Film Review “Chillerama”

Directed by: Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, Joe Lynch
Starring: Sean Paul Lockhart, Anton Troy, Gabrielle West, Joel David Moore and Lin Shaye, Kristina Klebe.
Distributed by: Image Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 115 Minutes

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When you have four very talented and up-in-coming horror directors team up for a horror anthology you should expect a lot from it. This film delivers mostly but falls short of the being great. This film consists of four mini movies within ala “Creepshow”. What is great about these films is that the title alone tells the premise, which you will see below. Overall though, it is a fun film for horror fans looking for a flashback to the good ole horror drive-in days.

The first film is one of my favorites “Wadzilla”…that’s right it is about a giant killer sperm. Enough said right? I must note that the creature was created by The amazing Chiodo Brothers (“Killer Klowns from Outer Space”). I love when you see their creations in films because it shows that everything doesn’t need to be in CG to be cool. The film is funny and WAY over the top. Plus it says the great Ray Wise (“Reaper”)…enough said again?

Probably tying the first film for my favorite is Adam Green’s “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein”. This is beyond hysterical with Joel David Moore (Avatar) playing Hitler. He speaks gibberish German the whole film and it just a riot. This is shot in black and white and is just a riot which not a shock since it is from Adam Green (“Hatchet” series),who is just great. To make it any better if it that is possible Kane Hodder plays the creature Meshugannah, that’s right that is his name.

I wish this film would have ended with those because I would be raving about this but then we go to “I Was a Teenage Werebear”, directed by Tim Sullivan. I absolutely hated this film and it almost ruined it for the film as a whole. I have no problem with the gay content but it is just so unbearable (get it?) to watch. To top it off it is a musical…the songs are funny but the film feels like an hour long and drags major ass. I could have done without this one.

The last film is the general basis for the opening and closing scene called “Zom B Movie”. It is a spoof of ’70s & ’80s zombie films and was directed by Joe Lynch (“Wrong Turn 2: Dead End”). This film is fun, a little weird and a good closing to this film.

Overall, three out of four films are fun and will provide some great laughs. Just skip over “I Was a Teenage Werebear” and you might enjoy this film. I hope that they continue this tradition and make more of these films. This film is currently available on VOD from most cable providers, also currently touring the drive in market theaters and will be on Blu-ray/DVD November 29th. I watched it on VOD but is probably really fun at a midnight show, so try and check it out that way.

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