A few times each century, humanity dodges an apocalyptic bullet and in 1969 that bullet was Charles Manson. But in Honky Holocaust's alternate universe, the Manson Family succeeds in ...
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Once upon a time in a cheap Jerusalem hotel room, Jesus and Judas are spending their time away from Nazareth between hot, sweaty, carnal love and preparing sermons for Jesus' growing ... See full summary »
Paul M McAlarney
A few times each century, humanity dodges an apocalyptic bullet and in 1969 that bullet was Charles Manson. But in Honky Holocaust's alternate universe, the Manson Family succeeds in igniting the apocalyptic race war and attempt to claim their 'rightful' place as the rulers of the world. The infamous cult instead finds that the outcome of Helter Skelter is drastically different than was prophesied and are forced to confront their perversely racist background or perish defending it!
Possibly The Best Movie About Racism Since American History X
I kid of course when I say that but legitimately it's a trip, man! Distributed my Troma Entertainment (known for releasing such lurid pictures like Blood-Sucking Freaks aka The Incredible Torture Show, Killer Condom, Rabid Grannies, The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke Em High and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, just to name a few) comes Honky Holocaust a film that was proclaimed by head of Troma Lloyd Kaufman to be the best film he had seen in the past 40 years and I kinda have to agree. In the last (about) 10 years I had not seen an exploitation film this unique, original, thought-provoking and soulful and yet at the same time trashy, stupid, offensive and gross since Kaufman's own Poultrygeist. The plot is as follows: Charles Manson was right! The Beatles did tell him of a great race war with their song Helter Skelter. And by committing the Tate/LaBianca murders Manson and his followers hid in a bunker in the woods waiting for Helter Skelter to end so they may rise up and rule the world. The thing is Manson was wrong about something though, the world they enter is a world ruled by African-Americans. What follows is gross, gory, stupid, cheap, foul mouthed and kinda genius. Really everything in this movie is BAD I mean worse than you could possibly imagine (Unless you watch bad movies on a regular basis and have seen literally thousands, like me, then this might be not that bad but I am writing this segment from the perspective of someone who might not be familiar with the low budget exploitation genre), that level of bad on a serious critical level this is something that would make Ebert walk out of the theater within the first few seconds. But since I love bad horror and exploitation films this did not bother me in the slightest in fact the low budget added to the surreal nature of the film and its serious themes at least in my opinion. Overall it's an interesting premise done on a super low budget. The film's use of the creative premise, some really off the wall dialogue and scenes and the creative use of very cheap effects make it all worthwhile especially if you love weird hippie exploitation or blaxploitation films like An American Hippie in Israel or Fight for Your Life. Or if you love terrible low budget splatter films like Pemutos: Lord of the Living Dead, Violent Sh!t and Black Past. It is possibly the best movie about racism since American History X. 4.5/5
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