"This R-rated movie is not for everyone - seriously, I can't overstate that - but gore-hounds will be in for a bloody treat."
—Alison Gillmor, CBC Reviewer
If you're a shoxploitation fan with a strong stomach and a twisty sense
of humour, you can celebrate Father's Day early this weekend at
Astron-6, a gonzo group of five Winnipeg filmmakers, has teamed with
legendary production company Troma (known for such anti-classics as The
Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis Must Die) to make Father's Day, which has
already done the midnight-movie rounds in places like Austin, TX, New
York and Toronto and is now coming back to its bloody birthplace.
Expect entrail-eating cannibalism, projectile vomiting, nasty sex, and
nudity -- lots of it!
Adam Brooks and Amy Groening from "Father's Day" (Astron-6/Troma)
female and male! -- in this deranged, depraved but
surprisingly cheerful tale of a serial killer and the one-eyed
vigilante on his trail.
Clearly, I am not the target demographic here, and I might as well admit
there were several scenes in which I had to close my eyes and recall
some of the more glacial scenes in Merchant-Ivory's The Remains of the Day
For fans of the retro grindhouse genre, though, this low-budget-and-lovin'-it film manages to be both schlocky and self-aware, messing around with the tropes of the splatter flick, the revenge saga and the buddy comedy.
The most subversive ploy is that the victims, instead of being the usual nubile young women, are all dads. "Another fat old man dead," remarks the hard-bitten police detective, signalling that this is not your average slasher flick. (Let's say it's misanthropic rather than misogynistic, which is actually a refreshing change.)
The horror is also consistently cut with goofy comedy. (Sample moment: Some tough, terse, this-ends-tonight talk devolves into anticlimax when our heroes realize they've inadvertently locked their keys in the car.)
The Astron-6 fellas -- Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski and Conor Sweeney -- ransack B-movie history with both knowledge and affection. Along the way, they reference Tarantino, of course, but also Luis Bunuel, David Lynch and Sam Raimi, with just a smidge of George Lucas. They're also true to their Winnipeg roots with nods to Guy Maddin and John Paizs, and they get some good work from local thesps like Ross McMillan and Maddin veteran Brent Neale. Brooks stars as the single-minded -- and single-eyed -- avenger, while Amy Groening holds her own as a stripper with a heart, and a brain.
Alison Gillmor, CBC reviewer (CBC)
This R-rated movie is not for everyone - seriously, I can't overstate that - but gore-hounds will be in for a bloody treat.