I’ve never been a huge fan of the “B Horror Movie”, but mainly because I’ve never actually sat down and watched one. So when “Chillerama” showed up on my doorstep I was a little worried that it was going to be extremely boring and I would not enjoy watching it, let alone reviewing it. Boy was I wrong.
For some reason when I read the back of the case I thought it was a documentary about B Horror Movies, their origin and a look back at some of the classics. This shows exactly how much I know about these movies since the ones mentioned on the case are clearly not part of a documentary, but they are the movie. Essentially “Chillerama” is an homage to the great B Horror movies of the past and I thought it was incredible. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun watching a movie, honestly. “Chillerama” is, at it’s core, four different movies all rolled into one cool, creative package. The local drive-in movie theater is closing up for good and to celebrate the many years of showings they are having one final night of four movies. We are introduced to a few characters as they pull their cars into the drive-in only to be quickly thrown into the first flick, “Wadzilla”.
“Wadzilla” was by far my favorite of the movies within the movie only for the fact that it seemed like something my friends and I would have come up with. A man is having problems with his sperm count so his doctor gives him an experimental pill that is supposed to increase the amount of sperm produced, but in reality all it does is increase the size of his one sperm. Every time the man gets semi-aroused he gets a shooting pain in his balls and his doctor informs him that he needs to jerk off and get the sperm out anytime that happens. So the man goes on a blind date and immediately upon seeing his date, at her house, has to run to the bathroom and jerk off, but this time he’s not quick enough to catch the giant sperm and dispose of it. It eventually grows larger and larger and begins to terrify the city. The big pay off comes at the end, and I don’t want to give it away, but it involves a kiss… genius.
The next movie within the movie is called “I Was a Teenage Werebear“, and it was my least favorite of the mini-movies. It follows a young, gay teenager as he tries to come to terms with the fact that he is gay. However when a group of leather clad men stick up for him and begin to pursue him he realizes that there’s something off about these guys. He is eventually bitten on the ass by one of the leather clad men and turned into a werebear, who then all terrorize the high school class that made fun of the when school started. It’s a weird mix of “Grease” meets “Teen Wolf” meets Gay. There’s a lot of theatrical singing and it was just overall weird for me, I didn’t care for it.
“The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” starred a familiar face in Joel David Moore who you may remember from “Avatar”, “Hatchet” or even “Grandma’s Boy”. He plays Hitler in this ridiculous retelling of the Frankenstein story. Anne Frank is hidden away in the attic with her family when her father informs her that their real last name is Frankenstein, but they changed it years ago. Hitler catches wind of this and wants the diary that is in the Frank’s possession in order to create a monster that will help him kill. I thought this one was a lot of fun and Joel David Moore as Hitler was pretty entertaining. It is subtitled as they are all speaking “German”, but get over it. HA! I’m pretty sure they weren’t actually speaking German either, just yelling out a few German words and then a bunch of jumble that sounded German, so if you understand German you probably won’t be able to understand what they are saying.
The last mini-flick within the main movie is called “Zom-B Movie” and this one is introduced to us a little differently. I don’t want to give away the surprise, but you can kind of see it coming after a little while. I thought this one was very well done and I liked everything about it. There may have been one too many dicks on screen for me, but they looked fake enough so it was entertaining.
Overall I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie as a whole. I was so entertained by it that I was constantly texting pictures of the screen to our other writer Mr. Belding as things got more and more ridiculous. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of the B Horror movies, you may still want to give “Chillerama” a shot. Like I’ve said multiple times, I was quite surprised as to how much I actually liked this and kind of wanted to go back and watch it again as soon as it was done.
The video on the Blu-Ray transfer looks great when it’s supposed to. Some of the mini-flicks are purposely given that look of scratched film and wear so I can’t take points away for that, it actually adds to the experience.
Most of the audio was pretty good, but “I Was A Teenage Werebear” seemed to be mixed extremely low so it was hard to hear. I don’t know if it was just my audio setup or what, but every other part of the movie sounded fine. The audio is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD.
“The Making of The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” runs about 23 minutes long and is a great look a, well, the making of this section of the movie. Adam Green runs us through some of the process behind the film. Joel David Moore and Kane Hodder also chime in with some of their thought process behind the film and how ridiculous it truly is. It really seems like they had a great time shooting this section and it really shows in the final product. I love the fact that the other actors knew German and were actually running through lines, where as Joel David Moore is literally just speaking gibberish that kind of sounds German. There’s also some parts where Moore asked the German speaking actors how to say some ridiculous things in German which he would just throw in at random points for totally different subtitles. There’s also a deleted musical number thrown in at the end.
“Behind the scenes I’m A Teenage Werebear” runs about 21 minutes and is essentially similar to the behind the scenes on the other flicks within the flick. Tim Sullivan gives us a look into the making of the film and a little bit of his back story and how things came about in terms of making this section of the movie. Just like this actual section of the movie itself, I didn’t really care for it. It’s always interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes, but I enjoyed the other ones more. There are also some deleted scenes thrown on the disc as well.
Famous Monsters.com presents a comic-con interview and Salfen Comic-con interview are both interviews with the directors and run about 6-7 minutes each. They include a brief interview with the 4 main directors and how things came together to form “Chillerama”.
On top of all of that there are a few deleted scenes from “Wadzilla” and “Zom-B Movie” although honestly these are the two that I would have love to see some behind the scenes footage from, as well as a director’s commentary track that, if you’re a fan of commentary tracks, you should enjoy.
Overall I am extremely shocked at just how much I enjoyed this entire movie and blu-ray. The film itself is amazing and the special features just add that little bit of extra to make the Blu-Ray worth picking up. I highly suggest even if you’re not a fan of this type of movie to at least give it a watch via Netflix and form your own opinion. It looks like these guys had a lot of fun making it and I had a lot of fun watching.