Cast: Phil Fondacaro, Debra Mayer, Daniel Lennox, Raelyn Hennessee, Jill Michelle
Extras: Featurette, Blooper Reel, Trailers
I thought that I was relatively new to the world of "B" grade horror and sci-fi films, until I remembered a long lost gem from my childhood, a sci-fi cheese-fest, from producer Charles Band, called "Trancers."
Charles Band (Full Moon Pictures) has recently formed the new production company, Wizard Entertainment. Vowing to produce and direct six films annually under the new banner, the films will premiere directly to the DVD market and will also come as limited edition sets, complete with a unique creature figure, to be released by Wizard Toys. The first feature from Wizard Entertainment was "Decadent Evil" and with that introduction aside, here is my take on the film.
"Decadent Evil" is the story of a sexy female vampire named Morella (Debra Mayer), who runs a strip club called The Meat Market. With the help of two lap-dancers, Sugar (Jill Michelle) and Spyce (Raelyn Hennessee) their attentions are focused on luring in unsuspecting clients as prey. This being a Charles Band (Puppet Master) production, it would not be complete without at least one character in the form of a puppet, that's where Marvin comes in. Morella has turned Marvin, her former lover, into a twelve inch half man, half reptile creature that she keeps locked up in a bird cage. Ivan (Phil Fondacaro) plays Marvin's son who is out to seek revenge on Morella, for causing his father's mutated state.
Filled with all sorts of expressive nudity, gratuitous violence and blood-letting, this film is far from your average fare offered at your local mega-theater chain. Then again, this is the latest from a B-Movie master were talking about, so it shouldn't really surprise you, unless you have never experienced the irregular filmmaking style of Charles Band.
Wizard Entertainment presents "Decadent Evil" in a letterboxed widescreen transfer, which pretty much exhibits what you would expect from a film that was shot within six days. Color saturation could have been better, but given the shape of the overall transfer, flesh tones still managed to appear quite natural in appearance. Black levels were a little weak, causing a slightly murky-look within dark scenes. There were compression issues facing a good portion of the transfer, but you easily manage to overlook this to view the material being presented.
The soundtrack was average at best, but worked well with the overall presentation, providing decent vocal and sound effect reproduction.
Extras include; a featurette titled "Blood, Sweat and Fears: Behind the Scenes", A quick clip from the set of "Doll Graveyard", Blooper Reel, Trailers and a message from Charles Band, in which he tells of his plans for Wizard Entertainment.