Film Evaluation: ‘Satan’s Junction: Helpful Dandy’s Revenge’

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Don’t get me improper — I’m as a lot a fan of killer puppets as the subsequent man, however Satan’s Junction: Helpful Dandy’s Revenge is simply as confused as its title. Working example: IMDB categorizes it as a horror movie, whereas Rotten Tomatoes calls it a comedy. Is there a “crapedy” class?

Because the movie begins, your typical group of twenty-somethings emerge from a theater after seeing one thing (a live performance or a film? — it’s not clear) and stroll down the road. In Detroit. After darkish. That is already a dangerous factor to do, however wealthy boy Steffan suggests they go to the massive creepy constructing his father had simply bought to get them to spend money on an after-hours membership he needs to open. And did I point out it additionally occurs to be “tremendous blood moon” evening?

Once they go contained in the gated facility, they discover themselves in an deserted tv studio populated by a bunch of previous ventriloquist’s dummies. The ever-knowledgeable Stef tells them that that is the place a 1960s kiddie present was broadcast. The host, Mr. Jolly, was accused of being a toddler assassin (paging Freddy) and hanged himself earlier than the cops may nab him — within the very place they’re standing. Gasp!

To those that didn’t get what Stef meant within the first place, both the screenwriter or the editor helpfully has him repeat this data twice. This occurs just a few instances within the movie.

They mess around with the dummies and make enjoyable of them, which raises the hackles of some man carrying a masks like that little Noticed creep who’s watching them on closed circuit tv. After all, the dummies come to life to do his murderous bidding.

The Noticed-masked man has Stef’s father, Richard (Texas Chainsaw alumnus Invoice Mosely), tied to a chair in some room on this endlessly labyrinthian constructing and pulls off his masks to disclose that he’s — you bought it — Mr. Jolly! What follows is a lo-o-o-o-o-ong dialogue sequence with large scoops of exposition that border on the hilarious. Okay, it doesn’t border. It scores!

In the meantime, the kids are desperately attempting to flee the constructing, which has been locked up stable by Mr Jolly’s safety system. And on one other ground, large burly males carrying leather-based masks hold marching round with chainsaws, killing and carrying individuals round who don’t appear to be a part of the unique forged.

Mr. Jolly phases his comeback TV present with tied-up Richard and Stef as his visitor stars. Seems they’re all associated (don’t ask), however Richard makes an attempt to battle in opposition to the puppet grasp with the dodgiest digital results we’ve seen since these hilarious direct-to-video motion pictures made within the 1980s.

This movie is simply too ridiculous to guage whether or not it’s a spoof or horror. But it surely’s taking part in in L.A. on Oct. 18 and 19, and I can think about a theater full of individuals reacting with hilarity at its supreme ineptitude. It’s not The Room, however it’s fairly rattling unhealthy. It will likely be out there on DVD Nov. 5, so choose for yourselves.


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