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Attack of the Killer Refrigerator
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by Jack Sommersby

"Yes, the Title Speaks for Itself"
2 stars

Some passable moments, but it's still nothing to write home about.

Attack of the Killer Refrigerator runs a mere fifteen minutes long, but being that it's not exactly bursting with either imagination or ingenuity, its scant running time is nothing short of a blessing. Shot on the ultra-cheap and adorned with a group of "actors" who seem to be making their lines up as they go along, the film is perfectly faithful to its title: it really is about a homicidal kitchen appliance that wrecks merciless havoc upon unsuspecting college kids. The main (and only) setting is an apartment, where its residents, Mike and Mark, are hosting a party with their fellow students in attendance. A conversation starts up in the kitchen over the refrigerator, which has been making weird noises ever since it was recently defrosted for the first time; it's been so noisy, in fact, that the landlord has received a complaint from the tenants in the apartment right above. Naturally, the roommates are baffled but not overly concerned, and they carry on with their party; before the first hangover can be felt, however, they and their guests are being systematically picked off in particularly gruesome fashion by the appliance in question.

Obviously, the filmmakers here didn't set out to set the cinematic world on fire, so a wee bit of leniency can be extended to these novices who just wanted to churn out a piece of schlock for undemanding audiences not foolish enough to expect something of above-par quality akin to an episode of Night Gallery. While the acting is horrendous and borderline-unbearable, the direction by Michael Savino (who also plays one of the roommates) has some occasional good-natured spiritedness to it. Yes, he makes a fundamental mistake in drably shooting the dialogue exchanges in single undistinguished-framed takes as if under the impression that he could afford dead spots in a quarter-of-an-hour film. And, yes, he unforgivably passes up the opportunity for gratuitous female nudity in showing the girlfriend in bed with the covers pulled up damn near to her neck (though Savino does bare his butt -- oh, boy). But the cheesy suspense music paired with the blue-gel lighting inside the refrigerator in the attempt to exude menace is admittedly agreeable, no matter how old hat or obvious it is; and anticipating in what exact manner each victim will meet their untimely demise provides a degree of semi-gleeful apprehension from us that the film doesn't really earn.

The ensuing deaths consist of bodies being crushed against the refrigerator's considerable weight and limbs being lopped off by the fast-closing door, which are carried off adequately and with a decent amount of over-the-top gore. But they might have been truly enjoyable had the set-ups leading up to them not been so laboriously drawn out that you could time an egg in between the time we realize a character is in danger and when the danger finally makes itself known. And you'd think there'd be some nifty jabs at America's affinity for unhealthy food selections: the refrigerator might have functioned as a metaphor for all the junk we're forever throwing down our gullets. The Attack of the Killer Refrigerator certainly isn't unwatchable, but it sticks to a too-familiar structure and lacks the kind of standout moments that graced Kevin S. O'Brien's Night of the Living Bread, and even Savino's own The Hook of Woodland Heights, which showcased an asylum-escaping lunatic throwing a clipboard at an orderly and impaling his head with it. Here, Savino's concentrated on exploiting only the catchy story premise and expecting it alone to carry the day, rather than using it as a taking-off point to fuse with a devilishly clever macabre vision. The result isn't exactly stale leftovers, but it's not a delectably tasty midnight snack, either.

Skip it.

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5/12/08 freddy maness I is dead in a jeep crash 5 stars
7/23/01 Nivalod Soraggi Fernandes The most awfull film ever made 1 stars
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  01-Jan-1990 (R)



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  Michael Savino

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  Mark Vean


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