Director Laurent is gearing up to shoot another one of his infamous schlocky blood and boobs horror b-movie. Problem is that amongst his cast and crew, who would do anything to advance their careers, is an actual killer. Life imitates art as the bodies pile up on set and everyone is suspicious of everyone else as to who the killer is.
Even though I apparently missed the social significance of "Ticked-off Trannies with Knives" and thought it was more of a homage to Tarantino than Grindhouse movies. I still thought it was good for what it was and did a good job bringing something different to the rape-revenge sub-genre. However with "Fright Flick" I was hesitant about going into it because, quite frankly, I'm tired of horror movies about people making movies. Between "Smash Cut", "Brutal Massacre", and "The Director's Cut"; (also "Porn Shoot Massacre" and "Srpski Film" for non-comedy ones) I'm ready for something else since it feels like I'm watching the same movie over and over again. And unfortunately, "Fright Flick" hit on the same jokes and clichés that other ones did.
"Fright Flick" opens up with a cast member being brutally murdered by having a tripod shoved through the back of her skull, to make sure we know that there is in fact a murderer amongst the cast and crew. Sometime later, another shoot is starting up and the same crew is on set and some similar cast members too. Of course people are picked off one by one as the film shoot progresses, and as more people begin to disappear the more suspicious the survivors become. Lots of red-herrings are placed throughout the characters: a scornful actress, a producer who was ripped off by the director, a couple back-stabbing two-faced crew members, a director who was accused of murder, new faces no one knows, and the one person suspiciously innocent. Throw in dead bodies, blood, gore, bad jokes, ribbing of filmmaking and genre titles, an expected ending and you've got yourself another 'movie shoot gone wrong' flick.
The one thing I will give "Fright Flick" credit for is that compared to "Smash Cut", "Brutal Massacre" and "The Director's Cut" is that it features some fun gore gags. It isn't exactly a gory movie per say, but it does feature a wide variety of creative death scenes for this type of movie and isn't shy about letting the blood flow. Everything from a camera tripod to an axe is used and it all looks good and does make for some decent entertainment since "Fright Flick" is a comedy.
My big problem with "Fright Flick" and anybody who knows me knows this isn't a big shock, is the comedy. I do not like parody-comedies; there are probably less than a handful that I actually enjoy and watch from time to time. Like it's brothers (or sisters if you prefer), the comedy in "Fright Flick" stems from parodying and ribbing the clichés of horror movies: big breasted movie starlets that sleeps her way to fame, nobody can act or do a very over-the-top performance of a bad actor, scenes turning out terrible but they keep shooting anyway, etc. etc. It's all the same jokes we've seen a hundred times before from genre parodies and stupid horror-comedies in general. We get it; b-movies are terrible where no one takes any pride in what they're making and everybody involved in making movies are back-stabbing assholes. Certainly the movie is well made and written fairly well, but still, it all feels the same and all the jokes are the same. It's hard to get any real appreciation for the movie when it's so basic.
I'll admit it though; I am absolutely the wrong crowd for "Fright Flick" and the wrong person for properly gauging its quality and entertainment value because I don't like parodies, especially horror parodies. Not because they hurt my feelings, I was insulted, took offense, or anything else. They're just too goddamn dumb for me to enjoy. So right away, "Fright Flick" was not going to sit well with me and you'll have to take my opinion for what it is. However, if you have enjoyed some of the other titles I've mentioned before then definitely check out "Fright Flick" because you'll most likely enjoy it too. I'll give it some proper credit since it does feature some good writing, it's well made, and it does have some good death scenes and gore gags. So at the very least, you could find some typical entertainment quality as you do with the others. At the same time, "Fright Flick" is nothing we haven't seen before