Saturday, February 25, 2006
Funny and Freaky and Slightly Wrong
The Col just finished watching his dvd of LIVE FREAKY, DIE FREAKY. This should be my review of the dvd. But I am not sure what I think. Hey I know, kids, how about two reviews? Excellent idea.
If you are well versed in the lore of TLB and have a sense of humor, you will LOVE this film. Done entirely with puppets, filmmaker John Roecker has a sick, twisted sense of humor- which you really need with a subject like this. He's not telling a story that's remotely trying to be accurate- Charlie is called Hanson, Sadie is Hadie, Sharon is Hate. Jay/Hay is gay. Voyteck is unnamed and survives the slaughter because he is too boring. The LaBianca characters are building supermarkets in the desert. If you know the general story and are in a good mood, maybe even stoned, you'll laugh at the madness. This is not a healthy film, but the Col laughed a few times. I thought the musical numbers were the best thing in it and the Creepy Crawl song was awesome.
The film advises you NOT to watch it if you are easily offended. It is wildely offensive. Puppets have penetrative sex. The victims are made to seem deserving of their fate. If you have no sense of humor you will hate this film.
In general, it is an insane idea to have Charlie as a puppet. So insane it is brilliant.
Might be worth putting it on your netflix. It came out last week.
[[ Funny note for regular blog readers - the hapless puppet "Steve Apparent" arrives at the Sharon Hate Mansion with a box full of $5,000 worth of drugs for the naked gay Jay character. He gets his money and then is thrown out of the house. He stands up and talks to an unseen "Hex Watson" and says "Hey guy, you wanna buy a clock radio?" before he gets stabbed. See Heaven, people DO find that odd!!!]]