Fathers Day (2011) (DVD/Blu-ray/CD Combo Review)

Fathers Day (2011) (DVD/Blu-ray/CD Combo Review)

📅02 August 2012, 14:17

Fathers Day (2011)
Created By: Astron-6
Where to get it: CAV
The Prologue
It is FINALLY here! After much delay, Astron-6’s Fathers Day is finally coming to this on this “box set” from Troma. It will have the DVD, Blu-ray, bonus DVD with extras, and a music CD that has just a few songs that are in the film. If nothing else, this movie should be the example that everyone goes to when showing that you don’t need to spend millions to make one of the best film of the year. I am very happy to see this movie come out to DVD/Blu-ray and I am very honored to own it in my collection. This is just an awesome film by some of the most creative people you’ve ever seen work on film.

The Movie
Ahab, a man obsessed with exacting a brutal, violent revenge on the man who murdered his dad, joins John, an eager priest, and Twink, a hot-headed street hustler, on an epic quest to find and defeat this mythical monster known as Chris Fuchman AKA The Father’s Day Killer. What follows is one of the wildest rides you can find on film this year. Packed full of gore, nudity, and offensive yet hilarious content, Father’s Day is a early frontrunner for best film of 2012.

To try to put into words the madness that is Astron-6’s Father’s Day isn’t at all easy. It’s rude, it’s offensive, and it’s probably the film with the biggest set of balls I’ve seen in a while. I can respect the hell out of a movie that pushes the envelope. And when all is said and done, it’s possible that Father’s Day doesn’t just push it, it crumples it up and tosses it away. What follows is a true modern day Grindhouse film, that both honors and pays tribute to such films as, Thriller, but it also packs a modern day punch that sticks with you, pulls you in, and makes it so memorable that it’ll stick with you long after viewing it for the first time. In a nutshell, it’s everything I had hoped it would be and more.

Some folks could be slightly turned off a bit by the over the top nature of the film. One minute you’re seeing a massacre take place at a strip club and the next you’re seeing people tripping out on poison berries. Not that you should have expected anything less from a film about a madman that stalks, kills, and rapes fathers. But I do think their are a few brief moments when the joking nature of the script could catch a viewer off guard a bit. But it’s best to keep in mind that as wild and brutal as things get at times in this film, I do believe it’s still a bit of a parody and a satire at heart. Yet, as the story takes some very weird and disturbing twists and turns that take you from the realistic plot to a bit of a spiritual one, I can’t help but think what you get is pure genius. As goofy as some characters can be, you still like them. And the story keeps you tuned in no matter how far out of left field plot turns seem to come.

At the end of the day, I didn’t like some of the more blasphemous spots in the film. Things do get REALLY weird when the film hits it’s home stretch. Yet, I can’t find it in me to hate on those things that much when I think about the film as a whole. And I also can’t deny that what I saw, as crazy as it was, was perhaps one of the best things to hit film in years. Father’s Day shows that not all hope is lost when it comes to films in general. In a current world packed full of remakes, Astron-6 could be the saving grace for fans of originality and film. Things get taken on a whole other level with Father’s Day. And it’s a level that rises above about 99% of everything else that is being released to theater and DVD. When Father’s Day wraps up on the screen, you may be shocked and a little disgusted, but you’ll also KNOW you just saw something awesome.

The Conclusion
Fathers Day finally comes to us on DVD, Blue-ray, and CD combo with a bonus DVD filled with extras in August. For my money it is the best release ever to come under the Troma banner and unlike most other Troma films it actually delivers. If you are to own just one release this month, make Astron-6’s Fathers Day be that release. It may not be the final overall product that they wanted, but the film is still the best genre film this year and it blows just about everything else from this year out of the water.

The Rating (9/10)       

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