Movie Review: Society (1989)

Horror, Horror Comedy, Movie Reviews

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As a lifelong horror fan, I don’t think the genre gets the credit it deserves: when it comes to making statements about the world we live in, it’s rare you’ll see a horror movie praised for its themes outside of the community of us weirdos who love them so much.  The reality is: horror has always looked at society through a magnifying glass and created true-to-life social commentary as a result. Of course, many of the classics have garnered acclaim and legacies by the general consensus over time, but most of the time horror is dismissed as nonsense. The reason I’m bringing this up is because movies like Brian Yuzna’s Society don’t get the credit they deserve as more than camp, disgusting body horror.  Granted, when it’s all said and done you’ll sit there for 20 minutes afterwards wondering what the hell you just watched; some of you might even laugh out loud at its obvious intended humour; others might even feel sick to their stomach.  However, what Society does do is provide an excellent satire on the unfairness of social class structures and how the rich exploit the poor.  Whether our political or sociological views agree with this ideology is irrelevant; but there is no denying it gets its own point of view across effectively.  Intellectual Mumbo Jumbo crap aside, Society is a hilarious, twisted and downright bizarre 80’s gem.

Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) lives in a Beverley Hills mansion with his rich family consisting of his 2 parents and sister Jenny (Patrice Jennings).  He has a hot girlfriend, he’s a star player on the school basketball team and he’s in the running for class president.  However, he’s never been able to shake the feeling that he doesn’t quite fit in.  In fact, he’s convinced that he’s adopted.  His sister is on the verge of adulthood, therefore she’s about to join the neighborhood society of the elite upper class; this sets off a series of bizarre events and Billy finds a disturbing recording of his sister and parents having an odd conversation to say the least.  Soon things start getting weirder – and Bill is about to make his contribution to the society.

Society is part coming of age drama, part suburban nightmare: as teenagers we all felt out of place occasionally, and here it plays on this idea to paranoid effect.  It also employs incestuous undertones between Billy and his sister, and overtones between his sister and parents, making for one of the most dysfunctional families in the history of cinema.  As Billy’s paranoia increases, so does danger.  He finds out the truth about the secret society his family, peers and neighbours are a part of – and it results in a climax I can promise you’ll never forget.

The core theme of Society, however, is the gulf in power between classes and how the rich exploit the poor.  Billy represents the working class and the sole reason he was adopted by rich parents was for the gain of their secret club.  That’s all I’m going to say about that because I don’t want to spoil the treats; just know that their plans are demented and unlike anything a movie has ever shown – or will show again for that matter.

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Society doesn’t offer much in the way of gore and splatter; but fans of the gruesome stuff need not fret because there’s enough disgusting melting and  grotesque body transmogrification to put you off eggs for a fortnight.  The special effects were courtesy of Nick Benson, who worked on classics such as Tremors (1990) and The Blob (1988).  Brian Yuzna movies are always good for beautifully disgusting imagery, but Society is his pinnacle.

If you want to see a movie that’s odd, sick, hilarious and fucked up, while being entirely unique at the same time, then Society is for you.  I think all horror fans should see it at least once, but those who fall in love with it will keep going back to it just for that final 20 minutes of… something else.  An underrated classic from the 80’s and one of my all time personal favourites.  It makes for an excellent triple feature with Parents (1989) and Pin (1988) for a night of weird family festivities.  10/10

Directed By:

Brian Yuzna

Written By:

Rick Fry & Woody Keith

Starring:

Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, Patrice Jennings

Genre:

Horror, Comedy

Running Time:

99 mins

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Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Action, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi

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If you’ve been on the internet at all in the past week, you’ve heard the critics raving about Fury Road – as well as fans proclaiming their excitement in their drones.  This sequel/reboot/requel is the latest installment of the franchise that put Aussie filmmaking on the map – and to this day remains the Godfather of post-Apocalyptic mayhem, having stood the test of time since the previous film, Beyond Thunderdome (1985), 30 years ago.  George Miller returns to the helm where he belongs – and this time they’ve given him $150.000000 to spend along with full creative control.  Sounds like it could potentially be one of the best action movies of all time, doesn’t it?

