Chillerama

By Brett Mullins

Chillerama  (2011), Chillerama  (2011)Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Adam Rifkin, and Tim Sullivan

Chillerama is a Creepshow-style anthology film that brings together some familiar names and faces from the horror community to produce two hours of B-Movie madness.

During its last night of operation, a drive in movie theater presents a night of films that are so lewd and crude that they have previously been banned. These over-the-top titles include ‘Wadzilla’, ‘I Was a Teenage Werebear’, ‘The Diary of Anne Frankenstein’, and ‘Deathication’. It just so happens that a zombie outbreak occurs during the showing and mayhem ensues.

Chillerama is a strange and widely varied film. In an attempt to provide a fair review, I’m going to present the segments individually below:

Wadzilla
A man with a low sperm count is offered a drug in a trial study that produces an adverse effect: one large aggressive sperm! It grows to gigantic proportions and runs amok throughout 1950’s New York City.

Adam Rifken pulls the trifecta by writing, directing, and starring in this entertaining short. Wadzilla derives much of its humor from poking fun at the cultural norms of the 50s/60s era. This time is often thought of as a period of high morals (though it was quite the opposite), so it is comical to see the barely clothed women, constant chain smoking, Ron Jeremy as Captain Fatso, a clown advertising children’s cereal, and a giant sperm monster.

Being the first short in Chillerama, Wadzilla provides several laughs and high hopes for things to come.

I Was a Teenage Werebear
Ricky is the typical (by film standards) 1960’s Californian high school student, except he doesn’t quite have his eyes out for the ladies. After being bitten by the mysterious Talon, Ricky begins the transformation into a Werebear!

With the exception of effectively illustrating the current levels of homophobia in today’s culture, I Was a Teenage Werebear doesn’t do much well. This musical short became difficult to watch after the first few minutes. After the opening tune, the film slowly dragged on to a confusing and lackluster conclusion. This is not to say that it did not provide a few laughs along the way; the short just did not live up to expectations.

The Diary of Anne Frankenstein
Soon after Anne learns of her seemingly mad grandfather, Dr. Frankenstein, the Doctor’s work is procured by Hitler who uses it to produce a monster.

This black and white short proves to be the high point in Chillerama and will likely be the reason the audience will view the film a second time. Joel David Moore portrays a comical yet crazed Hitler who is all too strange (he really likes puppies). While the rest of the cast speaks in German, Moore’s Hitler speaks German sounding gibberish, though it is correctly subtitled in English. This film is all one could ask for in an anthology of the sort.

Deathication
This is the fourth and final short that is cut, well, short just after the introduction. After a long and hilarious disclaimer from faux-director Fernando Phagabeefy, the film turns into a literal poop fest. It’s a compilation of scenes depicting individuals defecating in a comical manner. This is one of those scenes that would get you kicked out of a public library. Deathication is funny and does well to build up to the climax of the film.

Zom-B-Movie
This is the film that weaves all the other shorts together. Zom-B-Movie is the tale of a zombie outbreak that occurs during the final night of operation at a drive in movie theater. The establishment is run by a creepy man named Cecil (Richard Reihle) who seems to have lost everything.

This short proves to be an excellent introduction and conclusion to Chillerama and is interesting enough to hold the audience’s attention between the other shorts. Much like my comments on The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, this is all one could ask for with this type of film.

Chillerama is both a fun and weird film to watch if for nothing else than the wealth of film references. This is one of those films that is just too hard to rate; however, I will offer up that it is well worth a watch.

This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival. 

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