Movie Review - Pinup Dolls on Ice
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening night festivities at the Shockfest Film Festival of Hollywood. As I have mentioned in my coverage of the event and in one of my other reviews, this is a two day celebration of all things indie horror: Feature films, short films, music videos, web series, and live performances. All in all, I took in four feature films, and more than fifteen of the short films and music videos. There were a lot of amazing entries, but there were two in particular that stood out to me. And one of those films is Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira's Pinup Dolls on Ice, which plays out like a cross between a traditional slasher movie and a drunken night at Jumbo's Clown Room, (if you don't get my local reference, just imagine a very 'Suicide Girls-y' burlesque bar) and it works like a charm.
The Pinup Dolls are a hot retro burlesque act. An old friend hires them to do a show at an old secluded campground where she owns a bar, when a crazed killer begins stalking them one by one and freezing the bodies. Could it be related to the recent brutal murders at a local gas station? Can the sheriff or the Pinup Dolls stop the killer before he gets to every last one of them? And what is his obsession with ice?
Klein and Mira waste absolutely no time in getting into the blood and guts, not to mention a copious helping of extremely sexy women in various states of undress. And they spare nothing when it comes to the gore, with more blood onscreen than half of the other films at the festival combined. This isn't meant to be a subtle film, and yet it never takes itself too seriously. Even though this is a definitely a horror movie, the directors never lose a sense of humor about the film. And that's exactly why it worked so well.
The cast was phenomenal, despite the fact that it was the first time appearing in a film for many of them. The ensemble has serious chemistry, and the Pinup Dolls (Karine Kerr, Emily Crighton, Kyla Shinkewski, Jordan Mae Antionette, and even the lovely Melissa Mira herself) add a bawdy sex-appeal to this indie slasher that keeps things extremely interesting. Suzi Lorraine is warm and charming as Joy, and even William Jarand's over-the-top performance as serial-killer, Moe, seems perfectly realistic in the world created by the directors.
I was actually sitting next to Klein and Mira during the screening, and it seemed to me like they enjoyed the positive reception from the crowd, eliciting a ton of laughing and cheering throughout. I really enjoyed this film. It is a fun homage to classic slasher-films like Sleepaway Camp with a youthful, sexy twist. Recommended for fans of classic 80's slashers and anyone who just likes cute girls doing a burlesque style striptease. Cause there is plenty of both to go around.