Director – Tony Krantz
Cast – Bostin Christopher, Ashley Johnson, Daniel Stern, Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollack, Jere Burns, Jared Kusnitz, Tarah Paige, Burt Bulos
Release Year – 2008
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I personally find joy knowing that lower budget horror flicks are able to get a following and receive some moderate success in a n era where Hollywood puts out many “bigger” films that fall flat on their faces. This horror/comedy added a unique twist to the horror sub-genre due to it’s nature of humor of the “dark” variety. Time and time again we get these horror/comedy films that although entertaining, are always of the silly nature. With Otis, the horror/comedy sub-genre gets a much needed breath of fresh air.
This film centers on a pizza delivery guy named Otis moonlighting as a chivalrous serial killer searching for the perfect prom date. One night Otis delivers to the suburban home of Riley Lawson and immediately feels that she is “the one”. He soon kidnaps her and with the aid of an FBI profiler, her family goes on a painstaking search for their young daughter. Once the family learns of his whereabouts, they exact an insurmountable act of revenge with the aid of many power tools.
This is one of those films that I really went into expecting to enjoy a lot, but it just did not live up to my expectations. This by no means that this is a bad film, this film just did not apeal to me the way I expected it to. I did laugh a few times during this film, but overall the humor eventually got to me and not in the good way. I however will not knock this film because it’s humor did not appeal to me, because that is only a matter of opinion on my part.
I understand that this is a horror/comedy and therefore it is not going to have the most complex of stories, but it’s story should at least have some background and engage the viewer. This film’s story had a lot unsaid regarding it’s plot, and it is for the most part unforgivable.
I also HIGHLY disliked the acting performance( I shouldn’t even call it a “performance”) of Illeana Douglas as the girl’s mother. Actually, nearly all of the acting jobs(better word) by our main characters were horrid, but the mother wins the razzie for this one.
One thing this film really got right was the gore. Director Tony Krantz didn’t skimp away from the gore much at all, and showed us some pretty sweet scenes and dialogue involving the use of gore. I also really enjoyed this film’s soundtrack. If you are a fan of guitar diven tunes then this film’s score is sure to please you. It really is an off-type of score for a horror film, but it adds a nice touch to a flick already a little “different” for it’s sub-genre.
Overall, this is a positive watch that I recommend to those who want to see a fun dark horror comedy and don’t care for a plot with background.