Saturday, October 6, 2012
Halloween movie month: Poultrygeist
Basic plot: A fried chicken fast food restaurant is built on top of a Native American burial ground, causing people who eat there to turn into part-chicken/part-zombie.
This is a Troma Entertainment release, and it definitely lives up to the Troma history. Those of you who have seen any Troma films (the most well-known of which is Toxic Avenger) know generally what to expect. But for those of you who are unfamiliar, Troma films are typically full of nudity, over-the-top gore/violence, social commentary and/or overly-emphasized stereotypes (check out the wikipedia entry here if you are wanting to know a bit more about Troma). The first zombie chicken isn't actually seen until 63 minutes into the movie. But before that, there is plenty of nudity, swearing/vulgarity, racist stereotypes, scatological and "gross out" humor, excessive gore, social commentary on corporate america, and singing (yeah, this is a little bit of a musical...about 4 or 5 songs).
Recommendation: If you are a Troma fan, you will probably enjoy Poultrygeist. Decent songs, decent acting, decent comedy (my favorite phrase of the movie, "cluckwork orange"), lots of gore, and fair amount of nudity. So, for Troma fans, it's worth a rent - 3/5.
If you are NOT a Troma fan, recommendation/rating is going to be pass - 1/5. Seriously, if you aren't already a fan of Troma films, you are probably going to hate this movie within the first 5 minutes.
Troma films don't really fall into the "so bad it's good" category, because Troma films are intentionally bad and (usually) intentionally a bit offensive. While I do somewhat respect the independent spirit of Troma Entertainment, their films are definitely not meant for the general public.
Keep checking back for more ratings and recommendations of what to watch leading up to Halloween.