Scarlet Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest
Brian Crow, Walter Ruether for Chained to the Wall-Productions
directed by Brian Crow, Walter Ruether
starring Calico Cooper, Werner, Cara Moody, Kyle Konvalin, Laramie Jackson, Walter Ruether a.k.a. Scarlet Fry, Brian Crow, Keri Weikoff, Paul Hill, Charles Schmidt, John Tomaszewski, Tasha Castor, Navon, Sasha Lightstone, Danielle Fisher, Alex Thompson, Evan Lucas, Sherri Soltis, Brisa Sanchez, Michael Tank, Mike Darma, Joanna McCarty
written by Brian Crow, Walter Ruether, music by Howard Shaw, Ryan Roxie, special effects by Walter Ruether & Suzie
A girl (Calico Cooper) wants to buy drugs from her pusher (Michael
Tank), but all he sells her is a videotape. Enraged she beats him to a
pulp. Later though she watches the tape anyhow.
On the tape, a zombie-like guy with a Southern accent, Scarlet Fry
(Walter Ruether), hosts a sextet of short stories:
- Butcher Jack's (Brian Crow) fridge is disappointingly empty, so he
goes to a nieghbouring laundromat, picks up Betty (Keri Weikoff), a
girl who's new to the neighbourhood, invites her over to dinner - but
once they are in his appartment, Betty has to find out that it's her
who's the dinner ...
- A nurse (Cara Moody) is pushed over the edge by her wheelchair-bound
patient (Paul Hill), so she hires a hitman (Charles Schmidt) to finish
him off. Then she heads off with the hitman. This episodes is in black
and white and with no dialogue.
- Donnie (Kyle Konvalin) has found a great new way to make money to
buy dope: Spanking a queer (Werner) with his skateboard. But when he
invites his friends (Laramie Jackson, John Tomaszewski) to join him in
making a little dough, they re disgusted - but still participate.
Later they tease Donnie about it though and even tell his girlfriend
(Tasha Castor), so much so that the two have a big rowe and Donnie
gets so enraged that he equips his board with spikes and kills
the queer with it. Then he feels better, until his girlfriend
sontinues teasing him about the whole thing, and he suffocates her
with his pillow. Only then can he enjoy inner peace and harmony (?).
- A guy (Walter Ruether) comes home, sits down in his bathtub, and
slits his veins open.
- A girl (Sasha Lightstone) just can't take her boyfriend's (Navon)
Satanist shenanigans anymore, so she shoots him dead, but the devil
sees to it that our Satanist rises from the dead and kills her.
- Sarah (Danielle Fisher) tells Reuben (Alex Thompson) that she is
expecting his child, and he goes totally bonkers about it, calls her
names and all of that shit. So she does the only sensible thing to do,
chains him to his bed, sews his lips shut and tortures him to death
(in a scene reminiscent of Takashi Miike's Audition).
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It's probably fair to say that Scarlet Fry's Junkfood Horrorfest
is no classic of horror cinema, and it probably wasn't even intended to
be. What the film is though is one of these low budget wonders that are
way more entertaining than anything big budget Hollywood genre cinema has
brought out in a long time, a film in the tradition of Tales
from the Crypt and Herschell Gordon Lewis, but also of PRC's
shockers from the 1940's which were quite often more entertaining than the
comparable output from the more respected competition. Sure, the film has
its deficiencies, not all the actors are really up to their task (though
for example Brian Crow as butcher Jack is perfectly creepy), the lighting
is at times less than perfect, and some of the stories could have done
with a better punchline, but that said, the film is very well-directed
(not always the case with independent, no budget-films), well filmed and
well paced, and while it might not be the best shocker, not even the best
horror-anthology around, it sure enough is enjoyable from start to finish,
and it's certainly more than horror junkfood, as the title would suggest.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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