by Patrick Bromley
After much promotion and hoopla, Full Moon has debuted the first of their Deadly Ten -- a series of ten new films the company is producing and simultaneously live streaming the production of -- with the release of Weedjies! Halloweed Night. In some ways a remake of the company's own Ghoulies (back when they were Empire Pictures) but with the added bonus of the marijuana culture angle that made their Evil Bong movies such a successful and long-running franchise. It makes sense for them to lead off with this one, even if it doesn't totally promise anything different for the future of the Deadly Ten. It's more of a refinement of what has come before, and I mean that in the best way possible.
In a lot of ways, Weedjies is business as usual for Full Moon in recent years: it's a horror comedy with small, ready-to-market monsters and a healthy streak of stoner humor to help shore up at least one target audience. But it's also something not a lot of Full Moon movies have been over the last decade, and that's fun. Sure, all of them have aimed for the target, but few have managed to hit the bullseye. Weedjies does. It's a bigger, more ambitious undertaking for the company, with a large cast and decent production values, plus slick, colorful photography from returning DP Howard Wexler (who also shot the upcoming Deadly Ten features Blade: The Iron Cross and Femalian: Cosmic Crush). Shane Bitterling's script is lively and full of bits of business for the Weedjies, who, unfortunately, don't show up until halfway through the movie's 70-minute runtime. Once they do, though, it becomes Gremlins or Gremlins 2, with gag after gag involving the little monsters, brought to impressive life through practical puppetry -- or, in the case of the one called Weed Wolf, through the magic of an actor named only "The Don" in a werewolf costume .
Trophy Heads, and gets the Deadly Ten off to a good start. It's a great big party of a movie, chock full of fun effects and goofy humor -- the Platonic ideal of what Full Moon has been working towards over the course of their last several comedies. It's streaming on the new Full Moon Features app and Full Moon's Amazon channel as of today, but I'm hoping there's a Blu-ray release planned for these Deadly Ten films in the near future. This is a title I'd be happy to add to my Full Moon library.
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