Greetings, Brothers and Sisters of the Psychotronic Video World! While cleaning recently, I realized I had two more screeners, sent to me months ago by Wes, which I hadn’t reviewed yet. Not one to leave a balance unfulfilled, I settled in to watch and review two more films from Brain Damage Films/Midnight Releasing.
Lets rock these bitches.
THE TALE OF THE VOODOO PROSTITUTE (2012)
Fleetwood Deville, a Texas hustla, is cursed to impotence by a malevolent, witchy woman, Miss Devay Devine. To defend his “turf,” his harem of hoes, his dignity and his manhood, Deville must perform a series of increasingly violent acts as he hunts down the Voodoo Prostitute to get his johnson restored to full working order.
Sorry guys, this film just did not work for me. The editing was choppy, the narrative did not flow, and we’re presented with scene after scene in which the audience has no clear understanding of why events are happening. Despite the straight-forwardness of my synopsis, I actually found this film confusing to follow. From the opening sequence in which Death Himself intones a childish “I LIKE STORIES” to the ending credits, I found myself asking “Why is any of this happening?”
But let’s talk about some of the good schizz this movie gives us. The lighting and cinematography are excellent. Oftentimes with low budget independent filmmaking, lighting ends up being excessive or lacking, and shot framing is questionable. Not here. This is a beautifully shot film. My hat’s off to the filmmakers for making a movie that is genuinely pleasant to watch. Now go teach Michael Bay this shit.
Lost Woods (2012)
A group of friends head out into the woods for a weekend camping trip, despite warnings of a man having gone missing in those same woods. They party it up and have a great time, but as night falls strange noises begin to make them nervous. One of their number, George (played by co-writer and co-director Nathan Ellering), an avid fan of comic books, becomes convinced that a Sasquatch lurks in the woods, and is responsible for not only their own experiences but the disappearance of the aforementioned man. Soon, however, things begin to go bad for them, as a seven-foot-tall hairy humanoid makes his (her?) presence known…
I liked this one a lot better. With such a small cast, a lot of energy is put into fleshing out the characters and their interactions, and the result are characters you truly, genuinely grow to care about, which makes their demises that much more intense. It helps that these are all clearly people who are close friends in real life.
The film’s pacing is very nicely handled, and the cinematography beautiful. This film is very visually ambitious, including a credits sequence set to animated footage of two boys setting off fireworks. But the absolute best is the Bigfoot suit. No ordinary gorilla suit this, this thing is wild. As an added bonus, it appears to to be sporting the heavy, hairy breasts that make the Patterson-Gimlin footage so curious. It’s one thing to make a monkey-suit and shoot a Bigfoot film; it’s another to make it a Lady Bigfoot, and give her the sort of jugs that Russ Meyer would cast.