The power of Christ compels you! Your associates, Donnie Rings, Big Bill, Baby Joey and Terrible Tanya brush the wings of the devil as they look into the under-appreciated and rarely mentioned Exorcist sequels. Rather than dive into a full-on retrospective of all five films in the franchise, they decide on an alternate route here by going for the other films in the franchise to give them some coverage that’s rarely talked about. Just beware the many faces of the Gemini Killer.
Don’t return these videotapes! This time, the boys Donnie Rings, Baby Joey, Big Bill and Terrible Tanya decide to honor our Patroni’s by doing a double-dip of choices selected by those that pledge to our Patreon. The four of us dive into American Psycho and DEATHGASM as our second showing from the service, and are always waiting for more of these picks. Rock on, and death to false metal!!!
You’ve got to be freaking kidding me! The boys, Donnie Rings, Baby Joey and Big Bill, along with the newly-made Terrible Tanya, head out to Honey Island Swamp for a full on franchise retrospective of the Hatchet quadrilogy. They dive deeper into the series than one of Victor Crowley’s hatchet chops, and let the splatter fly with a vengeance, as they dissect this series in grand detail. Dive right on in, just stay out of the swamp!
It’s hard for a horror film to be a comedy, while keeping all of its horror aspects intact throughout. If you have too much of one, you lose some of the other. Even harder then, is to balance these two genres and make the entire film be a commentary on sexism and misogyny in the modern world while not taking away from the experience by pushing that angle too far either. Yet, I found myself surprised by the deft touch, thematic balancing, and care put into this movie.
Dead Man Tells His Own Tale is directed by Fabián Forte, co-written with Nicolás Britos; the film stars Diego Gentile, Mariana Anghileri, and Emilia Attías. Fabian stars as Angel Barrios, a sleazy advertising director who is big and important enough to get what he wants. He uses his position to sleep with the women who roles, holding this double standard to his wife despite her wanting an open relationship. He’s a scummy douchebag who eventually gets what’s coming to him when he’s killed by women who turn out to be Celtic Banshees, and resurrect him as their zombified slave to do their bidding. Now the tables are turned, and women are completely in charge of him and his life.
Despite him being enslaved, the rules set upon him actually make him a better person. He can no longer lie to woman, he can no use foul language to them, and interestingly enough, there’s a scene where he seems to understand exactly what his wife is feeling about him as a husband and a person, and she hilariously freaks out know that everything the Angel she knows would never, ever say something so touching and heartfelt. It’s makes for a interesting dynamic throughout when he’s presented with situations he’s faced before, but can only go about them in ways he never has. There are some hilarious scenes later on when Angel meets other men enslaved by the coven as well, and the interplay between them is a huge laugh. Towards the end, the film starts to get more into the horror aspects of things when the coven starts to carry out their plans. The Banshees are legitimately terrifying, and I wish there were more of them in the film. The only big gripe with this film is the ending, in which everything just abruptly ends. The whole movie led to the final moments, and when the moment comes, it just happens and then the credits roll. It’s a very vague, ambiguous ending that’s open to interpretation. Despite it being somewhat hopeful, it could have transitioned smoother.
Dead Man Tell His Own Tale is a smart and funny film that has a lot to say about today’s sexism and misogyny, while keeping itself grounded in it’s horror and comedy roots. The characters are fun, the situations are hilarious and it’s commentary on today’s world is done with deft touches. This film has a lot of heart and love poured into it, and it should be commended for that. It doesn’t have a definitive answer for the imbalances and injustice people face and are discriminated for, but it leaves the door open to discussion and interpretation.
3.5/5 Zombie Heads
Filmmaker/Musician Peter Ricq, known for his work on the animated shows The League of Super Evil as well as Freaktown where he worked with fellow filmmaker/writers Phil Ivanusic-Vallee and Davila LeBLanc, now tries his hand at live-action horror fare for his first feature, Dead Shack. Aimed at mixing dark comedy with big horror themes, the film shares its festival run with the prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival.
Taking a relaxing trip to the woods, a young kid joining his best friends’ family on a camping vacation in the wilderness finds their next-door neighbor is keeping a cannibalistic secret with her and must find a way to force their parents to believe them in order to get away alive.
For the most part, this here wasn’t all that bad of an effort. One of the more impressive elements here is the rather fun action that pops up, as this delivers some rather fun and enjoyable action scenes that come off quite nicely. Giving this one some solid gore from the unique and novel methods of dealing with the zombified creatures, these scenes make this one highly interesting as well as providing this one with plenty of solid, genuine laughs that come from the solid cast. They give this one a lot of it’s warmth and charm, which is what makes this one the overall appeal by having a lot to like overall by having the friendly banter between everyone and going for the joke is what causes this to be as funny as it is. There’s a few pacing issues to be had and the low-budget nature of the shoot does crop up at times where the darkness creeps in a little too much to make the film hard to make out what’s happening, but overall there’s still plenty to enjoy here.
You can catch the film’s premiere screening at the Fantasia Festival July 22, 2017
4/5 Zombie Heads