I have been waiting for this film and to be honest, I have no good reason why. I was basically sold on the promise of a time like no other, and to tell the truth, that’s what I got.
Chillerama opens with a neat little animated title sequence. Similar to the original Night of the Demons or the intended director’s cut of The Return of the Living Dead. As the credits roll the animation gets more and more real, until we find ourselves in a very real grave.
A black and white scene of a man standing in a six footer preparing for some Post-Mortem Coitus (yes, that’s as scientific and non-offensive as I can get). Well, as the man gets himself ready for the love fest, the dead wife awakens and takes a bite out of this crime…for good!
It’s graphic and gooey and catches your attention. I hope it gets better from here because I am definitely entertained. Turns out that the opening is only the framework for this madness, and it’s about to get crazy! The local drive in is closing and as a last hurrah, it is playing a set of lost films, the only actual prints in existence, one night only.
First on the bill is “Wadzilla”. There is a fun grindehouse feel to this film about a man whose medication causes him to create giant killer sperm (really)! Staring Adam Rifkin, Sarah Mutch, Ray Wise and Eric Roberts.
“I Was a Teenage Werebear “combines James Dean, Grease,and Rocky Horror Picture Show into a fun and cheesetastic cocktail. A young wannabe rebel is bitten by the leader of a gay leather clad werebear gang. Now he must control his new urges and before they take him over!
As if that wasn’t enough, you get “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” where Hitler and Eva Braun find said diary and create a monster to kill for the cause. Featuring Joel David Moore, Kristina Klebe, and Kane Hodder as the monster.
Finally, the frame work becomes the final film, “Zom-B –Movie” Which, the less I say, the better, but it breaks so many taboos that I lost count and my girl shut her eyes and refused to open them! That notwithstanding, this is a fun party flick.
The dvd/blu-ray package includes a couple of making of featurettes (on Teenage Werebear and Anne Frankenstein, respectively) Interviews, Director commentaries,deleted scenes, and trailers. Not too bad.
When I first heard about it I wasn’t very enthused but it’s actually a great time. An anthology with tongue firmly in cheek and its heart in the grindhouse, hell, this is a beer and pizza night worth having. The overall film can be a little uneven depending on your taste (which it may disgust at times) but it never stops being a party. And let’s face it, horror should always be a party!