If you like horror show hosts than the name Zacherley will mean something to you. I’ve known of Zacherley for many years but had never actually seen him at work until now with the feature Horrible Horror. The film is a best & worst of clips anthology depicting scenes from approximately fifty classic films.
Zacherley is an old and wise…man who lives in a crypt with his faithful assistant Igor (whom you always hear but never see) but at the beginning of the film Zacherley is being forced to abandon his crypt but he wants to leave his audience by showing them clips from a few of his most trusted friends (both good and bad). The film is not only filled with clips from films but also trailers.
For a “clips” movie the real treat is when Zacherley interrupts with his “puns” and “witticisms” which is why anyone would even bother with these types of films. Zacherley doesn’t just comment on the films but he entertains you (more so than the clips from the films that you are shown). Therein is the only good thing about the film. The clips that he’s decided to show border on being so obscure that even the most seasoned horror and sci-fi fan may not have even seen them. I sure didn’t and the fact that there are no indicators from which film the clips came from makes keeping up with the film a tad hard.
Directed by David Bergman the film is best when it focuses on Zacherley and a more organized arrangement of the clips would have been helpful. Modern audiences will probably see the film as badly dated but those with an appreciation for horror show hosts will find this an unexpected find.