|director||The Slack Pack|
|writer||The Slack Pack|
|starring||Peter Bune, Justin Hertz, Mike Koscik, Sean King|
|trailer 1||Trailer #1|
Long Island natives, The Slack Pack bring their off the wall brand of cable access shorts to a DVD compilation of some 20 odd adventures. THE GHOULIGANS are like The Munsters with a Garage Rock aesthetic. Clips range from short to super short, some only seconds of outrageously brilliant footage. With manic surf guitar and both new and old school Rockabilly sounds infecting the background—THE GHOULIGNAS might just be the hippest hepcats to ever hit the screen.
Mostly shot in black and white digital video, each vignette follows some or all of a family of freaks—Count Farnham, Void, Wolfgang and Boris—getting through their daily lives. Whether that involves tuning up the car, verbally sparring with some trick-or-treaters or picking out the best duds for a howling good night on the town, THE GHOULIGAN’S do everything with a decidedly satirical manner.
It’s clear that the Slack Pack is having the last laugh here. Founded in 1997 by a group of avowed film and music junkies, THE GHOULIGANS may just be the master contribution to their own brand of irreverent pop culture cinema. It’s self-referential and silly while paying tribute to some of the greatest in 1960’s cheese television. And when I say “pay tribute” I mean that inside all the wry humor is a reasonably well made series of shorts. The characters may be wacky and the situations as incomprehensible as virtually anything Herman Munster got himself into, but the respect shown to that kind of simple naiveté is what makes the films engrossing.
The Slack Pack is currently trying to shop the idea of this show out in the hopes to get a sitcom on the air. I for one would line up for GHOULIGANS any day of the week, so here’s hoping that some smart ass studio exec somewhere with a penchant for the weird and wily work of these retro-mavericks takes them up on their generous offer to bring back some of the quirk to the staid and vastly disappointing primetime landscape.