- Elf 2017
The Dark Side of the Womb
David Moneymaker, Sam Salerno, Teresa Jacobson (executive), Cathy Salerno (executive), Toni Salerno (executive)
directed by Sam Salerno
starring Matt McCarthy (= Wee Matt), Fay Lytle, Josh Connor, Art Roberts, Finley Polynice, Aaron Berjohn, Mickey Faerch, Dean Milos, Stephen McAlpin, Every Heart, Sam Salerno, Alex Hoffman, Sonja Inge, David Moneymaker, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Adrian Hernandez, Sabrina Silva, Rohit Kumar, Paul Salerno
written by Sam Salerno, music by Paul Salerno
Mrs. Wænd (Mickey Faerch) gives birth to twins, Justin (Dean Milos)
and Ed (Matt McCarthy) - but she only likes Justin, and wishes for Ed to
just die. Thing is, Ed doesn't die, but at age 30 Justin is killed by
killer clowns. Mom just chases away Ed after this.
At the same time,
Linda (Fay Lytle) is to have a baby, but instead she gives birth to a
severed head only. This upsets her boyfriend Jesse (David Moneymaker) so
much that he passes out, bangs his head really bad, and dies. But Dr.
Necrophilus (Art Roberts), local mad scientist with a predilection for
limb transplants, just replaces Jesse's head with the head Linda has just
given birth to, uploads Jesse's memories, et voilà, a new Jesse (now
played by Josh Connor). Thing is, the new Jesse isn't an awfully nice
person, in fact he goes mental pretty soon to become Booger the Killer
Linda isn't happy about these developments regarding her
boyfriend ... but then she meets Ed, the two fall in love, marry, and
everyone's just sooo happy - until Jesse aka Booger appears on the scene
and wants Linda back ... and this is when things really start to go mad!!!
synopsis might not make the most perfect of senses, and believe me, the
finale gets even wilder, much wilder - but that's all very ok, because
it's futile to find strict narrative reason in The Dark Side of the
Womb, which the birthing scene that starts the movie should already
have made pretty clear. Basically, The Dark Side of the Womb is a
movie of the "They did not just do THAT?!?" variety, where a
story that's unhinged from the beginning gets more so at every twist and
turn. Why this film works rather well (in its odd sort of way) is that it
isn't played merely for the laughs, that it has its moments where it shows
heart, where it shocks, and where it just (intentionally) confuses the
audience, and that it manages to show constraint every now and again to
let the lunacy break out even wilder then.
Maybe not for everybody, but
those who don't scare away from the absurd, bizarre and unreal should
really give it a look!