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Crazy Fat Ethel

USA 2017
produced by
Brian Dorton, Dixie Gers, Douglas Conner, Thelma Grant for reel EPIC entertainment
directed by Brian Dorton
starring Dixie Gers, Jenny Coulter, William Allen Nugent, Athena Prychodko, Kelli Ellis, Shannon Ray Morris, Douglas Conner, Fritz Dorton, David Vincent, Billie Farley, Steve Vessell, Gerica Horn, Lance Sizemore, Jacklyn Riggs, Laura Westphal, Sarah Ramsey, Angie Keeling, Justin Rhine, Drea Calihan, Jeanette Piercey, Molly Karl, Maya Chia, Todd Westphal, Kenny Ashley, Emily Ashley, Frederick Ferguson, Brian Dorton, Donna Dorton (voice), William Morris, Matty Dragons
screenplay by Brian Dorton, based on the movie Criminally Insane by Nick Millard (= Nick Philips), music by Rudy Estillore, song by Astrum, special effects supervisor: Brian Dorton, cinematography by Douglas Conner

Criminally Insane

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ethel (Dixie Gers) has been put into a mental institution many years back because she might have killed her uncle Joe (Brian Dorton), and she's also treated for her obesity. But when she's raped by two orderlies, she uses that to blackmail the head doctor of the institution (David Vincent) to transfer her to the care of her aunt Joyce (Jenny Coulter), one of the very few who believe in her innocence.

It's not long before Ethel becomes a burden for Joyce, as all she does is eat, preferably while watching cooking shows on TV. Not only is this annoying, but it's also bad for her health, so eventually, Joyce locks all the food away - which is her death sentence, as Ethel really likes to eat, and soon kills others standing between her and her next snack as well. Eventually she even makes those she kills her next snack.

Of course, all the disappearances don't go unnoticed, and soon a police detective (William Allen Nugent) comes nosing around - but Ethel might be perpetually hungry, but she's not stupid. And she's hell-bent to cover up her tracks, whichever way ...

 

Remaking a cult classic, even a gravely under-appreciated one like Criminally Insane, of course has its risks, as the only way to get it right is walking the fine line between soulless rehash and "post-modern" reinterpretation - and somohow, Crazy Fat Ethel manages to get it right, as it combines the elements that worked so well in the original - the grotesque subject matter, the dark humour -, adds quite a bit of graphic gore, some John Waters sensibilities, and keeps things low budget over-all, just like the original, to evolve into a movie that's great and gross fun in its own right, a piece of blue-collar horror brought to life by a suitably in-your-face directorial effort and an enjoyably eccentric cast that's sure to splendidly entertain indie horror fans!

 

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