Thankfully, the only dangerous experiments that Big Gay Horror Fan suffered through as a child were his mother’s efforts in the kitchen! Director/writer Tony Wash’s explosive short A Chance in Hell, though, explores some insidious experimentation gone wrong with body chewing results.
A haunting opening sequence details how a mad WWII Nazi doctor and his brainy tinkering with a young Jewish girl bring about a zombie apocalypse. This is not so bad for the Nazi’s – who deserve everything that they get. But, it does have some unfortunate consequences for a group of young American soldiers who find themselves up against some vicious undead German enemies.
Taking place in a (mostly) abandoned warehouse, this second feature from Wash and the inventive Scotchworthy productions is rich with atmosphere and perfect 1940’s period mayhem. This has won the piece much notice and a handful of greatly deserved awards (Best Short at the 2012 Action on Film Festival and at the 2011 Chicago Horror Film Festival).
Director Wash works with simplicity and focus here. The growth from his first, fun feature It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To is substantial, leaving one truly looking forward to his further efforts. He is greatly aided here by director of photography, Mitch Martinez, and art director, Andrew Nathan Anzen.
Meanwhile, Kyle Anthony Silveira, Kevin Zaideman, Bradley Fowler and Doug Heiar all excel as the combative yet frightened Yank military troupe while Chad Meyer’s spooky Dr. Bucher rivals them with evil intensity. It is Kendyl Lynch as the doomed and deadly girl who makes the grandest impression, though. Her zombie child is haunting and scary, at once. She leaves a lasting impression and the hope that we haven’t seen the last of this fascinating character.
Both A Chance in Hell and It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To are available for purchase from www.scotchworthy.com.
You can, also, view the official trailer for A Chance In Hell here:
Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always hiding from the war torn undead at http://www.facebook.com/#!/BigGayHorrorFan, as well.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!