"Chillerama (2011/Blu-ray/Image Entertainment)" Review

Review: Out of the films to come out in 2011 in the horror genre I have not heard as much hype about a film like I have about Chillerama and in alot of ways that hype is well deserved. If you don't already know Chillerama takes the horror anthology and flips it upside down with 4 very different stories from 4 very cool indie directors! I will do this review a tad different and review each short individually.

Wadzilla (Adam Rifkin): This story follows Miles Munson who finds out when trying to donate sperm that he has a very low count so the doctor gives Miles an experimental medicine to take but things go wrong everytime he becomes aroused. After consulting the doctor about the problem he is told to rub one out everytime this happens which causes one of his mutant sperm to get loose and cause havoc! This is honestly my favorite of the bunch and I think it's due to the over the top theme and one of the most bizarre monsters since the killer condom. There is really nothing that I could hate on about Wadzilla because it does what is meant to and that is to gross you out and make you laugh your ass off at the same time! Also Adam Rifkin plays a great role as Miles Munson! Also how can you beat a stop motion monster sperm climbing on the Statue of Liberty! This ranks up high with me next to his film The Dark Backward!
I Was A Teenage Werebear (Tim Sullivan): After Ricky finds himself getting this urge to be with men he soon enough runs into a rebel name Talon who tempts Ricky to "purge the urge" and next think you know it Ricky is turned into a "werebear" and has to face Talon to defend the ones around him! I Was A Teenage Werebear is a mixture between the classic werewolf mythos, The Lost Boys, a musical and spices it up with homoerotic themes which makes for something unique. Typically I would hate another worn out werewolf themed film but I can say this one was very different and caught my attention better because of that, the only part of this film that did turn me off was the musical parts because I hate about 99.9% of musicals. Now when it comes to how you kill a werewolf in this film is half way similar to the classic way with silver but trust me they don't use a silver bullet! Overall I did dig this one but not as much as I did the rest.
Diary of Anne Frankenstein (Adam Green): In this tale you will find out how the nazi's really lost the war! After Adolf Hitler gets ahold of Anne Frankenstein's  journal he decides to make a monster that will help him conquer and destroy the on coming forces, but after the monster is created things go awry and Hitler sees his real downfall! Adam Green has amazed me with all his films and that's mainly due to his ability to take a classic theme and make it his own and go in a different direction than you'd expect. In "Diary of Anne Frankenstein" he truly does, because instead creating your stereotypical monster you get a monster rabbi who dismembers the Nazi's around him! Adam Green brought back Joel David Moore who played in a couple of his films to be Adolf Hitler in this one in which he doesn't speak real German. On top of it all it has the feel of an Ed Wood film and has one of my favorite scenes where the monster chases Hitler through the sets of the film showing off that they are sets. This would make a good double feature with Werewolf Women of the SS! Overall great fun!
Zom-B-Movie (Joe Lynch): This is the final chapter in this anthology but this is also the story that you would of been following from the beginning and in between each of the other films in which it follows several people who are watching the films and the owner of the drive-in along the side of one of his infected co-workers. After the infected co-worker taints some artificial butter his plague starts to infect everyone in the drive-in making them the horny-undead! This was a great way to end the anthology and it helped to get to know the characters from the beginning of Chillerama. The highlight of this tale is Richard Riehle who plays as drive-in owner Cecil Kaufman, I have always loved seeing this actor even in small roles and especially his roles in Hatchet & Office Space! Also how can you beat horny zombies fucking all over a drive-in!

Overall this was one of the most depraved anthologies I have ever seen and I fucking loved it! It was perverse, sexually charged, crude, rude, and politically incorrect which is all the things that make up a great film! I will say if you don't like tongue-in-cheek humor than stay away, but if you do then I say pick this one right up because it will satisfy your depraved side!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, and Joe Lynch

Genre: Horror/Comedy/Spoof/Exploitation
Blu-Ray/DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2011
Time Length: 120 mins.
Company: Image Entertainment
Website: www.image-entertainment.com