BARE BONES: WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)

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WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)

Comedy/horror is made to resemble a VHS copy of a Halloween night newscast from 1987. It features intrepid reporter Frank Stewart (Paul Fahrenkopf) entering a supposedly haunted house on live TV with a pair of paranormal investigators (Brian St. August and Helenmary Ball) and a priest (Robert Long II). Things obviously don’t go as planned. Throughout the broadcast there are numerous faux commercials.

Flick is written and directed by a host of filmmakers, too many to mention here. Despite having a beloved reputation, the WNUF Halloween Special is not funny enough to be entertaining as a comedy and doesn’t take itself seriously enough to be a spooky horror. The gimmick of being a network broadcast wears out before it’s over, as do the faux commercials which get very repetitive in both style, tone and yes, some actually repeat numerous times. It gets tiresome. As for the nostalgia element, the makers nail the look of a VHS recording of something off of TV and the style and tone of the material does match local cable TV shows and commercials of that era. Maybe they just should have gone one way or the other with the comedy or horror and kept the runtime at about an hour, rather than 83 minutes, to avoid the schtick wearing out before it concludes. The effort is appreciated, but after years of hearing about it, the WNUF Halloween Special disappointed upon finally viewing it on Amazon.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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