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Psycho Sleepover

    Todd Jordan
    Smut is good.

  • Psycho Sleepover

    Released by: Troma Entertainment
    Released on: 12/13/2011
    Directors: Adam Deyoe and Eric Gosselin
    Cast: Rachel Castillo, Emilia Richeson, Ariel Teal Toombs, Frankie Frain
    Year: 2008
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    The Movie:
    Teenaged Debbie Dicky (Rachel Castillo) was attacked by her boyfriend for not putting out, and in turn she killed him. A year later she's invited to a sleepover with some other girls, who have an agenda. They invite over a bunch of boys, one of which dons a “fart” t-shirt, and sex and partying ensue. As does some harassment of Debbie by the other girls.

    Earlier that day, Debbie met a psychiatrist that wanted more out of her than just some therapy, and he gives her his card to call her if things get boring at the party. She calls him, he leaves the insane asylum basement place he keeps all his violent offenders, but leaves the door open and so they all escape. They know where about he's going and so they make way for the party house, bent on causing chaos. Now there's a bunch of maniacs running around outside the house, and at least one maniac running amok inside. But who is the crazed killer who's bumping off some of the kids? Is Debbie following in her serial killer father's footsteps?

    Shot for about $2,000 (obtained by the George Bush stimulus program that gave every taxpayer $600) and with mostly newcomers to the acting scene, Psycho Sleepover looks like a $2,000 movie acted by mostly newcomers with little film credits to their names. Most of the movie takes place in a house with walls covered in plastic, the special effects are horrible, and there's nothing too impressive with the production. But…the jokes are pretty funny and there were some laugh-out-loud moments for this viewer. Mainly the actions of the fat ugly girl, played by a guy (Frankie Frain), and the giant mountain of a kid (Kurt Kroeber) who wants nothing more than a blow job and food. Incidentally the big guy is also the writer of the script (along with the directors) and he's got a good sense of humor. A couple of pants-pissing nerds also have some good moments, as do some of the mental patients. One gets killed by another, who then rubs his crotch on the dead psycho's nose.

    As for the women in the picture, none look 16 of course, and one is Roddy Piper's daughter (Ariel Teal Toombs) if that means anything. They're all cute though in their little teddies, and there're even a couple of no-dialogue porn stars that show their flesh globes just for the sake of if. The blonde girl, Emilia Richeson, really stands out though as the most enjoyable lady in the movie, with a real zest for playing it silly.

    The movie doesn't take itself seriously and neither should anyone else. But what should be taken away from this one is the obvious fact that these folks had a good time making the movie and it comes across the screen that way. The directors prove the point that you don't need to throw a lot of money at a movie production to make it entertaining.

    Troma delivers the film with a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen image, despite the DVD cover saying it's 1.33:1 fullscreen. It looks decent, certainly not reference stuff though. The darker scenes are pretty murky, but are forgivable. The colors are decent, but don't pop off the screen. For $2 grand, it's a safe bet they didn't use much by way of a fancy camera or proper lighting. Doesn't matter. The audio is a 2.0 Dolby Digital track that serves its purpose fine, with a decent balance of sound. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. Just run-of-the-mill, really.

    Extras are plentiful. There's an audio commentary with the directors/writers that is pretty funny. Obviously these people are friends and while they drink beer and talk about the movie they bring the same sort of good time energy they brought to the movie itself. Worth a listen if you dug the film. About six minutes of outtakes can be viewed, five minutes of deleted scenes, two different behind-the-scenes featurettes totaling about fifteen minutes as well as a production photo gallery, plus the trailer. Then there's some garbage “Tromatic Extras” which add nothing new or interesting to the disc.

    The Final Word:
    It's a funny movie and was an enjoyable watch, though you may have to be in a certain state of mind to really appreciate it. A good amount of quality extras concerning the movie adds value to the disc.

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