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For a little backstory on the film, the movie was shot by its makers over a course of four years by way of a 16mm camera. When completed, it was screened at various college campuses where it brought the house down. It also was one of the few films without distribution to screen at the Fantasia Film Festival where I believe (and I could be wrong) it won The Audience Award.
It's easy to see the appeal. Billed as a comedy for horror fans, the plot concerns an escaped mental patient who meets up with a horror film junkie. The film junkie sees the potential in having a lunatic as a friend, and he and his friend Onky try to create out of the patient a new serial killer in the tradition of a typical slasher movie icon.
The two leads Dan Palmer (Who co-wrote the script) and James Heathcote are excellent and highly likable. Horror fans will love the film's sly inside jokes. Everything from FRIDAY the 13th, to THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, to PSYCHO, to THE EVIL DEAD, to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is represented. What the director manages to achieve given the film's very small budget is a near miracle. And the film's best attribute is the character of the escaped mental patient "Looney." HILARIOUS!
The film is far from technically perfect, but it sure is fun! This horror fanboy loved it!
The writeup on the back of the box promises nudity, there is none, except for a one second scene of a woman who takes her shirt off on a TV screen that our hero is watching.
The escaped mental patient is indeed funny and does have some good moments, he is my favorite character in the movie. I think the main problem with this film is that it just seems to go on and on with no end in sight. Maybe if a half hour or 45 minutes of mindless and useless footage had been removed, this would have been a great little one hour film.
Recommended for B-movie fans, but don't rush out and feel the need to buy it. If you never see this movie, you have still lived a fulfilling life.
The acting was great- all three of the "stars" played their parts to the hilt. For a low-budget production, the camerawork, lighting, and sound were all great, as were the sets. Horror fans, presumably who the movie is geared towards, will appreciate the homages paid to such classics as "Evil Dead", "Friday the 13th", and "Psycho". At some point I thought it was going to take advantage of the "exploitation of serial killer" angle like "Natural Born Killers", but it didn't go there. Instead it went.... I'm not sure exactly where.
Basically it was enjoyable, definitely offbeat, but nowhere in the league of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Slither" as far as horror comedy.
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