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Feb 25

Coons! Night of the Bandits of the Night

coonsGenre: Comedy / Horror
Year: 2005
Country: USA

Director: Travis Irvine
Starring: Lehr Beidelschies, Brian Kamerer, Nick Maier, Zach Riedmaier, John Sarvas

 

They come for your food… they stay for your FLESH!

 

A group of college kids are gathering together for a sweet summer break filled with alcohol and fun out on the Raccoon Creek Campground in the small town of Independence. Their festivites get cut short when a horde of bloodthirsty racoons start to attack the camp.

The job of getting rid of these racoons gets given to the newly appointed Park Ranger Danger, a couple of so-called expert and a long bearded hippie looking dude. The final showdown between the humans and the racoons ends up being quite a fight with gunfire, bombs and kung fu.

Coons! is a lower than low budget effort produced by Overbites Pictures and distributed by the good folk of Troma Entertainment. According to IMDB; the film was created for the small budget of $5,000 dollars, making it one of the cheapest full feature films I believe that I have seen so far.

It’s easy to see why this was picked up by Troma. The film has a stupid concept, silly and schlocky humour and even some offensive material. We don’t get live racoons here, instead we are being “frightened” by taxidermitized ones, which just adds to the cheap laughs they were going for with this film.

I’m gonna guess that this started out as a student project, but by pure enthusiasm it turned into a normal length film instead. There’s only so much you can do with both the concept and such little money, but the effort does show here. They do acknowledge that this is not something to take seriously. The humour doesn’t work most of the times though and the film does have too much dull dialogue.

Most of the actors are male, probably real life friends or family and some of then have to play multiple parts which are poorly hidden by fake moustaches and wigs. There is two or three females in the film, one being a very hot blonde girl named Marti Babcock, who I would have liked to see more of in the film. It also has no nudity, which is rare for a Troma distributed movie, but perhaps just as well in my book considering the cast was 90% male.

Coons! Night of the Bandits of the Night is an unpolished, amateurish effort. It’s not good and most people would get bored by it, but even though I’m giving it a bad rating I still want to say that they did try and that does show. I would not have been surprised if the makers of this ended up doing more films in the future.

 

 ★☆☆☆☆ 

 

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