Director: Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matt Kennedy, Steven Kostanski, Conor Sweeney
Starring: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Amy Groening, Garrett Hnatiuk
Sons, lock up your fathers… vengeance arrives on… Father’s Day!
Ahab has dedicated his life to avenge his father’s death. He knows that the killer is still out there, raping and murdering random adult men who have children. He has been able to identify the killer and is now closer than ever to get his hands on the sick, sadistic murderer Chris Fuchman.
Father’s Day can be categorized together with the so-called “neo” Grindhouse films that have been emerging after Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse film that came out a few years ago. I wasn’t a fan of Grindhouse and haven’t cared that much about any of the films that came after either, although I haven’t seen them all and I probably won’t anytime soon.
The only thing I knew about this before watching it was that one of my Internet friends loved it, another one hated it and that it is distributed by Troma. Troma hasn’t distributed any films that I have found interesting for a lot of years now and I tend to only like the ones that they make themselves.
Father’s Day tries to be funny while throwing disgusting scenes of incest, self-mutilation, male rape and other goodies at the viewer. The content fits right at home at Troma for sure. It’s however not done very well and most of the stuff, minus a penis slicing is just not effective. The first hour feels like several scenes that are slices together and it doesn’t flow very well. The film goes from being crappy to watchable during its final half hour with the hell scenes being the highlight of the entire film. This part is also the most “Tromaish” of the film and those parts just work better here.
This is the work of a collective of filmmakers that call themselves Astron-6. They did everything from directing to acting in the film. They do deserve some credit for creating a movie on a budget of only 10,000 dollars and it can’t be easy to make something coherent on such a minimal budget. That being said though, when you watch a film you don’t care that much for what it cost but just how it looks and if it delivers the entertainment that you want and Father’s Day does not do that for me.
Father’s Day is another new “Grindhouse homage” that fails to work on its own. If you do like the other films that have tried to do the same thing the last years, then you might want to give this a go. The same can be said if you are a fan of Troma’s later releases. If you don’t apply to any of those, then you can skip this.