople would classify as B Rated. Is it B Rated? Yes. but I Like B Movies.Any Fan of Full Moon Pictures will NOT be Disappointed.