Review: Feeders (1996, Polonia Brothers Entertainment)



Category: Sci-Fi
Directed by:
John Polonia, Mark Polonia, Jon McBride

Written by: Mark Polonia
Starring: Jon McBride, John Polonia
Music: N/A
Cinematography: Arthur Daniels

The late cult cinema filmmakers John Polonia (Splatter Farm, Terror House) and Jon McBride (Woodchipper Massacre, Cannibal Campout) collaborated yet again as well as star in this super low budget “alien invasion” flick. Two buddies are going on vacation to check out the ocean, take some pictures, and slay some poon, then some 2 foot tall rubber aliens drop down from space and fuck shit up.
This is a low budget (I read somewhere that is was shot for around $500) film shot on a video camera these guys probably found in a pawn shop, or in a dumpster. So you you kind of know what to expect: bad acting, bad special effects, bad quality, bad everything. It’s about on par with Things (I’ll review that once I get through it). You’ve got little rubber alien toys hunting down and killing people, tin can space crafts, cheesy gore, some dude dies from getting tapped by a car going about 2mph, lackluster plot twists. It’s pretty awesome. The Polonia Bros and McBride have been making B-movies since the 80’s (collaborating quite a bit along the way) and really haven’t altered their formula.

If you’re into low quality movies shot on VHS and enjoy that campy appeal then check this out. This is for collectors and true horror geeks. If you’re a casual horror or cinema fan, then you probably won’t be super into this. It’s a B-movie, you know what you’re in for.





Review: Attack the Block (2011, Optimum Releasing)




Category: Horror-Comedy, Sci-Fi
Directed by:
Joe Cornish

Written by: Joe Cornish
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Dramah, Nick Frost
Music: Stephen Price
Cinematography: Thomas Townend

I saw a little write up on this in HorrorHound and sounded interesting so I decided to give it a watch. Well, I actually watched it awhile ago but had to re-watch it for a review. My memory is pretty awful. This directorial debut of English comedian Joe Cornish follows a gang of thug lyfe youths in South London who, along with their drug dealer and one of their victims, fight off an alien invasion. A simple sci-fi premise mixed with some horror attributes and well placed humor.

The cast is solid with pretty good acting all around. The only person I recognized is Nick Frost of Shaun of the Dead and Spaced fame who plays a pot dealer, how surprising. The main cast of kids is fairly unlikeable but over time there’s some character development and they sort of redeem themselves. The script provides believable dialogue for the kids, it’s not too cheesy or cliché. The humor is balanced well with the tense action and horror oriented scenes.

This movie appears to have a pretty decent budget due to the mainstream cinema appearance. It’s well shot and the special effects look great. While not gratuitous, the gore that does show up on screen is dope. The creatures were shot with guys in suits with special effects added later on to add to their otherworldly appearance which I believe makes them more convincing. Much better than watching people battle off waves of lame CGI critters. The soundtrack features lots of UK EDM and a couple ska reggae tracks thrown in there. There’s nothing notable about the actual score except those typical string crescendo effects that occur during tense moments.

Overall this is an entertaining watch, although not the most original concept. No one reinvented the wheel here. Not dissing the movie though, there are plenty of films out there that use a familiar concept  to produce to a solid flick. It might be a little “mainstream” for some hardcore horror fans, but I enjoyed watching it.




Review: Taxidermia (2006, Regent Releasing)




Category: Anthology(?), Arthouse/Experimental, Body Horror, Dark Fantasy
Directed by:
György Pálfi

Written by: György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay, Lajos Parti Nagy
Starring: A lot of people
Music: Amon Tobin, Albert Márkos
Cinematography: Gergely Pohárnok

I’ve seen a lot of weird movies but this has got be up there on the list. This Hungarian film from György Pálfi lies somewhere between dark comedy, quirky drama, and a horror film. It’s a tale of Hungarian history presented through the story of three generations of men with all sorts of political undertones lying beneath the story. I really don’t know much of anything about the history of Hungary but this guy on imdb does.

The first story focuses on Morosgoványi Vendel, an orderly in the Hungarian military circa WWII. He lives a menial life beneath Lieutenant Öreg Balatony Kálmán basically performing peasant labor. He lives in a crappy hut where he escapes his shit life via fantasies and strange sexual acts. The second story regards Vendel’s son Balatony Kálmán who, under the tutelage of  a man named Jenő, trains to be a successful speed-eater during Cold-War era Hungary in hopes that the sport will be world famous in the near future. Fellow speed-eater Aczél Gizi gives birth to the next protagonist, Balatony Lajoska. Lajoska is a talented taxidermist in modern day Hungary who must care for his morbidly obese, cruel father and his cats.

The look and tone reminds of Jean-Pierre Jeunet/Marc Caro films Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children (which are both fantastic by the way), using similar color schemes and utilizing that dark atmosphere.  It also reminds of Terry Gilliam’s films in the respect that the characters are very exaggerated and the quirky, dark comedy aspect. One of the greatest look scenes is when Vendel opens up a pop-up book and begins to navigate the paper landscapes. The acting is great all across the board, you totally get sucked into this universe. The soundtrack, done by experimental electronic music artist Amon Tobin, is fantastic as well. I actually found this film looking up Amon Tobin after I stumbled upon one of his concerts.

If you’re into artsy films then I would totally check this out. There are some disturbing scenes like a man copulating with a pig carcass, lots of genitals, bodily fluids, and cartoonishly obese speed-eaters mowing down some gnarly looking stuff, so be prepared for that. If you’re looking for an incredibly unique, genre-bending film then this might be for you.