Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crackbaby Billionaire

Director - John Miller (Make Them Die Sleaze!, $kumbagz)
Starring - Rokki James (Power Rangers Turbo, Suck to Be You), Eight The Chosen One (American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore), and Joel D. Wynkoop (Chaos A.D., Slasher Weekend)
Release Date - 2017
Genre - Action/Crime
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     John Miller is a filmmaker that people in the indie horror underground talk about without realizing they are actually talking about him.  John was one of the writers and producers of the infamous Amerikan Holokaust film.  The film has earned its place among the extreme horror films of recent years. John has worked on other projects since then but they were more focused on the sleazy, raunchy side of cinema.  Sometime has passed since Miller was behind the camera but his latest efforts has him teaming up with Florida based rapper Eight The Chosen One.  The new film, Crackbaby Billionaire, was recently wrapped up and John hit me up with a review copy.  Fuck you, John.
     The film follows ex-con Corey Brown (Eight) who is released from prison and tries to keep his nose clean so he never has to go back.  He tries to start a lawn care service but lacks the funds needed.  He meets up with an old friend who helps him get into a backyard brawl for some quick cash but his win further implants him in the criminal activity that landed him in jail in the first place.

     Miller and company definitely threw me for a loop.  I tossed this one in expecting a more serious crime drama with a lot of drug use.  The film did not play out that way.  In fact, it was pretty damn funny and kept me off guard.  Kudos to you John (fuck you).  The acting in this one is solid.  Eight The Chosen One did a fantastic job.  Most of you know how I feel about American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore.  The movie was brutal and hyper-realistic but it was very boring.  Eight, the masked butcher in Bouquet, did not really get the opportunity to act.  Sawing on flesh doesn't take a lot of acting chops but he brought some great performances in Crackbaby.  He was a very commanding lead and showed a lot of intensity.  I'm surprised he's not in more films.  The supporting cast is great as well.  Joel D. Wynkoop, b-movie legend, is funny as the bare knuckle brawler.  Krystal Adams and Cayt Feinics are funny in their own way.  Both are killer babes that are smoking hot.  Adams' performance was great but Feinic's role is fucking funny.  Was not expecting her character to play out like it did and will not be easily forgotten.  We also get some outrageous performances from indie cinema wild man Bob Glazier who does some fucked up shit with a smile on his face.  This is the kind of guy you become friends with just so you can stay on his good side.  The story for this one is kinda what I expected but with a lot to it.  The film has deep roots in crime dramas like Scarface, New Jack City, and a few dozen Blaxploitation flicks but it has humor that catches the viewer off guard.  The film would hit you with an intense performance from Eight and some nice gore and then bam, laughing your ass off.  The humor was a very nice touch.  Also, the film has a very natural flow that doesn't strain the viewer's patience and does a great job at character development.  Finally, the film has several awesome on screen kills and great practical effects.  The kill scenes rivals anything that can be scene in a horror film which is saying something considering this one is not part of the genre.  Miller is a horror fan and these kill scenes clearly show that.  Overall, Crackbaby Billionaire is a solid crime drama from one of Florida's most notorious exploitation filmmakers.  The cast is great, the story is fun, and the kills are noteworthy.  If you want something bloody and raunchy then look no further.  Crackbaby Billionaire has your fix.

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