Director(s): Dave Diamond Writer(s): Dave Diamond Heebie Jeebies was an aggravating experience to say the least. Since I’m currently in the process of raising up money to produce a five-digit budgeted horror flick, I’ve been looking out for distributed films made on similar budgets in order to better understand what negative and positive elements I […]
Director(s): Dave Diamond
Writer(s): Dave Diamond
Heebie Jeebies was an aggravating experience to say the least. Since I’m currently in the process of raising up money to produce a five-digit budgeted horror flick, I’ve been looking out for distributed films made on similar budgets in order to better understand what negative and positive elements I should be prepping myself for. Probably made for well under $40,000, Heebie Jeebies has a fair share of problems that prevented me from loving it, but I will give credit to the filmmakers for crafting something inventive on such a budget.
Heebie Jeebies takes the tired anthology flick routine and turns it upside down. Instead of the usual teens sitting around a campfire, Heebie Jeebies actually has a wraparound story that is intriguing. It’s just too bad that the actual stories placed within the movie are mostly unentertaining.
Formerly known as The Oak Hill Picture Show, Heebie Jeebies in no way struck me as an anthology film. In fact, when the first story began to play out, I was confused throughout the entire piece because I had no idea what was going on. That’s mostly because the wraparound plot, if written right, could’ve been a ninety-minute movie. That plot concerns Cass, a twentysomething year old woman who has been disturbed ever since the dream of her mother dieing came true. The dreams have returned years later, and they all concern a few individuals who she graduated high school with. In order to protect them (the reasoning is never made all that clear), she invites those particular classmates to a reunion at an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. They naturally think she’s crazy, but as it turns out, there is a killer out in the woods ready to strike.
Throughout Heebie Jeebies the audience is made to sit through three segments that represent Cass’ dreams about her friends’ deaths. The first, about a fear-inducing trick that goes wrong, is bland. The second, a supernatural tale about a thief who lets out an evil, is awful. The third, about one of the five classmates who strikes a person with her car before being picked up by a friendly and odd man, is damn good and actually ties into the finale.
Had the filmmakers behind Heebie Jeebies just combined that third tale with the wraparound plot and forgotten about making an anthology, Heebie Jeebies could’ve been great. As it stands now, it’s just a mediocre experiment gone wrong. I do have faith that the filmmakers could make a good movie if given a second chance, so hopefully that badass boxart results in a nice revenue stream for them.
DVD: Some really bad bloopers.