NOW ON VOD! Director Chad Ostrom’s The Day After Halloween is a horror comedy indie romp with loads of surprises. Addison (Danny Schluck) and Hayes (Brandon Delany) are buddies who dwell on the property of a classic drive-in theater (shot within the fantastic previous Mahoning Drive-in in Leighton, PA). Coincidental with Halloween, the theater is closing for the season, so that they throw an enormous, drunken bash for family and friends on the Drive-In. A lot booze is consumed that recollections are misplaced in blackouts, and on the day after Halloween, the boys get up desperately hungover to discover a corpse within the bathtub, having no concept the way it obtained there.
Written by Danny Schluck, The Day After Halloween bounces round wildly on the timeline main as much as the social gathering, with a useful on-screen clock to tell the viewer when the occasions depicted are occurring relative to midnight on Halloween. Because the story winds a torturous path to the finale, the third act pulls in some sudden horror arcana, and issues get actually bizarre.
Addison is an unreconstructed troglodyte instance of the male species, with Hayes additionally needing sensitivity coaching, however to a lesser diploma. Addison is a racist, homophobe, and misogynist, not essentially in that order. His crude method to ladies and every thing else is performed for laughs. He’s additionally a horrible slob who attire like he’s homeless and drinks prefer it’s his job. A few of that’s humorous, and a few are simply cringe-inducing.
“…the boys get up desperately hungover to discover a corpse within the bathtub…”
If this have been Clerks, Addison could be Randall, and Hayes could be Dante, however with clumsier dialogue. These characters miss the mark of being lovable deadbeats: they’re too previous and too repugnant, however that’s probably intentional. For those who like Addison and Hayes, perhaps that claims extra about you than it does them. Regardless of the characters being brash and unlikeable, we nonetheless wish to know what occurred to them final night time and what is going to occur going ahead as the story unfolds. One factor is for certain: The previous noticed about horror film characters who’ve intercourse getting taken out in significantly vicious methods holds true right here, plus some.
The women within the movie gamely soldier on across the antics of their male loser acquaintances. Hayes’ sometimes-girlfriend is performed by Aimee Fogelman, and a celebration visitor in a vampire costume is performed by Victoria Meade. Each actresses wrestle to do their finest with the restricted roles however flip in good performances nonetheless.
For an ultra-low-budget Indie horror comedy, The Day After Halloween gives share of guffaws and jolts. There’s sufficient bloodshed to enchantment to the gore-porn junkies and sufficient uncooked transgressive humor to get a horrified giggle from the viewer. Ostrom is aware of what he’s doing right here and who his viewers is. By design, it will most likely be finest to be chemically altered when viewing this. For those who take pleasure in Troma-style Llloyd Kaufman-esque schlock, then this is your type of joint.
The Day After Halloween is obtainable on Video On Demand platforms.