Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Mad

 (2007) **

A family vacation turns into a nightmare when residents at local fair eat tainted beef and turn into mooing zombies. This is what happens when a horror/comedy goes terribly wrong. Jason Hunt (Billy Zane), his girlfriend Monica, daughter Amy and her boyfriend Blake stop at this county fair that none of them really want to be at for a day of reluctant fun. Right from the beginning the daughters constant bitching got on my nerves so it wasn’t off to a good start. The family escapes the fate of the tainted beef because the diner ran out of burgers only to find themselves in a fight with the ravenous patrons lucky enough to get a burger. I won’t say the film is devoid of any humor, Blake’s constant misfortunes are pretty funny and the sight of the raw hamburgers growing little mouths and attacking people was entertaining as well. However, it just wasn’t enough to carry the rest of the film. For instance, Jason and Amy head off to the farm where the beef originated to get to the root of the matter. As they are walking through a field they have to fight off some random zombies, they continue their conversation as they casually whomp zombies. The scene goes on far too long and loses any integrity it might have had. Also, Billy Zane’s character has such a wussy personality, is this the same guy who pissed pure evil in Demon Knight? Oh Billy, you should be ashamed of yourself.


9 comments:

Trevor said...

Horror-comedy is such a tough niche to fit into. And really, I don't think anyone has ever thought Billy Zane is a great comedy guy.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

Yet another list we need to make - when horror/comedy goes terribly wrong.

Billy Zane has no business anywhere near horror or comedy. He was great in Twin Peaks though.

I want to go on a road trip with Gretchen!

Catfreeek said...

I bet Gretchen could kick some zombie ass!

AC said...

i hate to disagree with the birthday boy, but i thought billy zane was good in dead calm.

gretchen does need to star in her very own horror movie. i'm sure we've discussed this before, but catfreeek could do makeup, handsomestan directs, fitty composes and performs the score, julie writes the script, octo creates the monster models, desroc feeds us... can't miss!

Catfreeek said...

I'm all in AC!

Octopunk said...

"...county fair that none of them really want to be at for a day of reluctant fun."

HA! But isn't that all county fairs?

I second the Dead Calm sentiment, but funny Billy Zane, funny Billy Zane... how was he in Zoolander? I think I've only seen it once. Is he funny?

He's okay in CQ, but he's mostly in the background.

Trevor said...

Alright, I feel bad asking this, but it's been too long, and I must know...

Who is Gretchen? Why is her face everywhere?

DCD said...

Oh man! Someone needs to find the Gretchen story post and link it up for Trevor!! (But not me cause I'm at work right now and don't really have the time. Or - just fill in whatever excuse you want that equals me being too lazy to deal with that.)

50PageMcGee said...

billy zane's 1 minute of screen time is memorable -- less because of what he says and more because of what's said about him.

"Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He's a cool dude."