Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 1st, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Billy Garberina
Writer: Devin O’Leary
Cast: Kevin Santry, Daniel T. Cornish, Phil Duran, Jamison Jontry, Phil Duran
DVD Released: February 21st, 2012
Approximate running time: 105 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
Synopsis: A trio of bank robbers, who have just been fatally wounded after their latest robbery are brought back to life by stripper that is well versed in the black arts.
Just when you thought that every imaginable avenue had been exploited in the Zombie film genre. Along comes a film like Stiffed that dance to beat of its own drummer. And while the Zombie’s play an integral part to the story at hand. These are not your run of the mill brain eating Zombie’s. In fact they are more concerned with their next heist, then they are about feasting on the living.
To best sum up this film, it is basically crime film about a group of criminals that are giving a second chance at doing what they do best, robbing people. And just because they are dead, that does not mean that they are any less efficient.
This film’s other main player is a stripper named Chloe, who uses her knowledge of the black arts to bring three career criminals back to life. And in many ways she is the ring leader of this rag tag gang, since it is her who ultimately calls the shots. Rounding out this motley crew of characters is a dimwitted detective, who always seems to be one stepped behind.
Besides the aforementioned elements of a crime film, other genres that this film often dabble in include comedy, though most of the humor is hard to digest and of course the horror film genre, by the way of Zombies and witchcraft.
And while the premise is interesting enough, the way in which everything unfolds is far from being a smooth ride. First off the film is woefully paced, with way to many moments drawn out. I am looking at you the scenes at the strip club. And let’s not forget this film’s two awkward sex scenes, the second of which involves necrophilia.
To this film’s credit there are a few areas in which this film does generally succeed are its gore sequences and the enthusiastic performances from the entire cast. Ultimately Stiffed is a tough sale that most Horror film fans will find a chore to sit through.
Stiffed is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels are at best average and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Though dialog generally comes through clearly and easy enough to follow. There are several instances in which the audio sounds distorted. Also there are some mild instances of background noise.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, a seventeen minute interview with director Billy Garberina, a four minute segment titled ‘Dan and Billy Get Nerdy’, a fifty minute ‘Making of’ featurette and a audio commentary with Billy Garberina, screenwriter Devin O’Leary and cinematographer Craig A. Butler. The extras do a very good job covering the various aspects of this production, like how everyone got involved in this project, the visual look of the film, locations, the cast, the screenplay and some of things in the final product that were not satisfied with. The interview with Billy Garberina has some information that is also covered in the audio commentary. Rounding out the extras are trailers for The Basement, Creature From the Hillbilly Lagoon, Defiled, Faces of Schlock, Feeding the Masses, Necroville, Nun of That, Splatter Beach, Splatter Disco and Zombie Allegiance. Overall Stiffed gets a well rounded DVD release from Independent Entertainment.