DVD. Chemical Burn.
have quite a decent tolerance level for zero budget, amateur films
– at least, more than the average person. I can sit through
stuff shot on a cheap camcorder with lousy acting and poor special
effects, as long as there is some evidence of heart, soul and
most importantly, originality in the movie. What I can’t
tolerate, though, are crappy home movies that are derivative,
clumsy, insulting and moronic. All of which is why I found Melvin
to be practically unwatchable.
The plot, if you want to call it that, sees ultra-nerdy Melvin
being continually abused and bullied by punks, cheerleaders and
general idiots, until he’s killed by them. Also bullied
is fellow nerd Norton, who is then possessed by the zombie-like
spirit of Melvin, and takes his predictably gory revenge.
Clearly inspired by moronic Troma crap like The Toxic
Avenger – Troma head Lloyd Kaufman has a cameo
- Melvin is a painful mix of lousy acting, bad plotting, dreadful
pacing and general godawfulness. Every character is hateful, the
film drags on forever – despite only being an hour long
– and Henry Weintraub’s direction appears to consist
of pointing the camera in vaguely the right direction and hoping.
The only passable element of the whole thing is a fake movie trailer
called Night of the Driller, which Weintraub
is proud enough of to repeat during the closing credits and
include as an extra – I guess he wanted to get his money’s
worth after paying a girl to get naked.
But shit like this tends to be made by and for redneck trailer
trash, and doubtless Henry and his mates had a good old time making
it. That’s no reason why the rest of us should have to suffer
it though. Avoid at all costs.
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