March 29, 2012

Guilty Pleasure- The Mad (2007)

Every now and then we come across a movie that we really shouldn't like, but end up loving. Alright, maybe not loving, but liking. Such is the case with the 2007 Canadian Virus/Infected flick, The Mad.

These days, anything starring Billy Zane gives us pause; the guy used to star in some great movies, but seems to have gone the route of starring in any b-movie script that comes his way. We're cool with that. He should work as often as possible and make as much $$$ as he can. He's earned a lifetime of credit with us for his work in Demon Knight alone. If we're being honest though, some of this movies like Leprechaun's Revenge or The Kill Hole don't exactly scream quality to us, you know? The Kill Hole... based on title alone that movie is begging to be reviewed by us.

The Mad is the story of a Father and Daughter being attacked by some infected style zombies, and some evil, organic hamburger patties. You see, the local grown beef is tainted with some crazy virus that makes people go Mad when they eat it. Also, the beef, when in patty form, will latch onto someones face and try to kill them. Sound crazy? Well, it's Canadian, so that goes without saying.

When good hamburger goes bad.
This is a cheesy, goofy, ridiculous horror comedy that spoofs the whole Virus/Infected Zombie genre. It's saved from completely sucking by some good production values, and some fun acting by the cast. Chief amongst them is of course Billy Zane, who turned what should have been an embarrassing role, into one that was fun as all hell. In all fairness, it may still be embarrassing, but you know what, it was still fun.

The hot as Canadian-sin Maggie Castle plays his daughter, and not only is she nice to look at, but she's pretty funny herself. You can catch her on the Canadian TV show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, which is playing on Fearnet right now! Like right this minute, we think. The equally hot Jordan Madely is in this too, and we've loved her ever since seeing her in 5ive Girls, which oddly enough was another of our guilty pleasures.Maybe it's Canada that is the true guilty pleasure.

We should probably mention Shauna MacDonald next, but instead we're going to give some love to a guy named Rothaford Gray.If you look at his name, it looks as if his parents could have been trend setters and not even known it. These days, you get all kinds of guys running around calling each other Broham or Broseph... a practice which makes us wish that Frat Boys would be banned from society and deemed a danger to society. Well, if you add a "B" to Rothaford's name, you get Brothaford. Saying "What's up, Brothaford?" seems a lot less ginky than the other "Bro" greetings. Why? Because white people suck at sounding cool and making up good slang. You know I'm right. Aside from the cool name, Rothaford was pretty fun in this flick too. Still, it's the name that puts him over the top.

Don't ever call him Brothaford in person. He doesn't like it.
Of course if you don't like cheesy, tongue-in-cheek Canadian humor, then this movie will do nothing for you. It really is all crazy stupid, whether in a fun way or not. So I guess, just beware.

There's plenty of blood and gore all throughout this one; blood sprays, people are bitten, heads are severed, the infected are shot, stabbed and otherwise messily dispatched. It's a humorous flick, but it doesn't go lightly on the messy business.

It's Goreific!
Aside from some implied oral hi-jinks and an older man caught romancing a blow up doll, there's no dirty stuff to be found here. It's a shame, really, because the movie definitely had some potential for hot chick nakedness. At least we got to see Maggie Castle all sweaty and scantily clad... and in pigtails.

She is a sassy misbehaver!
The one with the crazy bouncing head, or, the whole hamburger patty attack sequence. For our money, both are equally rewarding.

That's exactly the reaction we had.
When the mood strikes and we find ourselves in desperate need for some wacky, zany, crazy horror comedy that will make us smile and forget how horrible most other cheap horror flicks are, The Mad is just the type of flick we seek out. Good horror comedies are a true rarity, and this one pretty much delivers the goods. We're not saying it's LOL funny, but it is amusing and goofy enough to earn out affection. Plus, hot Canadian chicks.

As it turns out, Canadian chicks are quite pleasant to look at. Also, the Shauna MacDonald in this movie is not the Shauna MacDonald from The Descent. Who knew there were two of them?

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