Chillerama (2011) (Blu-ray Review)

Chillerama (2011) (Blu-ray Review)

📅10 April 2012, 08:00

Chillerama (2011)
Directed By: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Rifkin, and Tim Sullivan
Where to get it: IMAGE Entertainment

The Prologue
In the horror anthology, Chillerama, our nice directors, Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Rifkin, and Tim Sullivan, all seem to have a giant inside joke going on that we probably won’t fully understand..ever. I think now after this film has been around for a little while, more and more people are finding parts in this that they don’t understand or still don’t understand. Regardless, We can’t deny that there is a cool look and at least a cool concept to the film as a whole. But how does that concept and looks transfer over to the world of Blu-ray players? Well, I put this one to the test on my pride and joy aka my HDTV, so let’s see how the Image Blu-ray release for Chillerama does.

The Movie
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! With titles like Wadzilla, I Was A Teenage Werebear, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Zom-B-Movie, Chillerama not only celebrates the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also spans over four decades of cinema with something for every bad taste.

So, as you probably could guess, each segment is directed by a different guy and the whole thing is alined by a running plot directed by a different director as well. I’ve heard that the film is a bit of a tribute to Troma and I can see that. I also admire it and respect the hell out of it. But sadly, the thing just doesn’t do that much for me when you look at the big picture. There is some great gore moments, but at the same time we have some really bad gore moments. It’s also filled with crude humor that can be fun at times and then just outright miss the mark at other times. You can see everyone here is having a blast, but I just feel that way too many times the comedy is more along the lines of an inside joke to them that just simply isn’t gotten by the majority of the people watching it.

When you break it down into parts, the first short film, Wadzilla, is the best of the bunch. It start off strong and is the “far out there” stuff I enjoy, a real throwback. But unfortunately by it’s end it’s has already jumped the shark at least a handful of times. The next tale, I Was A Teenage Werebear, is by far the worst and is a very hard watch. It’s just too silly for it’s own good and has bad musical numbers. I get what they were trying to do there with the metaphors, but it doesn’t work, at all. We wrap up the movies within the movie with Adam Green’s The Diary of Anne Frankenstein and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that he wrote his part of the script in crayon. It has a few funny moments thanks entirely to Joel David Moore. But by the time we have dancing and puzzles brought into things it has all became a lost cause.

This is all wrapped up with a plot about a doomed drive in called, Zom B Movie. It’s by far the only somewhat bright spot to this thing outside of Wadzilla, but it gets too goofy for it’s own good at times as well. When you add everything up together, you get a nice tribute to some old school cinema, but nothing worth writing a horror themed love letter to. I get why they wanted to go over the top, but they just go way too far over the line and get just way too silly. Had they reeled this one back in a bit, you had the potential to have an anthology film that could have placed it’s name up there with the likes of Creepshow. Sadly, you get something that is just OK at best and probably won’t get that much attention down the line, outside of a few die-hard fans of the directors.

The Conclusion
Well, I still think the movie as whole lacks in a LOT of areas. And the idea of entertaining the viewers instead of themselves seems to be lost on the directors as a whole. As a Blu-ray release, the movie couldn’t be much more perfect than it is in a lot of areas, given the budget. Even the first short, Wadzilla, which is meant to look old and damaged, looks very nice. Things are bright and bubbly when they need to be. And they are dark and still detailed when they need to be in other times as well. That makes Chillerama a lackluster film that does however look great.

The Rating (5.5/10)        

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