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CAESAR AND OTTO’S PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN (2015)
Published by David Carter on 2016/5/4 (448 reads)
Directed by Dave Campfield
Review by David Carter
Released by Wild Eye Releasing
Running Time: 79 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: 2.0 Stereo English
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: Two commentary tracks, blooper reel, Son of Piggyzilla Trilogy, Robert Z’Dar Tribute, shorts
Trailer Online: Yes
Our first exposure to Dave Campfield was through his 2008 debut, DARK CHAMBER, a stylish and tense thriller. Since then he’s gone in a completely different direction, delivering five slapstick-filled installments of his CAESAR AND OTTO series. Caesar and Otto are a pair of pun-spouting ne’er-do-wells who, like their predecessors Abbott & Costello, seem to have a knack for finding themselves in horrific situations. Campfield’s latest is the sixth installment in the series, CAESAR AND OTTO’S PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN. The pair is back once again taking aim at the current state of the horror genre. The film is now available on DVD courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing.
Caesar has been posing a female teen babysitter to pick up some extra cash. Unfortunately for him, his latest job coincides with the escape of notorious slasher “Michael Myles,” and Caesar finds himself directly in the path of the maniac. Otto shows up at just the right time to help Caesar (accidentally) stop Myles, and the pair becomes heroes in the process.
Their new-found success brings with it a new job opportunity: the governor asks them to house-sit his allegedly haunted mansion in the weeks before his annual Halloween party. Caesar and Otto jump at the chance because they have nowhere else to stay and the seclusion will allow Caesar to finish his screenplays. They bring their treasure-hunting father along for the ride and the trio quickly finds out there’s more to fear at the mansion than the governor’s bizarre staff. The house truly is haunted, and Caesar and Otto will have to get to the bottom of the mystery if they hope to survive.
CAESAR AND OTTO films are simultaneously love letters to and satires of the horror genre. This entry is no exception, taking on classics like THE SHINING and more recent films like the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series. The jokes stay mainstream for the most part – even casual horror fans will get the majority of the film’s humor. It’s a humor that sticks primarily to intentionally bad puns and quick word play, and Campfield is more often going for groans rather than giggles. Plot is something of an afterthought in the C&O series, and PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN follows that trend with a narrative that stops and starts seemingly at random. It does a good job at its primary purpose, however – facilitating more jokes.
PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN’s DVD comes with two commentary tracks and several shorts. Among those are a tribute to the MANIAC COP himself, Robert Z’Dar, and the SON OF PIGGYZILLA trilogy. You don’t have to be a rabid horror fan to appreciate CAESAR AND OTTO PARANORMAL HALLOWEEN, but you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you are. Cameos by various horror stars and scream queens are an added bonus to their pun-filled antics. Recommended for fans of indie horror comedies.
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