I just watched this today. While I don’t think it will be a revered classic horror film like Psycho or The Shining, it was still a good enough B-rate horror film that I wanted to watch it all the way through. (Any time I’m checking the counter to see how long it has left or I feel like it will never end and I’m just waiting for it to be over, that’s never a good sign.)
The dark humor mixed with sarcasm truly is right up my alley. It chocked full of funny one liners and for all you breast lovers, tons of gratuitous boob shots. There were a couple spots where I almost thought this was a horror “adult” movie.
There’s also a good amount of gore and the blood flows almost non-stop. I really liked some of the special effects makeup and masks, the creation of evil, I guess you could say. Also, don’t count on any “real” looking blood splatter or things along those lines.
However, this movie is promoted as a horror comedy and there was definitely a clear tone of that here. Again, if you can’t take horror and comedy put together, well then, I just don’t know what is wrong with you. If you truly think about it, there’s a little comedy in a number of horror films that aren’t marketed as comedies at all. (Example: Jack Torrance freaking out on his wife in The Shining. The scene where he catches her reading “all work and no play…” and goes completely maniacal on her while she’s holding the baseball bat. The way he imitates her and threatens her is funny, I’m sorry, it just is. And the fact that he winds up kissing a rotted, waterlogged dead woman…well, let’s just say I see humor in that as well. See what happens when you think it’s smart to kiss a random naked chick in a supposedly empty hotel room while you’re married???)
The whole thing about horror is that you can’t take it so seriously. It’s not a drama. It’s not supposed to make you cry and contemplate life and it’s meaning or your worth as a human being. It’s designed to shock, to disgust, to entertain, and horrify. It’s supposed to draw you in and then make you leap back in your seat, letting out an “Oh!” or a “No way dude, no f&*#ing way!”
There are definitely a couple of those moments in this film.
I really think only true horror fans or gore fans are going to be okay with this movie. Those of us who don’t mind B and C-rate films to get our horror fix will definitely be able to watch this. I happen to like a lot of B-rate horror films that I know so many people think are just trash. (Motel Hell is one of them.) I don’t care that it’s not A-List. All I want is to be entertained with death, blood, gore, suspense, shock and awe…that kind of stuff.
Any regular movie goer, a regular movie watcher that ISN’T into horror, this is not for you.
Also, there are A LOT of boobs. A lot. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t really bother me because it’s almost a prerequisite for horror. (We all know that sex leads to death in horror movies, the virgin almost always survives, etc.) So, I actually tend to expect it in most films. But I will say, if it makes you uncomfortable or squeamish, there are going to be some parts that are just not your kind of thing.
And some really nasty stuff happens in this movie so, don’t be thinking this is going to be one of those movies that just “implies” things. They outright give it to you. Raw.
All in all, while it wouldn’t be on my list to watch again anytime soon, I still was entertained with this film. There’s definitely some scenes that are going to stick in my mind, which filmmakers always want. But there were also some parts that reminded me as I watched that it was a B-rate horror film. But, like I said, B-rate doesn’t mean Bad.