Thursday, September 13, 2007

CREATURE FROM THE HILLBILLY LAGOON

When an evil corporation (What? Another one?) illegally dumps some biogenetic toxic waste into a small rural lake, it isn’t long before ravenous mutant fishmen rise from its murky depths to slaughter the local population of beer-swilling, inbred rednecks.

That’s the high concept of Pop Cinema’s CREATURE FROM THE HILLBILLY LAGOON (2007), one of the latest releases in their Shock-O-Rama exploitation/horror line.

Directed by Richard Griffin, HILLBILLY LAGOON is a hilariously bad, cartoonish horror comedy with a silly script, terrible, campy acting by a strictly amateurish cast, and goofy gore effects. On the other hand, it’s surprisingly entertaining, rather well shot, the music’s pretty good, and the creature suits aren’t bad, either. I even like the art on the DVD cover. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of those so-bad-it’s-kinda-good flicks, in a TOXIC AVENGER sort of way.

Pop Cinema’s DVD offers up the shot-on-digital video feature with a very respectable 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The disc includes a commentary track by director Griffin, a Behind the Scenes featurette, some deleted scenes, and the usual Shock-O-Rama Trailer Vault.

Definitely worth a rental for undemanding schlock-oholics.

BUY: Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon