For our last day of the Halloween movie week, we have something very special indeed: the over-the-top silly and bloody horror comedy Freaks of Nature.
Freaks of Nature
(USA 2015, director: Robbie Pickering)
A small town where humans and the undead live more or less in harmony is suddenly attacked by an alien force, and it’s up to a human, vampire, and zombie teenager to save it.
Whoever thought that making fun of Twilight with the vampires, Warm Bodies with the zombies, and mixing War of the Worlds explosive blockbuster sci-fi with American Pie humor while throwing bucket loads of blood at the screen was a bad idea should think again. Yes, it’s all very silly, and there’s barely time to register one bad joke after another. But if it’s so much fun to watch, one simply stops caring about logic or subtlety anymore. The main idea of having all these different people and undead trying to get along with each other is ingenious, as it soon starts to be a reflection of stereotypes that can be applied to the real world as well, because at the heart of the ridiculous story, there’s quite a bit of social criticism. Of course one can dismiss this completely and enjoy the ride with a cast of likable characters, the best one being a zombie nerd who needs to be deprived of brains in order to think clearly and make up a plan to get rid of the aliens.
It’s a special kind of sledgehammer-in-your-face humor, and anyone expecting something more refined will be disappointed. But with a high body count with fountains and explosions of blood and limbs plus unexpected disgusting and at the same time hilarious scenes one gets what the movie sets out to deliver. The only problem is that after a great start, the middle drags a bit, as more drama involving the typical teenage relationship/friendship problems is added, slowing down the action a bit too much. Fortunately, the funny and silly as hell ending makes up for it. All in all, this is a movie that could garner quite a few followers and become a Halloween favorite in due time.
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