Cassie Dailing was the lone survivor of the massacre that took place at Lake Pakajanomo. The deranged maniac that mutilated her friend's genitals and wore a bucket on his head was never caught and existed only as a myth. Now that a year has passed, the killings have started again and the killer now known as Junkbucket has assembled a family of cannibalistic rednecks and has a special surprise in-store for Cassie.
I'm a bit late to the Junkbucket party. I wasn't aware of the movies that feature this soon-to-be horror icon until I accidentally came across the trailer for "Junkbonds: The Return of Junkbucket" but I was fascinated by what I had seen. I immediately ordered a copy of the original "Junkbucket" movie by Stephen Lange and, unfortunately, I was left disappointed. It was a rough feature, the humor was a miss for me and it felt like it took too long to get what I wanted out of the movie. That didn't detour my interest in the sequel, "Junk Bonds", and I'm glad I didn't because Stephen's follow up is nothing short of a spectacular feat in ridiculousness.
A year after the incident at Lake Pakajanomo where six friends were brutally murdered by the killer known as Junkbucket, Cassie Dailing -- the lone survivor of the massacre -- is still trying to put her life back together. While the monster that was responsible for the slaying of the teens was never caught, he still roams the woods of Lake Pakajanomo and has brought together a family of genital-mutilating redneck cannibals. And on the eve of Junkbucket's big day of becoming a man, his family kidnaps Cassie so she can be part of the celebration. Testicles will roll as an all new massacre is about to begin.
The original movie was more of a parody of the slasher sub-genre but "Junk Bonds" is a more focused lampooning of one movie in particular: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". This time around, Stephen Lange absolutely nailed the parody aspect. "Junk Bonds" is a completely ridiculous movie and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was definitely nervous about the follow up film since I didn't care much for the first movie for the reasons I've stated already. So I don't know if it was because "Junk Bonds" focused on one particular movie instead of a sub-genre or if Stephen improved as a filmmaker in the time between the two movies, but he struck back in a big way and created a pitch-perfect parody.
When it comes to comedies, parodies are ones that I absolutely hate the most because it always feels like the jokes are too basic, overly stupid and the movies themselves tend to feel rather lazy. What Stephen did with "Junk Bonds" is something that I haven't seen since the Zucker movies of the late '70s and early '80s, and that is he made "Junk Bonds" its own movie. By that I mean that there is actually a movie that exists beyond being a satirical take on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". A majority of parody movies simply take an existing movie -- or movies -- lift entire scenes from said movie(s) and just add a gag at the end in some vein attempt at being funny. A prime example of this are the "Scary Movie" films. No real jokes. Just pointing out clichés we're all aware of in horror movies with a dumb, blunt and cheap gag.
"Junk Bonds" isn't about pointing out the obvious but taking a concept -- a backwoods family of cannibals -- and making a movie that goes completely off the rails. Instead of a maniac killing random people and making masks out of their skin, we have a maniac who makes things out of their genitals. It so goddamn ridiculous in all the right ways! Yes, there are jokes where it is specifically making a reference to something within "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" but most of the humor and funny moments are based on the movie's own absurd concept.
Because of that I have to give the writing a ton of credit since not only did the humor hit the mark from the very beginning -- the opening scrolling text sets up the tone of the movie perfectly -- but underneath the absurdity is an actual good movie. That's especially surprising since, again, parodies usually take something that already exists and merely inserts mindless gags at random. Outside of all the dick puns and references to genitals, is a genuine backwoods slasher movie. Even a minor detail such as why this random assortment of characters formed a bond and became a cannibalistic family has reason and logic to it. You can't even find competent writing like that in most straight forward horror movies -- on both the Hollywood and independent level -- so it was satisfying to see how much thought and consideration a movie like "Junk Bonds" was given.
I'm not sure how a movie like "Junk Bonds" would hold up with repeated viewings but that initial run through was an absolute delight. I genuinely mean it when I say I had fun watching it from beginning to end. I'm usually a miserable prick but this movie even managed to get more than a few laughs out of me. It's an absurd, crass, disgusting and ridiculous movie that was an absolute blast to watch. The most surprising thing about this movie is that even though it is a parody, it features great writing and had a solid production quality to it. Because the humor is fairly broad, it should appeal to a wide audience since the jokes are not limited to only horror or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" fans.