Horror comedies often lack the required combinational skills to do justice to both genre's equally, resulting in movies that are either too funny for their own good (and not serious enough), or too horrific for the comedy fans out there. Lucky for us, there's RED VICTORIA.
Rocking a clever (and original!) concept, RED VICTORIA offers both horror (sometimes subtle, sometimes all-out-gorefest) and comedy into one wild ride that will leave you chuckling, and simultaneously screaming "But writing horror isn't that hard!!!" (at least, if you're as big as a horror fan as I am).
Obviously a tribute piece to horror flicks, the whole idea of a zombified muse helping a writer write a horror movie by killing off everyone he knows (for inspiration) is a classic idea- and surprisingly, one we haven't seen before. Thank you for something original! The script, acting, and even the effects here were above par (considering writer/director/producer/actor Anthony Brownrigg did the whole thing on a minuscule $5K budget, with him being the majority of the cast and crew), keeping me engaged and entertained the whole way through.
Arianne Martin did a swell job as the seductive (but dead) muse Victoria, as she may have been killing folks left and right, she did so in a way that wasn't malicious or evil- but downright likable! And Edward Landers as the horror fan with ideas reminded me of my friends and myself, as he captured the true spirit of loving the genre (and, he was flippin' funny, too!).
Not to say that the flick didn't have it's flaws. There was a huge section in the middle that felt a little slow and drawn out for me (to the point where I had to check the running time to see how much I had left to sit through), but luckily it did pick back up to the end. Also, I kept asking what Victoria's deal was, why she was helping this guy in the first place, what was her motivation, etc..., and as the credits rolled, the same questions were still lingering in my mind, all left unanswered.
Overall, considering this was an independent feature with the fraction of budget and support most Hollywood movies have, I enjoyed the hell out of the flick, and recommend it to anyone who's a fan of horror and has dabbled in writing a horror flick at one time or another.