Well it is.  Fury Road is a geeks wet dream brought to the screen.  It’s the R rated blockbuster we’ve been craving since the dawn of time.  Not only has George Miller brought us the most balls-to-the-wall carnage we’ve seen – well ever – but he’s delivered a blockbuster that’s, quite frankly, groundbreaking.  While others are content to entertain us within the parameters of the status quo, Fury Road accelerates through the super highways of tomorrow; it has its own little world in the desert wasteland, where no other movie can touch it.  Not only are the action sequences the equivalent of taking an assortment of hallucinogenic hyperactive drugs and throwing caution into a tornado only to return in the form of mass carnage; this is cinematic punk rock in every sense.  The characters are stranger than ever, with the villains spouting the most epic sounding nonsensical drivel you’ve ever heard, yet it’s befitting to their much welcomed derangement.  It’s a massive middle finger to the establishment. making other amazing summer action extravaganzas in recent years seem generic and inferior in comparison.  Sorry Furious 7, I really love you, but Fury Road just surpassed you by tenfold.

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Much to the dismay of men’s rights activists (I know, what the fuck are men’s rights activists?) who have boycotted the movie due to supposed feminist ideals, Fury Road is very empowering to its female characters, with Charlize Theron stealing the show in a spectacle that’s enriched with interesting characters; even the smallest bit part players are larger than life creations.  There was a moment where her character, Imperator Furiosa, and Max grasp hands in a show of unity: a statement declaring, that, in this world, equality of the sexes is going to be the thing that saves it.  That’s not to say the women are unstoppable killing machines, however.  Miller has no problem killing off expendables of both sexes in brutal ways.  It’s a no holds barred thrill ride that takes no prisoners.  When was the last time you saw a baby cut from a woman’s stomach in a the multiplex?

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Road Warrior, to this day, remains one of the greatest movies of all time. No hyperbole – it’s a classic that both stands the test of time and still remains fresh because there’s nothing else like it.  Fury Road might be even better.  It’s certainly on a par.  Regardless of what’s the best, Fury Road is one of the best movies I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing in my 25 years on this Earth.  11/10

Directed By:

George Miller

Written By:

George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nick Lathouris

Starring:

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Genre:

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Running Time:

120 mins

Movie Review: Maggie (2015)

drama, Horror, Movie Reviews

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What’s this?  An Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie, you say?  Well it’s about damn time the greatest action star the world has ever known picked up his gun and blasted through swarms of the undead, equipped with bullets, one-liners and enough macho bravado to turn a teen girl sleepover into a beer and arm wrestling contest.  Unfortunately, Maggie isn’t such a zombie movie.  In fact, Maggie isn’t like any zombie movie that’s ever been made before until now.  The Walking Dead might have popularized the trend of a zombie apocalypse around human drama, but not until Maggie has it ever felt so human.  It’s a change of pace for Arnie, and it’s bound to make for the most surprising turn of the year.

Wade (Arnie) commands respect from the community; it’s a small town where everybody knows everybody; police and doctors treat Wade with respect due to their long storied history together.  History, although never mentioned, would suggest that Wade is a good man who’s well liked, which is why he’s allowed to take care of Maggie (Abigail Breslin) until she’s about to turn.  However, when the time comes he’s faced with 2 choices: send her to quarantine, or take care of it himself.  But like any loving father would, he refuses to give up on her.

Maggie uses the the zombie transformation as a framework for a family facing loss from terminal illness and a fathers failure to come to terms with it: from the outset we know Maggie is doomed to face the inevitable; there is no hope on the horizon or a cure being discovered.  Tragedy is inevitable and all we can do is watch as everything begins to shatter.  As good as Arnie is in his role, it’s Abigail Breslin who stands out as a teenage girl seeing out her final days; her relationship with her father is natural, sweet and one of the reasons her situation is hard hitting – but that also extends to the relationship she has with her friends she must bid farewell to.

Maggie boasts stunningly dreary cinematography; the Midwestern backdrop is always cloudy and grey, setting a mood throughout that’s always one of sadness; sometimes there’s moments of beauty within the sadness and the setting, the score and atmosphere are poignantly fitting to the descent into heartbreak we have to endure.

Arnie’s speaking parts are limited; his emotions are conveyed through his expressions and actions; these range from walking through the fields as the suns starts to set and staring aimlessly into bonfires at night.  He spends his moments away from caring for Maggie alone – struggling and contemplating – and it’s all evident on his withered facial expressions.  It’s a somber performance; undoubtedly this is the best he’s ever acted in his career, even if it’s not his best movie as a whole.

