Freaks of Nature (2015) reviews and overview

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‘Get out undead or alive’

Freaks of Nature is a 2015 American science fiction comedy horror feature film directed by Robbie Pickering from a screenplay written by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth; Men in Black 4), and produced by Matt Tolmach (Morbius; Venom franchise). The movie stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem and Denis Leary.

The Columbia Pictures production apparently cost $33 million but received only a very limited theatrical release on October 30, 2015.

A Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital release emerged on February 9, 2016, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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In the town of Dillford, it used to be that vampires, humans and zombies got along, but then something unexpected arrived and now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. Three teenagers must try to get things back to “normal”…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“ …fold your arms and snort with smug detachment” or open your eyes, mind, notice the roster of comedians in supporting roles, and surprisingly substantial make-up, pretty terrific practical and CGI FX, and recognizable names in leading roles, deal with some low level comedy that morphs into sophisticated very funny satire at times…” Daniel McDonald, Addicted to Horror Movies

“As it turns out, the most impressive thing about Freaks of Nature is the cast. I’m not sure who was involved in the film that was able to draw all of these familiar faces together, but they must not have shown everyone a script. I’m all for a good monster mash, but Freaks of Nature proves once again that it’s a difficult recipe to master.” Mike Long, DVD Sleuth

“This film definitely isn’t one you should think about too hard because everything is nonsensical so don’t even bother. In my opinion it gets much better when it’s just our three main protagonists, and in this cliché filled clusterf*ck they all do very well with what their given. I have to give them credit for making me laugh…” Sally Powell, Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

” …it’s basically an exercise in underwhelming chaos. Had it been scripted tighter, the humans vs. zombie vs. vampire vs. alien storyline might have worked better than it does here. As it stands though, if you can excuse its clutter, then you’ll probably find Freaks of Nature about as enjoyable as we did…” J.S.  Greer, The Horror Club

Freaks of Nature may never be as clever as the absurd premise promises, but the willingness to approach the entire endeavor with tongue-in-cheek humor helps gloss over the film’s shortcomings. Don’t take it too seriously and it makes for good campy entertainment.” Real Movie News 

” …excellent supporting cast of Bob Odenkirk, Joan Cusack, Dennis Leary and Patton Oswalt, a really hot soundtrack, and cool painted artwork […] There’s a thinly-veiled message about identity that rides through the spine of the movie, but like the film itself, it rarely piques your interest to leave any kind of lasting impression.”  Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

“The film is basically front loaded with a lot of action that sets up the rest of the film but that made it feel incredibly awkward and uneven in the much more dialogue-heavy second half. The conclusion felt really anticlimactic.” Tyler Doupé, Wicked Horror

Cast and characters:

  • Nicholas Braun … Dag
  • Mackenzie Davis … Petra
  • Josh Fadem … Ned
  • Denis Leary … Rick Wilson
  • Ed Westwick … Milan Pinache
  • Vanessa Hudgens … Lorelei – Sucker Punch; Machete Kills
  • Keegan-Michael Key … Mr. Keller
  • Bob Odenkirk … Shooter Parker
  • Joan Cusack … Peg Parker – Toy Story of Terror short
  • Chris Zylka … Chaz Jr.
  • Ian Roberts … Chaz Sr.
  • Rachael Harris … Mrs. Mosely
  • Mae Whitman … Jenna Zombie
  • Patton Oswalt … Stuart Miller
  • Pat Healy … Zombie Priest
  • Shannon Welles … Nana Miller
  • David Castañeda … Tony Cerone (as David Castaneda)
  • Cerina Vincent … Daisy
  • Lavelle Roby … Mrs. Franklin
  • Earl Moore … Backup Catcher
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar … Parminder
  • Chris Gouchoe … Chaz Jr. Jock Friend
  • Julian Sergi … Leonard
  • Irene Choi … Goth girl #1
  • Shelby Fero … Goth girl #2
  • John Ennis … Coach Pulcifer
  • Mike Mitchell … Slushy Douche
  • Natalie Palamides … Kathy Murch
  • Roxana Ortega … Concerned Citizen Jane
  • Tom Clark … Concerned Citizen Tom
  • Julie Brister … Overtly Racist Citizen
  • Momo Yashima … Overly Racist Vamp #1
  • Ryan Mirvis … Overtly Racist Vamp #2
  • Aurora Perrineau … Vampiress
  • Owen Burke … Bartender in Crowd
  • Ben Bayouth Ben Bayouth … Perfect Being
  • Gabriel Pimentel … Tiny Perfect Being
  • Jacob Eddington … Young Dag
  • Max Wright … Young Ned
  • Craig Braun … Voice from Crowd
  • Derek Mears … Wolf
  • Ellen Day Crady … Sarah
  • Jackson Tolmach … Vamp Boy
  • Asta Uziel … Zombie Girl
  • Werner Herzog … Perfect Being (voice) – director of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Trivia:

The film was formerly titled Kitchen Sink and The Kitchen Sink.

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