Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 18th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Israel Luna
Writer: Israel Luna
Cast: Krystal Summers, Kelexis Davenport, Willam Belli, Erica Andrews, Jenna Skyy, Tom Zembrod, Richard D. Curtin, Kenny Ochoa, Gerardo Davila
DVD released: November 9th, 2010
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Breaking Glass Pictures
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
Synopsis: Five transsexual friends cross paths with a homophobe, who becomes angered when he hooks up with one them and discovers she that she has something extra between her legs.
There are not that many viable avenues that have not been explored in countless other films. And yet a film like Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives comes along and restores my faith that there are a few avenues yet to be explored. At the heart of this film is wall to wall exploitation extravaganza that is deeply rooted in revenge.
After a playful initial set which introduces the main players in this story. This film quickly shifts into much darker territory where the transsexual friends are trapped and beaten to a bloody pulp by a homophobe and his two friends. This scene like the other violent set pieces which follow is downright gruesome. And with each new act of violence the level of brutality increases. During the this initial assault two of the transsexual friends die. From there the three remaining transsexual friends learn some martial arts and come up with a plan to take care of the three men responsible for killing their friends.
From a production stand point there are a few areas where this comes up short, the Tarantino like dialog and too many long stretches where very little happens. Another area where the film tends to wear thin as things progress is the performances from the cast. Which are best describe as over the top and campy. When all is said and done, despite its shortcomings it is hard not to get caught up in the story at hand and revel in its excesses.
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, bloopers, Nacho & Chuey Show, Chapter 4: The Red Pen, a Behind The Scenes Featurette and a audio commentary With Director Isreal Luna, Producer Toni Miller and Stars William Belli And Krystal Summers.