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When a pair of microbrewers accidentally run over a black cat, they go to the owner's home with the best of intentions. Unfortunately for them, the animal belonged to a coven of witches, and the eldest witch doesn't take kindly to the boys' peace offering of beer. She curses their freshly brewed batch of Slacker Lager, proclaiming "After you drink that beer, liver damage is going to be the least of your problems!" The superstitious Jeff wants nothing to do with the supposedly cursed ale, but Preston insists that they sell it as planned. They deliver cases to local bars, liquor stores, and friends. As the characters drink the alcohol, they drop like flies after suffering awful deaths. Written by
Jeff Ducker (likable Chris Magorian) and Preston Oakley (the equally engaging Gary-Kayi Fletcher) are a couple of easygoing micro-brewers who accidentally kill a witch's beloved black cat. The witch exacts revenge by placing a curse on our heroes' latest batch of hooch.
Writer/director Chris LaMartina relates the enjoyably inane story at a snappy pace, maintains an amiable tongue-in-cheek tone throughout, and delivers oodles of outrageously tasteless and excessive gore. The cheerfully lowbrow humor might not be sophisticated, but it still manages to be pretty funny in an admittedly dopey sort of way. Moreover, the cast have a ball with the wacky material, with especially lively contributions from Ryan Thomas as rugged bartender Bruce Bartolli, Megan Rippey as Jeff's Wiccan ex-girlfriend Zoe Lambros, and Michael Brecher as belching drunk Bernie Eckhardt. In addition, the actresses playing the witches really sink their teeth into their colorful roles: Helenmary Ball as the venomous Hazel, Lauren Lakis as the foxy Piper, and Virginia House as the homely Hazel. Popping up in neat small parts are Shawn C. Phillips as rowdy party animal Cosmo, Ruby LaRocca as sexy model Biannca, and Gary Graver as wisecracking coroner Frank. The crude make-up f/x possess a certain endearingly rough around the edges charm. Stephan Ruba's sharp cinematography provides a nice bright look. LeMartina's shuddery score and the spirited rock soundtrack keep things bouncing along. Granted, this flick is incredibly silly low-budget trash, but it's hard to dislike a movie that features both a chintzy werewolf and a lethal giant booger.
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