Sep 28, 2017
By Matt Kahkonen
Anyab is a super low budget 1981 Egyptian adaptation of Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you think that might be up your alley, well...you’re probably wrong. I really wanted to like this movie. I knew going into it that it would be weird, unintentionally goofy, and generally pretty shitty. Unfortunately I also incorrectly assumed it would at least be entertaining in it’s absurdity.
If an Egyptian fan of American film and TV, who had zero filmmaking experience and even less of a budget, decided to remake Rocky Horror Picture Show, that would be Anyab. Every scene drags on for far too long. It almost felt like a two hour long gag on Family Guy with no pay off. The songs were bad, the acting was laughable, and the actual direction was god awful. It was like nobody had ever edited a film before. I shit you not, they showed a character filing off his manacles for almost two minutes straight. A dance sequence that acccomplishes nothing dragged on for almost five minutes, which wouldn’t be so bad if it were at least visually interesting, but it was just terrible and boring.
I’m usually all about movies that are so bad they’re good. I can laugh along with a bad movie with the best of them. I will admit to thinking a few things were funny about Anyab. The problem being that the minuscule bits of actual humor are sandwiched between long stretches of incoherent boring garbage. I can only recommend this to the most masochistic of cinephiles, and even then, they better smoke a lot of weed first. I’m only grading this as high as I am because I seriously think it was made for pennies, and at the very least it made me laugh a couple times.
Final Grade: 3/10