Monday, April 16, 2012

Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler

Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler (1997)

Dir:Ron Atkins (Necromaniac:Schizophreniac 2/ Eyes of the Chameleon/Death Rattle LSD/ The Cuckoo CLocks of Hell)

IMDB Rating: 3.4 out of 10

In my last review I made mention of Harry Russo as in 2011 Ron Atkins brought back the character from Last House on Dead End Street in a film called "Cuckoo Clocks of Hell" , Well in said flick the leader of the killers from that film joins forces with the antagonist of the Schizophreniac series Harry Russo. So while I search for a copy of that film I have decided to give this Schizophreniac series a view. Schizophreniac is one of those films you will find in the "Cult" section of the video store and the cover just screams "Skip Me" or "Do Not Watch me." Based on the title and cover alone I had no desire to ever watch this film, Until learning about the 2011 film and I saw this film reviewed somewhere and thought it looked hilarious.After finding this flick I made a decision to devote the rest of this month to the rarest and worst films I could find more so than usual. Looking for films that even I think look ridiculous. Surprisingly I found this little flick entertaining as hell.


Synopsis:
                        The film opens right off the bat with a shower scene getting to the T & A from the gate. As the women cleans up her phone rings and no one speaks on the other end in typical slasher fashion. After a few false calls she begins having phone sex with someone while being watched from outside. Enter Harry Russo who apparently was a customer of this young woman and after she belittles him for impotency he strangles her to death before sodomizing her dead body. From this point you should know exactly what to expect from this film , as if the film quality didn't give up enough this one is gonna be a rough one to sit through.




After the first kill we get an introduction to Harry as he takes a trip to his psychiatrist where he explains the origins of his new favorite doll he carries with him everywhere. Harry received a prop from one of his favorite movies involving a killer doll named Rubberneck from his girlfriend Drew. Unfortunately for Drew the doll now talks to Harry and is telling him to kill her for being a whore.During Harry's session he looses it and after a trip to the restroom he returns in drag and kills his doctor.Rapidly Harry's drug addictions begin to get the best of him as he is falling apart. After opening up to his new pal Rubberneck about his tragic childhood, where his Mother would dress him up as a girl and molest him, Harry sets out on his rampage and begins offing hookers and sodomizing them after killing them.





As Harry sets out to hunt down some "Whoaares", He finds one at a 7-11 and offers her some crack in exchange for a good time. Quickly things turn sour as Harry gets aggressive and while receiving a blow job Harry begins talking to Rubberneck which scares the hooker. Harry promptly kicks the hooker out of his car and disposes of her by strangulation. In one of the funniest scenes in the film , Harry smashes the hookers obviously Styrofoam head with a baseball bat. Then we see some serious guerrilla film making as Harry runs frantic through an empty parking lot stark naked and we see Harry's junk for the first (Of Many) time. This movie is high on nudity and not all of it is of the female variety as the actor playing Harry is certainly not shy to be on camera for sure.




Harry briefly shows a soft side as he helps an old lady with her bags before snapping on a man for nearly hitting her with a car in a pretty funny scene.Russo allows Rubberneck to get the best of him as he heads to Drew's to kill her but in a drug out state he has a religious experience and prays to the picture of Jesus in her house he calls "The Velvet Jesus". Believing he has seen the light it appears Drew is safe until she doubts his manhood due to the drugs not allowing him to function correctly. This of course does not sit well and Harry disposes of his girlfriend in familiar fashion , however  this time he takes a bit extra as he cuts off one of her nipples and eats it after raping her. Another example of guerrilla film making is shot as Harry rampages through another empty lot where he runs into the man from earlier who nearly hit his old lady friend and after a argument about homosexuality, Harry castrates the man before shooting him. Upon returning home Harry's story has made the news and the police now have a sketch of him and are looking for a strange man with a puppett.











Harry's hallucinations become worse as now he begins seeing cartoons and hearing more voices.Needing a rest he takes Rubberneck to a porn theater. At this point he enters the women's bathroom where a woman for some reason has her child in the restroom of a porn store? After he scares the horrible mother off , Hearry gets dressed up for the show. Upon entering the screening area things do not go as well as planned as his outbursts disturb the other patrons which leads to a altercation and of course Harry is quick to take out the fellow pervs. Once harry returns home the news reports that the police have found out who the murderer is and Harry decides to split. The film closes with harry trying to dispose of Rubberneck but the control over him is too much and his mind completely falls apart.
















Final Thoughts:
Schizophreniac is about as cheap of a film you will find and it is downright awful, but it never fails to entertain. I found myself cracking up on multiple occasions while watching this flick. The actor that plays Harry has a hilariously thick east coast accent and as he spouts off one liners and curse words , I could not help but think he was trying his hardest to rehearse for a Good fellas knock off or something. Plus seeing this guy run around in drag naked through a parking lot acting tough is comedy gold. I went into this films with the lowest of expectations and I encourage anyone who is actually gonna check this film out to do the same because I had a blast watching this one. Schizophreniac is certainly a cult classic in my books and I am surprised the series was never picked up by Troma or another larger distribution company as it really is a fun watch. It does go over the top at times and it tries it's hardest to be shocking but the whole thing ends up coming off more like a fucked up comedy than anything else. If you have a twisted sense of humor surely seek this flick out, I promise you if anything will at least not be bored watching it. If you can get past the constant swearing and slurs, as well as the male nudity, This film will certainly keep you laughing even if it is unintentional.Trust me this film has allot against it as far as acting , film quality and some of the worst gore effects ever seen it still manages to entertain and that is hard to do for sure. I never pictured myself saying this before watching this flick but, I am looking forward to checking out the sequel and I now more than before want to find a copy of the third installment "The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell".

Gore:6 (Some of the worst effects I have ever seen, Only added to the films charm)
Nudity:8 (Mostly of Harry's Member but there is plenty of  T & A as well)
Story:3
Characters:4 (Harry is hilarious but the rest are just plain awful)
Fun Factor:7 (Gotta say this film was fun as hell to watch)
Overall: 5 out of 10

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