Well folks, it was bound to happen. You can’t watch as many horror films as we have and NOT land smack dab in the epicenter of horror campiness every so often. This week, we landed so hard in 80’s Slasher CampyLand that we’re still rubbing our butts and scratching our heads wondering what the hell just happened. What film could this possibly be, you ask? What cinematic adventure could be such a wild ride as to bewilder and astonish the guys at ReelBloody? Oh you know, just a little film called Muck. Written and directed by Steve Wolsh, Muck mixes horror’s most time tested and tastiest recipe of bloody bosomed beauties and quick-witted dude humor with everything you love about the archetypal slasher icon. Add in a heaping pile of visually stunning and practical effects and some supernatural spices, and what you’ve got is a plateful of so much yummy horror goodness, you’ll be left stuffed to the gills and in a drunken murder-stupor. Need I say more (I’m starving now)?
Muck wastes absolutely no time getting down to business as it opens with a group of scantily clad, frantic uber-babes and some super bro-rific dudes just doing what they do best: running from death. Too bad as they run from it, they’re also running towards it. What will become of this ragtag group of Panama-City-Beach-Spring-Break-esque funloving friends (insert rape jokes here) as they fight for survival? Watch and see my friends. Watch. And. See.
I always fight with campy. Yeah, I do. Normally when I watch horror, I want it straight up and semi-serious, so to sit through a film knowing full well to expect campy and fun, I ooze a small amount of hesitation. It’s just…a part of me now I suppose. Well, I have to say…what a relief it was to see Wolsh’s take on it though. I mean, I actually enjoyed it, though I did find some parts to be completely outlandish. Even still, that IS the point sometimes right? I mean, maybe I’ve always just tried too hard to dismiss the camp-factor instead of sitting back and letting it wash over my willing and nubile body like a waterfall of Jack Daniel’s and freedom. That’s entirely possible and proven as I watched this movie. I’m happy to report that I learned some valuable things watching Muck, the details of which I’m about to spew forth.
· Never underestimate the power of the female form. Though initially met with an eye roll, I was soon able to relax and just enjoy the show. Who says boobs don’t belong in horror? Fire them.
· A plethora of semi-quick-witted banter drenched in sexual references and protein shakes is quite alright if you just accept it for what it is and make the most of it.
Ok, well there are 2 important things I learned at least. Most importantly, I learned that a horror movie CAN be campy and also fun and enjoyable! Not only did the film LOOK stunning in every way, Wolsh managed to pay homage to the stereotypes we’ve all come to know and love from your classic 80’s and 90’s slasher flicks in just the right doses so as to come off respectful and not mocking. Important stuff I tell you. There were plenty of nods and winks to the camera which even I was able to recognize, and I gotta tell you, I winked back and it felt glorious. Don’t get me wrong, for MY tastes, the film wasn’t without some faults…hell, every film has faults right? There were some things that really bothered me. I couldn’t help but wonder how unbelievably cozy these people got with the house in which they sought refuge. Couple that with not initially being able to follow how the film began and sure, I wasn’t in love with the movie in its entirety. My point is, I have finally seen a movie where I could appreciate the more comedic and outlandish side of a horror flick; something I haven’t really taken the time to do before. Bottom line, Steve Wolsh…you totally won me over and showed me a fresh & fun way to watch a sleek and sexy horror film that I don’t always have to take so damn seriously, buddy!! It’s like you’re Han and I’m Luke and you’re forcing me into the tauntaun.
I’m giving Muck a sharp-as-fuck rating of 6, and dare I say my mind may actually have been changed regarding how I approach horror flicks of a campier nature, which is usually with an undeserving grimace of disapproval. Henceforth, I’m gonna ride the ride and enjoy it for what it is. I hope you all do the same. Don’t make the same mistake I did for so long…
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So I have sat here for about three minutes just staring at my screen and keyboard trying to figure out how to kick off this review. No, I am not saying the movie I just watched was bad, because it wasn't…it was just a bit different. Anyhow, f--k it....let's just dive in!
This week, I got the chance to check out Steve Wolsh's film Muck. This is the story of a group of friends that barely escape an ancient burial ground, but now they have to decide which route to take in which the wrong choice could lead to their demise.
I try not to look at reviews or ratings for a film until after I give it a watch myself, that way I do not go in with any expectations, but for Muck I happened to take a look at the IMDB rating this morning before I watched it. IMDB ratings gave this film a 2.7 out of 10. I said to myself "Oh damn....here we go." Well, let me assure you, the rating I am about to give this film is much higher than a 2.7...so keep reading.
Let me start off by saying if you like blood, boobs, and death, then you will want to give Muck a chance. With that said, the acting was okay at best. I have seen better, but I have seen much, much worse, so it was not bad enough for me to want to stop watching. Even though I realize a slasher film isn't supposed to make total sense or follow basic logic, I do like a somewhat realistic response to a situation. I will not give any plot details but there were a few times I caught myself thinking "Who in the hell would do that....after THAT just happened?!?!" If you watch the film it will make sense to you. So, average at best acting, a story that did not make much logical sense, and now onto my final issue. In my opinion, and I am serious when I say “in my opinion”, the movie was too dark. I found myself in many scenes thinking that I needed a little more light to fully see what was going on. The only other film I had this issue with was The Expendables....way too dark. However, maybe my 37 year old eyes aren’t fully up to par even though I have 20/20 vision....but anyway. Those are my only complaints.
I will close this review however on a positive note. Was Muck a great film? No, but trust me when I say that I have sat through much worse, MUCH worse. I will again say, if you like hot chicks, boobs, blood, and death then give this film a try. The 2.7 rating on IMDB was far too harsh, especially with some ratings I have seen other films get that sucked much, much, much worse than Muck.
I think Muck is as average a film as you can get. I give Muck a solid and straight up 5 of 10 cleavers. I probably will not see myself watching it again, but I will not make fun of you if you do. Here is my advice: Invite some friends over, drink lots of beer, and just sit back and enjoy Muck for what it is....a fun ride.