Way back in 2001, when I started university, my dad bought me a bunch of ex-rental VHS tapes from the local video rental shop to keep me entertained (me being a poor student and all).
One of the films was an unassuming slasher film called Scream Bloody Murder (also known as Bloody Murder in the US). It was one of the worst films I had ever seen.
I became obsessed with this terrible movie. I made all my uni friends watch it. I tried my best to find out what else its actors had been in (not much, it turned out). I even wrote a 12,000-word scene-by-scene analysis for a horror forum I was a member of.
Don’t judge me, it kept me busy.
That was when my love for bad movies started. It’s a love that hasn’t died since that day, and it’s a love that ultimately led to the creation of That Was A Bit Mental.
You see the little masks that appear at the end of all my film reviews on this site? Those aren’t Jason masks. They’re Trevor Moorhouse, the killer in Bloody Murder.
Why am I telling you this? Because, to get you in the Halloween spirit this year, I’m going to stream Bloody Murder on YouTube and I want you to join me.
What you’ll be getting
For a while I’ve been running live (as in real life, not streaming online) film screenings: first I did them in London then when I moved to Edinburgh I started doing them there instead.
Obviously, not everyone lives close enough to attend so Sunday night’s stream will be in a similar vein to my film screenings.
This means that before the film itself you’ll get about half an hour of other goodies: drive-in style ads, vintage bad trailers and – specially for Sunday – a special little montage video I cooked up for my first Edinburgh screening which has never been shown since.
I’ll then give a little five-minute introduction to the film and then we’re good to go with the main feature.
The one major difference this time (that doesn’t happen in my screenings) is that I’ll occasionally be commenting throughout the film.
I’m not a fan of comedy ‘riffers’ who do these film commentaries and have a forced ‘witty’ one-liner for every fucking line in a film in order that they’re the star of the show, so my comments will be far less frequent.
Instead, I’ll be giving you facts about the film, pointing out the myriad of mistakes throughout and generally gently taking the piss for your entertainment.
The deets (that’s street talk for ‘details’. I’m hip)
If you fancy watching along, the stream will start on my YouTube channel on Sunday 30 October at 8.30pm UK time (that’s 3pm Eastern Time and noon Pacific Time, if you’re from the US).
If you just want to watch the stream with no fancy shenanigans, you can find it below. It’ll go live when I start. Obviously.
If you want to join in the chat then head to the video’s YouTube page where you can share your thoughts on the majesty you’re experiencing before your very eyes.
Alternatively, if you’d rather enjoy the action in comfort on your dirty big TV (or your mobile or tablet device of choice) you can do it by following these steps:
• Load up your YouTube app of choice (Xbox One, PS4, Android TV, iOS, Roku etc) and sign into your account.
• Find my channel (either by searching ‘Chris Scullion’ or by visiting this link on a computer or mobile) and subscribe to it to find the stream in your subscribed list.
• Alternatively, if you don’t want to subscribe to my channel (you heartless swine), load the video stream in YouTube and add it to your favourites or a playlist, so you can access it from your YouTube app of choice later.
That’s about it. Please do spread the word – the bigger the audience the more entertaining the chat will be, and the more likely I’ll do regular streams and not just ne-off Halloween ones.
* Warning: For copyright reasons I won’t be able to save an archived version of this stream for the purpose of watching it later. Once it’s done it’s done, so please do try to watch it live otherwise you won’t get to watch the repeat.