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Smothered (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 29 March 2016 (USA)
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Five horror icons ditch an unprofitable autograph signing convention to earn some extra cash haunting an RV park, but find themselves being haunted instead.

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John Schneider

Writers:

John Schneider (story), John Schneider
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kane Hodder ... Kane
R.A. Mihailoff ... R.A.
Bill Moseley ... Soggy Christian
Dane Rhodes ... Randy
Shanna Forrestall ... Trixie
Malcolm Danare ... Malcolm
Don Shanks ... Don
Rachel Alana Handler ... Chunks (as Rachel Handler)
Amy Brassette ... Agness
Brea Grant ... Dee Dee
Ritchie Montgomery ... Mountain Man
Wayne Pére ... Ranger Moochie
John Kassir ... John Kassir
Andrew Bowen ... Carl
Michael Berryman ... Michael Berryman
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Five horror icons ditch an unprofitable autograph signing convention to earn some extra cash haunting an RV park, but find themselves being haunted instead.

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Taglines:

Horror's greatest icons as you've never seen them. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smothered See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Trivia

The role Kane Hodder played was originally written for Richard Brooker who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: Part III (1982). Richard Brooker passed away before filming. See more »

Quotes

Kane: It was you, you crazy bitch. You killed 'em all.
Dee Dee: Don's dead. Just like all the rest of 'em. Isn't that all you horror guys want? Everyone just die?
Kane: We're actors, you stupid bitch. It's fuckin' movies.
Dee Dee: Go ahead. Pull the trigger. You're covered in gasoline you idiot. You'll lite yourself on fire. Again. Wouldn't that be fun... Kane.
Kane: That's not how it happened.
Dee Dee: You'll never do it. The hero never shoots the girl.
Kane: I've never been the hero.
[shoots Dee Dee]
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Soundtracks

Transylvania Girls
Lyrics by R.J. Comer, Music by R.J. Comer & Jeff Jourad
Performed by Dance Hall Pimps
Courtesy of Lakeshore Records LLC
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"Wake up and smell the corpse" (dialog)
25 March 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

A hard film to review, overall.

First, as I have mentioned before in a few of my 1100+ reviews, most film-makers secretly yearn for the "trifecta" of movie making -- which is low budget, small cast, single location. Since film (like everything else in our society, and I mean LITERALLY everything) is a business, even a moderate audience for such a low-budget film means profits, which means you are a hot ticket, which means you get new money for more product. Which means you have a new career.

So in this light Schneider (and I am a fan of his TV work) did the smart thing all the way. He not only went after the Holy Grail of film making (as above) but did so with a sharp concept (name horror stars hoisted on their own petard) with many of the cast playing against type. Clever. Very clever.

So what went wrong? Not much really. The problem is that, with such careful and meticulous preparation, this film can never aspire to be more than it was originally designed to be.

In other words, you have (perhaps) an instant "cult" film, designed to appeal to a youngish demographic that "gets" films that deconstruct themselves, and are looking to fill some two hours with harmless and forgettable fun.

On the other hand, this is not a true horror film (like Conjuring) not a true comedy (like the films Leslie Mann appears in) and is at best a super-lite version of the "ensemble films" that the late Robert Altman was known for.

Not bad for a first effort. But you are not going to see it mentioned at the Oscars.


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