by Jason Coffman
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Writer/director Israel Luna hit an indie/exploitation home run in 2010 with Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives, a decidedly unique twist on the rape-revenge subgenre. Luckily for fans of Luna’s wildly entertaining style of low-budget fun, he already has a follow-up on the way in the form of Fright Flick. While not quite as original (or as funny) as Ticked-Off Trannies, Fright Flick is still a cut above the standard indie slasher. No pun intended.
Fright Flick opens with a mysterious murder that takes place on the set of a low-budget horror movie called (what else?) Fright Flick. The action then jumps to two years later and most of the same cast and crew are reunited to make Fright Flick 3. Apparently the filming of Fright Flick 2 went off without any serious problems. No such luck this time out, as cast and crew members start getting killed almost as soon as the crew checks into their hotel!
There are plenty of suspects: Tom Zembrod (“Boner” in Ticked-Off) plays cameraman Chad, who is working on his own screenplay with Kat (Whitney Blake) while trying to hide it from self-important director Laurent (Richard D. Curtin, “Fergus” in Ticked-Off). Chad Allen plays Brock, the Fright Flick 3 lead whose girlfriend Angela (Daphne Khoury) has been playing a supporting role since the first film! Kiss-ass assistant Eddie (Jon Paul Burkhart) spills the story on Chad and Kat’s screenplay and promises slate girl Eye Candy (Natalie Jones) the lead in that movie while Producer Jenkins (Tod Jenkins) seems a little too calm for someone who’s constantly putting out fires.
Fright Flick delivers on the gore and the laughs, with a respectable body count that racks up quickly. The cast look like they’re all having a great time, and their chemistry, comic timing, and some help from buckets of fake blood make Fright Flick an enjoyable— if familiar— take on the low-budget slasher formula.
Fright Flick will be released on DVD by Breaking Glass Pictures on 25 January 2011. Special features include a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and The Guts of Fright Flick making-of documentary.
Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He writes reviews for Film Monthly and “The Crown International Files” for Criticplanet.org.
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