While on a hunting trip, a father and his older son along with a couple of friends find a book of the dead. They also find a strange cabin... you want to know what happens when the book is read aloud? And it's all animated.
begins with a very familiar genre approach. It follows a group of people hunting whatever they can get in the woods. They soon stumble across an evil book that changes each of them into demons. Sound familiar? Well it should, because this is a homage of sorts to Evil Dead
. In no way is this even attempting to be original. What is new and different is the fact that it is animated, and shares the same humor as say Beavis and Butthead
, yet not quite as clever (cleaver?). I have never heard this many people being called “Bastards” in my life. The characters are all a bit flat and the “woman” in the group has this odd muted sound of a dude trying to do a dudette’s voice. It was very difficult to hear her, but when she did speak she was so goddamn dumb that I couldn’t hear her.
Now, the key thing here is that this is basically an animated parody/homage of films like Evil Dead and the like. And I really had fun with many of the visuals. I liked how the characters were drawn; they reminded me of the early animation of Beavis and other shows like South Park
in their early years. I really enjoyed the gruesomeness of it all. When a body just doesn’t want to die, they just keep shooting at it until it looks like something that just came out of a cuisinart. In fact, there is some real love for horror behind this film. Whether it is the gore, the dumb choices made by the characters, or that damn cabin in the woods. I loved the detail he made with the look of the film. Although what the hell was with that giant gopher thingy (or whatever it was)… what the f*ck was that? You have to appreciate someone who took the time to pay tribute films of this ilk in this fashion.
Blackarro Productions and F.Sudol
came very close to making a fun and unique animated horror film. But the problem is in the script. As I said, I’m okay with making the characters dumb, it’s a spoof of a splatter flick so that works. But the monotonous dialogue (“Bastard”) spoiled the mood. And for a movie that is trying to be a parody or horror, it should be funny. And the truth is, it wasn’t. The characters are disposable and uninteresting, and even the father and son who start off kind of humorous get old real fast. Somewhere during the final twenty minutes I started having fun again. I think if I had been watching a short film, say twenty minutes to a half an hour, I might have been able to deal with the repetition of the script. This is a crudely drawn bit of animation with a bunch of gory effects that suffers only when the characters talk… sadly, they do talk too much.
I like what F.Sudol was trying to accomplish here. The animation is rough but it actually added to the feel of the original Evil Dead. I only wish that the script had been a little stronger, especially since this is supposed to be humorous, and in the end, the dialogue wasn’t funny, it was just repetitive. And what was up with the chick’s voice? I could barely understand him/her. There is a good idea here, but this felt like a blueprint for what could have been. I did however think the Bruce Campbell character had a ton of promise. So there you go...