As a kid, there were no rules when playing with toys. It didn’t matter that different action figures were from different lines/genres, you just mashed them all together for some chaotic fun. That seems to be what’s happened with screenwriter Oren Uziel’s Freaks of Nature (formerly Kitchen Sink) and I ain’t complaining.
Uziel made his big break when he penned Kevin Tancharoen’s incredible Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short in 2010 and that success translated to a just-as-succesful big time writing gig on 22 Jump Street last year. For Freaks of Nature, an action comedy that sees humans caught up in a battle between vampires, zombies and aliens, he appears to be pulling elements from both those properties as we get the R-Rated self-aware, tongue in cheek humour of 22 Jump Street and, well, the words “mortal combat” in the synopsis (hey, cut me some slack, I’m writing this on a lazy Sunday morning!). It also looks to be violent and funny, and often both of those at the same time.
Welcome to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.
While I love the concept, I must admit that only looks… okay, I guess?. There’s a cheesiness to the humour that I’m not a fan of. It doesn’t also look like the studio has that much in the picture, as after pushing back the release date twice, they’re only now starting with its promo campaign, just two weeks before release. Yikes.
Freaks of Nature was directed by Robbie Pickering (The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) and written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth). It stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack, Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Patton Oswalt, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. It hits US theatres on October 31.
Last Updated: October 19, 2015