Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 20th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2009
Directors: Justin Channell (Mike Wuz Here), Henrique Couto (Slay Ride) Chris LaMartina (One Foot in the Grave) Andrew N. Shearer (Blood Witch)
Cast: Izzie Harlow, Ruby Larocca, George Stover, Countess Samela, Josh Lively
DVD released: September 21st, 2010
Approximate running time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Independent Entertainment / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.99
Faces of Schlock follows the structure that is often employed in countless other anthology type films. This film is made up of four separate stories which are all connected via a wrap around segments with a hostess named Slutpira (an obvious nod to Elvira) who introduces each tell of terror.
The first tale titled “Blood Witch” revolves around a demonic obsessed Goth chick who conjures a murderess witch to help her dispose of her overweight roommate. Content wise this one quickly drowns in its predictability. While the premise was interesting enough. The end result is a lackluster affair that even fails to inject humor, which is at least present in the next two tales.
The second tale titled “Mike Wuz Here” centers around the employees who work at a haunted movie theater where one of their former co-workers killed themselves. This is easily the most amusing of the four stories. The performances are also the most engaging out the four tales and the twist ending is a very satisfying conclusion.
The third tale titled “One Foot in the Grave” revolves around a dancer who’s infected foot is cut off by an incompetent podiatrist. This is another amusing tales which features one of the funniest bits, a character with a foot fetish who is always being interrupted while trying to spank his monkey. This is without a doubt the most bizarre of the four tales with a detach foot that exacts revenge and witch who collects various body parts of virgins.
The fourth and final tale is titled “Slay Ride” revolves around a young woman who is left home alone on Christmas by her parents. This is the most straight forward horror tale of the lot. There are a few red herrings like a nerdy girl neighbor girl and creepy retarded neighbor boy who has a chainsaw fetish. And while the horror elements are done rather well. The humor which is present in the previous two tales is all but absent here.
Trying to gauge any of the performances would be futile. Since these tales of terror are obvious done with a tongue and cheek approach that leans heavily towards satirizing bad cinema.
Faces of Schlock is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors, flesh tones and black levels all fare well. Details generally look crisp and edge enhancement is never intrusive.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Even though the audio sounds clean and for the most part clear. There are some instances where the dialog sounds flat and volume adjustment may be required.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a music video ‘Schlock Rock’, three episodes from the web based series ‘Drawing a Blank’, behind the scenes segments, outtakes, a featurette detailing the events leading up to the film’s world premier, a featurette with the cast & crew from Cinema Wasteland and audio commentary with producer / director Henrique Couto, producer Geoff Turner and various other people involved with this production. The audio commentary is an entertaining track that gives a well rounded perspective about this production. Overall this is a affordably priced DVD that not only comes with a strong audio / video presentation, it also comes with a abundance of extra content.