John and Mark Polonia
Ever since experiencing the magic of Science Crazed, I've been on something of a shot-on-video kick. Any hunt for SOV isn't complete without running into the works of the Polonia Brothers. For those who are blissfully unaware, the Polonias are twin brothers (John passed away in 2008) who have had a very prolific output of zero budget video productions. Their work is often drenched in cheap gore and bad acting. Their passion shines through any technical limitations they might have and they've earned a legion (well, at least, a few hundreds) of fans as a result. Splatter Farm was their first feature and possibly their best.
|The look on most people's faces after watching their first Polonia Brothers movie.|
Splatter Farm is out to push some buttons, and it attempts to do so with wild abandon. It conjures up severed head oral sex, sledgehammered ponies, blood, bugs, rotting skulls, and a healthy amount of poop just to name a few things. From the opening scene, this films exists to gross out the viewer.
|I've heard of necking, but this is ridiculous.|
Later Polonia Brothers films would approach their subjects with a certain amount of humor, but Splatter Farm is deadly serious the whole way through. It sticks to its thin story and keeps things moving along. The acting is amateurish all the way around, but Todd Michael Smith shows the most range and that's good since he has to display various shades of crazy through the whole affair.
By no means is Splatter Farm an easy movie to watch, but if you've been bitten by the SOV bug, I feel that it is an essential one.