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Fright Flick 
Written by: on January 3rd, 2011

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 2008
Director: Israel Luna
Writer: Israel Luna
Cast: Chad Allen, Richard D. Curtin, Todd Jenkins, Daphne Khoury, Adam Kitchen, Jon Paul Burkhart, Allyn Carrell, Charles Baker, Tom Zembrod, Natalie Jones

DVD released: January 25th, 2010
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Breaking Glass Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99

Synopsis: Art inmates life. When the cast and crew of a horror film are targeted by the psychopath.

A few months ago. I first encountered a  filmmaker named Israel Luna via Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives, a  deliriously take of on the revenge film genre. So naturally when the opportunity arose to check out Fight Flick. I did so without hesitation.

So what is Fright Flick all about? The plot revolves around a film crew, who are working on a film titled ‘Fright Flick 3‘. The final film in a trilogy of films. The first film ‘Fright Flick’ is only briefly covered pre-credits and the second film is skipped over. The bulk of the film covers what happens to the cast and crew while working on ‘Fright Flick 3’.

So besides the film with in a film aspect of the plot. The killings and the structure of the plot are clearly inspired by the Slasher film genre. The killings have an ample of bloodshed and a few kills scenes are gruesome. The special effects are generally very good. With only a few very minor instances where they look crude. Pacing wise, even though there are a few lulls. Thankfully these are quickly absorbed since the death scenes and plot twists occur at quick enough intervals.

As mentioned before content wise the film does not verge too far away from your atypical Slasher film. The characters and the situations in which they find themselves are as cliched as they come. Normally this could be a problem. That is if the tone of this film was meant to be more in line with most Slasher films. Instead of trying to scare the viewer. Fright Flick is more about satirizing the Slasher film genre. And in this regard the film does so with varied results.

Another area in which this film comes up short are the performances from its cast, who at times look like they are just going through the motions. Let’s just say the killer’s performance is the only one left any lasting impression. Without a doubt the single most disappointing aspect of this film is how it lacks the inventiveness and enthusiasm that made Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives so much fun. When all is said and done, the predictability of the story at hand and lack luster performances end up being too much to overcome.

The DVD:

The DVD-R sent for this review contained only the movie. It should be noted that there is an water mark that pops up intermediately throughout the film on the screener disc I viewed for this review. And while the audio / video presentation look and sound pretty good. We are unable to fully evaluate them since they may not be representative of the final product.

The extras that were not on this release and are supposed to be on the final release DVD for this film are as follows, a blooper reel, deleted scenes and A behind the scenes documentary titled ‘The Guts of Fright Flick’.

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