Move over, teen slashers. Your elders are coming, and they are just as hilariously ignorant of serial killers as you have ever been.
A new horror comedy, Silent But Deadly, is due to hit DVD shelves and Video On Demand on February 25th with more snark, self-deprecation, and cameos than an entire army of Bruce Vilanch clones. Well, he’s in the movie, too, but that’s besides the point.
The premise of Silent But Deadly is as follows: A masked killer is offing the slow-moving residents and employees of Lake View Retirement Home. Dodging dementia, rude family members, and an STD outbreak, the survivors strive to unmask the killer, and will stop at nothing to know the truth…provided they can do it before Wheel of Fortune is on.
In line with such horror comedies as Student Bodies, the plot of Silent But Deadly is fairly linear, with kills that rely more on the hilarious than the horrific and a who-dunnit mystery that few care to know the answer to.
The power of Silent But Deadly lies in its self-deprecating humor, and the legendary cast that show just how self-deprecating they can be, too. The main scream queen, Rose, is played by legendary girl next door Dawn Wells, best known as Maryann from Gilligan’s Island.
The film also features: Rip Taylor, complete with moustache flick; Lee Merriwether, aka Catwoman from the film version of Batman; Martin Kove, the King Cobra of the Cobra Kai in The Karate Kid; Jerry Douglas, heartthrob of The Young and the Restless soap opera for 25 years; Shawn Harrison, known as Eddie’s bungling sidekick in Family Matters; Bruce Vilanch, who needs no other fan-fare or introduction; John Tartaglia, who puppeteers kids shows like Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock in his spare time; and Jacqui Holland, who is rising up the ranks of both horror and comedy, who also co-wrote and produced the film. If only looking at the cast list doesn’t make you laugh, you are obviously dead inside.
Silent But Deadly leans more towards comedy than horror like its predecessor, Student Bodies, and is just as self-aware. It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. With that attitude, it is able to become as ridiculous as it wants without having to apologize to anyone.