The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Image Entertainment - 2010
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 120 minutes
Genre: : Comedy, Horror, Musical
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Starring: Adam Rifkin, Sarah Mutch, Owen Benjamin, Ray Wise, Sean Paul Lockhart, Anton Troy, Gabby West, Lin Shaye, Joel David Moore, Kristina Klebe, Kane Hodder, Corey Jones, Kaili Thorne, Brendan McCreary, Miles Dougal, Richard Riehle
Directed by: Adam Green, Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Tim Sullivan
Music by: John R. Graham
Written by: Adam Green, Adam Rifkin, Joe Lynch, Tim Sullivan
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: November 29, 2011
"Drive in. Freak out."
It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! What could possibly go wrong?
An homage to the B-movie/exploitation genre and old drive-in theaters, Chillerama is a anthology of comedy/horror in the spirit of Creepshow; that is Creepshow minus any good taste about it. We have 4 stories that begin with Adam Rifkin's (Detroit Rock City) "Wadzilla". This is about a guy on a new fertility drug who has a side effect of a huge sperm that grows and grows and grows. It certainly had its humorous moments, but beware, there is more gooey white sperm all over that streets, peoples faces and screen that I would ever like to see again! Then there is Tim Sullivan's (2001 Maniacs) "I Was a Teenage Werebear" which is an awkward coming of age musical that combines a Franky/Annette beach flick, Teen Wolf, The Lost Boys and The Village People. I just couldn't get into it. Next up is the best of the lot, Adam Green's "Diary of Anne Frankenstein". It was shot in black and white and quite humorous. Jews who see this will love the many references, and all else will be crackling up at Joel David Moore's (Avatar) portrayal of Hitler. The premise is of the Frank family, who we find had shortened their name from, you guessed it, Frankenstein. Hitler finds grandpa Franks diary on how to make the monster and combines the Frank family into a Frankenstein called "Meshugana". Classic stuff here! We are then treated to the quickie called" Deathication", directed by the one and only "Phagabeefy" (whoever that is). It was about a movie that makes people uncontrollably lose control of their bowels. It should have been called "Defication" as thats all that was being shown. Yuck. Stringing it all together is Joe Lynch's (Wrong Turn 2) "Zom B Movie", which is the story of the drive-in showing these films. It starts as a guy digs up his dead girlfriends corpse to make it give him fellatio. She comes back to life, bites his member off and he limps back to his job at the drive-in to spread her zombie disease.
Sounds pretty tasteless huh? If you know what you are getting into you just might find humor in it all, as I did. I could have done with out all the feces, but besides that and the Werebear segment it was all pretty clever and in good fun. Genre fans will enjoy this one, but as you can tell, it isn't for everyone.
Family friendly with heavy subject matter.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Each segment of "Chillerama" has its own look. None of them are outstanding but all are pleasing, warts and all. Adam Rifkin's "Wadzilla" was overly grainy with a plethora of added clicks and pops. Tim Sullivan's "I Was a Teenage Werebear" was super soft, missing the finer details of a great HD presentation. Adam Green's "Diary of Anne Frankenstein" was black and white and had great blacks and shadow details. Joe Lynch's "Zom B Movie" is the thread that ties these 3 shorts together. It looks better than the rest, but still isnt perfect. Colors do pop and the darkness of the drive-in sure looks great with nice shadow details. The good thing is all the segments blend together to create the feeling of a B-movie at a 50s drive-in quite well. When detail is on the master, its on Image Entertainments transfer and the overall the constant is that blacks are strong and colors pop. The audio is all over the place as well. It is generally socially pleasing, though at times, intentionally lo-fi. I noticed the volume of "Werebear" to be a bit softer then the rest of the segments. Surround activity was sparse other than in "Zom B Movie", as this was the "modern" segment of the lot. The rest had strong vocal presence, decent LFE and a nice stereo spread. This is a throwback to the 50s and so is some of the sound design.
- (HD) Directors Video Commentary
- (HD) Wadzilla Deleted Scenes and Trailer
- (HD) The Making of The Diary of Anne Frankenstein
- (HD) I was a teenage Werebeare Trailer, Deleted Scenes and Behind the Scenes
- (HD) Directors' Interviews
- (HD) Zom-B-Movie Deleted Scenes
- (HD) Trailer
Those who seek out Chillerama will dig it. It truly is for genre fans and can be a bit over-the-top with the sperm and feces. Somehow the movie overcomes the classlessness, and has some surprisingly witty and humors moments. The movies many different looks make for an interesting watch and the many extras, inducing picture in picture directors commentaries are a bonus for fans. So to those interested I will leave you with the words of Cecil B. Kaufman, the owner and emcee of the drive in. Sit back, relax, pop a hole in the bottom of your popcorn and enjoy the show.
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