Title: Hypochondriac

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Year: 2009

Genre: Horror / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 32 min (screener version)

Director: Pete Jacelone

Writer: Marv Blauvelt, Trevor Wright

IMDb: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1493823/

Dr. Combs left Los Angeles to go work in the office of a private practice in a small rural town. It isn't long before the patients back in LA seemed normal to every dirty and crazy person in town that shows up at the doctors' office. Although, no matter how bad any of them may seem to Dr. Combs, none of them can compare to Charity Betencourt. A woman who shows up every two weeks with a new problem each time, which is often the result of her willing to perform surgery on herself before going to the good doctor.

Our thoughts:
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Pete Jacelone's "Hypochondriac", one of the short segments that will be featured in the upcoming anthology film "Psycho Street". After the great viewing experience that was "Sculpture", I was excited to get into "Hypochondriac" and see what Pete and Raine Brown have in store for us with not only "Hypochondriac" itself but "Psycho Street" too.

Where "Sculpture" was an emotionally driven horror film with moments of black-comedy, "Hypochondriac" is an extremely bizarre black-comedy with moments of pure insanity. In a good way. That may sound strange but "Hypochondriac" truly is one of the more unusual horror flicks that I've seen lately, and I watched "Rise of the Evil Pancakes" for God sakes. Given the story of this movie though, I really can't see it working any other way and with the combined efforts of Pete Jacelone and Trevor Wright, they are able to pull it off quite well.

The movie is designed to get you two ways: one, which is the most obvious, is the story about a woman, Charity Bettencourt, who goes to various extremes and performs self-surgery when something is bothering her, and then going to the doctors’ office. This will be the part to satisfy the horror craving, but also provide a few laughs from a number of amusing gross-out sequences. Though I think the highlight of the movie is that it's filled with a number of eccentric and colorful characters with each one being quite memorable. From the wild Nurse Amber Lovejoy who appears to be a Jerry Springer guest in the making, to the germaphobe Dr. Combs. Hell even my personal favorite from the movie "The Green Monster" Edward X. Young makes an appearance as a dirty and grimy redneck who is always picking at sores with his knife.

Given the absurd nature of "Hypochondriac" and the general tone of the movie, I have a feeling it's going to be something that throws a number of people off to where they won't be sure how to respond to it. Especially with that ending...oh mama...It'll be awhile before I forget that ending and most likely something I'll never see again. Anyway, with that aside, even as surprising as the movie's nature maybe I don't see how people won't have fun with it. It has a simple but amusing storyline and the oddball characters that fill the screen should provide entertainment to the viewers on some level or another. Although, after going on that weird trip that is "Hypochondriac", I have absolutely no idea of what to expect with "Psycho Street" but I'm looking forward to it.

Positive things:
- Overall: a very strange tale that's also very amusing.
- Great assortment of characters.
- Some great and quotable bits of dialogue.
Negative things:
- Raine Brown is very distracting in the low cut nurse's uniform...Alright, that's actually not such a bad thing.
- While I understand why it was removed it's still a shame that a scene involving Edward X. Young's character stealing a baby crib didn't make it into the actual anthology version, as I found it to be hilarious.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 3/5

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