Director – Chris Prynoski
Cast – Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce, Patton Oswalt, Corey Burton, Mindy Sterling, Molly Shannon
Release Year – 2006
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Debuting on the Sci-Fi channel as the pilot episode to a potential series based on Mike Mignola(“Hellboy” creator)’s comic series, The Amazing Screw-On Head is another genius idea from the mind of Mignola that perfectly blends horror and history, this time focusing its awesomeness on the American Civl War era. With an incredible story and expert execution on all counts, The Amazing Screw-On head is a must-watch for fans of horror who would like to see a unique tale based on the history of one of America’s darkest ages.
Screw-On Head is a Civil War-era secret agent with superior powers serving under the direction of President Abraham Lincoln. When ancient documents and an elite scientist are forcefully taken from The Museum of Dangerous Books and Papers, only one evil being comes to mind as the cause behind the crime, Zombie, one of Screw-On Head’s former apprentices. With the blessing of Honest Able, Screw-On Head embarks on a journey to stop Zombie from unleashing a powerful demigod with the intention of throwing the world into utter chaos, and with awesome results.
If you enjoyed “Hellboy” in comic/movie/animated form, then you should enjoy this watch as well. Coming in at a mere 22:26(it was a pilot episode), we get non-stop craziness that never slows down for more than a few seconds. I loved the idea of setting the film in the Civil War-era, and involving America’s most popular president as well. Screw-On Head(voiced by Paul Giamatti; Lady in the Water) made this idea ever sweeter given how unique his character is, and while he is quite the opposite of Hellboy in terms of badassery, he is awesome in his own right, using more intellectual power and a love for country more than anything else. Numerous twists and turns abound in this short story, the laughs pile on heavy as well thanks to Mignola’s very enjoyable sense of humor.
Director Chris Pyrnoski(producer/director for “Metalocalypse”) did a great job bringing this utterly awesome storyline to screen. The visuals are awesome(typical of anything involving Mignola), the performances are perfect, and for an animated watch he delivers high intensity and good shock-value as well. We don’t get much in terms of gore or insane violence, but what we do get is positive and what we don’t get is made up for with lots of action and fun antics. I could write more regarding how awesome this film/episode is, but given it is only 22 minutes in length I do not want to give too much away, just go watch this for yourself and be amazed.
Overall, The Amazing Screw-On Head is a fantastic watch that gives us an excellent story mixed with numerous awesome elements, the superb Screw-On Head, and hilarious antics to go along. This great story is executed and directed in equally awesome fashion, making for the most fun 22 minutes I have felt in a while, just don’t tell my girlfriend.