Members of the greatest Rock and Roll band, at least that's what the members like to think, are in grave danger. When the Dream Reaper shows up and starts stalking and killing the band member one at a time, in their dreams. Will they live to rock again, or will they never wake up from their worst nightmare?
It was only a matter of time before I watched the movie that made Hack Movies a household name...Okay, maybe not a household, but from what I know people are most familiar with the title "Dream Reaper", (whether or not they associate it with Hack Movies) as it has become legendary for being one of the worst movies. Which, I hate to say, is pretty close to the truth. Then again, it's someone's home video horror movie, so you really shouldn't be expecting much to begin with. If you do, well then I guess we know who is getting signed up for government imposed sterilization.
Yes, in retrospect Hack Movies' "Dream Reaper" is not a good movie. The effects are cheap, the acting is laughable along with the story, editing, camera work. All of it. As I said though this is someone's home project of making a horror movie, which should tell you exactly what you are going to get into. What I like about Hack Movies and Kevin Strange, is they make no apologies or use any excuses for their movies. These are movies made by people, just looking to have some fun while they make the movies they want to make, so for that I can't really knock their movies or the people involved.
As for "Dream Reaper" itself, while yes, I said it was bad but that is what makes the movie entertaining. While I may not have laughed as much as I did with "Colonel Kill Motherfuckers", the same humor and style is still present in both flicks. What's not to love about a movie where a character, called the Dream Reaper (creator of nightmares), makes contact with a man by the name of Willy Nutsack and asks him to breakup his band, which happens to be called Dream Reaper. Apparently the band Dream Reaper is so shitty (Even though they were named "The Most Metal Metal Band" by a kid on a web site, who lives in his mom's basement.) that the real Dream Reaper has become a laughing stock in the Netherworld. So what is a Dream Reaper suppose to do? Why kill the band members in their sleep of course, and hilarity ensues. That's really all there is to the movie, band members fall asleep, are tormented by the Dream Reaper, some live and some die, and in the real world they try to figure out how to stop the Reaper.
Everything in between is filled with Hack Movie's unusual sense humor and in general random moments of absurdity. Though lets not forget about the masturbation jokes. Yes, all but one character gets their own individual scene of them masturbating, or in some cases, like Kevin Strange's character Willy, gets to have more than one. Which I hate to say is a negative aspect of the movie. Sure some of the scenes allowed for a good joke and a laugh, for the most part though, there were just too many scenes that went on for far to long. Other than that though, the rest of the humor isn't too bad. While I can't say without question that you'll be laughing your ass off, I'm sure there is at least one or two jokes in here that'll get a chuckle out of you. If not, then probably how cheesy this flick is, and how bad it gets will make you laugh but if that doesn't do the trick, well then you clearly have no soul.
I'm not even going to spend the time going into effects or camera work, or any of the usual things that I would nit pick at a movie for. Since as I said, this is an amateur effort, and a cheep, cheesy one at that. Which in the end works in "Dream Reapers" favor, it is a movie that was made to be ridiculous entertainment that was fun, whether or not you'll enjoy it for what it is all depends on you. If the first thought that ran through your mind is, "this sounds like shit" then I'd say you won't enjoy it, for everyone else who doesn't mind watching a no-budget, backyard-horror project, then you'll probably like "Dream Reaper". I know I did, and I know I certainly would rather watch that instead of that other movie where a guy kills people in their dreams. A Nightmare On Whatshisface? I can't remember...Oh well, it's not important, all I know is that this was much more entertaining.