Chillerama (2011)

Directed By: Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, Joe Lynch

Starring: Adam Rifkin, Sarah Mutch, Ray Wise, Eric Roberts, Lin Shaye, Sean Paul Lockhart, Ron Jeremy, Anton Troy, Joel David Moore, Kristina Klebe, Kane Hodder, Richard Riehle, Corey Jones, Khalil Thorne, Ward Roberts

Subgenre: Anthology, Horror-Comedy

Chillerama

Synopsis: A drive-In is the centerpiece for an anthology that spoofs different subgenres.

Thoughts: Chillerama is not a good movie, but I don’t think that is what Rifkin, Sullivan, Green and Lynch set out to do.  They set out to make a fun movie that pays homage and spoofs some great subgenres.  They succeeded to a degree, with a couple of the segments being well done, but a couple falling pretty flat.

My two favorites were actually the last two.  Adam Green’s “Diary of Anne Frankenstein” was hilarious and Joel Moore’s gibberish German was great to listen to.  It reminded me quite a bit of Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein and was a great success in my eyes.

Zom-B Movie was the last segment, but also served as the wrapper for the rest of the story, as it takes place at the drive-in where we see the other movies.  It was an interesting take on the zombie genre but I thought it was pretty well done.  I have to admit, having zombies with a lust for sex instead of brains never really crossed my mind though.

Coming in third was Wadzilla, which was Adam Rifkin’s start to the anthology.  It is about a giant mutant sperm rampaging through New York City in an attempt to bang the Statue of Liberty.  The FX are terrible, but they are supposed to be, it adds to the charm.

The worst segment in my mind was I Was a Teenage Werebear by Tim Sullivan.  I applaud Sullivan for producing something so openly gay in a genre that doesn’t have a lot of history, but I thought he brought to many questionable decisions to the table.  In addition to being an homage to the age old tale of the Wolfman, it also apes the beach musicals as well.  Ultimately, it is just too much going on and isn’t very good.

In case you haven’t picked up on another theme, there is a ton of lewd references and bodily fluids found in Chillerama.  There are loads of, well, loads blown all over in Wadzilla and Zom-B Movie and there is even a mini segment called Deathification that is all about shit.  Thankfully it didn’t last long.

I had really high hopes going into Chillerama and it failed to live up to them.  It’s still pretty decent, but wasn’t what I was expecting.  I guess my expectations were more Creepshow and Chillerama does not look to go that route.  I’m sure these guys had a blast making this and it is a pretty good time, but I just don’t see this becoming a cult classic.

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