Friday, December 16, 2016

Bad Acid

Director - Bill Zebub (Dickshark, Nightmare on Elmo's St.)
Starring - Bill Zebub, Peter Steele (Oz), and Freddie Dingo (Jesus Christ: Serial Rapist, The Crucifier)
Release Date - 2005
Genre - Comedy
Tagline - "It's worth the trip"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
     When it comes to indie filmmaking there are very few directors that spark controversy like Bill Zebub.  Zebub is known for his offensive films that push the boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not.  Which is to be expected from the man who made films like Jesus Christ: Serial Rapist and Metal Retardation.  I've seen a handful of Zebub's films at this point and it has been a hit or miss experience.  His film Indie Director is easily one of my favorite indie films to date.  The film is very raw and real while showing the viewer how difficult it is to make an indie film.  The next film I saw was Dolla Morte and was a pretty fun experience.  Definitely unique in indie horror.   However, one of his newest films, Dickshark, was not a fun watch.  In fact, it was almost painful.  Recently, MVD released the Lost Films of Bill Zebub.  It looked interesting so I reached out to them for review copies.  They were kind enough to send it my way.  The first film in the set is the 2005 comedy Bad Acid.  Thanks guys for letting me check it out!
     The film follows Bill (Zebub) who is drug addicted.  He is a known radio DJ and is moving up in the time slots at work due to his popularity.  However, drugs keep getting the best of him resulting in him tripping at the worst times.  Like when he has to be on the hair or at parties.  When a woman at work tries to steal his interview with Peter Steele things get serious and Bill has to try and sober up in order to keep his job and the interview.

     You never know what to expect from one Zebub movie to the next.  Dickshark was a more traditional film while Indie Dirctor and Dolla Morte were very unique compared to other indie releases.  Bad Acid fit more into the latter but it was completely void of any coherent story and even lacks the absurd and offensive humor that makes his films so much fun.  The acting in this on is's bad.  Very bad.  Even the cameo from Peter Steele feels awkward and out of place.  I feel like the cast, Zebub included, lacked direction.  They have no idea where to go with their characters and that is painfully clear.  The story for this one feels like it was tossed around a previously recorded interview with Peter Steele.  The film following a radio DJ who is more concerned with drugs than his job is hardly that entertaining.  In fact, it was downright boring.  The "trippy" scenes were hard to follow and added nothing to the film. Zebub's now iconic humor misses its mark almost every time.  Even his offensive humor that finds him in controversy feels out of place in this one. Finally, the film has no kills but does have tons of visual effects that are not that impressive or betters the film.  They are mostly added to make the film feel like a bad trip which it fails to do.  Overall, Bad Acid is the bottom of Zebub's filmography.  The acting is not there and the story is nowhere to be seen.  I can not recommend this one.

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