The horror in Maggie is lacking, but not non-existant; there are one or 2 scenes that provide some tension, but if you go into it expecting a horror film you might be disappointed.  It’s an indie drama about family and loss – but it’s one of the freshest takes on the zombie sub-genre in recent memory, and certainly one of the best.

Maggie is a change of pace for an iconic actor we’ve grown to know and love for being typecast; it’s a change of pace for a horror film because it’s lacking in traditional scares – although the fear of losing someone you love is scarier than any monster.  If you’re prepared to go in with an open mind then you might just find yourself captivated by a beautiful, tragic story that reminds us what it really means to be human.  8/10.

Directed By:

Henry Hobson

Written By:

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Starring:

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

Genre:

Drama, Horror

Running Time:

95 min

Movie Review: Dracula 3D

Horror, Movie Reviews

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Dario Argento is universally regarded as one of the true icons of horror directors.  For nearly four decades he’s been churning out movies, with the most notable being his work in the Giallo sub-genre; if you look at various lists of what are regarded as the best horror films of all time, there’s a high chance you’ll see Suspiria (1997) crop up on the majority of them.  However, in recent years, the fans and critics haven’t been too kind to old Dario; his last few offerings have been met with either divisiveness, hostility or disinterest – it’s been awhile since he’s had a film that’s been widely praised.  In 2012, he tried his hand at one of horrors most famous and regurgitated stories – Dracula.  Was it a return to form for the old maestro?

Dracula 3D was met with scorn; many of his most ardent fans considered it a final nail in the coffin of a director who hasn’t been good for a long, long time?  But is Dracula 3D so bad that it deserves such a panning?  Yes it is; not only is the acting terrible, the dialogue cheesy and the direction uninspired, but it doesn’t feel like a movie any credible filmmaker would have made, let alone one of the most influential genre filmmakers of all time.  But, is it entertaining?  You better believe it is.

Argento’s Dracula doesn’t offer any new take on the old tale, but it’s a highly entertaining combination of classic Hammer horror aesthetic, 1970’s Euro sleaze and campy catastrophe that tells it in a way we’ve never seen it before.  What it lacks in being an adequate, passable or good attempt at making a horror film it makes up for in nudity, unintentional comedy and random nonsensical stupidity, such as giant mantis’ and awful CGI wolf transformations – and more.  The gore is good, Asia Argento gets naked and Rutger Hauer happily shows up for a pay check, so add those to the list of positives.

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It isn’t all fun and games, however; a movie this ridiculous shouldn’t be any longer than 80 minutes, but Argento decides to punish his viewers for 110 minutes, making up the moments between fun with long spells of tedious garbage.  But it’s not enough to deter the movie from being an entertaining exercise in cinematic idiocy.  Dracula 3D might not make you afraid of vampires – it’s more likely to make the average viewer wish one would show up and drain the lifeblood from their body – but, if you want a good chuckle then it’s well worth a look.  4/10.

Directed By:

Dario Argento

Written By:

Dario Argento, Enrique Sterezo, Stefano Piani, Antonio Tentori

Starring:

Thomas Kretschmann, Asia Argento, Marta Gastini, Rutger Hauer

Genre:

Horror

Running Time:

110 min

Movie Review: Toad Road (2012)

Arthouse, drama, Horror, Movie Reviews

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Toad Road is an urban legend of American folklore, about a road in Hellam Township, Pennsylvania, where the Seven Gates of Hell are said to reside in a wooded area.  If one passes through all seven gates, they are said to enter Hell itself.  In Jason Bankers movie Toad Road, it serves as a metaphor for the plight of drug addiction for a young group of friends.  It follows a group of slackers (played by a group of real life friends the director found on Myspace) as they float through life bored and without purpose; they spend their days and nights abusing alcohol and drugs without any signs of direction apart from down.  When James meets Sara, he tries to warn her of the side effects of drugs and the life she’s getting herself into, but Sara disregards his warnings and becomes addicted and obsessed with embarking on a journey through Toad Road to find Hell; to Sara, she believes finding Hell would equal peace and sanctuary, and after persuading James and the gang, they drop acid and set out on the road.  As they pass through each gate, the lines between reality and what’s in their minds become a blur as months go by.

