Saturday, March 2, 2013

Father's Day...Holy Mother Of God, What Did I Just Watch?

I've kinda been sitting here for a little while now, eating my breakfast, sipping my coffee, staring through the computer screen as if its not there, kind of like a zombie, wondering how in the living hell I can reccommend the movie I saw last night to ANYONE.
Sure as hell can't reccommend it to my mum.

The movie I saw was Fathers Day.
Now the plot kind of goes like this:
A rapist/serial killer is on the loose. A dad rapist. As in, a rapist that only rapes dads.
In order to stop the fiend once and for all, a team is formed, consisting of a male street whore, a priest, a stripper and a one-eyed vigilante with a score to settle.
It's truly a lot more fucked up than it sounds, but awesome, and funny.

Its got this manic vibe to it, with the gleefully obvious grindhouse tributes, the over the top violence, the crazy unrelenting and unpredictable plot, and awesome AWESOME music. I can't go on about the film too much without spoiling it, but I will say that it needs to be seen.
The makers of the film are a team called Astron-6: (like them here: and we actually had the pleasure of viewing Father's Day with their other film Manborg.
The good thing about this, was that Manborg set the tone for the kind of humor and craziness and led you willingly into the dark dungeon that was Father's Day. If they showed Father's Day straight off the bat, I think some of the more uninitiated would have either puked, or walked out (it was showing in a double at the Luna which is an arthouse cinema, where arty-farty types have nothing to do on a saturday except spend their money on a movie they have no qualms about walking out of, then blaming Luna for not telling them it wasnt about a rickshaw operator in Turkey having it off with an ex Nazi in the 60's, that's leederville for ya!).

So Manborg was another piece of awesome in its own right, but even though it eased you in, it still can't prepare you for the onslaught that is Father's Day.

It honestly is a movie with everything.
You've got:
Dick Biting,
Toxic Berries,
Unapologetic Gore,
Penis head cutting,
Stop-Motion Animation,
Ancient Tomes,
Car Chases,

I honestly could go on, and on, and on, but like I said, this is a spoiler free zone.
The gore is so outrageously intense at times that it may prompt you to look away, or laugh, depending on who you are. Me? I laughed. Man I laughed my goddamn ass off.

Regarding the violent and nasty content throughout, there has naturally been a bit of bullshit in regards to censorship, especially in Australia, and in light of this, the film has had to forego numerous cuts. Whilst Troma initially handled the release and distribution overseas, Monster Films has been handling it here, trying their hardest for us to get to see it, even though the Australian Government are being stooges about it.

Now I don't know if any of you Podcastrators out there have seen the film at all, but from what I can tell, and from what I have heard on the internets, it doesnt seem like much could have or would have been cut (although that may come off as quite a naive statement considering what the movie is like) The penis head cutting scene, mentioned before, seemed rather intact, but from what I heard, it was cut for the Australian release.
Feel free to comment below if you have seen an uncut version and would care to enlighten me!

Cuts aside, it was an awesome, funny, violent and energetic film, and I can not wait to see it again.
To buy it, just import it for now. However if you really want to support the guys at Astron-6, and Monster Films for all their efforts, buy the DVD when it eventually comes out in Australia, and do what you can to ensure that we keep indie horror alive and kicking.

As a final little thing, big thumbs up to Astron-6 for slipping in a Franco Nero portrait on the wall. Good lads.

Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure!

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