A group of friends plan on fixing up, and re-opening a famous horror theme park called, Fright World. They maybe in more for that what they bargained for when the spirit of a serial killer and necromancer, turns the theme park into a living nightmare for them.
On to my second feature from Red Scream Films. This one had me intrigued since it was filmed at the famous horror-theme park, FrightWorld, which is obviously where the movie got its name from. While I've never been to the actual FrightWorld, I've seen enough of the famous Halloween attractions that are played on TV during that special time of the year, that I don't have to. Though after the disappointment that was "Prison of the Psychotic Damned", I didn't hold my breath for "FrightWorld" and thankfully so.
It seems the biggest problem that Red Scream Films has with their movies is the characters, that are either uninteresting or completely obnoxious to the point, that you not only do not like them but are rooting for their inevitable death scene to occur. That was a big problem for me with POTPD and it becomes a big strain on the enjoyment of "FrightWorld". Not only are the characters obnoxious but there isn't a single one worth getting attached to, not even one that you hope might kick some bad-guy ass and come out victorious in the end. Sure, with most horror movies, we the audience, want to watch people die these horrible, graphic, gory deaths but we still do need to have at least one character that we actually care about. With this movie its hard to care about anybody since the first hour of the movie is a group of 20-somethings taking a tour of an abandoned carnival attraction, that they are going to repair and eventually re-open. Then of course they party, get drunk, have sex...All the standards we're familiar with, and then spend the rest of the time screaming and swearing at each other. Not even considering whether or not any of the characters are likeable, that's just not something you do if you are trying to make a good movie.
If you're going fill a movie with unlikable characters, then the payoff should come from the death scenes. Especially when the company claims to be "neo-grindhouse splatterpunk" entertainment, though once again, much like in POTPD, there is a lot of talk and reviews claiming there's gore but there isn't. The movie does feature a decent amount of blood, but that's it, just blood. There are two scenes towards the end of the movie that features a chainsaw through the stomach, and one to the head. For the rest of the movie though, its mostly just actors getting their faces hosed in blood while they scream. Not only is there no gore, but 9 times out of 10 we don't even get the enjoyment of getting a death sequence. It either happens off camera to where we don't get to see what's happening, or the camera cuts away so you don't get to see anything at all. The scenes is so overly edited with its MTV hyper-active style, that you can't even see anything, other than a bunch of quick cuts and images overlapping one another.
Now I have a hard time knocking any company or filmmaker who is trying to bring their own style to the table but the editing in their movies becomes too much, to the point that I feel like I need to have A.D.D. to enjoy it. The same thing is the problem with the trend of shaking the camera to bring the audience into the action, it doesn't add any style that directors seem to think it does. All it really accomplishes is making it hard to focus on any one thing and being able to enjoy the mayhem of the scene, "Feast" is the worst offender of them all. I can see what Red Scream Films was trying to accomplish with how they edited their movies the way they do, but they're so distracting and intrusive, it just removes the audience even more. Then throwing in some blaring metal band's song ontop of these over-edited scenes, it feels like I'm watching a music video rather than a movie.
Ignoring the bad acting, characters, editing, lack of gore, all of it. One thing would have helped the movie out was the use of their location, so much potential exists with the idea that they had. FrightWorld the ride, could have become its own character in the movie, but instead it becomes underused to make way for the characters to scream and bitch at one another. Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't for one scene where a girl is running through an abandoned house set, being chased by a monster with a flaming chainsaw. The scene was very well done, even the monster was pretty cool, which only makes the rest of the movie even more disappointing. Since you wish more monsters like that could have been seen, or the sets would have used as well as that one had been.
With that being said, "FrightWorld" was an improvement over "Prison of the Psychotic Damned". I really don't have a desire to watch either movie ever again, but "FrightWorld" showed the potential that Red Scream FIlms has, that I will definitely keep an eye out on them and their future work. I just hope they are able to become more technically sound, because there is plenty of opportunities for them to make a solid horror movie with their ideas, it's just the execution that's hurting them the most.