Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 1st, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: Canada, 1989
Director: Ron Switzer
Writer: Ron Switzer
Cast: Cameron Klein, Tony Della Ventura, Robin Hartsell, Catherine Bruhier
DVD Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Videonomicon
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $20.00
Synopsis: A scientist creates a monster, who turns on him and from there all hell breaks loose as the monster kills anyone who crosses its path.
Content wise, Science Crazed is an extremely low budget re-imagining of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. And though the premise is simple. The execution of said story is anything remotely conventional. Also anyone expecting a gory body count movie should look elsewhere, since this film determined to keep the all things gruesome off screen.
As mentioned before when it comes to this film’s narrative there is more than a few head scratching moments. With none more mind blowing then a lengthy ten plus minute aerobics scene that just comes out of nowhere about fifteen minutes into the film. And not to be outshined are the excruciating death sequences which at times look like the characters are slow dancing and fighting for their lives.
From a production stand point there is not a single area where this film comes off as polished. The visuals are at best serviceable and the haphazard narrative is not helped by this film lethargic pacing. And when it comes to acting it is hard not to notice that everyone has the same one note delivery to their lines. Overall Science Crazed is a delirious slice a shlock cinema that rivals films like Plan 9 from Outer Space and Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Videonomicon presents Science Crazed in its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The original 16mm elements are considered lost forever and two VHS tapes were used as the source for this release. And the end result is a more then watchable presentation of the film.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Though there is background noise that varies in degree throughout, when it comes to the dialog it is always clear enough to follow. Also it should be noted that the audio was post synced and not recorded during the actual filming.
Extras for this release include a home video trailer for the film (1 minute 22 seconds), an audio extra that has stills playing in the background titled ‘Cameron Klein’s Science Crazed Q & A’ (28 minutes 40 seconds), three on camera interviews – the first interview titled ‘Terry Jones Speaks’ with actor Cameron Klein (12 minutes 35 seconds), the second interview titled ‘Cameron’s Grim Stitch Factory’ Cameron Scholes (2 minutes 49 seconds) and the third interview titled ‘Science Crazed Changes Everything’ with Pontypool author / screenwriter Tony Burgess (6 minutes 28 seconds) and an audio commentary with canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe and Rewind This! Josh Johnson.
Topics discussed in the extra titled ‘Terry Jones Speaks’ include, how he was horrified when he first saw the film, why he changed his named, onset memories and his thoughts in the final product.
Topics discussed in the extra titled ‘Cameron’s Grim Stitch Factory’ include, how he makes his masks and how they differ from other Halloween masks.
Topics discussed in the extra titled ‘Science Crazed Changes Everything’ include, what he likes and dislikes about Science Crazed and how each viewing of the film alters his state of mind.
Topics discussed in the extra titled ‘Cameron Klein’s Science Crazed Q & A’ include, how the director’s intention was to make a 1950’s monster film, how the film was shot on 16mm and without any sound, how the film received so many complaints from customers that video stores returned their copies to the distributor and onset memories.
Content wise, the audio commentary finds a good balance about production related information about the film and these two participants own personal observations about the film.
DVD-Rom content two stills, two sell sheets and music from the film.
Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art option, a twelve page booklet with a lengthy essay about the film written by Ben Ruffett and a second essay titled ‘The Science Crazed Viewing Experience’ written by Josh Johnson and Ryan’s Babe home video trailer (2 minutes 7 seconds).
Note: This release is limited to 1,000 copies.