1997 / Director. Charles Band.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
How to make a Charles Band movie. Step 1) second-rate puppets. Step 2) unnecessary boobs... and that's about it. I suppose you could throw in a "story" for good measure but Charles rarely bothers with that sort of nonsense. After the mojo ran out of his theatrical releases Band found himself in the direct-to-video market and like the shrewd businessman that he is, he pumped them out faster than you could read their covers. HIDEOUS was released in the late 90s at a time when even the DTV market was running dry. It wouldn't be long before he would be exploiting the online digital platform, which meant that HIDEOUS enjoyed a little more production value than most of his future releases... but that's not to say that that the production is great. Are Charles Band's post-90s movies any good? No. Are they fun? You bet!! Some call Band a charleton but I think more highly of him. He peddles a brand of schlock that die-hard fans consume in copious amounts and I am one of them. HIDEOUS isn't my favourite of the lot but there's a real charm to it. If you combine CASTLEFREAK, GHOULIES and DEMONIC TOYS then you come out with something HIDEOUS. The story follows two competing collectors of grotesque and abnormal biowaste. Specimens include aborted and mutated fetuses, which are fished out of sewage plants. When one of the collectors robs the other they are caught in a fiery confrontation... but they're forced to team up when the specimens come to life and wreak havoc. It's a fucking stupid movie and the plot sucks balls. It would have been a much better exploitation if it was as simple as little puppet freaks running around killing people... but instead there's far too much set-up and character development for this type of movie and the mutants don't show up until the 35-40 minute mark. Nevertheless they are seriously bad creations (so bad they're wonderful) and their cute little rampage is heaps of fun. Only bother with HIDEOUS if you're already a fan of the genre... otherwise steer well clear.