Written & Directed By: Matthew John Lawrence, Starring: Chet Siegel, Jeff Riddle & David Littleton.
What a year it’s been for movies. so far, we’ve had hit after hit after hit… Oh, no, wait. No, we haven’t.
2020, the year of Covid-19, has taken much from everyone. Personally, as a horror fiend, I’ve found it tough to adapt to the lack of new films and tv shows, not to mention how gutting it has been not to have any conventions to attend. I try to downplay my woes by reminding myself that people have lost their lives to this virus. My troubles seem insignificant when compared to that fact. Still, I, like everyone else, will always complain about things that encroach on our own cushy existence.
Having spent the summer watching old classics, through a lack of choice, I stumbled across Uncle Peckerhead. Its title suggested a low budget schlockfest, but I sat down to watch it, mainly because I needed fresh viewing material. Well, that and that the title had me intrigued.
I expected nothing. What I got was a well made, well-acted, competent comedy/horror with a great cast whose on-screen chemistry rivalled anything I’ve seen in recent years.
What also reeled me in was the concept. Having been a lifelong punker who has spent the best part of the last three decades as a bassist for various bands, I love anything punk related.
Speaking of plot…
Judy (Chet Siegel) quits her job so that she can embark on her first tour with her band, ‘Duh’. A series of fuck-ups, however, renders them without a van to tour in. Enter Peckerhead. An amiable old fella who agrees to drive them around and act as their roadie, in exchange for a few dollars here and there.
At first, the young musicians are unsure of Peckerhead’s intentions. Is he a genuinely harmless, lonely loser or is he a creepy old freak who might molest and murder the group as they sleep?
Well, the answer to these questions appears to be yes. Both are possible.
By day, Peckerhead is a decent, kindly fella who not only pulls his weight for the band but also appears enthusiastic about their music.
However, come midnight, Peckerhead becomes a deranged, flesh-hungry demon. Upon stumbling across Peckerhead chowing down on an unpleasant gig promoter, the band is understandably grossed out. They decide to keep him on when they discover that they can control Peckerhead’s nocturnal activities as long as he takes a shot of sedatives before midnight.
If, however, he misses those shots, it’s bloody mayhem city and Peckerhead is the mayor.
As I said earlier, the chemistry between the main cast is superb. They play off of each other wonderfully.
The gore effects are well handled and provide plenty of laughs for their cartoonishly over the top style.
The story is engaging and (cannibal demon aside) very true to life regarding being part of an unknown punk rock band. Getting your name out there involves driving around in a beat-up, piece of shit, van and playing in crappy pubs and clubs to a handful of revellers for next to no money. That’s not to say it isn’t fun.
If you’re eager for a good, fun slice of gore-soaked/ hilarious horror, then give Uncle Peckerhead a shot. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.
You could be excused for thinking my zeal for this movie is blown out of proportion due to a scarcity of new films. That simply isn’t the case. If 2020 had been awash with new horror content, Uncle Peckerhead would still float as the cream atop a horror coffee.
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