|studio||Cheap Jersey Video, Inc.|
|writer||Tom Duda and John Greff|
|starring||Bill Hinzman, Tina Krause|
|tagline||Sobriety is for Mortals!|
SynopsisThis is the story of Tom, an advertising contractor with an empty, gray existence, just like his cold work commute through concrete. After an untimely death, he enjoys the comforts of Heaven, but a wrongly perceived crises (God doesn't understand that the Devils are a hockey team) results in the need for a miracle. Tom is the unlucky choice to be risen up to fight the Devils. Unfortunately, Heaven botches the job and Tom is a rotting corpse. The only solution is for him to drink a lot of alcohol to preserve himself. The side effect is that he gets intoxicated!
First, I have to qualify this review with the statement that I, as a rule, HATE funny horror (with the exception of Peter Jackson’s “Dead Alive”). The filmmakers either go too far with the comedic aspects and lose any horror elements the film might have had or they just make a seriously UN-funny movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the uber-low budget indie film “The Drunken Dead Guy” from Cheap Jersey Video. They don’t try to be anything other than themselves – folks with little or no budget, doing what they love which is making horror movies. And this one doesn’t take itself seriously either, which is SO refreshing. From the fake Jersey TV station, WCJT 57 – Elizabeth, NJ, broadcasting the film to the hilarious commercials for Doctor Bob’s Love Enhancements and Cheat Sheets Laundry Detergent, director John Greff knows how to poke fun at all the horror artistes out there who need to lighten up and just have some freakin’ fun!
Shot for a VERY mere $1,200, mainly in New Jersey, the plot is relatively simple but fun in its execution. Poor Tom (co-writer Tom Duda) is your average Joe Schmo, working in the concrete jungle of New York City in an advertising firm. Apparently he has always been a top employee but his latest advertising proposal for Blue Ice Cigarettes (“They’ll kill you but Blue Ice tastes SOOOO good!”) gets him fired and then he gets further bad news when he visits his doctor, who can’t seem to adopt an appropriate demeanor for delivering said bad news. The guy just laughs hysterically. So, one year later, we see Tom living it up in heaven, surrounded by beautiful girls playing horseshoes in their lingerie. But God (played by Greff) who has a Lite-Brite sign beside his throne in case people might not know who he is, gets confused when he reads a newspaper and sees that the (New Jersey) Devils are predicted to win. God doesn’t like the sound of that and decides to send a “good soul” back to earth to stop the Devils from “winning”. Cut to the cemetery where Tom was laid to rest and out pops a grass-covered head, looking less than “fresh” and Tom is back to right the wrongs of the world. An angel is sent along to tell Tom his mission and also the important fact that he MUST consume alcohol so he doesn’t rot away, whether he’s a drinker or not. And Tom is not.