Drive in, freak out. The ultimate midnight movie.
It's the closing night at the last drive-in theater in America and Cecil B. Kaufman has planned the ultimate marathon of lost film prints to unleash upon his faithful cinephile patrons. Four films so rare that they have never been exhibited publicly on American soil until this very night! With titles like Wadzilla, Deathecation, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Zom-B-Movie, Chillerama not only celebrates the golden age of drive-in B horror shlock but also spans over four decades of cinema with something for every bad taste.
Chillerama is an anthology comedy-horror film with an emphasis firmly on the comedy. Part loving homage of the drive-in B-movie and part complete piss take, it is a film that keeps its tongue firmly in cheek throughout. With the closure of a local drive-in theatre the owner puts on a special marathon of long lost and forgotten horror movies for his faithful patrons. Each individual film, along with the framing story, is directed by a different filmmaker from Adam Green to Tim Sullivan to name but two, and is always the way with portmanteau movies some stories are more successful than others.
This anthology film tackles everything from the ‘60s teen musical, monster movie and Nazisploitation and as wildly different…
Seeing as I love a good anthology horror film and reflecting on what a rarity modern portmanteau movies are I was gutted to miss out on this at last year's FrightFest. Having now seen CHILLERAMA I realise my folly in thinking this might have been worth missing the last train home for and my condolences for those that did brave the twilight screening. This just might be my biggest disappointment of the entire festival.
Things get off to a rather spirited start with a suitably grim title sequence but any gothic mood is almost immediately undone by a painfully laughless and puerile opening scene shot in lifeless black and white photography. This soon skews into a colorised framing story set…
Okay, it just happened...it's the first time since I'm on Letterboxd that I have to rate a movie worse than a 2.5...the only reason this movie doesn't deserve a 0.5 is the "Hitler episode" which isn't good as well, but at least it isn't as shitty as the rest of the movie which is either about jokes about genitals or simply boring...if you want to see a trashy gory movie which is fun to watch I'd recommend "Piranha" and its sequel instead.
The poster is the best part of the movie.
Ooo, this is just bad, and not in a fun way. Its like a bunch of kids wanted to make a parody of cheesy 50 flicks and are still virgins. The sex obsessed jokes are pretty bad. For instance, a guy gets bitten on the penis by a zombie and then make other zombies who want sex rather than brains.
Then you got a guy who makes godzilla size sperm. Just bad. The reviews say how refreshing it is and fun, but they must have been desperate for something new to like this. Just bad.
Was für ein grandios lustiger Film! Nichts vorher drüber lesen, seht ihn euch einfach an. Wer auch nur das geringste für nicht ganz politisch korrekten Humor, Horror- oder B-Movies übrig hat, wird ihn garantiert LIEBEN!
Ich glaube bei keinem anderen Film gab es so viel Szenenapplaus und so viele flüchtende Besucher beim fantasy Filmfest 2011 ;). Dabei steckt ganz offensichtlich viel Liebe und vor allem Spaß dahinter, den man allen Beteiligten anmerkt. In den durch eine lose Hintergrundgeschichte verbundenen Episoden wird mit B-Movie Klischees um sich geworfen, dass es eine wahre Freude ist. Man weiß nie, was einen als nächstes erwartet.
Day #14 of 31 Days of Halloween:
Chillerama, well after waiting awhile to watch this, i dont know what kept me. I loved the "ridiculousness" of it.
Wadzilla was funny and a good start to the movie.
I Was a Teenage Werebear was a hilarious spoof from The Lost Boys, and seemed that it had a good wholesome moral subplot to it.
The Diary of Anne Frankenstein had to be my favorite. Joel David Moore was hilarious as Hitler. I guess it was the subtle racism was what gets you to laugh at those overly used stereotypes.
Zom-B-Movie, all i have to say is if youre going to end a b-movie anthology that has a jewish frankenstein, killer sperm, gay…
I was hoping this would be better, but sadly it's as shaky as I'd heard. Each segment has its moments and might have been perfect in 5-10 minute chunks. Here, they're all far too long (the film is nearly 2 hours!) and most rely on a one-note joke that most 14 year olds would find puerile. All the segments are filmed pretty well, with some nice touches spoofing specific eras of film, and there's some humorous cameos, but it outstays its welcome by a long way.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The best part is the "Diary of Anne Frankenstein" bit.
Came home sick from work and wanted a "fun" horror movie to put on in the background while I fell asleep on the couch. Netflix recommended this one, and good gravy, it was terrible. A horror anthology centering on the conceit of the last night of a drive-in movie theater, Chillerama turns out to be dumb, unfunny, and a real waste of time. Even the supposedly likable characters are completely obnoxious, and the film wants so hard to be something like Kentucky Fried Movie meets Grindhouse meets horror that it pretty much fails on all fronts. Five directors working together somehow managed to make one of the worst movies I've seen all year.
Not worth your time.
SHORTS OF THE DEAD: I'm really not a fan of anthology movies and "Chillerama" contains four short films paying homage to 50's to 70's b-movies but with ironic underpinnings. It's pretty inventive and wants to keep a humorous tone throughout but that ambition dissipates pretty quickly. It lacks a real bite, either on a satiric level or a genre-related level. I found the first segment with B-movie veteran Ray Wise the best, funniest and most effective and the final part of the framing feature holding everything together, "Zom-B Movie", the absolute worst. I have no issues with crude sex/dickjokes/humor but I rarely find them particularly funny and just lame. As a retread of drive-in-cinema it is mostly insipid and unwarranted. I would salvage the above mentioned first segment, "Wadzilla" as a short movie though.
As far as horror anthology movies out there, this has to be by far one of the most entertaining and least scary one of them all. A movie that does not and cannot take itself seriously and it works to perfection, a fun watch and something I would not mind checking out again, this I cannot say about many newer horror films.
Directed by some of modern horrors best new talents, Chillerama is a good anthology of horror stories. The directors of the film have taken a liking to the Grindhouse cinema much like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez did with their film, Grindhouse. Chillerama features four stories that are homage's and parodies of old school horror flicks of the 1950's to the 1970's. There are a few weak elements in the film, such as the second story, which is a musical, and aside from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I'm not a big fan of musicals. Aside from I was a teenage Weabear, this film is a fun little horror anthology. However there are aspects of the film that could have…
CHILLERAMA is a solid modern anthology film that deserved the attention it got last year and still deserves now. While I WAS A TEENAGE WEREBEAR is slightly above average for not being as successful as it wants to be, the other segments [especially THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANKENSTEIN] are incredibly solid. We don't get many anthology stories these days, so I have to commend Rifkin, Sullivan, Green, and Lynch for coming together to make one horror fans can enjoy. Definitely worth a look and a buy if you like your horror to be gory, raunchy, and/or hilariously offensive.