An Excellent Day for a Colonoscopy: Review of Astron-6’s ‘Father’s Day’ (2011)

Father's Day - Ahab

Editor’s Note: This review could be considered offensive to children under the age of 18, small animals and adults over the age of 35. Viewer discretion is advised.

Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Before watching Astron-6’s FATHER’S DAY its best advised to throw any preconceived notions you have about the film in the trash. Then, proceed to light the trash on fire and pee on the ashes before feeding it to a kennel full of demonically-possessed kittens. Everybody ready?

The film starts off with a bang (literally) as we’re introduced to the inhuman cannibal-rapist known as “The Fuchman” and our one-eyed antihero, Ahab (Adam Brooks) in what appears to be a homage to 70s exploitation fare like Maniac or Pieces. What follows is every bit as violent and crude – a truly perverse pastiche of death, defilement and demonic possession – but played as a screwball comedy. In some strange and twisted way, The Fuchman can even be viewed as the Gallagher of penis smashing whereas Ahab plays it somewhat straighter, a mix of The Punisher and a one-eyed Groucho Marx.

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While these two could be considered the “main characters” of the film it’s far from their story alone. In fact, the best moments in the script occur during the sardonic, witty banter between cast members. Each character is as equally offbeat as the next including Twink (Conor Sweeney), a homosexual male prostitute; Chelsea (Amy Groening), Ahab’s sister and a stripper; and Father John Sullivan (Matthew Kennedy), a young priest and latent “super freak.” That’s not to even mention the fact that we also get a chainsaw-wielding stripper, satanic cultists, dirty cops and the blind badass known as Father O’ Flynn.

While these elements could have been slapped together to be entertaining in their own right, the group at Astron-6 manage string them all together in a coherent enough story that you’ll find yourself sticking around to see how it all turns out… and man is it worth the wait. Come for the gore and cheap thrills, stay for the whole show! Speaking of shows, the entire film is staged to appear as if its been recorded on VHS, straight off of a late night movie channel (brilliant!), and includes a fake commercial for sci-fi spoof, STAR RAIDERS.

In the end, Father’s Day is faithful to every expectation you may have of an exploitation film, but in the cheesiest and most self-aware way.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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