Early in your bounty-hunting adventure through Squanch Games’ vibrant comedy shooter High on Life, something strange happens. You arrive in your house to find slobbish retired bounty hunter Gene sitting on the couch watching a live-action movie. Naturally, you assume this is one of the many in-universe shorts or shows made specifically for the game, but then you watch for a moment and — are those 90s heartthrobs Denise Richards… and Paul Walker?
Yep, it turns out that High on Life actually has a few full-length old-school B-movies that you can sit down and watch on the couch. You’ll need to first find Gene, who is sitting on a bench near your house when you first land in the town-hub of Blim. After that, the different movies will be available to watch at home at different points throughout the game.
You can also watch all the movies at the movie theater, which you can summon into the world using the Theater Warp Disc. You can purchase this, and other Warp Discs, from Blorto in Blim for 3 Warp Crystals. To use the Warp Discs, you’ll need to find a Warp Signal in the world (such as in Zephyr Paradise), where you can ‘activate’ the disc.
Now you know how to watch the movies, here’s what they actually are.
Tammy and The T-Rex (1994)
NOTE: There are reports that the movie cuts out at various points. Early in the game it cuts out after 20 minutes or so, which appears to be deliberate as an alien makes fun of it. You can return to watch more of the movie later, but for some people it seems to cut out at a key plot point. Others, meanwhile, have reported being able to watch the whole thing, so watch it at your own risk!
The first movie you get to watch in High On Life is Tammy and the T-Rex–an amusingly trashy 1994 sci-fi comedy starring Denis Richards and the late Paul Walker. One critic on Rotten Tomatoes described it as a “a real mixed bag of random tones,” so you can kind of see why Justin Roiland is into it.
A ‘Gore Cut’ of Tammy and the T-Rex was released in 2019, receiving a 100% Tomatometer rating out of seven reviews, and luckily for you this is the cut that you can watch in High On Life. The general consensus is that it’s a knowingly dumb-and-fun cult movie that’s worth watching if you’re into the ‘so bad, it’s good’ stuff.
Blood Harvest (1987)
A typical 80s slasher that sees a young woman returning to her hometown to find her parents missing, her home ransacked, and the town terrorised by a spree of throat-cutting murders. Intriguingly stars 60s American singer Tiny Tim, as well as Six Feet Under and Parenthood star Peter Krause in his first credited movie role.
Outside of being very much a slasher tropefest, Tiny Tim’s unhinged performance actually deserves some plaudits, and there’s actually a twist or two that you probably won’t see coming.
Vampire Hookers (1978)
Distinctly slim-faced actor John Carradine (father of Kill Bill’s David Carradine) had a long and distinguished career in horror movies, though you could easily have missed this salacious slice of 70s grindhouse. Carradine plays the lead vampire, who recruits a trio of female vampires to pose as sex workers and tempt hapless victims back to their lair.
Naturally, there’s plenty of sex and blood and it all gets mixed up into a potently self-aware stew.
Filmed in 16mm out in the Philippines, this was quintessential exploitation cinema.
Demon Wind (1990)
NOTE: You can only watch this movie at the theater.
This ludicrously schlocky horror b-movie is pretty solid entertainment in itself, charting one man’s journey to figure out how his grandparents died, which involves going to their isolated rural home 60 years after the fact. Of course, the plot thickens, demons are somehow involved, and it turns into a gloriously gory mess of blood, screams, and delightful demonic prosthetics.
The whole experience is arguably made even better thanks to the running commentary from cult indie movie actor Rich Evans and several of the other stars from Red Letter Media Productions. Rich and his pals are the three aliens sitting in the front row, and give their sardonic commentary throughout the whole. Given that this is the kind of movie you’d probably be talking over and jeering at anyway, you may as well do it alongside this deadpan bunch.
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