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Chillerama
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12.30.2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Adam Green

Actors:
Richard Riehle
Adam Rifkin
Ray Wise

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
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! What could possibly go wrong?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
First of all, Iím just going to say that CHILLERAMA is in no way out to win any awardsÖ With that being said, I must say that I was really hesitant to watch this movie. Horror isnít really my favourite genre of film and while I do love the occasional hokey B-movie, I was still kind of dreading watching CHILLERAMA.

CHILLERAMA wastes no time whatsoever in getting ridiculous and things start off with a guy getting his cock bitten off by an undead bride and begin uhh leaking neon blue ooze. Thatís what kind of movie weíre talking about here. The first thing that pops into my head is Holy crap, do I really have to watch two hours of this? and I cringed a little. However, surprisingly the movie got much better from that point. When I say much better, I really mean much more fun since as mentioned, this movie canít really be taken too seriously.

The four short films that make up this movie are Wadzilla, I Was A Teenager Werebear, The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein, Deathication and Zom B Movie. All of them are equally outrageous and hilarious in a hokey kind of way. I was actually really surprised to see a couple of familiar faces like Joel David Moore (Bones, Avatar) and Richard Riehle (Office Space, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas). Itís sort of like a grindhouse-ish anthology and as a whole, the films remind me a bit of the fake trailers from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantinoís Grindhouse. The one film I Was A Teenager Werebear reminds me heavily of Grease and Frankie & Annetteís Beach Blanket Bingo, but with you know, with werebears.

After itís all said and done, I actually ended up enjoying CHILLERAMA a lot more than I thought I would. Itís not a good movie and while it is pretty terrible, itís that kind of awesome terribleness that you expect from a movie like this. And hey, a movie that makes Die Hard and Spaceballs references canít really be all that bad, right?
THE EXTRAS
The Making of The Diary of Anne Frankenstein: This is a really in-depth look at the making of this short film. I was actually really surprised since it may actually be longer than some Making Of videos for feature length films. Itís a really refreshing Making Of as well since everyone obviously had a lot of fun making the film. The other Making Of feature for I Was A Teenage Werebear was equally awesome to watch.

The Wadzilla Deleted Scenes, I Was A Teenage Werebear Deleted Scenes and the Zom-B-Movie Deleted Scenes are nothing that truly takes away from the films or really adds to them, but there are a few really fun ones that are worth checking out if you enjoyed CHILLERAMA itself.

The last couple of features that are included with CHILLERAMA are the Original Theatrical Trailer, Directors' Interviews and the Directors' Video Commentary.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For me, this is the type of movie that I would watch once and then bust out again at a party while everyone was drinking. It would be on the TV while everyone was wandering around and they would catch glimpses of whatís on the TV and say to themselves WTF is this? A lot of effort went into the special features and other than the fact that itís one of those really hokey B-movies, itís really fun and you can tell that everyone involved really loved working on it.

If movies like this are your cup of tea, then youíll likely really it, otherwise Ė steer clear.
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