Writer and Director
*** out of Five
One thing was very clear while watching Macabre Medicine, the feature from director Will Devokees. From the first frame to the last, you could see that this guy and all those involved are lovers of horror and grind house cinema. The movie begins with a series of fake trailers including a reboot to Friday the 13th that looked better than the 2009 remake These sections at the start really made me feel like I was in a rundown theater in the early 80’s while I was watching it and I enjoyed my time very much.
Speaking of gore, the practical effects in this flick are not bad. You can fully tell they were done on a very small budget but there was a lot of creativity that went into each one. I loved the moments when an arm is sliced open and you can clearly see that sloppy joe meat is used for the insides. Along with the slicing off a face scene that both worked both as an homage to Eyes Without a Face, and The Cable Guy when Jim Carrey’s character was doing his impression of Hannibal Lecter with the Chicken Skin.
These are not professionals but just a group of good friends making a movie together. I have a lot of respect for that and as an underpaid film critic. I can sort of look past small flubs that happen here and there while watching. I do think that there were scenes that could have been trimmed down or removed to make the run time a nice lean 90 minute feature. You can see that they didn’t have a lot of money while making it. But Will Devokees and his crew were fueled by more than just money to make this picture. They were driving by the pure passion of making a movie and that is something I would gladly buy them a beer for. If they did end up getting more money to make another feature, I would be very curious to see what they could do.
Check out the trailer below and be sure to check out the official website for more content