The Vern’s Troma Challenge: Fear Town USA.


Fear Town, USA

Cast:  Anna Callegari, Mark Vigant, Cody Lindquist

Writers:  Brandon Bassham, Reynard Alli, Patrick Foy, Dan Kenkel, Samuel Narisi, Mark Vigant

Director: Brandon Bassham

 feartown_popsignNEWThe number one great thing about Troma is the undying love for independent cinema.  You probably just thought they make nothing but schlocky flicks with penis monster puppets and tits that shoot out radiation poison.  Yet, they do continue to support up and coming filmmakers who may turn out to be the next big deal.  They did it with James Gunn who before directing “Guardians of The Galaxy”  gave us “Tromeo and Juliet”.  Before Trey Parker and Matt Stone gave us their Award wining play “The Book of Mormon”  They gave us their first musical called simply “Cannibal: The Musical“.   Now they bring you filmmaker Brandon Bassham and his hilarious horror comedy.  “Fear Town, USA

flyerFear Town:USA”  is centered around a group of characters and their problems with getting to a party known as St Blevins Day.  For those of you not in the know.  St Blevins Day was named after the man himself who back in the late 1600s or maybe it was the 1400s.  Anyways a real long time ago.  Some guy named Blevin pied pipered all the polish children to their watery graves.  While that indeed sounds tragic and sad.  The party looks pretty awesome.  Good people, great food, beautiful women, great booze.  It looks like the parties you wished all the parties you went to were like but never happened.  OK, well maybe it did happen but I was just never invited.  So fuck you for locking me out of the naked room(you know who you are).

The humor works best  when it takes tropes and cliches from other horror flicks and  changes what you expect from them.   In one scene a 16 year old girl gets a ride from a white van with black out windows.  Inside said van, sits a psychopathic clown, a homeless drifter, and a guy doing his best impersonation of The Gimp from “Pulp Fiction“.  When the door closes, the driver turns to the girl and says to get ready to have some fun.  It cuts to black and when it fades up.  The van has reached it’s destination and the young  girl is being let out after having such a fun time playing card games with her new found friends.   There are other great moments including a killer that keeps missing his target,a guy getting blamed for being the devil when the real devil is actual sitting there.  My personal favorite is the homage to the underrated thriller “Hard Candy“.  Which shows the online messages between a young girl and a much older guy.  It starts off kind of dark and creepy, but soon turns into something very silly and dumb(but in a good way).

2013-10-20 15.48.49The whole movie is like a series of really good comedy sketches that have a great set up and a good punchline. Not all of the jokes were winners but at least they were constant and kept hurling them at me.   This is the 2nd feature from  studios after seeing “The Slashening“(click link to read my review)  and after watching this.  I’m convinced these are the cats that should have made the “Scary Movie” sequels.   I know there are some who will just disregard this as being too silly and goofy, but what do you expect.  It’s a comedy people.

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I will be back at the end of the week with my annual Oscar Show video. Yes I know it will be past the point, but videos take a while to edit and I have a full time job so be on the look out for that soon. Laters.


About The Vern

I love movies and I enjoy writing about them too. They both go pretty much hand in hand with each other and it's fun to discover new classics. I co host the podcasts The Film Pasture, ScreenTrax, and soon Cinema Recall. While also contributing reviews and articles to other great sites when I can.
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2 Responses to The Vern’s Troma Challenge: Fear Town USA.

  1. thycriticman says:

    This actually looks entertaining.

    I can’t lie, I tried watching Father’s Day once and failed to enjoy any of it. I kind of want to see Toxic Avenger though.

    • The Vern says:

      Troma like every other studio is going to have some hits and some misses. I just like the fact that they are at least doing new things. Thanks for the comments

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