Description: (from imdb.com) In Necroville, a city overrun by zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other monsters, Jack and his best friend Alex find work at Zom-B-Gone, a monster extermination company. Battling the legions of the undead at work and desperately trying to please Penny — his horrible, selfish girlfriend — at home, Jack’s two world’s collide when Penny’s ex-boyfriend returns to town, as the unholy master of a coven of bloodthirsty vampires.
Major Cast: Billy Garberina as Jack, Adam Jarmon Brown as Alex, Mark Chavez as Clark, Brandy Bluejacket as Penny, Gene Grant as Keith, Jeremy Owen as Paul
Special Features: None, I had a screener. But the version for sale has many!
Written by Billy Garberina and Adam Jarmon Brown
Directed by Billy Garberina and Richard Griffin
Necroville is the story of two slacker pals, Jack and Alex, living in a small New Mexico town that just happens to be constantly plagued by all manner of creatures of the night; zombies, werewolves, vampires, and even the occasional chupacabra. After losing their job at the local video store, Jack and Alex find themselves looking for work. Jack has to find a job to support his very dependent, very annoying girlfriend, Penny; Alex seems to have nothing better to do. So together they “interview” for exterminator positions (of sort) at Zom-B-Gone, and are hired to take out the evil that plagues Necroville.
This is a horror-comedy that owes as much to Troma as Kevin Smith. It has the violence (and gore) views expect from their Troma titles, but the Clerks resemblance just can’t be ignored. Jack is the level-headed half of the duo (think Dante), and Alex is the smart-ass quick-wit (think Randal). Instead of a convenience store, they practice their witty banter as they dispatch ghouls. There is also the annoying girlfriend (though the girlfriend in Necroville is much, much worse than the girlfriend in Clerks, at least she has redeeming qualities), the pop-culture references, and the language. Clerks had to be re-submitted to get its R, it was originally rated NC-17 for language alone. Necroville would certainly also have a hard time getting an R rating these days, for the language (which I felt was more than necessary, it actually suffered in my mind from a case of the “fuck-fuck-fuckity-fucks”) as much as the gore.
Speaking of gore, Necroville did a pretty outstanding job for being a micro-budgeted movie. The film utilizes both conventional gore and some pretty impressive CGI. However, the CGI is never overboard, it fits the situation, and is well done when it is used. Overall the effects / costumes / makeup were all well done, I only had issues with a few scenes where zombies were painted from the neck up, but had nice, healthy, pink hands. However, when you have over 100 zombies to paint up and only have volunteers to do so, some non-zombified hands can be overlooked.
The production quality of Necroville was, again, better then the average low-budget horror-comedy. There were well-made costumes, signs, weapons, and the aforementioned gore effects. Also the picture is 16:9 (not letterboxed), and is crisp overall. There were some areas where the lighting was a little underwhelming, and other areas where the dialogue was a little hard to understand. However, this is really nitpicking, as Necroville is leaps and bounds above many low-budget films in the areas of both sound and lighting. And the foley fits well and is well done, so it is easy to overlook the few times the sound is not quite up to snuff.
Co-directors Billy Garberina and Richard Griffin also persuaded well above average performances from their actors in this film. Billy (as Jack) and Adam Jarmon Brown (as Alex) both shine, easily convincing the audience that these two have been best buddies since childhood. Their banter works well, with Alex putting down Jack’s girlfriend constantly (and she deserves it!) and Jack returning the love through a bevy of fat jokes. Brandy Bluejacket also grates on not only the last nerve, but the first and every other one in-between as Penny. I wanted to slap the crap out of her on many an occasion in the film, and I also wanted to smack Jack and scream “what’s wrong with you???” for staying with this raging bitch! Of course, that’s the point of her character, so that means her performance was spot on. However, the shining star of the film is Mark Chavez as Clark. Mark’s comic timing is impeccable, and he plays Clark so perfectly that I can not think of another actor (low-budget or large) that could have done it better.
Overall I felt that Necroville was well-above the average low-budget horror-comedy. There were some parts that I felt went too far, others that could have been pushed farther, but that’s all a matter of taste. Necroville was a proficiently made horror-comedy that delivers the goods with the dialogue, the effects, the plot, and the end. Plus, how many low-budget comedies can you think of that have vampires, werewolves, zombies, a lumberjack with a six-foot chainsaw, and a baby-grand piano being dropped from multiple stories? And as Billy says, the master vampire is dispatched in a way I have never seen before, and that is a tough feat to accomplish with the twenty-zillion odd vampire flicks out there.
Overall 8 out of 10
Necroville on the imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1105289/
Necroville for sale: http://www.necroville.com
Necroville site: http://www.necroville.com