Decadent Evil Release Date: 25 June 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Charles Band (Blood Dolls, Trancers) Writer(s): August White Starring:Hazel Dean, Phil Fondacaro, Raelyn Hennessee A few months ago Charles Band announced that he was returning to the home video scene once again. Seemingly having managed to avoid his creditors, at least for now, Band […]

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Decadent Evil
Release Date: 25 June 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Charles Band (Blood Dolls, Trancers)
Writer(s): August White
Starring:Hazel Dean, Phil Fondacaro, Raelyn Hennessee

A few months ago Charles Band announced that he was returning to the home video scene once again. Seemingly having managed to avoid his creditors, at least for now, Band has not only reopened Full Moon Pictures and Surrender Cinema in order to keep catalog titles on the market, but he’s also opened up Wizard Entertainment. Band plans to distribute six new movies via Wizard Entertainment each year. And yeah, since this is Charles Band and all, he also plans to unleash toys and figures of all sorts. Decadent Evil is the first film from Wizard, and to say that the budget is quite low is certainly an understatement.

Decadent Evil’s box art boasts a hefty seventy-minute running time. That’s pretty much known as the shortest time a movie can last for Hollywood Video and Blockbuster to still pick it up. To get the real length, we first need to subtract ten minutes for its end credits. Okay, down to sixty. And then there’s a boring three-minute prologue with footage lifted directly from the movie Vampire Journals. Down to fifty-seven. And then three minutes of opening credits. Down to fifty-four. And finally, lets peg it at thirty seconds for city stock shots taken from another Full Moon movie. So let’s see, fifty-three minutes and thirty seconds is the amount of new footage shot for Decadent Evil.

It never hurts when you have vampires to start your movie off in a strip club, and that’s exactly what Band does. Only it appears that lighting grids were forgotten or Band was dealing with strippers that wanted their faces concealed by darkness. So this opening scene, where we meet a couple that are soon going to become victims, is so dark that you can barely tell what’s going on. We thankfully get out of there soon, as the couple is taken back to a mansion belonging to evil vampire Morella. Turns out she and her two vampire disciples have been killing a hundred victims a year for a hundred years in order to somehow become a master vampire. The trio is only a few innocents away from achieving their goal.

Enter the three foot, six inches tall vampire hunter Ivan (Fondacaro), who makes it his goal to take care of the three. Turns out that the one foot tall Marvin, a weird little creature that’s kept locked up in a cage as to not incur puppeteer fees, is his father after Morella got through with him.

For a movie that really only lasts fifty-three minutes, Decadent Evil sure does waste a lot of time. Shot in six days on what was no doubt a shoestring budget, it looks better than the Bookwalter DV-films from the Shadow Entertainment era, but that’s about it. Phil Fondacaro rocks as always, with his participation really boosting the production. But the fact that the movie was shot on film, has a great little person in it, and ends on a ten second high mark isn’t enough to tell you to check this out.

DVD: Wizard Entertainment delivers a nice DVD that will hopefully set the course for what is to come. After a Videozone that runs a bit less than twenty-minutes, there are a few clips from the set of Doll Graveyard, a really bad blooper real, and a message from Charles Band about what he hopes to accomplish with Wizard. Lastly, and most perplexing, is an advertisement for the website Vanitas.biz. I don’t know if this is just incredibly misplaced paid advertising or the owner of the clothing line is now the lucky lady who is banging Band, although I’m leaning towards the later.

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