I must admit that I was really looking forward to this. A horror anthology featuring four directors, including a couple whose films I have enjoyed? Sure thing, count me in. So, here I am on the opposite end of the starting line, feeling rather let down. I went in clean, I did not read up on it, nor did I see the trailer. It is not that I went out of my way avoiding such things, they just never crossed my path and did not bother to look for them. I kind of wish I did, perhaps I would have been better prepared for what I was to experience.
Now, it is not all bad. Chillerama is not without its moments, but at the same time it feel as if this quartet of old school horror loving chums tried a little too hard to emulate that which they loved from the past. The idea they came up with is a great one, and certainly one that I salute and respect. They are clearly lovers of drive in cinema and grindhouse excess. They have decided to make an anthology that pays homage to that era. They do this by creating a lovesong to its dying days.
The movie is set within a drive in that is shutting down. To mark its closure, the owner is putting on a night of unearthed grindhouse titles sure to please the masses. As it opens we are introduced to the proprietor, and a few cars and their occupants. They get settled in and prepare for the movies.
The first movie is called Wadzilla and is directed by Adam Rifkin, who doesn't have much in the way of horror to his name (probably best known for movies like Detroit Rock City, Small Soldiers, and Underdog) but shows that he is more than capable. Well, sort of. Rifkin also stars as the mild mannered Miles in what is revealed to be a 1950's era monster movie. It is not your typical monster movie as Rifkin takes it right over the top, you see, his creature is a giant sperm. Yes, you read that right. Miles is given experimental drugs to help his lack of said cells, but the side effect is that it grows to monstrous size.