Monday, June 17, 2013
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs), the only horror in Blast-Off Girls is the one experienced by lots of musicians over the years. An unscrupulous manager (who you know is evil since he carries a cane during the whole film) manipulates a group to fame, but he's the only one who receives any monetary gain.
There are two groups featured in the movie, Charlie (a pretty rough but fun sounding group and my favorite of the two) and The Faded Blue (a fairly decent garage band from Chicago). There's lots of music throughout Blast-Off Girls, most of it pretty good, but one number (an instrumental) they play for Col. Sanders (yes, that Col. Sanders) irritated my ears to no end and I was glad when it was over. Some of the songs are lip synced, but a few appear to be recorded live. During the end credits, The Faded Blue/Blast Off have what amounts to a music video, so stay tuned for it.
Is Blast-Off Girls a good movie? Not a chance in hell, it's poorly filmed, poorly acted, poorly edited...well you get the idea...still it entertained me from start to finish. If you don't have the disposition for cheap-ass films (which sometimes I do and sometimes I don't) then you definitely want to pass this one up. But, if you like garage music and want to see what a movie would be like starring an obscure group from The Windy City, then you owe it to yourself to check out Blast-Off Girls.