Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 17th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 2006
Director: Brett Piper
Cast: Misty Mundae, Julian Wells, Erika Smith, Caitlin Ross, Michael R. Thomas, Rob Monkiewicz
DVD released: September 5th, 2006
Approximate running time: 75 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama/ei Independent Cinema
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Rebecca Raven (Misty Mundae) is the reigning queen of B-films. The company she helped build has decided to not renew her contract and let her go. Rebecca goes on a vacation while her former employers try to find her replacement.
Veteran B Film director Bill Piper who has directed such classics like Galaxy and A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell puts together his most accomplished film to date Shock-O-Rama. The screenplay which was also written by Bill Piper is a tongue and cheek look at the B films it is lampooning.
The story is actually three stories the first and main story is about Rebecca Raven as the film opens with scenes from her latest opus. After she is fired later in the film we get to see what she is up at a remote farm house where dead things come back to life. The next two stories are one about aliens who land in a junkyard and terrorize its owner and a giant brain that gets it rocks off by experimenting on beautiful young women. These two tales make up the part of the plot in which Rebecca Raven’s former employers are looking for her replacement. The story while not completely linear is easy enough to follow and provide a lot of laughs like the scene where a killer tries to kill his victim with a weed whacker.
The acting in most B films tends to be anywhere from bad to awful. Surprisingly all the performers in the film especially the three female leads Misty Mundae, Caitlin Ross and A.J. Khan. The biggest surprise of all is Misty Mundae who gives her best performance to date. The special effects while not as polished as the CGI crap Hollywood creates are still effective as they are not meant to look flawless. There is plenty of funny moments in the film and most of comes courtesy of the films excellent and witty dialog. Oh yeah there is plenty of T&A in this film.
Shock-O-Rama is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Colors are strong and the image is free of any print damage or defects. The image at times does look a tad too soft and grain is noticeable through out.
This release comes with only one audio option the films original English language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. There are no noticeable defects with this audio mix. The dialog is crisp and the music and effects sound evenly balanced.
This release comes with a bevy of extras which include a behind the scenes segment that runs about nine minutes, a six minute segment for the New York premiere of the film and a question and answer session with director Bill Piper that runs about five minutes in length. Other extras include a sixteen minute interview with director Bill Piper and producer Michael Raso. They discuss how the film came about and working with the various actors on this project. Rounding out the extras is an audio commentary with director Bill Piper and producer Michael Raso. The audio commentary while it includes come info also in the interview included on this DVD it does dig deeper into the making of Shock-O-Rama. Also included for this release are trailers for all of Shock-O-Rama’s and Retro Shock-O-Rama’s current releases. This release comes with an eight page collectable booklet that includes stills from the film and extensive liner notes written by Merle Bertrand.
Overall Shock-O-Rama is a superb film that perfectly captures the essence of the films it is poking fun at.
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