The lead actress, Sara Anne Jones, who played the titular character of the same name died of a drug overdose shortly after the film was complete; the characters here play authentic versions of themselves, molded to fit the story.  The scenes of drug use are 100% real, as are their interactions.  It’s a loose documentary in a way, but Bankers still manages to create a story and narrative that’s coherent and raw.

The journey into Hell is a variety of things: the first is the physical place they set out to find at the end of the road; another Sara’s nihilistic goal to either find something greater, or the peace of escaping the world she knows.  The third is the downward spiral into the self-destruction brought on by addiction; Sara describes each gate through narration and the feelings of guilt, shame and hope they bestow on her.  It’s a surreal fairytale about seeking something otherworldly, but ultimately finding death: a metaphor for how drugs are a quest for a transcendental high at the risk of a harrowing reality.

Toad Road is hallucinogenic and it gets more surreal as it progresses; reality and fantasy become one; the supernatural and reality are too vague to differentiate.  In summary: it’s a mind fuck.  The story plays out like a documentary, a mumblecore drama and a campfire fairytale, but it’s a movie that’s more about the message – which is the dangers of drug addiction without being preachy.

This is one of the most haunting, harrowing and honest movies you’ll ever see, but it’s not for everyone. The actors involved were a real group of friends doing real drugs in the movie, yet director Jason Banker managed to mold their real personas into autobiographical characters to create a fairytale about self-destruction and a journey to find something better and otherworldly. It’s a strange movie, it’s nihilistic and it’s an essential document of disenchanted youth culture.  9/10

Written & Directed By:

Jason Banker

Starring:

James Davidson, Sara Anne Jones, Whitley Higuera

Genre: 

Drama, Horror

Movie Review: Gargoyle (2004)

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Jim Wynorski (also known as Jay Andrews and other names) is responsible for cult classics such as the killer robot riot Chopping Mall (1986) and the hilarious Return of Swamp Thing (1989), along with hundreds of other titles which fit into the beloved unofficial sub-genre of ”so bad it’s good.”  I haven’t seen enough of his movies (because that would take forever and I don’t expect to live as long as that), but, from the little I have seen, his movies have been a trashy good time.  I went into Gargoyle: Wings of Darkness without any prior knowledge of the existence of the flick at all: but I like gargoyles and Netflix reviewers seemed to enjoy it, so I took a chance.  Needless to say I was not disappointed; for a brain switcher offer, this delivered an abundance of daft entertainment to waste a few brain cells to.  Mindless fun was what I needed and Gargoyle was the sweet, filling box of popcorn to satisfy my craving.

In the 1980’s Michael Pare was a star for awhile; Streets of Fire (1984) is the role he’s most remembered for, but since the 90’s his career has relegated to mostly straight-to-video action and horror movies that only get watched by connoisseurs of cheese such as myself.  Gargoyle probably isn’t one of his proudest moments, in which he plays a CIA agent sent to Romania to investigate a kidnapping only to be confronted with a centuries old computer generated gargoyle hellbent on the Apocalypse.

It opens in 1532 where a gargoyle is terrorizing attacking a village.  A priest and a hot village woman manage to put a brief stop to the beast and trap it underground.  Fast forward to the present day and the gargoyle is loose in Romania once again and it’s up to a poor mans Mulder and Scully to put a stop to it.  Halfway through the movie there’s a ridiculous sub-plot introduced involving a cult that makes little to no sense at all; but that’s not to say it isn’t welcomed.

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The special effects aren’t the worst you’ll ever see, the lines are witty and the acting is the right amount of bad.  There’s plenty of action involving gargoyle attacks and car chases to ensure the movie is never boring.  For an entertaining time passer, it fits the criteria and I’d go as far to call it a little underrated gem; albeit a crappy one.  It’s not completely inept – just really cheap and ridiculous.  7/10 (for pure entertainment factor).

Directed By:

Jim Wynorski

Written By:

Michael Pare, Sandra Hess, Fintan McKeown

Genre:

Horror, Action, Fantasy

Article: My Gratitude For The Internet Geek Community

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”Internet friends aren’t real friends.”  To those who feel that way, I feel sorry for you.  I feel sorry that you can’t embrace people just because you’ve never met them.  There are people I speak to on a daily basis I care about as much as my real life acquaintances who I have more in common with than people I’ve known for my 25 years of existence.  Last month, a member of my favorite Facebook movie group passed away too soon, leaving a young, beautiful family without a husband and father – and our geeky little group without a valuable member.  If one positive can be taken from that tragedy, it was a reminder not to take people for granted – especially the people you met on the internet you speak with daily about movies.

