I had seen Shudder promoting Vicious Fun for a bit when it was just being added to the service. I wasn’t really sure of what to expect, aside from some laughs. It works pretty well as a companion piece to Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group, which I’m currently reading. They both have similar feels but different versions of the world are seen. If you take these two pieces of media in near the same time you’re in for a special treat.
Vicious Fun was directed by Cody Calahan and was written by James Villeneuve and Calahan. It stars Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, Sean Baek, and David Koechner. I recognized a few of the actors definitely Robert Maillet, Julian Richings, and David Koechner. This is actually the second movie that I’ve watched in the last couple of days that had Robert Maillet, or Kurrgan as I first knew him as, in it and that was a surprise. I had seen Evan Marsh before but didn’t realize until looking at IMdB that it was because of Shazam!, where he played a bit part of a high school bully.
The plot is centered on Joel, a horror movie critic for a magazine. The movie is set in the early 80s. Joel is very much like a lot of “critics” that want to be pseudo-intellectuals. The type of person that asks questions instead of watching the movie. Joel follows the guy that his roommate had just gone on a date with and gets super drunk, like comically drunk, at the bar of a Chinese restaurant with the guy. That leads him to drunkenly fall in the custodial closet and pass out for a few hours. When he wakes up, the restaurant is closed and what looks to be a support group. Joel finds out that it’s a kind of support group for serial killers and things go to hell from there. You get cool kills and odd jokes.
The production design is kickass. Not only are there posters for movies that exist but you get posters for films that only exist in the film’s world. The fake posters look fantastic and whoever made them have the knowledge of what catches an eye for a horror poster, especially an 80s horror poster. The gore is really well done, there are a couple of parts that have cg blood but it doesn’t take much away from the movie as a whole.
If you’re wanting a really good horror comedy that’s pretty original I would say you should definitely check out Vicious Fun. Its currently streaming on Shudder, since it is a Shudder original.