Do you remember a simpler time? A time when people were addicted to coke instead of small pieces of glowing plastic? A time when people thought neon shirts were a good idea? A time when spoof movies were still good? “Black Holler” remembers. The movie is packed with pop culture references, those giant brick cell phones make an appearance, and just about every character is so goddamned 80s that it makes you want to gag yourself with a spoon and not once in the entire runtime does it get tiresome. It is so refreshing to see a movie that has found a balance and doesn’t just spend an hour and a half screaming “I WATCHED A TON OF OTHER MOVIES HAVE YOU SEEN THEM!!?!?!!?! AM I FUNNY YET?!?!” before shitting itself and collapsing under the weight of its own shame. It isn’t just the jokes that bring up neon nostalgia, “Black Holler” feels like an 80s movie. It’s really well shot but they managed to add a touch of vintage to the overall aesthetic. The practical effects are solid and the couple bits of CGI fit in perfectly. There’s even a martial arts montage! What is more 80s than a martial arts montage? Fucking nothing, that’s what!
The acting in this movie is spot on as well. I couldn’t pick out a weak link in the cast but the real star is the guy playing Brett. Brett is, without a doubt, the best character in the whole movie. He’s classic Brett and he never changes. For anybody. Ever. Even though he’s a side character the acting really makes him stand out. Seriously, give this movie a watch and you’ll see pretty early on why he’s my favorite character.
All in all, “Black Holler” was a great time. I don’t think there is another way to describe it. So, go and give it a watch. It hits Vimeo On Demand today, the twentieth of April, wink wink nudge nudge. So when you’re done doing, ya know, whatever it is you’re already doing today go over check it out; I guarantee you’ll dig it. Watch it Here