Pandamonium (2020) reviews and overview

 
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‘This panda means business’

Pandamonium is a 2020 British horror slasher feature film about a panda-mask wearing serial killer stalking victims at an office party.

Written and directed by Mj Dixon (Bannister DollHouse; Cleavers: Killer Clowns; Hollower; Legacy of Thorn; et al), the Mycho Entertainment production stars David Hon Ma Chu, Oriana Charles, Dani Thompson (Pumpkins; Cute Little Buggers; Christmas Slay; et al), Will Jones (In Search of Fear; I Scream on the Beach!) and James Hamer-Morton (Dead Air; Dead Love).

Plot:

The guys on Level 6 like to work hard, and party harder; that means the best booze, the finest drugs and hottest women money can buy.

Unfortunately for them, the strippers they’ve just hired have come with an unwanted guest. It’s Jacob Jakushi, the infamous ‘Stripper Ripper’ with an oversized panda mask and a taste for exotic dancers has these girls in his sights and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. It’s now strippers vs. panda-headed serial killer as they fight to survive the office party from hell…

Release:

PandaMonium will be available in the US on DVD and HD Digital on June 2nd. Meanwhile, in the UK, 101 Films released Pandamonium on DVD and VOD.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“A lot of the dialogue appears to have been re-recorded and fails to synch up to its surroundings. Beyond that, though, this is a fun slasher flick. The comedy is uproarious, the kills are fun, the characters are likable and the cast is quite good. Flawed but absolutely worth checking out…” Film Threat

PandaMonium is slick, stylish and sadistic. A cut above the rest. It’s booze, drugs, girls, and gore in this horrifying independent horror-comedy. Sick scares and grotesque fun. A superb slasher flick. This ain’t no Kung Fu Panda.” House of Tortured Souls

“Basically, the film seems to be blissfully aware of its own formula but makes the most out of it by throwing its characters into unusual situations and finding original (and often quite hilarious) ways to resolve them. Plus, while the film’s played totally straight, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and without going either the parody or the moronic route the outcome is pretty much as funny as it’s gruesome and violent.” Search My Trash

” …Pandamonium is a solid slasher with just enough humour to offset the gore. The best laugh involves a reference to a particular song by Talking Heads. I’m sure you can guess which one. Martin Payne (Millennial Killer) and Annie Knox are also quite funny in the prologue. Until it turns bloody that is.” Voices from the Balcony

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Release:

Pandamonium premiered at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on January 18th 2020.

Background:

Writer-director MJ Dixon had the following to say about the film:

Pandamonium is our first foray into a more comedic approach to horror, of course, that’s not to say it doesn’t take itself seriously at times. There’s still a message in there as well as tons of tension and scares to keep slasher fans happy. It’s something new for us and I just hope that people have a good time with it, I know we had one making it.”

Cast and characters:

  • David Hon Ma Chu … Jacob Jakushi
  • Oriana Charles … Arielle Walters
  • Dani Thompson … Jasmine Sands
  • Will Jones … Daniel Prince
  • James Hamer-Morton … Damian Hook
  • Lee Mark Jones … Dick Tremain
  • Charlie Bond … Cindy Glass
  • William Marshall … Timo Gasto
  • Chloe Badham … Aura Dawn
  • Derek Nelson … Jason Facile
  • Tatiana Ibba … Bella Rose
  • Annie Knox … Snowy Winters
  • Martin W. Payne … Phillip Tanterton
  • Pablo Raybould … M.R. Rutherford
  • Charlie Clarke … Carol from HR

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