This Movie Is Not Suitable For Audiences.
Robert I. Hedges | 05/24/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the longest movies I have ever seen. It is 26 hours long, or at least seems like it is. It actually is 135 minutes long, and could have easily been edited to 60 with no problem whatsoever. I give it two stars right off the bat for living the dream of making an independent film without studio support. There ends the praise.In the story, four inbred rednecks, Billy Bob, Joe Bob, Clovis, and Bubba all have a dream to win a huge amount of money cockfighting with an uber-chicken that Billy Bob has, um, developed. In the first fight against the evil Monty's chicken 'Demon', their huge rooster intimidates Demon into committing suicide (Demon even says "Uh, oh...") It shortly turns out that their chicken looks like the San Diego Chicken (and is just as horrifying on camera), even though at first it can only be seen in silhouette. (Typical dialogue: "Is that a rooster or a penguin?")The chicken does so well the boys go celebrate in a bar, where Sweetmeat the Midget (in a tux, logically) serves them, (More dialogue: "You know what would be REALLY scary though...a BIG midget.) they get to practice the worst pick-up lines in screen history, the tell hilarious jokes ("What's the difference between a commode and a waiter?"), and finally fight after actor/director/writer/producer/editor Joshua P. Warren (Any relation to Harold P. Warren of 'Manos' fame???) has the least convincing freak out scene in screen history. We also are treated to scatological toilet humor (a product named 'Blammo' is, unfortunately, featured), a scene in which Clovis tries to sell 'spoosy' paint (and for the first of several times a guy walks in and asks if anyone has seen his monkey), Clovis goes through some sensitivity training, and they discover that they have a revealing childhood photo of them and Bill Clinton at Myrtle Beach. You can also laugh at the hilarity of the condom buying scene, and listen to some absolutely wretched music about cockfighting. Other features include: vomiting on the tilt-a-whirl (this takes a while); simulated electric fence urination (don't stick a highway flare in your pants); a German lesson in a restaurant men's room and the flatus filled evening that ensues; and the tragic reappearance of Sweetmeat. This all leads up to the kidnapping of the prize rooster by Monty and his idiots. (The pet cat even helps look for evidence, and is by far the most likable character in the film.) During their quest for the rooster, the boys see black people for the first time (this does not help the plot along, but there is cockfighting rap, so you have that going for you), and see a UFO that I hope was supposed to look fake (Ed Wood is Oscar material by comparison.) Eventually finding the rooster via a bit of extortion (well, actually a scalp noogie and a bad Indian impression) they end up in the arena and Monty and Billy Bob have to fight to the death instead of the roosters. I won't ruin the surprise ending, but it involves the worst hand puppet I have ever seen in a movie (ever!) and the Center for Disease Control. Ultimately Billy has learned a valuable life lesson from all this and frees the rooster (Sniff, sniff...) and despite the fact that they lost their income from cockfighting, Bill Clinton ends up coming through for them in a way that will surely make your eyes roll back in your head.Extras include a director's commentary track (in which Warren compares himself to John Ford), a 'Making of Inbred Rednecks' short, and a short on low budget filmmaking. Warren actually comes across in the guide to filmmaking as a nice, somewhat intelligent guy, and has several good rules about how to make a B-movie, which I wish he had followed here: among the biggest violations of his own rules is number two, "pick good actors." Once you have seen the film you will know why further comment is unnecessary here. I also found it entertaining hearing him talking about his 'vision' in connection to this film. You will, again, see why commentary is unnecessary here.I love camp, but this is not camp. I am glad I watched it, as a diehard B-movie fan. In truth it is not the worst film I have seen (it's not even close), but it isn't really good, either. Mostly it's just long. In your face, relentlessly, long. If this had been the length of a John Carradine flick, it would have been a much better movie, and might have actually been fun. As it is, this has no other equal in movie making history, and frankly, that's a good thing."
Where did that 20 grand go?
AfilmDirector | NY | 07/23/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing this incredibly long film, much much in DIRE need of editing, (being too in love with your own first feature sure clouds your judgement, doesn't it?) you wonder where these filmmakers put that 20 grand. Seems like with that kind of scratch, even shooting on film, you could pay the sound guy to back that dat away from the camera enough so the film reel sound doesn't end up on the final film. (Not to mention a fly buzzing...)This movie had about 2 points of merit: the fact that they finished it, being themselves inbred rednecks, and the condom scene in the grocery store. And what sad, sad casting. Oh, wait, I guess that's how you save money so you can shoot way too much footage: enlist the help of your very untalented friends. Let's just hope that Joshua has better luck on his little ghost hunts than he does making a film."
Superb effort with a very low budget
Maekju | APO, AP USA | 08/21/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a B-Movie fan, then this title is a must for your DVD collection. Shot with mostly local talent and a miniscule budget, the end result is a surprisingly entertaining and well crafted movie. There are some rough spots here and there with the DVD transfer but these are few and far between and do not detract from the viewing experience. What is good about this Special Edition DVD is the added features. It was very interesting watching the filmmaker himself, Joshua P. Warren, conducting interviews with cast members and giving insights to certain shots in the film. The "Guide to Low Budget Filmmaking" is also a treat. If you've ever thought of making your own movie, then you'll definitely want to see this short documentary. The hints on proper camera angles alone would help any beginning filmmaker.The movie is about 4 rednecks that try to get their fighting chicken back from the local bad guy who stole it for revenge after his own fighting chicken committed suicide rather than face the "Bigass Rooster". B-Movie hijinks ensue. The "actors" in the film perform admirably and the film has possibly the greatest monkey attack ever filmed in the history of cinema. It is a B-Movie so expect some cheese, but overall this is a superb film and a lot of fun to watch. I'm looking forward to the sequel."