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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Killjoy Goes to Hell" )

 

directed by John Lechago
USA 2012

 

I haven't seen the previous Killjoy entries, but the plot of the fourth installment seems like it would turn into a framing device around a clip-show of Killjoy's grisly deeds in the previous films; and that would have been preferable (especially to those of us unfamiliar with the character and his capabilities). Instead, we get a broadly-played, not particularly funny or gory quickie that feels more like a place-keeper of a film rather than the culmination of a franchise series. Following the events of KILLJOY 3 in which the court jester of hell (Trent Haaga, Troma's TERROR FIRMER) has been dragged down to hell - hence the film's original US release title KILLJOY GOES TO HELL - to stand trial in a court overseen by Beelzebub himself (Stephen F. Cardwell) on charges of "incompetence, ineptitude, inadequacy, and a general lack of evilness" brought upon him by D.A. (that is, "Devil's Advocate") Jezabeth (Aqueela Zoll). Killjoy's counsel is the rather underwhelming Skid Mark (John Karyus, V/H/S/2) who has an otherwise power-stripped Killjoy summon up his posse of demons (destroyed in the previous film) - Punchy (wrestler Al Burke), Freakshow (Tai Chan Ngo, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), and Batty Boop (Victoria De Mare, DINOCROC) - back from oblivion to testify to his evil character. Things do not go as planned since Punchy only speaks Carny, Freakshow can only mime, and Batty Boop is still holding a grudge about Killjoy killing her off in favor of the previous film's final girl. It also seems that Skid Mark (groan) is not all he seems and is intentionally dropping the ball, and Killjoy's only hope may be "the one that got away" Sandie (Jessica Whitaker) who is institutionalized up on the surface and suspected of murdering her friends.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 September 2012 (USA)

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DVD Review: 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL

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88 Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:28:42 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers for ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘Puppet Master’, ‘Dr. Alien’, ‘Puppet Master II’, ‘Tourist Trap’, ‘Mandroid’, ‘Reel Evil’, ‘Puppet Master III’, ‘Castle Freak’, and ‘Slave Girls from Beyond
• Infinity'

DVD Release Date: September 16th, 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The entire Killjoy Collection is reviewed HERE

88 Film's single-layer, anamorphic transfer probably looks as good as this film can in SD, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio is appropriately gimmicky and probably the original mix (not all recent Full Moon productions have had 5.1 mixes). There are no extras, but it is currently not known if the US release - under the original title KILLJOY GOES TO HELL - fares better in that department.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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