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Freak Out
Freak Out
Actor: James Heathcote
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     2006     1hr 32min

Merv Doody (James Heathcoate) is the ultimate horror movie geek until the day a notvery- dangerous escaped mental patient lands on his doorstep. With the help of his ambitious buddy Onkey (co-writer/producer Dan Palmer), t...  more »


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Actor: James Heathcote
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 11/07/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fanboys of horror will love it!
Freaky_Blond27 | 11/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Cleverly conceived and very funny, FREAK OUT was a movie I had been wanting to see for a long time. Ever since I heard about it on various horror websites, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and see for myself if it was well worth the glowing praise. Now that I have seen it, I can say I am far from disappointed.

For a little backstory on the film, the movie was shot by its makers over a course of four years by way of a 16mm camera. When completed, it was screened at various college campuses where it brought the house down. It also was one of the few films without distribution to screen at the Fantasia Film Festival where I believe (and I could be wrong) it won The Audience Award.

It's easy to see the appeal. Billed as a comedy for horror fans, the plot concerns an escaped mental patient who meets up with a horror film junkie. The film junkie sees the potential in having a lunatic as a friend, and he and his friend Onky try to create out of the patient a new serial killer in the tradition of a typical slasher movie icon.

The two leads Dan Palmer (Who co-wrote the script) and James Heathcote are excellent and highly likable. Horror fans will love the film's sly inside jokes. Everything from FRIDAY the 13th, to THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, to PSYCHO, to THE EVIL DEAD, to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is represented. What the director manages to achieve given the film's very small budget is a near miracle. And the film's best attribute is the character of the escaped mental patient "Looney." HILARIOUS!

The film is far from technically perfect, but it sure is fun! This horror fanboy loved it!"
Bum-Feelers Unite! A Looney's on the Loose!
Dead Kev | | 06/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bum-feelers! That's right, if you're reading this right're a bum-feeler! By the way, while I'm saying that I'm laughing hysterically and pointing at you. Yeah, I know you can't see me, just trust me though.

At its core, FREAK OUT is a heartfelt story of two best friends, Merv Doody (James Heathcote) and Onkey (Dan Palmer), striving to make their home, the isle of Redwater Cove, a better place. No, I'm lying. It IS about two friends named Merv and Onkey, but the story centers on their pet project of taking a hapless (and very effeminate) escaped mental patient under their wing and teaching him how to be a real serial killer. That is indeed a noble cause. The world needs more good citizens like Merv and Onkey.

It's rare that I laugh as much at a movie as I did during FREAK OUT. I think I literally busted a gut. That would certainly explain the stain on my chair. It's so silly and so absurd, but it's absolutely hilarious. It's such a goofy script, yet at the same time it's very intelligent. It's a comical send-up of classic horror films like The Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, and the like. Unlike movies like Scary Movie, it's more than just a satire, much more than just a parody. Those films make the gags the centerpiece and the plot seems more like an afterthought, while FREAK OUT uses the gags to compliment a genuinely funny storyline. So there's plenty below the surface, and it has a much more natural flow to it. The jokes come in bunches, a lot of them random and out of nowhere, but they aren't forced down the audience's throat. Instead, they sneak right up behind you.then smack you in the back of the head.

For an independent film, the most surprising aspect for me was the fact that the acting was great! Once I got used to the accents (most likely not a problem for those in the UK), I wasn't distracted by anyone's performance. Heathcote and Palmer have very good onscreen chemistry (perhaps more than we realize?), and are quite believable as best buds. Heathcote is praiseworthy as the loveable loser, and Palmer does a first-rate job as the annoying sidekick who, more often than not, is responsible for getting them into trouble. The dialogue is all delivered with ease and director Christian James does a terrific job guiding the film from behind the camera. Lots of savvy camera work, deftly shot scenes, and solid editing make for a visually stimulating journey, and really go a long way in making you forget this isn't some big-budget production. And as much as it's pleasing to the eye, it's just as pleasing to the ear. Composer Stuart Fox's work on the film is some sweet ear candy.

So what have we got so far? How about a great script, cool music, solid acting, some arse piranhas, a few zombies, plenty of horror spoofs, and a serial killer that's a tad light in his loafers. That's enough for me, I smell an Oscar. No wait, that's me, I must have soiled myself during the movie. Regardless, FREAK OUT's a winner and is destined to be a fan favorite!"
Campy fun
Plurabelle | Egg Harbor Twp, NJ United States | 11/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie looks and feels like it cost about $20 to make, but for some unknown reason that i haven't quite been able to put my finger on yet, i enjoyed it a great deal. Maybe it was the all-out silliness of it (the killer's main weapon is a spatula, and he has a fondness for Larry Hagman). Maybe it was the fact that it's obvious that everyone involved had a blast making it. The filmakers seem well aware of how ridiculous their plot is, and they seem to revel in it. It's refreshing to see in this day and age of over-processed Hollywood movies."Freak Out" is far from perfect, but there are some genuinely funny moments, with a nice bit of b-grade gore thrown in for good measure. It's a campy bit of fun that was an unexpected bright spot in a seemingly endless sea of boring movies i seem to be coming across lately. Not for everyone, but good for more then a few laughs."
I'm sure some people liked this film.
D. T. Bebout | 03/06/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Well, I picked this film up purely by chance in the hopes that it would be another gem like Shawn of the Dead. I gotta say, I had my hopes set a little too high. There were a few decent gags throughout and the tongue-in-cheek send up to B-horror movies was duly noted. However, this film just didn't hold my attention. I got about 30 minutes into the film and wanted to shut it off as it just dragged. I kept watching in the hopes it would get better. It's an odd sensation to want to finish watching a movie since you've "come this far" and on the other hand want the last hour and a half of your life back. I'm sure there are other fans out there who will enjoy this more than I did, but don't get your hopes up."