FREAK OUT - R2
Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
Thinking that fate has afforded them the opportunity of a lifetime by dumping a mentally un-hinged hospital escapee on their doorstep, two horror-minded losers, Merv (James Heathcote) and Onkey (Dan Palmer) take it upon themselves to transform the spirited and effeminate nutter into a spatula-wielding psycho.
Is it good movie?
Any movie that has a running gag about a porno flick called Ass Piranha is ok in my books!
Freak Out is like Bad Taste for the slacker generation. It has all the innovative, fan-fueled, go-for-broke attitude of Peter Jackson’s classic film, matched with the witty, genre-centric comedy of Spaced or Shaun of the Dead. Not bad company to keep if you ask me. What Freak Out lacks in production, it more than makes up for with its smart-ass ribbing and skewering of our much-loved genre. It’s hard to keep track of all the winks and nods to other horror films Writer / Director Christian James dishes out. You can keep your Scary Movie flicks; the guys behind Freak Out are fans first, through and through…and they know their shit.
If the worst thing someone can say about your horror film is that it’s an absolute, balls-out blast to watch, I’d say you’re doing something right. What writer / director Christian James has managed to do with a minuscule budget (around $50,000), a bunch of friends and four years worth of weekends is nothing short of a miracle. Freak Out is a fast, lighthearted and gut-bustlingly hilarious horror-comedy the likes of which we haven’t seen in years; I’m taking laugh-out-loud funny here, folks. Wanna see a guy get sliced in two by a giant spatula? How about a climactic end battle that has our rampaging psychopath running around like one of Jerry’s Kids, wearing a giant papier-mâché Larry Hagman mask? Seriously, check my pants for Hershey-squirts!
Video / Audio
VIDEO: The fine folks at Anchor Bay UK have provided us region-free fans with a very nice, very clean video transfer.
AUDIO: Available in three separate flavors: 2 channel stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and earth-shattering DTS. All sound fine, and, seeing as how we’re not talking about Die Hard here…any track should suffice.
Anchor Bay really knows how to stack a disc, and Freak Out is certainly no exception. Here’s the list:
Audio commentary with Director Christian James, Actor/Writer Dan Palmer and Actor/Producer Yazz Fetto: These dudes have waaaaay too much fun. Listening to these three wax-nostalgic about the years (and years) it took to bring Freak Out to life is a blast. If you have a stick up your ass and don’t like to laugh, the commentary is rather informative as well.
Audio commentary moderated by BBC RADIO 1 movie critic James King featuring Director Christian James and various cast members: There’s a ton of people on this track so it’s no wonder they needed a moderator. Again, the mood here is light and informative.
Making Out: This is a meaty, guts ‘n all mini-doc that chronicles to making of Freak Out; from the first day of shooting back in ’99, right up thru to its highly successful screening at The Fantasia Film Festival in ’04.
Geek Out: The guys from bloody-disgusting.com, allthingszombie.com and our very own
The Arrow of arrowinthehead.com, deliver some choice words over three separate film clips. Of special mention (mostly because its our site and we'll shamelessly pimp-the-shit out of ourselves all we want...also, I like my job if you know what I mean), keep your ears cocked for big-boss-man and all-around man-god, John (The Arrow) Fallon as he discusses his work in the film as the voice of The Looney Doll - a performance that was
criminally overlooked by those douche-bags at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Zaniac Music Video: Hey kids, it’s a music video! Nuff said.
Bum-Feeling 101: Onkey (Analrape) illustrates his ass-grab techniques. It’s funny and utterly useless filler
5 Minute Film School: A piss-take of Robert Rodriguez’s “10 Minute Film School” that has James Heathcote being made-up as a zombie. Good shit, but again…rather useless.
Honey, I Blew-Up The Looney: For the sake of those that with to remain “unspoiled” in regards to Freak Out, I will say nothing here (other than what I just said of course…and this, and I guess this…and…)
The rest of the disc is rounded out by a handful of (best left) deleted scenes and a few odds-and-ends that should keep any fan of Freak Out busy for the better part of an afternoon.
I truly hope Anchor Bay gets this sucker released state-side…and soon! Freak Out is exactly the kind of horror flick we need to see more of. Well done lads!