Before I really get into the review of Father’s Day I should probably say one thing. There is a lot of penis mutilation in this thing. Still with me? Good, then we can proceed. Feeling a little woozy? I’ll see you next review. The latest from the filmmaking group, Astron 6, Father’s Day is well within what you would expect from a movie that doesn’t shy away from bloody man bits on screen. What you might not expect, though, is how fun and entertaining that gory ride manages to be.
The short plot description for Father’s Day goes something like this, a serial killer/rapist who has a father fetish is on the prowl, attacking, raping and killing poor daddies. Ahab, who’s own father was murdered by the killer known as Fuchman, pronounced exactly as you assume it to be, decides to gather a group together to stop Fuchman once and for all. His allies include the aptly named Twink, and a young priest named Father John Sullivan. And from there it just gets plain silly.
Obviously, an intricate plot is not what Father’s Day is going for and, to be honest, for the first sequence or two of the movie it seems the makers aren’t really sure what it is they are going for. But then the character of Ahab shows up. From that moment on, Father’s Day becomes a surprisingly effective deadpan comedy. Yes the gore you’d expect from a movie distributed by Troma is present, but, quite unexpectedly, most of the comedy is understated, subtle, and pretty hilarious. That comedic touch is what raises this movie above a simple B level exploitation, gore fest.
Even with the comedic momentum of the Ahab character pushing the movie forward, there is a large portion of this movie, most noticeably in the latter portion of the second act, that feels especially disjointed. It’s almost as if the makers started filming before the script was completed. Once the story gets to that point, there is quite a bit of meandering and characters looking about, seeming to be looking for the story. Once they find it, they find it in an amped up, particularly insane finale. Father’s Day would probably have been better served if they just took a time out, skipped the meandering, and went straight to the finale and the hilarious, twisted ending.
Father’s Day is not a movie that will ever appeal to popular culture, or even a large portion of the horror community, but it is a movie that is proudly confident in what it brings to the table. Much like it’s grind-house ancestors, Father’s Day is about pushing the boundaries of good taste. It is intent on bringing the “deviant” label back to horror, and in a world of watered down formulaic horror cash grabs, it really is refreshing for a boundary or two to be pushed. Father’s Day is a movie that remembers the part of horror that appealed to the twelve year-old in all of us. This is a movie you’d have to hide under your bed because you know your parents wouldn’t approve. And in a homogenized, market research kind of world we need more movies like that.