I enjoyed posting about movies during Halloween so much, I thought I'd continue to do so. I won't limit the films to horror, but it turns out this first non-seasonal film is a horror/comedy/musical titled Poultrygeist, Night of the Chicken Dead. This movie is brought to us by the fine folks at Troma Films, who produced such films as The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, and Terror Firmer. If you've seen any of these films, then you pretty much know what to expect. Troma, headed by Lloyd Kaufman, specializes in horror/comedies that are overflowing with gore, gross-out effects, gratuitous female nudity, and a very non-PC sense of humor. If you are easily offended, stay the Hell away from any of Troma's films...and this one is no exception.
Arbie (Jason Yachanin) and Wendy (Kate Graham) are young lovers who get separated when Wendy goes to college. Wendy comes back to Tromaville to protest the opening of an American Chicken Bunker retaraunt that is built on the site of an ancient burial ground sacred to the Tromahwak Indians. Arbie is overjoyed to see Wendy at first, until he discovers she is with her new girlfriend. Arbie is enraged, and decides to work at the restaraunt to spite Wendy. The fast-food chain is soon invaded by the angry spirits of both the Tromahawk tribespeople and those of the chickens killed for the restaraunt. Will Arbie get Wendy back? Will they be able to escape the undead chicken zombies?
Poultrygeist is funny as Hell, and gross as Hell,too. The musical numbers are pretty funny, with songs like "Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Fried" and "Slow Fast Food Love". As I stated earlier, the Troma brand of humor is very unpolitically correct. Just about every race, religion, and sexual orientation is made fun of, as well as the fast-food industry, big corporations, and trendy protesters. Also, veritable buckets of blood, vomit, shit, and slime are spilt, sprayed, hurled, and projectile-fired across the screen at any given time. Stand-out scenes include a hapless fast-food employee being pushed into a meat grinder by a possessed chicken body, "Jared "(Joe Fleishaker) having a disgusting trip to the restroom after eating spirit-tainted chicken, and the attack of the zombie chicken demons on the restaraunt, with heads being dipped into deep fryers and eyes plucked out by beaks to be put into egg cartons. The gore, while appropiriately gooey, is not overly realistic, and while definately gross, has a cartoony feel to it. Still, it may not be everyone's cup of tea( or bucket of chicken).
Poultrygeist is a fun, gross, messy, gloroiusly un-PC film that anyone with a sick sense of humor(and a strong stomach) should enjoy. I give it 4 out of 5 clawmarks. The Beast says see it soon!