Thursday, December 08, 2016

Full Moon Features' Next Blu-Ray Release is Head of the Family: A Film Review

*a screener of this film was provided by Full Moon Features.

Coming to Blu-ray on Dec 20 is Head of the Family, and Charles Band could not be happier. This producer also wrote and directed this product under a pseudonym. This work is one he can be proud of, as it has all the strangeness of maybe being inspired by Pinky and the Brain of Animaniacs fame of all things!

Myron (effectively played by J.W. Perra) is the head of a family of mutants — Otis (Bob Schott) has super strength, Ernestina (Alexandria Quinn) is voluptuously beautiful and Wheeler (James Jones) has super enhanced senses. Well, they could be a twisted version of Marvel Comics' "Uncanny X-men" when you realise Myron is like Professor X. He shares a psychic bond with his children, and he abuses them — well more so at Otis than the others.

Myron is just a big head with a tiny body. Maybe he's trying to compensate for some tiny insecurity?

The story that unfolds is not on them. Instead, it's on Lance (Blake Adams) and Loretta (Jacqueline Lovell) who are having a torrid affair, behind her husband Howard's back. They fear for their lives, since Howard is a brute, and unless they can frame his death on someone else — namely the Stackpooles — there is no way to get away with a murder. Loretta does prove to be the femme fatale, as her motives unfold and think; one particular Stackpoole (inheriting a big fortune) might be a great bed-mate.

This horror comedy works when considering the decade it originally released, 1996, along with all those shows on TV like "Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series" or even "Tales of the Crypt" where tales about cheating spouses and backstabbing are common. The obvious connection with Freddy is in how he offers up a slapstick reaction to the story plays out. He loves his double entendres and puns. When considering this movie is a Full Moon product, that's to be expect-head. The comedy, overall, works and the big treat is that when considering this film is not as old, the remastering is drop-dead gorgeous. As a soft-core porn style flick that blends black comedy into the mix, some fans may appreciate the added detail. Lovell shines more often than not, as the story really does focus on her, and even Freddy might get aroused.

Overall: 7 Stars out of 10.

More on the film here: Head of the Family at Full Moon Features

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