Father’s Day (2011)

Does October in 2020 even really need a Horrorthon with how horrible it’s been already?  Absolutely not.  But technically, it never needed one anyway.  I’m doing it anyway!  Today’s movie was suggested by Chris, so the new terrible memories in my head are all because of him.  I have been aware of Troma for a long time, but had never actually witnessed one of their movies myself.  Chris decided to change that when he recommended I watch Father’s Day, written and directed by Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski, and Conor Sweeney, and starring Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney (God those names sound familiar…), Amy Groening, Mackenzie Murdock, and Lloyd Kaufman.  Don’t know that I’ve ever seen that many writers and directors in one movie before…

A serial killer named Chris Fuchman (Murdock)-pronounced exactly like you think it is-is on the loose, raping and murdering fathers in a brutal fashion.  Even more brutal than you might think from just hearing that he rapes and murders them.  This is a Troma movie, after all.  The son of one of his victims, a gay prostitute named Twink (Sweeney) enlists the help of a priest named Father John Sullivan (Kennedy), vigilante and son of an earlier victim named Ahab (Brooks), and Ahab’s sister Chelsea (Groening) to put a stop to his murders.  And then it just gets weirder and weirder…

It’s kinda tough to review a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously.  It’s funnier than a typical horror movie, but less funny than a typical comedy.  I guess you could say it succeeds as a horror movie because a lot of people are brutally murdered, but to me it fails as a comedy.  Its attempts are mostly just trying to say or do the most shocking thing they can to get a reaction instead of doing something actually clever or funny.  But, from what I’ve always heard, that’s what Troma movies do.  They make movies that push the envelope and make up for their shortcomings by throwing lots of fake blood all over the place.

And boy does this movie love its fake blood!  It even goes far beyond your typical horror movie.  Maybe not in amount of blood, but certainly in the types of violence.  There’s a bunch of gay rape in this movie.  I’ve seen that in movies before.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen gay face rape with a decapitated head though.  Pretty sure I could’ve gone my whole life without seeing that too, but it’s too late for that now.  I may have already seen depictions of people getting their penises bitten off, but I sure could do without seeing more.  So at least in this category, Father’s Day goes beyond your typical horror movie.  I’m just not entirely sure I appreciated it.

In most horror movies, you can get away with some less than impressive acting.  That works in this movie’s favor ‘cause the acting was pretty bad.  Like ‘guy gets hit in the face by a bat and turns into the swing instead of away from it’ bad.  But it’s not like I was expecting Oscar-caliber performances.  They did what they needed to.  And as far as bad acting goes, at least it wasn’t annoyingly bad.  It’s probably easier to get away with that in movies that aren’t really supposed to be good.

So that’s my mediocre review of a mediocre movie.  I don’t generally review comedies because you can’t really make fun of something that’s already making fun of itself, and that goes for this movie as well.  The story is ridiculous and over the top, mostly trying to get laughs from ridiculousness and shock value and mostly failing.  But it’s a horror movie, and there was blood and guts and boobs and stuff.  If you’re a fan of Troma movies, then I’m sure you’ve already seen this.  If you’re not and you’re like me and this kind of thing doesn’t particularly work for you, then skip it.

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