Thursday, November 20, 2014

Raving Maniacs (2005)

Director: Richard Griffin

Writers: Richard Griffin, Trent Haaga, Christine Peltier, Scott Phillips, Billy Garberina, Randy Marquis

Composer: Daniel Hildreth

Starring: Patrick Cohen, Emily Morettini, Andrew Vellenoweth, Christine, Peltier, Ryan Patrick Kenny, Jennifer Zigler, V. Orion Delwaterman, Edwin Cottle, Patrick Pitu, William DeCoff, Salvatore Marchese, Caleb Emerson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Their agony is your ecstasy

Plot: There s a rave going on. It s gonna be great. Tuesday and her boyfriend J.T., and their friend Katie, and Katie s brother, are going out partying to the biggest rave in Providence, Rhode Island. Of course, the reckless kids become part of an alien plot to distribute some strange drugs among the ravers at the party.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

If you've seen any prior posts of Richard Griffin's movies you'll know that I'm out to watch everything he's made simply because his NUN OF THAT (2009) is so fucking awesome.  A lot of these movies are pretty bad but I keep hoping to find another one that comes close to the greatness of NoT.  I'll keep looking. This is another low budget, indie horror that's got a thin plot, a little nudity and gore, some bad action, broad (mostly unfunny) humor and a synth score that doesn't work.  Like all of these, I watched it with friends and we tried to enjoy it on a base level but some scenes are hard to get through because they ran too long or the actors take too much time to deliver their lines.  It's like they only had enough time to get one take on some scenes because there's more than a few scenes where the actors take forever to get through their lines.  Cutting out one or two seconds by cutting to another actor or something would have done wonders to tighten this thing up.  As it is, it does have a few laughs and some skin to help you get through it but the drag is enough to get you reaching for the remote.  The Brain Damage DVD has a fullscreen print of the film.  The few extras include a photo reel, which is nothing more than still images taken from the film, a commentary with the writer/director Griffin and lead actor Cohen, and 14 trailers for Brain Dead indie horror releases.  Would it have killed them to have a 'play all' feature for these?  Geez.  I'm going to hold onto the DVD because I would like to hear the commentary and get some tips on making a movie, you know, the one that I keep saying I'm going to make but never get around to? 

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