DVD Review: CREEP VAN

REVIEWED BY: CINEMA LATTE

GRADE: 1 out of 5 reels

UPC: 815300011287

RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2012

DISC INFORMATION: 1 disc, color, widescreen

RUNNING TIME:  85 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Anatomy of a Killer Van Smash, Creep Van: Under the Hood, Bits and Pieces (Actor Interviews), Theatrical Trailer, Original Finance Trailer, Deleted Scene and Audio Commentary by Filmmakers

RATED: Not Rated, but should be an R for violence, gore, language, nudity, and drug use

GENRE:  Horror

STARRING:  Brian Kolodziej, Amy Wehrell, Gerald Emerick, Collin Bernsen, and Mike Butler

Campbell Jackson is desperate for a job.  His lack of his own transportation has cost him plenty of jobs.  His last employment option through the Employment agency is a car wash.  He finds himself surrounded by co-workers that are the bottom of the barrel for talent, ethics, or ability.  He sees an old 70’s van driving around town with a For Sale sign in the window.  He calls and leaves a message not knowing that his life is about to change dramatically.  The owner of the van is a serial killer on a killing spree about town and has now taken an interest in Campbell and his new girlfriend, Amy. Campbellhas to team up with an unlikely friend to take the Creep down before he takes them down.

What a stinker of a movie!  Bad writing, bad acting, bad editing, and cheesy effects make this a top candidate for a Mystery Science Theater’esque type viewing.  This is a movie that would best be watched with friends to make fun of.

The bad special effects include a lot of blood squirting corpses, hilariously gory booby traps, and over-the-top death scenes.  The acting is just as bad as the writing and definitely supports the low-budget that put this one out there.  After seeing the trailer that was cut together with even less budget than this movie to get investors interested in backing the project, it is a true wonder that they got this made and picked up for distribution.

There are only two things that save this one from a grade of zero.  The first is the fact that it is so awful, it is funny.  This is a great movie to watch with friends and laugh about everything.  The writing is a joke, the acting is horribly funny, and the special effects are so cheesy they are hilarious.

The second thing to save this from a zero is the commentary by the filmmakers.  They are so invested in this project and have such passion about it that listening to the commentary track is the most entertaining part of this DVD release.  They reminisce about their adventure shooting this film, the difficulties they overcame, and their fond memories of the cast and crew along the way.  For anyone who has worked on an independent low-budget film, their commentary is all too familiar.

Not a good movie for the serious horror film fan.  This movie is only good for those who love B-movies, or possibly even C-movies.  It’s a good film for laughing at in a group viewing.  It would also serve as a good movie for what not to do in your own film projects.

Not a movie that will find a home in my collection.  I’ll pass on this stinker.  With a catch phrase of “Let the Bad Times Roll”, the viewer should take this as a warning of what they are in store for.

That’s my review and I’m sticking with it.

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