2013, Uncork’d Entertainment
Instead of always reaching for the horror classics, these last few years I’ve made an honest effort to mix it up with newer, obscure horror movies. I came across Billy Club while browsing Amazon Prime’s selection of streaming horror movies. The first thing that stopped me was the artwork. I’m not sure if this is the home video cover art, but it’s what Amazon is using on their streaming service and this is amazing.
Sadly, it’s the best part of the entire movie. Despite having a plot that sounds like a love letter to revenge slashers of the ’80s, Billy Club tries to do comedy from time to time… I guess? So I’m told. The movie is described as a horror comedy, but I didn’t see much comedy here. Maybe the redneck stereotypes and tripping out scenes are supposed to be funny? I don’t know. I thought the movie was going to be a bit aware of how silly it was and wink at the camera with a few jokes here and there, but it never did that.
I will give the movie credit in that it tried really hard throughout the movie to set up the backstory for these characters and why the events are happening. There are TONS of flashbacks. The downside is that they slow down on already slow feeling movie. I had a hard time paying attention to it. For people that are really big into indie horror, they might want to give this movie a chance, but it came across as too amateurish to me. It feels like someone gathered a bunch of friends together and shot this movie on a smart phone with a really great video camera.
Also, I swear the Wikipedia entry to the movie has COMPLETELY different ending described from what I JUST watched on Amazon. I can’t find any information about their being two different cuts of the movie though.
Other than the movie poster, there is one about highlight of the movie: the villain’s choice of weaponry. A baseball bat with nails that also hides a bayonet. That’s pretty inventive.