The Horror Obsessive Podcast: Blades (1989)

If you’re a fan of bizarre parodies that transpose the plots of classic films into completely different contexts, you’re going to love this latest episode of The Horror Obsessive Podcast. After debating The Conjuring vs. Insidious in our last episode, Sean and I go back to our standard format of discussing a single movie, and our topic this time is the 1989 horror comedy Blades.

Now, before I go on, I want to give a spoiler warning for Blades. If you plan on watching the film but haven’t gotten around to it yet, I highly suggest checking it out before you listen to our discussion or even read this article. It’s best to go into this movie completely blind, so if you even know what film it’s riffing on, it might ruin your entire experience. So if you haven’t seen it, you should bookmark this article, watch Blades, and then continue.

People with guns and sticks approach two well dressed caddies in collard shirts in Blades.

Alright, you’ve been warned, so now I can talk about Blades a bit more freely. The movie is a bizarre parody of Jaws that revolves around a haunted lawnmower killing people on a golf course, and in our discussion of it, we highlight some of the ways it riffs on that iconic film. From the opening to the very last scene, Blades mimics some of the most famous moments from the Sharksploitation classic, like the mourning mother slapping Chief Brody, which Sean thinks is absolutely hilarious in Blades. I, on the other hand, do not. I thought this film was a real chore to get through, so as usual, we come at it from entirely different points of view.

On top of that, we also highlight some of the most important news to hit the horror world in the last few weeks, like some upcoming genre film festivals and a few ways we can help support struggling movie and TV workers during the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. And, as always, if you enjoyed listening to us talk about Blades, be sure to join us again in two weeks for the next episode of The Horror Obsessive Podcast, when we discuss the fantastic kaiju comedy Monster Seafood Wars.

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Written by JP Nunez

JP Nunez is a lifelong horror fan. From a very early age, he learned to love monsters, ghosts, and all things spooky, and it's still his favorite genre today.

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