In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother’s murder at the hands of the serial killer known as “Motherface.”
Alright, so this is one of those movies that I actually thought I was going to like in the beginning. It’s silly, violent, and has a pretty good sense of humour in the early parts of the movie. Plus with the promise of actors like Patton Ostwald and an appearance from Andrew WK, I really thought that this might be one of those movies that stays fun all the way through.
However, this is a classic case of people setting out to make a movie that is “So Bad It’s Good”, and it falling flat on its face right off a building. The movie gives writing credits to 10 (yeah, seriously) people, and directing credits to 3. Apparently this one was made by a group known for making 5 second films called… 5 Second Films. I don’t know how much input all 10 of them had writing the scripts, but there are definitely too many cooks in that kitchen and it shows.
The movie is a jumbled mess from jump street, and goes on for way (way) too long. Clocking in at just under two hours, when it really should have lasted around 70 minutes. Apparently the entire film was based on a parody trailer from the comedy gang responsible for the movie. It does start out pretty strong, with a series of flashbacks that catch us up to the unmade Massacres I and II, which are goofy and over the top, but it’s clear that the movie is going to stretch on for way to long.
I understand why they went this route, the so bad it’s good train is an appealing one to get on, especially when you look at the bizarre and immense success of The Room, who would not want to jump aboard and cash in on that success. The problem is that those movies all happen by accident.
All in all the movie just doesn’t work, a couple of moments of hilariously over the top violence, and a killer that is pretty fun to watch in Motherface. Unfortunately, it’s one more attempt to make a movie that is “so bad it’s good” that results in something that is ultimately just not any good.