The Once and Future Smash (2022)

With appearances by Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop), Richard Elfman (Forbidden Zone), Mark Torgl (Toxic Avenger), Melanie Kinnaman (Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning), V.C. DuPree (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan), Victor Miller (Friday the 13th), Marc Sheffler (Last House on the Left), Carl Solomon (Tropical Cop Tales), Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell), Todd Farmer (Jason X), John Dugan (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Bill Johnson (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Bob Elmore (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Lloyd Kaufman (my endless hatred), Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi (Troll 2), Tim Dry (Xtro) and Dan Yeager (Texas Chainsaw 3D), The Once and Future Smash tells the story of Mikey Smash (Michael St. Michaels, The Greasy Strangler) and William Mouth (Bill Weeden, Psycho Ape), the two actors who each played Smash-Mouth in the 1970 film End Zone 2. Only Michael has been credited and the two have fought at convention after convention ever since.

As they both attend the Mad Monster Party horror convention, they learn that a modern End Zone will be made and they can both audition. That movie will start one hour into End Zone two before it retcons everything that happened after.

It’s pretty amazing that a This Is Spinal Tap documentary comedy could be made about slasher movies but that’s because we understand the genre’s conventions. And, well, conventions. If you’ve spent any time doing that awkward walk past near-empty stars of the past and the hangers-on who attempt to be important by being in their orbit, this movie will more than ring true.

Directors Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein, who also brough the world Blood of the TribladesMagentic and Ten really know what they’re doing. This was a blast.

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