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MY BLOODY BANJO Film Review
Directed By Liam Regan
Genre: Horror - Fantasy - Comedy
MY BLOODY BANJO is a British comedy horror, written and directed by Liam Regan, originally screened at Frightfest 2015, told through the eyes of Peltzer (James Hamer-Morton).
It starts with his intimate affairs with his girlfriend Deetz (Dani Thompson), and we journey with him through his struggles from home to his work.
There is something intuitive and insightful in the exaggerated depiction of the office environment and its' politics by Liam Regan. Loud garrish colours combine with the nearly tribal chorus of sounds from his colleaugues, followed by Peltzers invariable shame at his victimisation.
Indeed, the office with their diatribe towards Peltzer, are deeply fascinating, and his ex Serena (Melissa Lee Ray) plays a believably caring counterpart to his character. They look credible as a pair, and one does watch partly intrigued as to what might occur!
What is interesting about Peltzers portrayal is that he is astute and authentic in his rendering of the character, who is essentially an anti-hero.
The office bullies and the unsung hero Terrance (Dan Palmer) help build tension, and their scenes are instrumental in leading Peltzer to seek blood through summoning his imaginary friend Ronnie (Damian Morter).
In fact, throughout the film Peltzer (James Hamer-Morton), Terrance (Dan Palmer), and Mikey (David Curtis) perform superbly. Their honest and engaging performances really add authenticity to the profane and disturbing scenes, and humour is illicited throughout by the juxtaposition between "life", and the ridiculous.
Although witty, clever, and cathartic in parts the vulgar OTT Troma indulgence through the latter half didn't appeal to me. Invariably though, I was drawn to continue watching by a kind of fascination with the extent of the obscene vengeance, which contrasted well with the sweet gentility of the standard office romance!
My recommendation then? Watch at your own peril, with a pillow close at hand!
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