Antony De Gennaro
Antony De Gennaro, J.P. Gennaro, Jim Hobson
A makeup artist heading home from a gig, witnesses the murder of the mayor and goes on the run in an attempt to stay alive. As those around him begin to die off, he, David, is framed for the mayor's murder. Now, he's on the run from the killers and the authorities - and dressing like a bad drag queen with a beard really doesn't help; the fact people don't seem to notice doesn't help much either. Think I've spelled out all you need to know about the plot? Think again. "IMThem" proves that even a low-budget indie flick can swing a story from left to right in a flash and possibly the best part of this film? It's a groan-N-laugh flick one hundred percent.
Right off the bat, I want to cement the fact that this film will not be for everyone. Actually, it will take a certain kind of person to appreciate and laugh along with the ridiculousness that "IMThem" presents. However, for those that enjoy grabbing their favorite alcoholic bevies and maybe taking a puff or two as they witness some crazy indie comedy - you'll be right at home. In plain English? If you go into this realizing that it doesn't take itself seriously and is a micro-budget film, there is some fun to be had with this flick. Groaning about the actions or inactions of the film's characters and the cheesy as hell dialog can be great fun given the right situation. But if you come into this expecting a serious attempt at horror - you'll be disappointed. If "IMThem" hadn't been as long as it is, I would definitely have appreciated the comedy much more than I did. Still, I did laugh more than a few times... and that has to count for something.
So here's the thing. There are parts of this film that are meant to be funny. At least, I sure hope so. But then there are other parts that I assume are accidentally funny... and other parts that are not funny at all. For starters, there is a lot of filler. I estimate ten to fifteen minutes, maybe more, of the leading character David simply walking or slinking around along with lots of scenic shots. Literally, that's ten to fifteen minutes that could have been cut, making the length of this type of film feel more manageable. There's also a lot of mixed footage shots and some that make you think you're watching a first-person video game. There's no unity, and the severely awkward edits throughout the film only make it feel worse. Some sequences that look great, bringing classic B Movie goodness back to life. It's too bad they're not all like that.
And then there's the dialog. It's SO bad in some parts I felt the need to use all caps. In one scene, a woman lay dying because the "mystery men" attack her, and her line to David was, "They were here." No kidding! I did get a laugh at the portrayal of actors and directors/producers - even if only a little one. The simple fact is this movie's pacing is so awkward and weird, that it's hard to get into in order to appreciate the humor.
The real "horror" elements don't fully manifest until later in the film, and most of the comedy comes from the sheer clunkiness of both the visuals and the dialog. But again, "IMThem" is not a failure by any stretch. For all intents and purposes, I should have absolutely hated this movie... and I didn't, far from it. I actually do recommend sitting a spell and spending some time with this flick - just remember to grab yourself a drink and leave all rationality at the door. Two stars.