Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned Movie Review
Written by Robert Gold
DVD released by Brain Damage Films
Written and directed by Brian Thomson
2008, Region 0 (PAL), 75 minutes, Rated 18 (UK)
DVD released on October 12th, 2009
Greg Aaron Greenberg as Sammy
Joseph Riker as Chuck
Joe Testa as Gordon
Trina Analee as Michelle
Zoe Hunter as Snowy
Sammy plans the perfect bachelor party for his friend Chuck, who is about to marry longtime girlfriend Michelle. The weekend will be filled with booze, exotic dancers and a good time will be had by all. Unfortunately three demonic hags show up and begin killing in ways that will surely keep the frat boy crowd guffawing for hours. Sammy must battle these hideous bitches in order to save his best friend and live happily ever after.
Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned is disappointing from the moment the movie starts. The acting is consistently bad across the board, with Greg Greenberg as the sole exception. Sammy is the most enjoyable and entertaining character, and even he is despicable. The supporting cast is given throwaway roles that have thankless payoffs.
The script is a stack of clichés and crude humor that undermines any sincere attempts at horror. The first half is plot-heavy, but in less than an hour the script stalls and the characters fumble through the remainder of the film trying to remember that they are in a horror movie. The overall pacing is painfully sluggish considering the relatively short running time (70 minutes without titles).
Further hampering the enjoyment of the film is the questionable lighting and filters that up the contrast levels, making black colors murky and black actors invisible. The decision to enhance the f/x sequences with shoddy CGI stands out as a poor excuse to cover a sloppy production.
Director Brian Thomson does not offer much in the way of excuses or apologies in the production diaries found on his website (www.meaculpapictures.com). Although he is ambitious, he is particularly long-winded and condescending. He comes off as very well-read, but reading the guides and working on sets are two different beasts. Just because someone can do every job on a movie doesn’t mean he should.
This micro-budget production is saddled with excess at every turn, from the overly talky characters to the extensive padding with montages. Last minute revelations in the final act attempt to resuscitate the plot, but come too late for audiences to care. Thomson’s ideas are fairly solid, but his presentation is muddled. Even the title is about five words too long.
Since brevity is the soul of wit, I will be brief: Fuck this movie.
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