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The first thing that struck me (other than seeing both male and female full frontal nudity within the first 5 minutes) was the acting. Noah Segan is the protagonist once again, and runs with the role of Justin. The dude plays the hippie wannabe quite well, justifying his lifestyle as an excuse for being a junkie. This of course leads into the whole mental degradation of the character, which was interesting to see. Props also to Ezra Buzzington and Elina Madison, not only for their undeniably creepy performances as the killers, but also willing to do it all predominantly in the buff! In fact, the entire cast does a remarkable job for an indie flick. Keep an eye out for the Joe Pilato cameo, too.
The other thing that got me was the whole psychedelic vibe, even though I'm not exactly a big fans of it. Often times, I found the films that went this route ended up becoming annoying and often ruining the experience. Here, it's not bad, as Ferrin manages to keep things flowing nicely without getting too sidetracked in the whole 'trippiness' of the film. It reminded me at times of Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, minus the self-indulgent masturbation session Rob went into once his film got going.
The film does start to lose its grip once things started to come to a head. For one, the look of the film doesn't play too well into the psychedelic aspects, as everything's too 'clean' looking. Plus, mixing the exploitation aspect with the psychedelia doesn't gel at times, which treads close to the 'like it or hate it' realm. Also the subject matter, while original, isn't for everyone. It's juvenile and could be offensive to some people, but really, what'd you expect from someone formerly of Troma?
One everyone had their after sex smoke, I was on the fence. On the one hand, you don't see people getting killed by monster wangs and vagoos often, but on the other hand, the mix of psychedelic horror and exploitation doesn't completely work, which becomes all the more apparent once the ending rolls around. It's not terrible, but it's not the best of the recent exploitation films, either. It's simply a niche film, and for those looking for something to fill their own niche of unique exploitation, try knocking.