RUN TIME- 91 MINS
WRITER(S)- ROY FRUMKES
STARRING- MIKE LACKEY, BILL CHEPIL AND VIC NOTO
DIRECTOR- J. MICHAEL MURO
Synopsis taken from IMDb
When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of it's true properties. The drink causes its consumers to melt, very messily. Two homeless lads find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with "Bronson", a vietnam vet with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the junkyard they all live in.
This film had a limited theatrical release and hit VHS the same year. In 2010, Arrow Video released a 2 disc set that contained some previously unavailable features.
Before you ask yourselves, the answer is yes, I have just recently seen this film for the first time! This is the type of movie that you really have to be in the mood for. It's a gross, messy fun ride. But if you watch it with the wrong state of mind, you'll tend to find it a bit ridiculous. However, that's the point. It's supposed to be absurd!
I watched this late at night, by myself, and had to keep myself from laughing loud enough to wake up the fiance'! I was hooked from the beginning. This film doesn't hide the fact that it's a low-budget gorefest, that's what makes it so likable. The filmmakers knew what this film was and ran with it, they didn't attempt to do things that try and make it a serious movie.
The acting is pretty bad, it's nothing noteworty. It is what you'd expect from a film like this though. Nope, there is no Christian Bales or Daniel Day-Lewis in this film. Just good old fashioned cheese and gore. That's all folks!
I enjoy movies that are made for fun, especially back then. They had a sort of appeal to them that they just don't have anymore. Now when a movie is low-budget, it's pretty damn bad. I can see why people wouldn't like horror like this, but I've always found humor being the side I love best when eating a horror sandwich. Though, I really don't recommend that you watch it while eating...
If you're a fan of films that strike the gross-out factor, and that hit you with an abundance of gore, this is your movie. Since finally seeing it, I'm glad to be able to chat with friends about it. This is one of those underground classics, and it's not for everyone. I'll be watching this agains soon.
That being said, I won't judge a movie great based on the "fun" factor. Acting and story still count. So, I'm rating this as a film, not on how amusing it is. Enjoyable factor is higher than my rating of the film. Still not a great movie. Just a fun, cult classic.
THIS FILM GETS 3 REAPER SKULLS OUT OF 5