Dropping Evil (2012)

Sam (Rachel Howe) is a punk rocking babe and her boyfriend Mike (Tom Taylor) is one of the cool kids.  They plan a camping trip and invite their decidedly uncool friends Becky (Cassandra Powell) and Nancy (Zachery Eli Lint).  Nancy is uncompromising in his convictions (that’s right…not a Boy Named Sue but Nancy) and overly zealous in beating everyone nearby with the Jesus stick; as a result is a total ass to his only friends.  Why he is even invited ends up making little sense because no even likes him.  After this seemingly benign set up things go crashingly off the rails in DROPPING EVIL.

Becky has been taken in to a research facility of some type and Dr. Wednesday Wednesdays (Kerry Lane) implants a camera in her eyes at the orders of the mysterious Mr. H (Devin Smith).  Unaware of her new drone like status she goes along on Sam and Mike’s trip convincing them to dose Nancy with some LSD to calm his overzealous ass down.  It works at first but then Nancy begins seeing his friends as demons and attacks them.  The story contorts again and reveals a pivotal struggle between good and evil even involving gods and demigods in the form of Mr. H and Tiffany Shepis as Dionysia.  Not only do they duke it out but they also wage their fight by proxy with Nancy and his friends.  Heavy influences of CABIN IN THE WOODS are apparent along with the usual good vs. evil battling over earth etc… Who will win, will anyone be able to tell?  Hard to say with the way the story wraps up part of which involves a fairly cool fight involving an axe and a car door.  Insanity is a good word to apply to this horror comedy.  The story is twisted and convoluted and they throw everything at the viewer at once.  The close shows potential sequel ideas one of which is made badass by Fred Williamson’s mere presence.  Granted he’s only in it for a minute or so and does anything for a paycheck today but he’s still a cool dude.   

The cast is full of amateurs propped up with some well placed bit parts by Armin Shimmerman, Edwin Neal, Tiffany Shepis and Fred Williamson.  Most of the principals acquit themselves well enough with Zachery Eli Lint chewing scenery and having fun doing so.  The supporting cast has some trouble with stilted dialogue and emotionless readings.  The plot is night on incomprehensible involving secret drugs, a mysterious corporation, deities, a religious order, scientists, and even body horror but it seems that it was done so intentionally.  The short sequel bits are quite humorous and well worth a watch after you finish the feature.  It also has a fairly rocking soundtrack.  Technical aspects are up to snuff.  Sound and cinematography are good with some nice gore gags.  Ultimately DROPPING EVIL is a big movie with a little budget and suffers from that but it also shows promise from the filmmakers themselves.  If their future endeavors are as inspired and energetic they should be something to see!

Repligator (1996)

A secret military experiment goes awry as government scientists try to perfect the next great leap in battlefield technology–a teleportation device.  Unfortunately for the Army but fortunately for the viewer it turns the tough as nails gung ho he-man soldiers with rifles into busty nymphomaniacal bimbos with bazookas.  There are a few narratives going here.  One which is the framework involving Gunnar Hansen reading his lines from a clipboard providing the intro and outro portion of our story within a story.  Second is the odd little bit with Dr. Goodbody which only serves to allow the good doctor (portrayed by Brinke Stevens) to show off her goodies and not contribute one iota to the actual story.  Finally there is the actual story of the experiment getting out of hand.

As the soldiers are turned into babes the babes get turned on and then turn into killer bipedal alligators.  So after getting sexed up by one of these foxy ex GI Joe/current GI Janes they kill you and you come back as a blue-faced zombie.  We’re almost talking DAWN OF THE DEAD blue too.  The star is Dr. Oliver played by screenwriter Keith Kjornes.  Soooo…when the writer is the star you can really expect some quality.  Good thing he included a whole bunch of giant boobs to counteract the giant boob he portrays.

Bret McCormick directed a couple of other flicks you may have seen-

MACON COUNTY WAR and THE ABOMINATION both of which have less boobs but are infinitely better films.  Gunnar Hansen and Brinke Stevens are the two actors you will recognize with the rest being padded out by girls ready to shed their clothes.

The special effects are the include the worst computer graphics 1996 had to offer, a recycled alligator head and gloves taped to a twelve year old girl, and some appliances and other bits of rubbish assembled to look like useful futuristic tech.  Needless to say the best special effects are bolted onto the female talent.  Unfortunately the most attractive one Dr. Hardy (TJ Myers) never does pop her top completely and just gives the camera a lingerie show.  Gunnar Hansen gives most of his lines with his back to the camera.  He may be reading off a cue card or maybe even the script itself.  Shit, if it was my part I wouldn’t have bothered with the lines to this thing either. 

Considering that this is a low budget sci-fi titty flick called REPLIGATOR

the Whacked Films DVD special features are a surprisingly good BTS featurette and an interview with the director.  It’s also fun to see the filmmakers totally aware of the level of the dreck that they are producing.  While they are aware, they do not let the film become self-aware.  Terrible movie with a fun premise and lots of boobs.  It’s fun for what it is but its not a good movie.  I may watch it again just to trot it out for friends in a “you’ve got to see this” and watch as they sit and grow more and more appalled.