The 2006 horror comedy Evil Bong is Full Moon's first sitcom. Not really, of course; it's a feature film, but one that's constructed and plays exactly like a sitcom. From the single apartment setting to the cast of roommates who drop in and out of the proceedings to the broad humor the film embraces, it really does seem like Evil Bong has been stitched together from episodes of a situation comedy that never made it on the air.
Would that it were a better situation comedy. Somehow, the Evil Bong series has gone on to be one of Full Moon's biggest franchises of the 2000s, rivaled only by their own Gingerdead Man series -- meaning, of course, that the two franchises crossed over for 2013's Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong. It's probably because of the outrageousness of the concept and the fact that it appeals directly to a very specific audience -- the kind that would get very, very stoned, lay on a couch and giggle through a movie about a sentient killer bong with a sassy attitude. You've got to give it Charles Band: the guy knows how to come up with ideas that are either so wacky or so silly sounding that they've got to see them.
Trancers. It's fan service, sure, and not even fan service that makes a whole lot of sense, but there's little about a killer bong movie that's going to make a whole lot of sense. Might as well embrace the surreality of it all. Besides, as someone with no interest in stoner humor, a least the movie was still able to speak to the Full Moon fan in me.
That got me thinking: what if smoking from EeeBee (as in E.B./Evil Bong, as it eventually comes to be called) just sent the characters into the "real" world of Full Moon Studios? The creature cameos could all be retained and the movie would have taken on a much more 'meta' approach, one which offers the same kind of fan service but also combines an intelligence with all the stupid silly weed stuff. This could have been Full Moon's Charlie Kaufman movie.
Castle Freak and Charles Band telling very entertaining stories for an hour. We were primed for something that sounded as fun as Evil Bong 3 did (at this point, I had not yet seen any films in the series). The movie was presented in 3-D and Smell-o-Vision, with scratch n' sniff cards handed out ahead of time that wreaked of fake weed and gradually made me sick over the course of the day. There couldn't have been better circumstances under which to see the movie, but the air was quickly sucked out of the room as a result of many of the same mistakes made by the original Evil Bong.
Part of me wishes the movie had been done as a sitcom instead, as I would probably be more forgiving of some of its problems. The central conceit would have to be changed -- EeeBee could be a wacky roommate or the show's ALF -- but with these characters, this cast and that apartment, the rest of the pieces are all in place. There could be regular crossovers with other characters from the Full Moon Universe; one week, the gang gets a telegram from the Head of the Family and has to go see him at his house, while another week someone brings home one of the toys from Puppet Master. I'm onto something here. If anyone from Full Moon is reading, my services are available. You know where to find me.
Full Moon will release the fourth installment in their incredibly popular Evil Bong series, Evil Bong 420, this April 20th. As it's their first feature film to premiere exclusively on the service (their series Trophy Heads debuted last year and was later edited into a feature, but it's not quite the same thing), it's kind of a big deal. My original plan was to watch and write about the first three Evil Bong movies -- and possibly even Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong -- before that date. I'm fairly confident I'm not going to make it.
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