As often happens with Troma releases, this is a case of a great title and a not-so-great movie.
After visiting a weird travel agent (Wayne Larsen), a group of young people head out for a cabin in the Colorado woods. They get into an accident on the way, and while the rest set up camping equipment, Vince (Jonathan Scott) heads out to find the cabin. He comes upon the dwelling of a
transvestite, Jake (Ryan Lowery), who takes him captive. Garret (Mike Hart) tells the others the local legend of psycho killer Miles DeCamp, and later that night, Toby (Steve Ladden) has his throat slit. He's patched up with duct tape, but the next day, the murderer attacks April (Christine
Paterson), hacking off her arm, and impales Roger (Thomas Martwick).
The survivors find their way to Jake's house, where Jake is shot with an arrow. The friends flee to the cabin, along the way encountering April, who has sewn her arm back on. Then Roger, who is also still alive, turns up. The next morning, Toby is decapitated, and the killer proves to be Miles,
who is also the travel agent. He bumps off the rest of the group, and is about to kill Vince when he is shot by Jake--who has survived his wounds, and still wants Vince for himself.
Although it was only distributed and not produced by the Troma company, DECAMPITATED contains the hallmarks of their movies: overstated performances, a man in drag, and comically exaggerated gore (in the opening scene, the killer pursues a girl who has to continually hack off her own limbs when
they get caught in bear traps). But it all adds up to little more than the occasional chuckle. After SCREAM (1996) single-handedly resurrected the slasher genre, the time was ripe for a new spoof of the form, yet this one is no more successful as a parody than were such lame '80s outings as
STUDENT BODIES (1981).
The movie doesn't tackle enough of the specific conventions of the genre, and too many of the sight gags and punchlines simply aren't funny enough. It doesn't help that the actors practically shout a lot of the dialogue, and that some of the jokes (the killer skipping about the woods and doing his
dirty work to the tune of big band music) are more odd than amusing. (Graphic violence, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: NR
- Review: As often happens with Troma releases, this is a case of a great title and a not-so-great movie. After visiting a weird travel agent (Wayne Larsen), a group of young people head out for a cabin in the Colorado woods. They get into an accident on the way, a… (more)