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Chillerama (2011) Is Horror with a Capital Hilarious - Page 2

Author: Bob Etier
Published: November 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Some viewers might feel a little discomfort at the start of “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” since director Adam Green dared tread on such sacred ground. It’s irreverent all right, but it’s the funniest segment of Chillerama. Who wouldn’t enjoy Adolph Hitler (Joel Moore) portrayed as a totally misunderstood fruitcake? Hitler, aided by his “wife” nympho Eva Braun (Kristina Klebe), attempts to reanimate a bunch of “cute” body parts, which leads to his own downfall. Listen, especially, to his lines in “German.”

In a takeoff on beach blanket teen musicals and werewolf movies, “I Was a Teenage Werebear” (written and directed by Tim Sullivan) uses a minimum of sets to comedic effect in a tale of a high school student (Sean Paul Lockhart) who finds himself strangely attracted to guys in leather who just happen to turn into ferocious werebears. There’s one uncomfortable moment (in light of current events) when the teen’s wrestling coach wants to put a liplock on him, but the teens in “I Was a Teenage Werebear” don’t actually look all that young, and the coach does end up torn to shreds (there’s a lesson in there for someone).

The fourth film, “Deathication” is an excremental explosion of bad taste featuring “Fernando Phagabeefy” as “Himself.” This short film and Chillerama’s climax, an orgy of zombie sex and dismemberment, are the film’s nadir. Even those living at the intersection of Over-the-Top and Yuck may find the last fifteen minutes or so of Chillerama hard to take; just as certainly, there will be many who find it amusing.

Chillerama (release date: November 29, 2011) on DVD and Blu-ray includes Directors' Video Commentary; "Wadzilla" Deleted Scenes and Trailer; The Making of "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein;" "I Was A Teenage Werebear" Behind the Scenes, Deleted Scenes, and Trailer; "Zom-B-Movie" Deleted Scenes; Directors' Interviews; and the original theatrical trailer.


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