Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Frankenstein Created Bikers – Film Review – Big World Pictures

A 35mm Exploitation Epic

Bigger, badder, boober… from B to DDD, from real to fake and guaranteed to make your loins ache, “Frankenstein Created Bikers” has a little something for everyone and the vagina euphemisms are endless. Jump right in and get your skull (and mind) fucked!

The cast from “Dear God No!” have returned with a vengeance. Hey, wait… didn’t everyone in “Dear God No!” die? Why yes dear reader, they did, but that doesn’t stop madman director, James Bickert from bringing them all back in a very freaky Frankie way. (Well, all except for Todd. Fucking Todd!) No, this isn’t your traditional Frankenstein film. And if Bickert got a hold of Mary Shelly, she’d be a topless gun totter by the time he was done with her. Either that or he’d make sure she had half her face blown off with a trademark Marcus Koch dick in her mouth.

Performances by Ellie Church, Jett Bryant and Tristan Risk were the cornerstones of the drive-in gritty-gore, sleaze-fest. Ellie Church is a new breed of scream queen who isn’t quite as sweet or innocent as she looks. In this film she gets down, a lot of dirty and a whole bunch of bloody. This is a Bickert film so of course she’s nude the whole time, but you will empathize with this screaming bloody mess of a girl. Yeah, she’s that good, and she looks that good too. Speaking of looking good, we all know Tristan Risk is as hot as they come. But you know how she put on that character in “American Mary” with the crazy accent, snazzy getup, and that ended up being the most memorable character of the whole film? Well, she did it again. She looks bangin’ but she acts ugly. Real ugly. And you will love her for it. The cop killing Val character is iconic and takes Tura Satana to the next level. Risk is a modern day Audrey Hepburn with 140% more personality, sex appeal and all of the talent. This chic is a rocket. Rocket? How about a Jett? I never wanted him to leave a scene. Jett WAS “Frankenstein Created Bikers”. He ferociously led the Impalers in their quest for the next hot fix, and for a minute you might think he softened up, but he’s just as mean and nasty as in “Dear God No!” Just like Ellie and Tristan, Jett gets really virile and animalistic this time, sexing it up for the ladies. Like I said… a little something for everyone… or a lot of something in Jett’s case.

Aesthetically different from “Dear God No!”, vivid crimson, vibrant lime and electric tangerine dances the screen like an eclectic acid trip. This 35mm film looks polished. The grindhouse effects were purposely not added to achieve a drive-in look and feel. The story is moderately-paced and fantastic with car explosions, multiple creative headers, more car explosions, incest, reverse childbirth… actually just about everyone gets some except Sasquatch and Bickert, who brings back his deadly hippy-biker-gun slinger to fuck some shit up. And of course he succeeds. The dialogue is clever and if it was more fast paced you might think Tarantino wrote it, and in a similar Tarantino fashion there were a bunch of homages, so keep your eyes peeled, or Bickert will peel ‘em for ya!

Sound quality is exceptional and the soundtrack does not disappoint. If you dug the “Dear God No!” soundtrack, you’ll be digging these tunes too. They embrace the period and end it with an exclamation point in a seriously groovy way, man. Special effects range from silly to ultra realistic and the pyrotechnics were the bomb. “Frankenstein Created Bikers” is touring the festival circuit currently, and will be available for limited engagements and on VOD this fall.

Rating 4/5

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Frankenstein Created Bikers (HD Red Band Trailer) from James Bickert on Vimeo.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Stomping Ground (2014) - Film Review - Brink Vision

Stomping Ground DVD cover*** This review may contain cryptozoology spoilers ***

A young Chicago couple Ben and Annie return to Annie's small North Carolina hometown, bumping into some of her old friends they embark on an impromptu Bigfoot hunt which threatens their relationship and lives.

I love a good Bigfoot film, the ones though with blood and guts, there's been a spate of the recently, like shark films and creature features they're a minefield in terms of quality ranging from Eduardo Sánchez's Exists to (Syfy, enough said) Bigfoot. Director Dan Riesser's Stomping Ground, is a low budget surprisingly good traditionally shot Bigfoot film. While the camera work is a little rough in places, it benefits from an on location shoot. To drum up the film's saleability to horror hounds Evil Dead's Theresa Tilly appears very briefly. We get some dead bodies, a severed finger, a severed head and a pretty good Bigfoot costume (no rubbish CGI, hooray).

John Bobek's city boy Ben and Tarah DeSpain's Annie are strong enough to carry the film as their relationship is tested. For a low budget film the acting excels. Jeramy Blackford, is notable as Paul and gives performance (akin to Eric Balfour's Brad in Blackfoot Trail killer bear feature) as Annie's former boyfriend, which prompts some tension between him and Ben. Justin Giddings is amusing enough and plays local Bigfoot expert Jed. J. Michael Radtke's visual Bigfoot effects work better from behind and in the shadows, with the bright showdown stealing some impact and effect.

There's the expected Deliverance jokes and references to Wrong Turn, writers Riesser and Andrew Genser's script works best when it avoiding pop culture references, to their credit they give Annie enough back-story throughout without dropping everything in the first five minutes and the knocking, den building, hair and calls remind you it's a Bigfoot film. The extremely long build up struggles to hold attention with the Bigfoot segments coming late in the latter half of the third act. The ego-stroking, chest-beating competition between Ben and Paul gets a little repetitive objectifying Annie. Stomping Ground is more interesting when they're talking about local history, drinking moonshine, playing games and being attacked.

At 80 minutes it feels longer than it is, tonally Riesser's offering doesn't hold up comedy wise to be another Tucker and Dale versus Evil, there's also not enough Sasquatch focus and gory action set-ups to fully satisfy horror fans. That said, it's a commendable independent film effort and certainly worth checking out especially if you're a Bigfoot lover.
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