This fanedit takes two lesser known movies and presents, on one DVD, two short films about two very psychotic females.
For American Psycho 2 I removed almost all narration and completely changed the soundtrack to give it a slightly meaner edge. I also removed all references to Patrick Bateman and changed the title to “Rachel”, knowing that this movie was a sequel in name only forced upon the film makers by the producers. The original script was a stand alone horror movie.
For May, I did the opposite and tried to give it an overall lighter feeling by changing the soundtrack to the Viscount’s “Harlem Nights”, as I felt the original movie took itself a little to seriously. This brought it closer in tone to “Rachel”.
A girl named Rachel will stand at nothing to become a college professor’s assistant, which could land her a job at the prestigious criminal profiling branch of the FBI.
A lonely young woman makes increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her.
I briefly considered “grindhousing” this fanedit but ultimately decided against it, as they are both relatively recent movies and I figured that the effect would just look added-on and forced. They are definitely grindhouse-inspired, though.
Two lesser known exploitation flicks, merged into an entertaining drive-in twofer. May was more acclaimed - possibly - but Rachel from American 2 is equally memorable. Two polar opposites, yet extremely driven females pursue obsessions. Get out the popcorn with red karo syrup.
Video - Rachel seems to have the heavier cutting, and is completely stronger for it. No annoying subplots, no Shatner buffoonery. Kunis was terrible to begin with, if anything blueyoda’s editing made her more wooden. May is an odder, more creative attempt, though again all secondary characters were lessened for the better. With so much mass cutting, the editing is excellent. Not that you’ll notice, not that you’ll care.
Audio - Solid, nothing untoward here. But! Reading Neglify’s review, I was half hoping for an inspired audio commentary. I suspect that was a trick to lure the unwary into the menacing Chat Room. No subs.
Narrative - Both are fine, surprisingly cohesive. May was the superior film, with better actors and the dark vibe of “the other.” May, I had confused with Kissed (another twisted female film), and I was momentary lost when it started. Rachel, as edited, is breathless. Like hurtling downhill on a runaway roller coaster. Cheap roller coaster.
Enjoyment - Big yes for me! I must confess I preferred the first film, perhaps because it was so gleefully awful and it had more sheer energy. May doubtless has more fans who will nitpick this edit, but Rachel (who is really Rachael!) is an improvement over the original dreck. Still bad, but fun bad.
These chicks are seriously nuts. And their inner/outer torment is your ticket to some messed-up entertainment. The humor is wicked, and so is the pacing. The original films' fat has been cut away, so to speak, and the rescoring is hipsterly marvelous. If this is BlueYoda's tribute to his past/future/alternate-universe girlfriends, then I'm glad he's survived them.
Be sure to check out the similarly-themed trailer for Amelie. Ain't yo father's, dat for sure.
October 28, 2011
Two terrible horror flicks. Two crazy psycho girls. Two hours of pure entertainment.
Never before have such despicable films been presented in such a compelling way. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll suck your own blood.
The best part of all is the real-time chat room commentary BlueYoda will provide to any member of the community while they watch this edit.
PS. BlueYoda paid me to say all this.