" If you can find it at a garage sale for $5 that's probably doable...though I'd try talkin' 'em down some first. "
Title: Wednesday 13's Weirdo A Go-Go - Horror High
Format: DVD - Comedy
Reviewing Monkey: EEGAH!
The Hype: Wednesday 13 as a musician is equal parts Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, and Weirdo A Go-Go is like Pee-Wee's Playhouse on shrooms. What else could you possibly need to know?!
What This Monkey Thought...
Story and Acting: Well as
I already said in the above paragraph, Weirdo A Go-Go is essentially a whacked-out
riff on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and as such has about as much story as an
episode of that show. But the backbone, as much as there was one, is that Cowboy
Dan is in jail for killing a seahorse and Wednesday 13 and his friend Billy
are selling lemonade in an attempt to raise bail for him. Occasionally the foul
mouthed, perverted denizens from the Weirdo A Go-Go world stop by to either
help or hinder the effort and we get to know them through short interludes.
Oh, and sometimes Wednesday introduces theatrical trailers for public domain
As far as acting goes, well you know that adage about every actor wanting to be a rockstar and every rockstar wanting to be an actor and how the result of this artistic cross-pollination usually winds up being an ill-advised exercise in futility. Well…Weirdo doesn't do much to disprove the formula. The puppets get all the choice material and most of Wednesday's lines are delivered in a stilted deadpan. But if you were expecting Bridge To Tarabithia then you're either deluded or stupid. Or both. 3 out of 5
Visuals and Directing: Visually it's kind of a hodgepodge of disparate pop culture references all thrown into a pressure cooker and thus it's a difficult task to rate it as one would something with a more conventional format. I'd have given it an even three but the sound design was freakin' terrible in some parts. 2 ˝ out of 5
DVD Extras: There's a whole mess of outtakes (which considering Wednesday 13 is no John Malcovich are mostly just him blowing takes), a staring contest between you (the viewer) and a puppet, a rather silly bit involving Wednesday introducing himself in half a dozen languages, and two PSAs (one of which is extremely helpful in teaching one the correct way to ward off werewolves). There's also a not very informative interview with Wednesday 13 about the genesis of the show. 2 ˝ out of 5
|Weirdo A Go-Go would be right at home in the Something Weird Video catalogue. But if you're hoping for a horror-rock musician to finally come out with a film project that really knocks it out of the park, cinematically speaking....you can keep looking. It had its moments but I was left to wonder if they were genuinely funny, if I only found them funny because I'm a fan of Wednesday 13's twisted humor, or if I was just stretching in an effort to find something worthy of note.|
The Good: There are loads of obscure B-movie references couched within to make us geeks feel superior to our friends for not picking up on. There is promise of a sequel.
The Bad: It's a guilty pleasure. You'll secretly sit at home and laugh, but you'll probably never want to watch it with friends. The sound mixing was at times tinny and echo-y. It wasn't quite as funny as it was shooting for, or as it thought it was.
The Overall Ugly: It's probably not suitable for watching sober. It's probably not something that'd be fun to put on at a party. It's probably too scary to watch on LSD. And if you're a Juggalo the humor will go way over your head. Which means that Weirdo A Go-Go is probably only of any value to its target audience: Wednesday 13 fans.
What it's Worth: If you can find it at a garage sale for $5 that's probably doable...though I'd try talkin' 'em down some first.