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Screener Squad: Vicious Fun

Vicious Fun Movie Review


This was not exactly my experience of what it was like to be a huge horror nerd in the 80s. For me it was reading and re-reading Fangoria, and dreaming about being a bad-ass final lad confronting serial killing monsters. For Joel, who writes for the Fangoria stand-in mag in “Vicious Fun”, it’s all he’s got. He lives with a girl he lusts after, but rather than express affection for her, he sneaks out of the house after her latest date drops her off, to stalk the guy in question. Ending up at a hole in the wall chinese restaurant that seems to double as a late-night bar scene, Joel ends up getting pretty trashed, loses track of the guy in question, and passes out in a closet. When he comes to, the place is closed, everyone is gone, EXCEPT, a group of very strange people having some sort of support group meeting. When he realizes they’re all serial killers, he tries to bluff his way into making them believe he’s one of them, just to survive the evening but the gig is up when a late arrival to the meeting turns out to be Bob, his roommates former date. Soon the chase is on and Joel ends up finding a reluctant saviour and hero in an unlikely ally. This horror comedy charmed and delighted Chris, Matt, Ben, and Marco and they really wish you’d let them tell you all about it.


DIRECTED BY: Cody Calahan

STARRING: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Mallet, Sean Baek, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele, Kristopher Bowman, Mark Gibson, John Fray, Joe Bostick, Gord Rand, Mackenzie Boyd-Garrison, Randy Thomas, Joanne Jansen, Earl McLean Jr., Kameron Louangxay, Natalie Jane, Darryl Hinds, Josette Jorge, Craig Brown, Ann Pirvu




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



Matt Foster (Screener Squad)

Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.




Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor, Assistant Site Manager)

Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.



Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)

By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.

“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”




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