Run time: 85 min
Genres: Comedy | Horror | Romance
Director: Tim Pilleri, Jim Zaguroli
Writers: Tim Pilleri
Stars: G. Larry Butler, Tim Pilleri, Talia Tabin
Panman is a demon chef with the recipe for murder. As people start to disappear, a custard professor and a few of his students, band together to try and stop PANMAN. In the beginning, Panman seems to be a vicious killer with a pan in his hand and a craving for fresh victims, but we soon find out he has a thirst for something more, LOVE. Lurking on the other side of town is a grizzled culinary professor who is hell bent on forming an assassination squad to kill Panman once and for all. The Professor and his hunters are able to infiltrate Panman’s love life and cause disastrous results. Once Panman’s girl is gone and his heart is broken, he goes on a one-pan-man killing spree exacting revenge on the Professor and his students. Written by Tim Pilleri
|Plot Keywords: student, demon, chef, serial killer, low budget film|
Release Date: 7 May 2011 (USA)
Budget: $10,000 (estimated)
Panman is a Post-Modern slasher film with it's tongue cold chillin in it's cheek. Panman is silly. There are laughs to be found. It has an amusing sometimes clever script and it never takes itself seriously at all. The acting is the real bugaboo here. Some performances work, some are too far over the top and it finds itself swimming into satire, which is less gutsy then a strictly absurdest approach that would have, I feel, made it shine a little brighter for it's intended audience. Still there's enough goofy flavoring baked in that it succeeds to outperform far bigger budgeted movies with far less. Premise is basically "masked" killer (or killer with cooking pot on his head) kills culinary students and a "special" team of culinary students with their custard professor attempt to hunt him down and kill him. Of course, being a super slasher, he is supernatural and is in all reality a demon crossed with a dead Russian chef. Toss in a tragic love story and a sister out for "Justice" and you have an idea. Sadly, as mentioned, though well written and firmly filmed, the acting spoils the course. G.Larry Butler, in particular, goes to far overboard in his performance and produces the most groans. If his role was perhaps toned down a notch or given a different actor, this movie would be a little more likable. All in all, it's enjoyable but perhaps a tad too long. Maybe it would have worked better as a short. If you like Eagleheart, FDR, Black Dynamite and such..you might fall for this "ham".
Why, oh why, would anyone outside of the friends and family related to the producers say such a thing?
Mild mental retardation comes to mind. Or perhaps it's actually the ridiculously talented writer/director who wrote that praise-filled previous review?
I could go on and on about what a less-then-student-grade film this is, but why? Yes, this is a sub-student level, shot with a camcorder, no-budget film. Yes, it sucks by even those films within the no-budget horror film genre (which is a hard thing to do). But why? Ten of these come out every day, and there will only be more, now that "digital" has opened up the playground which once took some effort to enter. Not any more. Any kid with enough motivation can now be a "film maker". All that tired skill and talent…who needs it?
And on and on and on.
This film is the equivalent of a really bad Youtube video. But even that is an insult to some Youtube videos which are done with at least a minimum level of skill and talent. This is, as already mentioned, considerably worse then student films from mediocre students.
But why not address the real issue? WHY are theses films even allowed here? Allowing independent films to be listed here is one thing, but THIS? This isn't even a film. But more precisely, the childlike efforts from non-professionals to fill their free time. Should children's plays which happen to have been recorded by their parents be listed here too?
When there are no real consequences, why on earth WOULDN'T people like these continue to have their comical attempts at making films listed here? Talk about not having shame.