A young nerd by the name of Melvin is accidentally killed by the school bullies. Three years later, Norton Pincus, who happens to be friends with Melvin's sister, is being picked on by the same bullies and facing the same problems. Melvin suddenly returns from the dead and with the help of Norton, the two nerds will right the wrongs that happened so many years ago.
I have been putting off my Chemical Burn screeners because I basically have had enough. Outside of the company releasing Marcus Koch's fantastic movie "Fell", I haven't been able to get behind their releases. Mostly because I hate a majority of their movies. After Cinema Head Cheese had posted their first annual Cheesies, I noticed they had "Melvin" listed as their "Best No-Budget" movie so suffice to say I was more than intrigued.
I decided to throw caution, and my blind hatred, to the wind and pop "Melvin" into the ol' player. Of course, the movie lives up to it's no-budget expectations: Acting? Terrible. Story? Meh…could be worse. Effects? Terrible to decent. Ridiculousness and stupidity? Off the charts. And after it was all over I didn't have much fondness for the movie but I have to say I did enjoy it far more than I thought I would and so far it has been one of the more entertaining movies that I've seen from Chemical Burn.
"Melvin" is a very silly movie about the ghost of Melvin, a nerd, that haunts Norton, a fellow nerd, who ends up getting bullied by the same kids responsible for accidentally killing Melvin several years ago. Melvin's spirit possesses Norton, turning him into a zombie, and the dorky duo head on a rampage killing those who've wronged them and causing a zombie outbreak in their wake. An odd story but one that I thought was a fun and creative spin on the zombie sub-genre.
Why I was able to actually have fun watching "Melvin" was because it was an obvious love letter to Troma - so much so to the point that I was surprised Chemical Burn was the one releasing this movie and not Troma. Unlike some more recent terrible no-budget films that we've had the displeasure of viewing, "Melvin" knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything more. It's a project where Henry Weintraub with his cast and crew were just having fun and wanted to make an entertaining, and hopefully fun, movie for people to enjoy.
"Melvin" is absolutely NOT for everyone. Cinema Head Cheese gave "Melvin" the award for best no-budget movie of the year, while i don't see myself running out and buying it any time soon. With that being said, I did I have fun watching it and I think Henry and everyone else made a decent ridiculous no-budget movie that wanted nothing more than to be a ridiculous no-budget movie. Naturally, only people who enjoy those types of movies should pursue seeing "Melvin" or if you're looking for something to laugh at during a night of drunken movie watching.