Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Skull Heads (2009)

Fear 0/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 1/5
T&A Factor 2/5

Anyone that's ever seen multiple films from Full Moon Features knows the formula: throw in the latest and (not so?) greatest in stop motion/clay animation, some seriously silly dialogue to go with a thinly veiled plot, along with a decent serving of blood and gore, and you have all the makings of a ridiculously goofy but fun affair. Oh, and toss in some boobies for good measure. Skull Heads is no exception and its a fun little flick.

A family living in a castle in Rome (why they don't speak Italian or have an accent, I have no clue) does so in pretty strip down fashion. They like a simple life, free from the trappings of modern day society: cell phones, iPods, etc. Except for their teenage daughter of course. I only say teenage because the film doesn't specify but if she is a teenager, she is unlike any I've ever seen. Yowsas! Houston, we have a well endowed hottie!

Anywhos, mom and especially dad don't approve of her 'I want to be a part of that world' (cue Little Mermaid) attitude and daddy likes to punish her by taking her to the underground dungeon and strapping her to a medieval rack. Dad of the year award right there.

One day a film crew comes knocking on the door, asking to use the locale of the castle as a backdrop for a film they are shooting. The innocent daughter immediately falls for one of the directors and despite daddy's disdain, invites them over for dinner one night and begs and pleads with pops to let them film there. After the promise of a hefty sum, dad relents and the crew begins to 'set-up'. They set-up all right, we find out that they've been casing the joint and want to rob the family of all their ancient valuables. Gasp!

So where do the Skull Heads come in exactly, you might ask? We come to find out that they are guardian creatures, looking very much like little Jack Skellington's that roam around ancient castles protecting them from evil doers. They pop out when the movie makers/robbers break in. In defense of their turf, they shoot laser beams out of their ojos and turn mom and dad into zombies after they've been capped by the baddies. They try to escape but mom, dad and daughter stop them from doing so. They then live happily ever after.....

Another silly flick from Charles 'Puppetmaster' Band, Skull Heads is a goof riot. Not for everyone, but if you dig the finest in horror cheese, this film is real California cheddar.

Cortez the Killer


Jonny Metro said...


Thanks for the review. I may have to put this one on my Netflix.


The Warfreak said...

My God...Skullheads, you say?

That sounds magnificent.

Complaint Dept said...

Mmm hmmm. I see. Yes, I will pass, thank you.

Matt-suzaka said...

As a full fledged fan of shitty movies and being an old school follower of Full Moon, I’m kinda embarrassed to say I haven’t seen a new movie from the company in close to ten years…maybe it’s time to break that cycle and fucking watch SKULL HEADS!! You have impeccable taste, sir.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see that Charles is still making these movies, as he has an unusual place in my heart (fond doesn't come to mind). I got my start in the film biz 25 years ago sculpting the creatures for his films, as some of the leading effects guys around today had. Eveyone in the biz knew that if you worked for Charles, you were a dedicated employee because the hours were long, hot, dirty, low pay (which we had to fight for every week, including closing the shop and going to his office to demand checks), and crappy designs. Did we love it? No. But we all loved the biz.