Title: Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas

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Year: 2009

Genre: Independent / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 80 min

Director: Charles Roxburgh

Writer: Charles Roxburgh & Matt Farley

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1463411/

Peaceful town Manchvegas is soon to be all sorts of trouble. The Manchvegas Outlaw Society, consisting of Marshall, Jenny and All-Star Pete are a group of youngsters who help around wherever they can in town. When people start dying, Marshall makes it his and M.O.S' mission to track down the killer so the town can return to its peaceful state.

Our thoughts:
I should've known better when I said in my review of their previous effort "Freaky Farley" that I hope this one would be more entertaining. It could've been possible if it wasn't for the fact that this film team aren't making bad films because they can't make good ones, but because they really want to make bad films. I think what they are aiming for is really quirky, ridiculous comedies that will tickle your funny bone with off-beat dialogue and randomness but I can't say that it works. Sure, I get mildly amused by these things, especially if I think about one of the jokes for a while. The problem is that they can't really deliver them the way they should be delivered, thus all the comedic effect falls flat like a fish on the floor grasping for air.

The title "Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas" is quite literally what is going on in this film. "Monsters" refers to the so called "skunk apes" that are living in the woods, the "Marriage and Murder" part refers to the fact that they believe the killer in town is only killing engaged women. And Manchvegas is the name of the town. Between these plots (and they are really a handful as they are already) we have a love drama between two members of the Manchvegas Outlaw Society (M.O.S.), our lead Marshall and the pretty Jenny. Frankly, we don't give a damn. About anything. Not about the monsters. Not about the murder mystery. Not about the marriages (and fake marriages) and not about the town. Or about M.O.S. Or the hint of beastiality at the end (okay, that one was a plot that could've been worked on more).

"Monsters, Marriage and Murder in Manchvegas" is 100% stupidity. It's not a negative comment when it seems to be the only thing the filmmakers wanted. But it is negative when it doesn't work in the way it should. It's never really a comedy because the jokes aren't funny, it's never romantic because we couldn't care less who dates who, it's never a crime mystery because we're not engaged in it. I don't know what is left for this movie. Randomness? Alright, that it has. Plenty of it. Two big fat boxes of randomness, and then some!

I'm sorry guys, I won't be watching your future efforts. They are not for me, and I don't see a point in reviewing more of them since I don't know who they are aimed at either. Stupidity for the sake of stupidity often just feels pushed, and that's exactly what is going on here. The flat jokes makes the 80 minute runtime feel like at least 2 hours, and that's doesn't sit well with me - I'm impatient.

Positive things:
- Some jokes could've worked.
Negative things:
- If only it had been funny it would've been watchable.
- I literally got diarrhea after watching it. I don't know who to blame.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 1/5

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