Reviewed by: Dave Murray
John Patrick Jordan
What's it about
A group of stoner roommates order a supposedly "haunted" bong from the classifides in the ever-popular High Times magazine. But the extreme highs promised in the add turn out to be a real buzz-kill as they are each sucked into the bong to be munched on by sexy strippers and a wide assortment of demonic bras. It's up to their straight-laced new roomie Alistair (Weidoff) to save the day, with a little help from Tommy Chong of course!
Is it good movie?
Call me crazy, but I laughed my ass off watching this flick. While not superbly shot or brilliantly acted, it certainly was a fun trip to watch. The movie definately has a sit-com vibe (due to transitions of spinning leaf much like That 70's Show), but unfortunately it plays more like a commercial for director Charles Band's lineup of actors, and line of products, from his company, Full Moon Features (yes, even the monster bras that dispatch some of our stoners are available for sale!). The flick is a fun, sometimes creative low budget romp that conforms perfectly with the goal Band has for Full Moon.
The effects are purposefully no-budget affairs, highlighted by trippy camera effects and some terrific product placement. The actors are likeable enough, and even have some comedic timing. the movie looks great (despite having only two set locations), and the entire cast and crew must have had a ball filming it. While the bong itself was a bit hokey, some of the onscreen antics had me on the floor in tears. Watching one of the girls go apeshit crazy after partaking of the cursed bong was hilarious, as was the appearance of Tommy Chong as the bong's former owner, out to destroy the "demon bitch" that destroyed his life. The final scene of the movie (of Chong rolling Hot Wheels over the boobs of many strippers!) is worth watching the movie for, trust me!
There were cameos galore in this one, such as Tim Thomerson of Trancers and the always incredible Bill Moseley, and ample amounts of nudity to go around, but does Evil Bong live up to some of Band's previous direct-to-video features? Well, it's not Puppet Master, Blood Dolls or Trancers, but it does however deliver in terms of Band's philosophy: to produce low-budget, quality genre work that while not technically or artistically superior, is incredibly fun to watch. This movie is certainly all of that. No-Budget does not necessarily mean crap, folks, as Band amply demonstrates here. This is definately a horror-party movie to be enjoyed and appreciated for what it is... good dumb fun.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen - 1.66:1.
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1).
Too bad it was screener, so no extras.
Evil Bong is one hell of a fun flick, just don't expect much in the way of horror or any deeper meaning beyond enjoying belly laughs, stoner jokes and strippers. And honestly kiddies, isn't that what life should be about sometimes? So grab some buds, light up some bud, and groove to the soothing sounds that Mr. Band is playing ya!
Note: The above review contains discretion, and since this movie deserves it, recreational drug use, gratuitous language and viewer nudity are strongly advised.