I live in a small town that isn’t exactly brimming with culture: beer and sports are the closest thing there is.  Now, I love beer and football as much as the next guy and some of these torags are people I’d take a bullet for; but they don’t understand my love of film and geek culture.  As an avid lover of movies, pro wrestling, comic books and bizarre fiction, I need an outlet to discuss my obsessions – with like minded people who understand me and share my passion.

I started blogging just to vent my thoughts on movies; then one day people read it and responded.  This led to fun conversation and friendships were born out of it.  As much as I’d love to write about movies as a paid gig – and it is my dream – I do this because it’s fun for me.  Not only do I get to share my thoughts on movies, but it’s led to me establishing friendships and relationships with fellow bloggers, writers and fans, as well as getting to know some filmmakers, authors and artists.  It’s a community where we all support each other, and sometimes it leads to personal bonds with people we might never meet.

When I returned to blogging after a hiatus, I was happy to find some of the blogs I followed were still in existence; then again I was upset to find that many were inactive and people I used to converse with regularly were gone for now.  It made me regret not getting to know them more and keeping in touch; you should know that I don’t add any old randoms to Facebook, but a cool person I have something in common I’m more than happy to have in my Friends list.  Thankfully, I’ve met some awesome people since returning to blogging and posting in more groups and forums.  Sometimes life happens and we have to go live that out for awhile, but it sucks to think people who were a regular fixture in your routine become only a fond memory who you knew briefly in a small corner in cyberspace.

I’m a weirdo with an overactive imagination: to this day I still look up to the sky at night and imagine myself on space adventures with alien lifeforms; I often find myself floating back into reality and wondering how I got there because I’ve spent so long living out my fictional Wrestlemania moment in my head; sometimes I even imagine what would happen if I were stabbed to death or eaten alive in a horror movie.  I play my own movies which don’t exist out scene-for-scene in my head, with actors living and dead, to scores I don’t have the musical know-how to create.  Some people dream of traveling and living life to the fullest; I just want to spend it immersing myself further in the hobbies that I love and continue to meet people who share my enthusiasm.

So thank you to all of those who satisfy my indulgences.  It’s a pleasure knowing all of you: if we speak regularly in some capacity just know that I enjoy discussing our shared interests, whether we agree or not.  If you read my blog or have in the past or will in future, I appreciate it so much.  The internet can be a glorious place and I’m grateful to this geek community for having me.

TV Article: Looking Back At… Special Unit 2 (2001-02)

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Ah.  The turn of the century – or a year afterwards anyway.  The good ol’ days of my early teen years where I’d sit in my pajamas watching all kinds of random television shows that would inevitably be scrapped after 2 seasons; that’s if they even made it past the first season.  One of those shows was the short-lived supernatural detective series Special Unit 2, which followed Detective O’Malley (Michael Landes) and Detective Kate (Alexondra Lee) of a secret police unit as they battled monsters and creatures of folklore on the streets of Chicago.  Cancelled due to a combination of poor ratings, critical panning’s and a lawsuit for plagiarism of an old roleplaying board game, Special Unit 2 never had the chance to reach it’s full potential, but it was always a fun way to spend 60 minutes.

As a detective comedy, it contained all the necessary stereotypes: an unlikely leading buddy duo, who, despite their differences, make a very pragmatic team; an African American Captain with a temper, and, more importantly – a leprechaun who provides an encyclopedia of supernatural knowledge.  As a supernatural action drama, it’s charming with the way it explored random folklore portrayed in a lighthearted, humorous manner.

Special Unit 2 wasn’t original – characters were cliched, the leads were reminiscent (but not as iconic) of Mulder and Scully and it followed police procedure by the book as much as CSI, it was still a lot of fun and watching reruns still makes for some Sunday omnibus viewing.  It won’t blow your mind, but it might just steal a part of your heart.

