Cast: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Michael Rubenstein
Synapse Films / Color / Unrated / NTSC R1 / Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic) / ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo / PURCHASE
After escaping from an elderly couple’s bathtub, a parasitic creature that resembles something between a dick and a turd, known as “Aylmer” or “Elmer”, finds a young man named Brian and proceeds to have a pretty sick relationship with him. Elmer supplies Brian with a psychotropic drug that he injects straight into his cerebellum. In turn, Brian must feed Elmer. “Feed him what”, you ask? Well, living human brains, of course.
But there’s problems with this deal as with any co-dependent relationship. Brian’s relationships with his brother and girlfriend sour. He becomes addicted to the drug and neglects his job. The aforementioned elderly couple want Elmer back and will do anything to achieve it. Not to mention that Brian is going a little insane because he doesn’t want to kill people, but he also can’t live without his fix. At one point he locks himself in a seedy hotel room and tries to detox himself, but to no avail. What will Brian have to do to rid himself of Elmer? Who will he have to kill? Oh…God…WWBFD? (What Would Betty Ford Do?)
Frank Henenlotter, director of cult favorites Frankenhooker and the Basket Case trilogy gives us more of his absolutely insane genius in this movie. The gore and splatter is abundant and the locations are awesome. It’s shot in the streets, subways and apartment buildings of the late 1980′s New York City. It gives the movie a dirty and grimy look and feel much like Street Trash.
If you like Henenlotter’s other movies or horror/gore in the vein of the Re-Animator trilogy, Dead Alive, Bad Taste and of course Street Trash, you will love this fucking movie. It’s a lot of fun to watch, fast paced and very funny. The creature and gore effects give it that “80′s splatter” charm. Elmer’s voice is completely hilarious. He sounds like a very proper and well-spoken Norm McDonald.
On a little side note, Henenlotter actually has Kevin Van Hentenryck, “Duane” from the Basket Case trilogy, on the subway holding the wicker basket that presumably contains “Belial” in one scene of this movie. Anyway, just friggin’ watch this movie. If you don’t completely love it, I’ll buy you your very own copy of any Uwe Boll movie. K? K.