The Drive-in Horrorshow is a nifty little indie anthology flick that’s working its way into the market. It’s won a few film festival awards but unless you were in attendance for one of these, you may not have heard about it. I’m hoping to remedy that for ya. Thanks to Charlie over at Movie Fan House who put me in touch with the film makers, I was able to get my hands on a screener of this one which proved to be a good thing.
Made up of your standard wrap around featurette and five separate shorts, “Drive-in Horroshow” uses a classic formula to serve up some scares. The five shorts that make up the movie, “Pig”, “The Closet”, “Fall Apart”, “The Meat Man”, and “The Watcher” all vary in matters of quality, but manage to entertain too. Like all anthologies, some of the shorts are more enjoyable than others, but combine to make a good combo platter. The highlight of the DVD is “The Horrorshow”, the wrap around that pulls all of the shorts together. There’s not much of an overarching plot, but it’s packed with some good jokes and sight gags to lightens the mood while making you cringe a bit as well. Luis Negron who plays The Horrorshow’s “The Projectionist” makes a great throw back to corny horror hosts we all remember from late night TV which makes the whole package feel like exactly that; an old late night creature feature.
Each short involved is direct and to the point, which is exactly what you need in a short horror film. They waste little time in getting to what you want to see, which is a bit of blood and guts and a resolved plot. Highlights of the mini movies include “The Closet” on the high end, a funny little bit of angsty youth and over bearing parents. I laughed hardest at this one and it’s pretty easy to relate to our pre-pubescent lead. On the low end is “Fall Apart” which has a pretty different tone and pacing to it which may throw you out of the groove setup by “Pig” and “The Closet”. It’s still a good short, it just needs time to mature. By the time it gets rolling, there’s some great hand crafted gore going on and manages to be worthy. The final short in the movie, “The Watcher” stars two past “Survivor” winners Jenna Morasca and Ethan Zohn. This uh…’star power’ doesn’t really add anything special to the movie, but they do all right.
“Drive-in Horrorshow” is pretty great as far as low-budget anthologies go. When you look at this particular area of horror films, the low-budget end, the anthology package is a great way to go. It allows film makers to get some product out there and for the inexperienced of the set, lets them play with their plots a bit without getting too carried away. It gives some structure to work in which I think is a pretty good lesson to learn when first starting out directing films.
Worth a laugh and worth the nostalgia from a good throw back to the late night creature feature.