Title: Frankie in Blunderland

Also known as:

Year: 2011

Genre: Independent / Comedy / Fantasy / Surreal

Language: English

Runtime: 82 min

Director: Caleb Emerson

Writer: Marta Estirado

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815707/

Frank lives with his dreadful wife and his even worse roommate who invited himself in. His roommate decides to kidnap the wife, and even though Frank's life is obviously better without the two of them, he knows that this is something he has to see through till the end. He sets out to find his wife, but the path to victory is long and includes meetings with the strangest things imaginable.

Our thoughts:
It's not hard to figure out that the movie you're about to watch will be a strange one when names such as Caleb Emerson, Aramis Sartorio/Tommy Pistol, Damon Packard, John Karyus and Evan Stone are involved. And yes, that's at least two porn actors in one non-porn movie - and neither of them is Ron Jeremy. That's an automatic score in my book! Caleb Emerson has made his style known through Troma and his own film "Die You Zombie Bastards!", but even with that in mind this movie is ready to take you for a ride. If you've also seen Aramis Sartorio's work, from his entertaining porn titles, to his own "The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol" and enjoyed them, then there is really not much more to wait for.

Take a step back and look at the plot for the movie and it's about as simple as it gets. But it's a plot that opens window after window, with strange people and situations flooding in. Frank (Aramis Sartorio) is a loser. He's being pushed over completely by his chain smoking and TV watching wife, and his home is invaded by a friend who decided to overstay his welcome by years. The only good time of the day is the brief period after Frank wakes up, but before the others do. Yet Frank - stupid as he is - still sets out to rescue his wife when his crazy roommate decides to kidnap her with his henchman. A wild adventure is kicked off when a fairy (played by Evan Stone) flies into his home with it's very large penis hanging about, and before this adventure comes to a close Frank has met more bizarre people than the world can handle.

The movie is intentionally ridiculous to an extent that could out do Lloyd Kaufman's productions, but somehow handled with both less and more class at the same time. It's extremely deadpan at times, and over-the-top at other times, but one thing remains - the script is really witty and it works even when it is at its most nonsensical. This is where this movie won me over, but something like "The Taint" or "Isle of the Damned" never managed to. The lines were good! It's that simple, really. The characters are all very different and have their own extreme thing that keeps them appealing to continue to watch. Almost everything that is talked about in the movie eventually gets a callback which makes the movie well worth watching more than once.

The effects are horrible on purpose, so when it's ridden with garbage CGI and poor filters, it's just part of the style. It's a bit of a drug trip where everything exists to be made fun of and to make jokes in bad taste of. I mean, we have a deformed, retarded kid constantly being assaulted and eventually gets torn to pieces. And it looks like a puppet even when it's alive. Because it is a puppet!

As easy as it might seem to make over-the-top stupid movies work, it takes some unique people to make it right. Caleb Emerson has proven himself to be that exact guy on several occasions, and in this one especially. It was always close to being a disaster - and not the good kind - but his wit, intellect (yes, really), comedic timing and attitude brings "Frankie in Blunderland" into a full circle of trash. But it's not only Caleb's talent, it's also the terrific performances by people who understand why every joke is funny and they know exactly how to make them that. Above actually understanding comedy, this movie knows that you have to keep the audience busy. There is always something going on with sound, visuals, dialogue/jokes. It's barely possible to get bored while watching it. Though the style can also be a lot at times, but that's a very small minus.

I usually make it clear that just being all over the place and over-the-top doesn't make a movie fun, usually it makes it seem forced. There are a lot of things going on in this movie, so I can't possibly get into detail with everything, but the movie is made by people who get the core of that kind of comedy, which means it works. All you need to know is that you can expect the wildest of things. "Frankie in Blunderland" won't appeal to everyone, but I am certain it's a movie many people will have fun with still. Had it been made by a different crew it would certainly have been shit, but it's definitely not in this case. It's simply a funny movie that you can watch while turning your entire body off for nearly 90 minutes. Just relax and have a good time, that's all it's asking for.

Positive things:
- A solid crew made this work.
- Genuinely funny in its absurdity.
- Great cameos and minor roles!
- Caleb Emerson is wacko, and we love it!

Negative things:
- It's not for everyone.
- The style can get tiresome.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 1.5/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

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