Movie Review: The Seasoning House (2012)

Horror, Movie Reviews, Thriller

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Despite the subject matter being about young girls being held captive against their will for sex trafficking, Paul Hyett’s debut The Seasoning House is a movie which takes no prisoners.  It’s cinema at its boldest and most unflinching; but where other movies would be content to torture its victims into the realms of exploitation fodder, this revenge thriller handles the material with honesty, style and class to provide a thought provoking piece which highlights a criminal underbelly that exists to this very day in the real world.

Angel (Rosie Day) is a deaf-mute who gets taken from her home after watching her family and neighbours being gunned down by soldiers.  She’s taken to a brothel with other young girls, where they are subjected to rape and abuse at the hands of mercenaries and owner Viktor (Kevin Howarth).  Due to a scar on her face and some surprising pity, Angel is not prostituted like the other girls; her duty is to make sure they’re doped up for the vile pieces of human waste who purchase their services.  One day, Angel befriends one of the girls and murders the man who raped her death later on, which leads to a higher body count and daring escape.

The Seasoning House is not a fun movie.  It’s depressing and ugly and not for the squeamish; there is no bright colours in the house for a start; the brothel is dirty and rotten, plagued by rats and humanities worst atrocities. The villains are the worst human beings imaginable and the girls are always frightened and defenseless.  The violence is uncompromising and you get the sense that there is no escape for any of the girls.  So, what raises it above your typical torture porn shocker?  For a start, it’s set in a time period where underground sex houses were used in Balkan countries to fund wars.  Many torture porn movies have claimed to guise their exploitation as reflections of real world tragedies, but here the strong themes of soldier brutality, the effect of war and a brutally honest depiction of child abuse; not to mention excellent performances from the cast (which includes the always marvelous Sean Pertwee), it manages to rise above the gutter and soar.

The cinematography is exquisite: ugly has never looked so astonishingly beautiful.  The Seasoning House is an exceptionally well made tour de force in cinematic nihilism that’s sure to give sleeping horror binge watchers a kick up the arse.  A reminder that there’s evil in the world we live in at its most unforgiving, this is a must see if you can handle it.  Why not double bill it with Martyrs (2008) for a cold, dark nights viewing.  9/10

Directed By:

Paul Hyett

Written By:

Paul Hyett, Conal Palmer, Adrian Rigelsford

Starring:

Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Kevin Howarth

Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Running Time:

90 mins

Movie Review: Bad Milo (2013)

Creature Feature, Horror Comedy, Movie Reviews

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We’ve all dreamed of killing our horrible bosses, colleagues and peers; but we’d never actually go through with it, would we?  Bad Milo meshes the repressed male murder fantasy with the small creature feature caper to create a funny, gory and oddly touching horror comedy about the fears and frustrations of everyday life and transition to fatherhood – manifested through the little monster who lives in his butt.

Duncan is an average guy who works at an average office job. One day he starts to get pains in his stomach whenever he’s feeling stressed and things get worse every time he tries to bury it inside. As the stress grows, it becomes a little creature living inside him, and it exits through his butt to kill everyone who causes him stress in his life, until one day it targets his wife and must be stopped.

At work, Duncan is pressured by his boss to lay off employees and do his dirty work; at home he’s pressured by his wife to start a family he isn’t quite ready for.  Once he loses his job when the company is audited by the FBI for shady practices, his stress levels are high and his little butt monster goes on a killing spree.  His therapist, played by the always excellent Peter Stormare, encourages Duncan to bond with Milo (the monster) and this is where the movie has a heart warming, adorable center.  When Milo isn’t killing, he’s a cute lovable little rascal who’ll make even the most ardent August Underground fan beam and say, ”AWWWW.”

Bad Milo is a lavish production with a known name cast including Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Ted, Rules of Engagement), Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer) as the lead, Duncan.  If Frank Hennenlotter ever went mainstream then this might be the end result; while sporting a non-horror cast and higher budget than most creature features, it still delivers all the necessary requirements of gore, humour and chaos.

A smart, funny, deranged and heart warming creature feature that never takes itself seriously: Bad Milo is a great way to spend 90 minutes.  If you like laughs, practical effects and gore with a story that tugs at your heart strings, then see this immediately.  8/10 

Directed By:

Jacob Vaughn

Written By:

Jacob Vaughn & Benjamin Hayes

Starring:

Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Patrick Warburton

Genre:

Comedy Horror

Running Time:

88 mins