When I was but a wee lad I was magnetically drawn to horror movies. My all-time favorite will always be A Nightmare on Elm Street. I loved Nancy Thompson. I also loved the other big franchises : Halloween, Friday the 13th, Critters (did you know Billy Zane was in that?). I also loved Sleep Away Camp (what a twist!), Evil Dead, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yea…I am kinda a horror movie nerd. This nerd is very, very happy that indie filmmaker Israel Luna’s (Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives) latest is an homage to those films I love.
Written and Directed by Israel Luna
Starring : Chad Allen, Daphne Khoury, Adam Kitchen, Richard D. Curtain, Todd Jenkins, and Charles Raker
If you are a fan of horror B-Movies, then you will love Fright Flick. The plot is simple; the cast of a B-Movie are mysteriously murdered. Whodunit? Was it the slimy director (Richard D. Curtain)? The angry producer (Todd Jenkins)? The jealous supporting actress (Daphne Khoury)?
This film is billed as a horror-comedy, so as expected most lines of dialogue serves to deliver jokes or to further the plot. It’s somewhat stilted and choppy, but purposefully so. Still, there are some very funny moments like make-up artist Chase’s (Charles Baker) monologue and starlet Ophelia’s (Valerie Nelson) flubbed lines (“anusly and vaginally”). The characters are little more than props to be murdered in some beautifully brutal fashion. Let’s be honest, this is why we love these sorts of films. Oh, and note to self : never lean over a gas station counter.
In horror films, the audience should root for the survival of the “last woman standing.” One of the “twists” of this film is that her identity is hidden until later in the film. I found her identity to be surprising, but once her identity was uncovered I got behind her (no pun intended) 100 %. The identity of the killer may not be as surprising to those familiar with horror films, but the final fright was still very fun. You can help bring Fright Flick to Netflix by adding it to your queue.