M.L. Miller here! As I go into the tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Last month, counted down my favorite horror films from my first year of reviewing. Now it’s on to Year Two which began officially on October 1, 2011 and went through September 30, 2012. I have posted compilation lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around a bit. I’ve even added a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t!

How did I compile this list? I simply looked through films released between October 1st, 2011 and September 30, 2012 and worked and reworked the list until I had the magic number—31. Again, I never call myself any kind of expert in horror. I simply watch a lot of horror films and love writing about them. Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!

Released on February 10, 2012 and available on Video On Demand, digital download, and DVD/BluRay!

FATHER’S DAY (2011)

Directed by Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, & Connor Sweeney
Written by Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski, Connor Sweeney & Astron-6
Starring Adam Brooks, Mackenzie Murdock, Matthew Kennedy, Connor Sweeney
Find out more about this film here!

FATHER’S DAY got my attention with it’s raunchy and gory teaser trailer below.

So what do I know about this film? Well, I know the folks at Astron-6 first made FATHER’S DAY as a short comedy horror film, a sort of demo reel. That’s what the original trailer above. Then after Troma got involved, it became a full-fledged movie. Or at least that’s the story I heard. Nevertheless, parts of that first clip are in the final version of FATHER’S DAY, but not all. Still, even though the first trailer of this film isn’t really the final cut, most of the batshit premise remains: a man named Chris Fuchman is a sick man. He rapes and kills fathers. A one eyed man named Ahab has dedicated his life to tracking him down, but has been unsuccessful until he ends up getting someone pregnant and becomes a father himself—drawing Fuchman out of the shadows. This is their epic story.

FATHER’S DAY is over the top, tasteless, senseless, and completely hilarious. Though at times the tone is a bit too serious (especially the opening scene which starts off on an especially sadistic foot given the tone of the rest of the film), most of FATHER’S DAY never takes itself too seriously. Though the humor is often of the goofball and ludicrous variety featuring everything from toxic berries to incest to a talking jacket to a Jesus tiger puppet with glowing eyes to maple syrup (it all sort of makes sense in the film…sort of), but most of the comedy is a homerun and had me rolling around and around.

Then again, there is some seriously fucked up gore going on with Fuchman injecting drugs into his penis then slicing it with a razor. And don’t forget the multiple father rape scenes, which, depending on one’s stance on father rape, is either heinous or hilarious (I found it to be a bit of both). For the most part, the scenes of comedy and gore work well together, though there are times when the juxtaposition is a little jarring. This isn’t your usual over the top gore and broad humor often seen in Troma films; this is a level of depravity rarely achieved. Only towards the end of this film does the humor, story, and tone venture into the more familiar Troma territory of expansive action, broad acting, and somewhat amateur special effects. But FATHER’S DAY has so much going for it throughout the first hour twenty, I’m willing to forgive the film for it.

FATHER’S DAY was a team effort from the folks at Astron-6 with multiple writers and directors, most of them acting in the thing as well. But despite the hodge-podgy way this film was put together, it all works. Filmed with grindhousey glee with hairs in the camera, scratch-marks on the film, and jittery edits, FATHER’S DAY is a modern bad taste masterpiece. There’s a lot of care put into this gross-out guffaw-fest, with fantastic comedic performances by the entire cast (Adam Brooks is especially great as Ahab), gore that will make you wince, a trip to hell with moments of true terror, and comedy that will make you laugh out loud and maybe feel a tiny bit dirty after watching. From the nauseating beginning to the bombastic and bloody end, FATHER’S DAY should not be missed.


THE 2011-2012 COUNTDOWN!


#30 – FATHER’S DAY
#31 – THE MOTH DIARIES


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