Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38% (Critics) / 55% (Audience)
Directed By: James Roday
Written By: James Roday and Todd Harthan
Starring: Sutton Foster, Michael Weston, Jimmi Simpson, Lily Cole and Gabourey Sidibe
Studio: Shout! Factory
Synopsis: It’s All Hallow’s Eve. A trio of costumed misfits with very special dietary requirements seizes a Mexican cantina and force the staff to engage in a late night of gaming, food and libations. The only caveat is what’s on the menu. – (Source)
I loved that there was no reluctance to show the gore and violence that one would expect to see from a crew of nihilistic serial killing cannibals. And the energy of the film was totally engaging which I have to credit to director/co-writer James Roday. Anyone who was a fan of his long running USA series PSYCH will immediately pick up on the fast paced scattershot script/dialogue because it has a total PSYCH vibe to it. Roday’s love for music from the 1980s comes through in this movie too as he delivers a really fun soundtrack.
And mostly for all of the PSYCH fans out there is a cool little cameo scene that should put a smile on your pineapple loving faces.
The characters came across a lot more empty and shallow than one would think based on just how much backstory they were all given. Even with the characters being fleshed out I really didn’t care for most of them or their well-being (aside from Lothaire Bluteau’s French chef who was a total hoot) and was perfectly OK with them all being served on a platter to the cannibals.
This movie looks startlingly cheap. Maybe all the money got spent on securing the rights to all of the music that was used because none of it was spent on the restaurant set.
Final Verdict: A super gory but incredibly silly little horror trifle that somehow manages to be much more enjoyable than it has any rights to be mainly from the manic comedic energy that the film and cast derive from the movie’s director. Definitely worth a view if you are a diehard horror fan. Or a fan of PSYCH.