Set in a drive in theatre on its last night before closing, the audience park their cars in front of a grainy projection screen and tune their radios into the short wave audio, preparing for a movie marathon of rare, low budget horror films. This B movie anthology includes four mini features; Wadzilla, I was a Teenage Werebear, The Diary Of Anne Frankenstein and Zom-B-movie.
Chillerama combines deliberately cheap special effects, purposely tongue in cheeky, distasteful dialogue, a range of film styles, busty women in clothes clearly two sizes to small and Ray Wise. An explicit, gory movie, purposely paying homage to all the bad taste, B horror movies of the past and giving the viewer a visual tour of the genre spanning decades. On paper, this intriguing and exciting movie promises a lot, there has been much anticipation and marketing for Chillerama, including a successful roadshow tour of America.
Its easy to see what Chillerama has tried to achieve, and people involved obviously had a lot of fun making it. Sadly, what they’ve given us is a clumsy, dreary movie that plods along. There is a lot in this film, from black and white nazi’s that have stepped right out of the DPP index to musical numbers and gay interest, but it feels as they’ve gone for quantity over quality, cramping in too many ideas without really exploring them. The whole thing just doesn’t glue well. That said, I did laugh a few times and the zombie subplot that fills between the mini features is slightly more entertaining, which ultimately leads onto the fourth and probably the strongest of the mimi features, Zom-B-Movie.
Overall A disappointing collection of shorts, that I suspect for most, will be difficult to sit through.
Our Rating: 3.9 / 10