|Director, writer:||LizReal Leason, Michael Bussan|
|When and how viewed:||private Screener Vimeo free from distributor; available Nov. 8|
“Halloweed” (directed by LizReal Leason, based on a story by Michael Bussan) is a comedy horror film, taking off on a legacy of many others (ranging from the “Halloween” franchises, to “Pieces” (1981), which means exactly what you think it does).
The film has an extended and handsomely drawn animated prologue with the credits, before it switches to an electric chair execution scene, where the victims have shown up in costumes for a Halloween party. The chair is no longer used in California, but dear old Dad (Tim Sizemore), a serial killer, fries on camera as the audience cheers.
His son Trent (Shannon Brown) and mildly charismatic gay stepbrother Joey (Simon Rex) decide to move to a small town, Moosehead, in the California valley to disappear and start over. Cell phones abound in the film, so it’s not so clear how they escape the Internet. They have plenty of street smarts, hitchhiking on a rig (I never pick them up), and hooking up with an elderly man eager to take in roommates sight unseen. Did he use Craigslist (and could he use Airbnb?) Is that how asylum seekers are to be housed?
Enter a judge running for mayor, with an agenda, while Joey makes a living hocking semi-legal pot. Pretty soon bodies start piling up, brutally stabbed and sliced to death by a “mutant” – so his costume makes him look like a star child. The two bro’s have to clear their reputation again, but it isn’t hard to guess the perp (as in “Pieces”).
The script and photography has some minor references to physical shame; there’s one reference to what my Army buddies used to call “thmooth”, and the old landlord guy isn’t afraid to run around in skivvies showing his balding legs. Holden Caulfield (“The Catcher in the Rye”) would not be impressed.
Picture: from The Lodge, Halloween party, near Hagerstown MD
(Posted: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at 6 PM EDT)
See also “Augustine: Killer Toy Robots” (index).