If you don’t know who Astron-6 are by now then you’re missing out on a joy that’s better than sex and pooping combined: these misfits of Canadian independent cinema have taken the genre film world by storm; inheriting the spirit of Full Moon and Empire Pictures to create low-budget strokes of schlock genius for those of us still living in video store nostalgia and grindhouse drive-ins. In 2011, they made Father’s Day on a budget that wouldn’t even cover catering on a Michael Bay movie; which was then released through Troma to instant cult classic status. This should give you a good idea of what you’re in store for; but believe me, when I tell you, that no first time viewer will be prepared for the demented treats in store for them here. Father’s Day is out-of-box, balls-splattered-on-the-wall filmmaking at it’s most gleefully unhinged. And it’s where my instant love affair with Astron-6 began.
The jest of Father’s Day is this: A serial killer is on the loose again after a 30 year hiatus. He goes by the name of Charles Fuchman (Mackenzie Murdock), otherwise known as ”The Father’s Day Killer” – a nickname earned by raping dads. The re-emergence of the killer doesn’t go unnoticed by the church, and young priest, Father Sullivan (Matthew Kennedy), is sent to recruit disgraced vigilante Ahab (Adam Brooks), who now resides in solitude making maple syrup after failing to stop the killer in the past. Hesitant at first, Ahab finally agrees to help out, and with the aid of his stripper sister Chelsea (Amy Groening), Father Sullivan and teen prostitute Twink (Conor Sweeney) they set out to put a stop to the killer once and for all.
Father’s Day is a man on adventure movie set to the styling of a 70’s grindhouse revenge nasty. It follows a group of unlikely heroes as they journey into Hell in search of the vicious dad raping serial killer = who enjoys biting off male genitalia after putting his own in their butt. To say more about the story would ruin everything; just know that it’s wildly unpredictable, sexy and gross.
Unlike most neo-Grindhouse films; which harken back to drive-in theatres and sperm soaked multiplexes, Astron-6 present their package in the style of a late night television channel. The faux-grain and style makes it look like a Troma feature that’s been unearthed from the vaults; but Astron-6 surpass Sir Lloyd Kauffman’s gang by possessing a better craft for storytelling, along with funnier gags and higher concept ideas.
What starts out as a simple revenge quickly escalates into a whirlwind of insanity that needs to be seen to be believed – and even then you’ll come out of it speechless. Father’s Day is disgusting and wacky, but it packs more imagination, heart and passion into it’s micro-budget than movies which are financially insurmountable in comparison. If you like your films with caution thrown to the wind, made by people with mental problems, then this is for you. 10/10
Written & Directed By:
Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, and Steven Kostanski (Astron-6)
Adam Brooks, Mackenzie Murdock and Matthew Kennedy, Amy Groening
Action, Comedy, Horror