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Flashback Review: May 13th, 2014 Movie – The Blair Thumb

the blair thumb

Well, I have a busy, and somewhat mixed up schedule for work this weekend, as I will be working all weekend but don’t go in today until 4:30. So that gives me time to try and get as much done over the weekend for the upcoming movies I have to watch. Now, let’s get right into today’s movie, as it is a pretty short movie. The last of the Thumb movies that I own, I remember buying this as a spur of the moment thing during a late night shopping excursion. Not sure why to be honest, but I just felt like it would be funny to own The Blair Thumb.

The plot: Three students, Stressy, Jish, and Vic, are heading out to the woods to work on Stressy’s film project about the Blair Thumb. Heading to the town of Thumbsville, formerly known as Die, they start by interviewing some of the towns folk about the Blair Thumb; with a woman carrying a possessed baby saying it’s an evil spirit in the woods, while an old man says that kids kept disappearing in the woods similar to a David Copperfield act. After interviewing a pirate and a one eyed man who were not helpful, the group get some supplies, with Jish and Vic becoming excited over getting a giant marshmallow, before heading to the local cemetery to film their first scene. After celebrating a successful shooting, they make their way into the woods, where a pair of fishermen tell them the story of thhe Blair Thumb capturing a pair of twins and switching their bodies around. Continuing into the woods, Jish and Vic get upset and start screaming when Stressy shows her map is hand drawn but Stressy calms them down when she shows them that the car is right where they left it, as they only started walking a few minutes ago. The group eventually reaches Hangnail Rock, where Stressy films her telling the next part of the legend. When it starts to rain, the group quickly set up camp and head inside the tent but are frightened by some strange noises just before a shark shows up in the tent and attacks them. The next day, Stressy tries to pass off what happened but Jish and Vic are still scared and when Stressy says that she lost the map, they both end up running screaming and crashing into a tree. As they wander around in circles, they eventually come to where they had parked only to find that Stressy’s car is missing. As Stressy goes to film what happened, she sees a giant symbol made of sticks hanging from the trees, just as it suddenly goes dark. That night, Jish is playing a joke on Stressy and Vic while trying to explain what had happened when something suddenly grabs him. Stressy and Vic chase after him but when they find no sign of him, Vic says they should turn off the lights and stay still so they aren’t grabbed as well, then uses the opportunity to feel up Stressy. The next day, Vic and Stressy find Jish’s body, or at least the lower half of him. As Stressy apologizes for what happened to the camera, they suddenly hear Jish’s voice crying out in the woods and they follow the sound to The Death House. Inside, they make their way to the basement and are shocked to discover Frankenthumb living there. Frankenthumb apologizes for killing Jish, saying he has a bad brain, and when Vic asks if he could let them go, he tells them no but says they can party first and they all party, with the top half of Jish floating over to join them.

This was a short and funny spoof and actually was not that bad of a parody. The voice acting was good, with Megan Cavanagh (Stressy), Jim Jackson (Jish), and Steve Oederkerk (Vic) doing good jobs in their roles. The story did a decent job of parodying The Blair Witch while adding their own bit of fun to it. I especially liked the fact that they had the running gag of the one eyed thumb who tended to just go “woo-hoo” in this movie as one of the people the interview. The green screen effects with the mouths were good but there were times where it seemed like the faces would accidentally be cut off on the edges somewhat due to the size difference between the thumbs and the faces being transposed. A funny bit of silliness and a good way to start off a busy weekend of work.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Flashback Review: April 11th, 2014 Movie – Bat Thumb

bat thumb

If there is one thing to be said about today’s movie, the creator had his thumbs all over it. I know, it’s a bad joke but it is true with this movie. Yes, the success of Thumb Wars brought about several other thumb infused parodies. Today’s movie is one that somehow ended up in my house and in my collection over the years. I’m not going to complain too much as a short comedy and some laughs, even if it is over how stupid something is, is always good for the soul. So let’s have a few laughs with today’s movie, Bat Thumb.

The plot: In Gaaathumb City, two crooks mug a tourist and escape down an alley but as they are splitting up the loot, they are confronted by Bat-Thumb. The crooks try attacking him with a board but when he breaks it, they make a run for it. Bat-Thumb captures them both and tries to get them to deliver a message to the rest of the criminals in Gaaathumb but the crooks aren’t exactly sure what he is trying to say. Later that night, Wuce Bane is hosting a party at his mansion when he meets Vicky Nail and after talking for a bit, the two proceed to make out. The next day, the Gaaathumb bank is robbed by No-Face and his gang. The bank manager calls the Commissioner and Police Chief, who contact Bat-Thumb. At Wayne Manor, Wuce is lying in bed with Vicky when the Thumbphone rings, and he tries to answer it without revealing his secret identity to Vicky. Wuce heads to the Batburrow to change and quickly heads over to the bank to meet with Commissioner and Police Chief. After they discuss who robbed the bank, Bat-Thumb prepares to head to No-Face’s old lair when he is approached by a young man claiming to be his sidekick Blue Jay. As Commissioner and Police Chief laugh and mock Bat-Thumb for his sidekick, Bat-Thumb tries to get rid of the kid and then heads off to No-Face’s lair. When Bat-Thumb arrives, he sees Blue Jay approaching and tries again to get rid of him but when Blue Jay starts crying, he reluctantly agrees to let him help. The two make their way inside and confront No-Face and his gang, who mock Blue Jay’s costume, but as Bat-Thumb deals with No-Face’s men, and Blue Jay consistently runs from them, No-Face catches them in a net. Strapping them to tables, No-Face explains his plan to use a special gas to erase the faces from everyone in Gaaathumb. No-Face leaves, leaving Bat-Thumb and Blue Jap in a trap that will erase their faces but Bat-Thumb is able to get free and save Blue Jay, then they head out to save Gaaathumb. In the city, No-Face has captured Vicky and begins using a gas to erase the face from everyone in Gaaathumb but Bat-Thumb and Blue Jay arrive and Bat-Thumb uses a giant fan to blow the gas away. No-Face is captured and as Vicky thanks Bat-Thumb for saving her, the people that were effected by the gas ask what will happen to them and Bat-Thumb says that they will stay that way forever. As Vicky, Commissioner, and Police Chief thank Bat-Thumb, Blue Jay shows up and they start laughing at him, though Bat-Thumb says that he will take him on as his sidekick, but they need to do something about his costume.

This is so stupidly funny that you can’t help but laugh at it. The voice acting was pretty good, though I have to admit it is still a little odd seeing people’s faces on thumbs. The story was kind of a mixture of the Tim Burton Batman movies and the old Adam West show, which is honestly a pretty weird mixture. The background settings were decent while the green screen effects for putting the faces were ok but I keep wishing it was done a little better. It is some stupid comedy that can give you a couple of laughs but isn’t worth hunting down to watch.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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