Friday, September 17, 2010
Hypochondriac (2009) Screener
Hypochondriac (2009) Dir. by Peter Jacelone
In a story by Marv Blauvelt of Muscle Wolf Productions, and a script by Trevor Wright, we are given alien abduction,do-it-yourself surgeons,slutty nurses, and a large number of odd situations at a small clinic.
I personally know a few people involved in this project, and I knew what to expect going into it. These filmmakers love to go over the top, and have fun while filming a movie. They typically like to stay more serious in their movies, but Hypochondriac is pretty much all comedy, sprinkled with the a little bit of over-the-top gore. Over the top is the best way to explain it, and I don't mean it in a negative manner. If you go into Hypochondriac expecting Oscar winning performances, top notch special effects, and a dramatic story, then you will be let down. Not once during the film did I take it too seriously.
All the characters were very unique, and Alan Rowe Kelly steals the show as always. Not to take anything away from anyone else, but Alan always has the ability to play original and interesting characters, and this doesn't fall short of the standard he has set. He plays Charity Betencourt, an older woman who is obsessed with medically fixing herself at home, and then bringing herself in to check the results with a local clinic. She is always doing the most drastic thing possible, and the new Dr. Combs reaction to it is hilarious. Dr. Oliver Combs, played by Marv Blauvelt, is a doctor who has just transferred from the big city to the middle of nowhere to take over for a Doctor who is leaving. His character is a germ freak, and his reactions to all the disgusting things that happen are hilarious. Zoe Daelman Chlanda is beautifully amazing as always in her uptight Priscilla Grace character.
All in all the film was very entertaining, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the Psycho Street anthology it is being released in. If I had to pick one thing that I didn't like about the movie, I would have to say I didn't feel any sort of depth or creativity with the slutty Nurse Amber Love Joy. It was nothing against the way Raine Brown portrayed the character but she was a slutty nurse, and that was the extent of it. It felt like she was there for filler. It didn't take anything away from the film fortunately. I will return to this film many times, as it was very entertaining, and I look forward to getting more from these amazing filmmakers.
Entertainment Value: 7/10 Alien Babies
Cinematic Value: 5/10 Alien Babies