We've been raving about this low-budget UK horror comedy for what seems like years now, but after small set-back after small set-back, Freak Out (Cert. 15) is finally being brought to DVD, courtesy of those fine people over at Anchor Bay.
Christian James' cult indie horror Freak Out will hit stores on May 29th as an extras-packed, two-disc edition for £16.99, and is set to do for the slasher genre what Shaun of the Dead did for the zombie flick. Four years in the making, Freak Out is a hilarious and irreverent parody of the slasher genre, packed with juvenile double-entendres, witty pop-culture references and knowing nods to numerous horror classics.
Geeky horror movie fan Merv Doody (James Heathcote) receives the ultimate reality check when he unexpectedly discovers an inept and potentially homicidal lunatic hiding in his shower. Instead of following the time-honoured horror tradition of screaming like a girl and running for his life, Merv decides upon a less conventional option – turning his would-be attacker into the ultimate masked maniac.
With the help of his best friend Onkey (Dan Palmer), Merv sets about training Looney in the ways of the silver screen's most unstoppable killing machines – Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. But Looney learns his lessons too well and, armed with his deadly cooking spatula, goes on an uncontrollable rampage carving his way through the residents of the previously quiet island town of Redwater Cove.
Among those in Looney's psychotic sights are a gang of hard-drinking lesbians, a horde of crazed Larry Hagman fans and US ska-punk legends, Less Than Jake. The question is: can Merv and Onkey stop their monster before it's too late?
* Audio commentary by director Christian James, actor/writer Dan Palmer and actor/producer Yazz Fetto
* Audio commentary by director Christian James, actor/writer Dan Palmer and cast members James Heathcote, Nicola Connell and Chilli Gold moderated by BBC Radio 1 movie critic James King
* Stereo 2.0
* Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS
* Optional English subtitles for the hard of hearing
* Scene selection
* Making Out – behind the scenes of the four-year shoot of the film
* Bum Feeling 101; Geek Out – internet movie critics express their opinions (we were asked to do this - but unfortunately couldn't contribute due to time constraints - damn!)
* Zaniac music video
* 5 Minute Film School – tips for wannabe filmmakers
* Honey I Blew Up The Looney
* Deleted scenes
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