Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A pair of dorks come across their own version of Michael Myers, but unfortunately for them, he's the lamest mass murderer ever.
Is it good movie?
Freak Out is the kind of low budget film you canít help but root for. And the kind thatíll get better with each viewing. All the elements of good no budget filmmaking exist: mediocre acting, film spoofs, excessive gore, and, of course, blending horror and comedy. While a good many low budget movies focus on impressing the audience instead of the actual product, Freak Out manages to do both. This ainít grade A material here, but it is pretty damn funny in itís own sick unique way. Whenever I watch one of these flicks, I ask a few questions (not aloud). Is it original? Is it creative? Does it stand out? Most of all, does it stick with you the following day? For the most part, Freak Out accomplishes all this. Shot for around $55,000, this British import has more goods than flaws. In fact, probably the biggest knock against it is the run time. Low budget = 90 minutes. No more, maybe even less.
Freak Out revolves around a pair of dorks whose lives change forever when they find a mass murderer to call their own. The problem? Their killer is a pussy. So itís up to them to toughen him up and unleash a true slasher onto the world. By the time the credits roll, you get the feeling the movie is the result of film geeks. No, no, not film school geeks, but true nerds who have wasted hours on Evil Dead, Stallone bombs and forgotten drive-in second features. There are enough in-jokes and one-liners (Arse Piranha, Got Your Bum) to keep any fan amused. Plus the thing is just so damn stupid silly. Several times, I had flashbacks to John Carpenterís Dark Star. After all, has there ever been a longer lasting true cult film? Sure, you could throw a dozen cult movies in the mix, but Dark Star, much like Freak Out, attempted to take the standard genre and twist it. They wanted to create something breathe life into a corpse. This one might not reach the same status, but if given a chance, itíll find its place in the hall of cult.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Audio Commentary: There are two commentary tracks (one with director, co-writer/actor, producer and one with the same plus actors) and both some the better ones Iíve heard in quite some time. The three main chaps (theyíre English remember) come across like the type youíd love to have a beer with and just bullshit. Good stuff.
Making Out: A series of behind the scenes featurettes that help illustrate how cheap this movie was. This is low budget 101. Quite interesting.
Bum-Feeling 101: Could have left this one out. A sketch featuring the characters of the movie. Other, much better stuff here.
Geek Out: A handful of horror critics get their shot at doing a mini commentary. Some guy named Arrow shows up (who also makes a special appearance in the film) and doesnít make an ass out of himself (unlike an unnamed one).
5 Minute Film School: Basically a parody of Robert Rodriguezís 10 Minute Film School. Donít expect to actually learn anything here folks.
Zaniac Music Video: An ultra cheesy music video set to "Manic." I couldn't stop laughing at this one.
Honey, I Blew Up the Looney: A very short behind the scene of the big finale explosion.
The Video Store: A collection of the spoofs from the film. Again, probably could have done without.
Deleted Scenes: Seventeen deleted scenes for your viewing pleasure. Best aspect comes from the creators introducing the clips and taking viewers on a tour of locations, seeing how they have changed since filming. Funny stuff.
Freak Out does what very few low budget films do successfully, entertain with gore and still be down right silly. Given time and proper sharing of DVDs, it should find its very own cult audience.