Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 16th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007 (Necroville, Splatter Disco), USA, 2004 (Feeding the Masses), USA, 2005 (Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon)
Directors: Richard Griffin (Necroville, Splatter Disco, Feeding the Masses, Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon), Billy Garberina (Necroville)
Cast: Mark Chavez, Brandy Bluejacket, Gene Grant, Scott Phillips (Necroville), Ken Foree, Lynn Lowry, Trent Haaga, Debbie Rochon, Sarah Nicklin, Jason McCormick (Splatter Disco), Billy Garberina, Rachael Morris, Patrick Cohen, Michael Propster, William DeCoff, Walter Cotter, Brenda Hogan, Victor Martins(Feeding the Masses), Andrew Vellenoweth, William DeCoff, V. Orion Delwaterman, Patrick Pitu, Adam Brown, Leigh Radziwon, Sal Lizard, Salvatore Marchese, Tanith Fiedler, Ben Chester (Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon)
DVD released: July 13th, 2010
Approximate running time: 99 minutes (Necroville), 87 minutes (Splatter Disco), 90 minutes (Feeding the Masses), 86 minutes (Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English (All films)
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98
Necroville: After being fired from the video store that they worked at. Two slackers find employment as rounding up and exterminating the living dead. As if worrying about flesh eating zombies was not bad enough. They occasionally cross paths with werewolves and vampires.
Necroville is a horror / comedy hybrid that tends to lean more towards comedy. And while mixing these two genres is often more a misfire than a success. Thankfully the filmmakers keep the majority of the comedy tongue and cheek. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this film is how everyone in the film acts as if it is normal for the living dead and monsters to be roaming around freely. Even though there are horror elements in this film they are never scary. At least when it comes to blood and guts this film delivers plenty. Without a doubt this film’s greatest assets is the performances from Billy Garberina and Adam Jarmon Brown in the role of the two slacker friends who become zombie hunters. My only complaint about this film is that sometimes there are long stretches where the film gets to talky. Ultimately Necroville is a fun film that quickly draws you into its absurd world of carnage and mayhem.
Splatter Disco: Den O’ Iniquity is a nightclub that caters to an eclectic clientele who often push the boundaries of decency. Den O’ Iniquity comes under fire when the mayor is pressured by his overbearing mother to close the place down for corrupting the youth. When some of the club’s regulars start to disappear the pressure to close the place down is intensified.
Splatter Disco was co-written and directed by Richard Griffin (Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Pretty Dead Things, Necroville, Beyond the Dunwich Horror). Visually Richard Griffin does so much with his limited resources. Even though the plot features many elements that are prominent in horror films, the core of the story is about the characters in the film and their relationships with each other that drive this story. Splatter Disco is fast moving plot that is just a blast from the beginning to the end.
The killings in the film are not as bloody as most horror films. This doesn’t take away from their impact as most of them are done off in imaginative ways that show just enough without ever going too far. There are many amusing moments like a scene were the bouncer feels up a muscle bound man in a mesh shirt for an obscenely long time. Another fun moment involves a character named carpet. He is actually a man who rolls himself up in a carpet and let’s people walk all over him. These are just a few of many outrageous moments in the film.
The cast features two 1970’s cult movie icons Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead). Both of their respective roles are unlike the type of characters they usual get cast as. All the performances in the film are all very good especially Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer). The film’s sublime musical numbers were written by Tony Milano. The most memorable of these is the “Let’s Do it” segment were two characters profess their love to each other while dressed in animal costumes. Ultimately Splatter Disco is a humorous send up the horror film genre with its witty dialog and oddball characters.
Feeding the Masses: The government tries to cover up a zombie outbreak by taking over all the media outlets.
At first glance Feeding the Masses appears to be yet another zombie / comedy hybrid. Early on things do take a while to settle in. Once things do start to click the film hits its stride. Even though there are zombies, they are not necessarily the main focus of this film. The main purpose of this film is a satirical look at modern media and government corruption. And while the message may come off as heavy handed at times. The end result is a movie that not only gets its message across. It also provides plenty of bloodshed and laughs along the way.
Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon: Students from the state university investigate the waters in an area where toxic spills happened a year before. Shortly after their arrival they come in contact with the inbred locals and some fish like creatures that were spawned from the toxic lagoon. Will they be able to escape the woods and warn everyone in town about the fish like creatures or will they fall prey to these toxic predators?
Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon is a low budget monster movie that is at times reminiscent of the classic creature features from the 1950’s. The story is simple fish like creatures under the guidance of an evil scientist want to ride the world of all human life. The dialog is most definitely adult related humor with many jokes of sexual, homosexual or subject matter that is incest related like the local hillbillies. The pacing and look of the film is well done and it often exceeds the films limited budget. Richard Griffin’s direction is nearly flawless as he only shows you what you need to in and leaves some room, but not much for your imagination.
The majority of the characters are hillbillies and references to inbreeding do get old really quick. The acting is more than adequate with my favorite part being that of Adam Brown as Bubba. Brown is superb as a lazy hillbilly who wants to do nothing but drink beer all day. One minor complaint about the film is that they often play jokes like the ones about being gay or inbred into the ground thus losing most of their impact. Ultimately Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon is film that can be a lot of fun especially if you like crude humor and monsters in rubber suits.
All four films are presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. All four transfers look clean, colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp throughout.
Each film comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All the audio mixes sounds clean, clear and balanced.
These films have been previously released on DVD and the majority of the extras have been carried over for this release. Extras include a promo reel for the first year of Shock-O-Rama, two short films Voltagen and The Hypostatic Union, both which come with optional audio commentaries with filmmakers Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, behind the scenes documentaries for Feeding the Masses (30 minutes 29 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and Splatter Disco (36 minutes 41 seconds – letterboxed widescreen), 4 Deleted Scenes (3 1/2 minutes) for Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon and audio commentaries for Feeding the Masses and Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon. Also included with this release are trailers for other Shock-O-Rama film’s also available on DVD and a DVD booklet. Overall another great and affordable release from Shock-O-Rama that gives those who missed out on the previous DVD’s for these films.