Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chillerama (2011)

Fear 0/5
Gore 4/5
Entertainment 2/5
Creepiness 0/5

Chillerama is an anthology horror film and despite the level of talent associated with it, it's pretty mediocre. And it contains one of the worst anthology segments I've ever seen.

Our wrap around story involves the projectionist at a local drive-in theater who decides to dig up the rotting corpse of his ex-wife. He does so and before he can defile the body, she bites down on his no-no area and his groin begins to bleed profusely. This can't be good. He has to work in an hour!

Showing up at work, we learn that it's the last night of business for this beloved local spot. Despite his bleeding and some strange ooze coming out of his man region, he fires up the projector. On with the show!

Our first story involves a man who has some bedroom performance issues. His good doctor, gives him an experimental serum that's supposed to increase mail hormone production. But instead of doing just that, anytime he sees a woman and is arosed, his man parts go all haywire and a single, mutated, large teeth sporting super sperm grows and needs to be subsequently 'released.' After properly disposing of one of the mutated sperm, he has no luck with the second and it goes on a rampage through town. Some OK b-movie goodness here (Eric Roberts popping up in a brief cameo) with a jizz soaked ending to boot. Not great, just kinda 'meh.'

*Full disclosure before I get into the 2nd segment. I fucking loathe musicals. Like I'd rather jam a 12 inch. dildo into my ear hole than sit through one.*

The 2nd story involves a teenage boy who's a well regarded student athlete and who also happens to be harboring a secret: he's gay. While out on a school retreat, he comes into contact with a biker gang of gay werewolves. They bite him, he becomes one, and endless upon endless musical numbers that are grating and totally unfunny are performed. As a matter of fact, the whole of this segment isn't funny or entertaining in the slightest. It was enough to take me out of the experience and make me wish this thing was over already. It was that bad.

The film limps onward to the next segment, the best of them all (this really should have been released as a short film). Adam Green's segment, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein is a hoot, hilarious from start to finish. Hitler finds Anne Frankenstein's memoirs which contain the experiments of her grandfather. Hitler uses them to create a super soldier but instead, he unwittingly builds a super Jew! Hilarity ensues during a final standoff.

The film concludes with the wrap around segment. The projectionist's ooze infects the patrons and they all become sex crazed zombies. Some decent gore here but this too drags on and after about the 3rd or 4th zombie rape scene, it just became too much. Chillerama is a decent enough idea but overall, just really terrible execution.

Cortez the Killer


The Artist Formerly Known as J. Astro said...

Haha - you left out DEATHICATION! my 2nd favorite segment. I enjoyed the movie as a whole, actually. The werebear portion didn't bother me at all, in fact, I rather liked it... But then again, I don't hate musicals. Although I do agree that THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANKENSTEIN was by far the best bit.

The Artist Formerly Known as J. Astro said...

...and I guess I should point out that I actually went into this one expecting to HATE it, because the trailer made it look really stupid. But somehow I was in the right mood that night and the dumb humor bits worked for me, along with the more clever stuff. And I really did think that DEATHICATION was the most spot-on of the "drive-in" bunch, capturing the sleazy essence of HG Lewis and John Waters all in one (mercifully) brief blast of, well, shit.

Emily said...

I saw this at Rock n Shock, and it definitely benefits from a convention experience. I enjoyed Frankensteinn and the wraparound segments. Didn't care for Wadzills, but I think that's more humor preference than quality (that might have been the technical best if the bunch, but it just wasn't for me).

With Werebear, I really loved the idea of it. I'm not overly versed in beach blanket movies of the 60s, but I think the opening nailed the tone. Problem was it just went on WAY too long.

Planet of Terror said...

@J., did I miss something here? The plot synopsis does not have Deathication. Did you see a different version?

@Emily, I could see maybe enjoying this more if I was watching it with friends. But werebear is just so unbearably awful! Check out Drive-In Horrorshow. A much better flick with a similar type of feel.

The Man-Cave said...

PoT - Just saw this one last week and recently wrote up my review as well, which pretty much seems to statye that we are one the same page. The Werewolf segment was so annoying with all of the musical numbers, that I was tempted to turn it off. But luckily I hung in there or I would have missed Green and Moore's Frankenstein which left me in tears.

Oh and Deathicon/Deficon was the feces film that we didn't get to see due to the happenings in the wraparound story. It attempted to be overly gross and funny in its own right, but thankfully we are only spared to see a couple minutes of it.

Bryce Wilson said...

I have to say I don't think I could recommend this to anyone, but I did enjoy it on a certain "I'll hate myself in the morning level."

It was like watching four Jr. High Boys trying to top eachother at telling the dirtiest joke possible until the last one was literally reduced to just shouting "POO POO!!!! POO POO!!!" But yeah Anne Frankenstein was the best of the bunch by a long country mile. It felt like something Mel Brooks would be forced to make in hell.

Planet of Terror said...

@The Man Cave, ah, I see. Then glad most of that was cut.

@Bryce, I hear ya. There are worse ways to spend an hour and a half. But I Was a Teenage Werebear, EGAD! My ears are still bleeding.