Attack of the Killer Donuts, These Pastries Plunge with Mediocrity
Director: Scott Wheeler
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical, On Demand
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 1 hour 38 min
A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into blood thirsty killers. Now it’s up to Johnny, Michelle and Howard to save their sleepy town from…Killer Donuts.
Attack of the Killer Donuts directed by Scott Wheeler and written by Nathan Dalton, Christopher De Christopher, and Rafael Diaz-Wagner tells the story of a young man and woman who works at a donut shop. They soon realize the pastries have come to life and are feasting on their families, friends, and the residents of the town. They band together to fight the horde of flesh-eating donuts and kill them.
Uncle Luther is working on an experiment when the contents of his concoction make its way towards the donut shop. This makes a turn of events horrific for the residents as they become victims to the desserts they once loved. They will think twice before eating donuts again. This film produces nonstop laughs and entertainment. However, the special effects and scares drained out with mediocrity.
The cast includes
Justin Ray – Johhny
Kassandra Voyagis – Emma
Michael Swan – Uncle Luther
Kayla Compton – Michelle
Lauren Compton – Veronica
Attack of the Killer Donuts has a concept that’s refreshing. The title is catchy. Today in Horror cinema, we can say we have seen it all in terms of story ideas and plots. Very rare is there a concept that’s innovative in such a way it strikes curiosity. After watching the trailer for Attack of the Killer Donuts, I had determined that it was a must watch. If not for anything else, for the comedy element, which I knew there would be a lot of.
I am a long time fan of the old SyFy Channel, where films such as this used to come on all the time. These films weren’t always known for their quality. In fact, it was rare that a film of substance and quality aired on SyFy. To be fair, the concepts of these films always held potential. Who would not like man-sized, blood-sucking mosquitoes facing off with humans? What about killer flying cockroaches? What makes these films mediocre was not the idea themselves. It was poor cinematography, cheesy special effects, and bad cast performances. Likewise, all of these are important aspects of making quality cinema.
Like the aforementioned films, Attack of the Killer Donuts also has cliches, which may be on purpose, as these kinds of productions loaded with cliches. From some obvious character observations to the rather bad choices made. These films are famous for this. It makes for an entertaining time. On the flip side, we have become accustomed to this long enough for mediocrity to take over.
Speaking of cast performances, Attack of the Killer Donuts suffers in this department. I have seen C. Thomas Howell in other films; he is one of my favorite actors. Although seasoned in his craft, Howell’s role in Attack of the Killer Donuts translates as a sub-par performance. When you consider other productions, he’s been a part of, the comparison becomes slim to none. My favorite film with Howell is The Hitcher. He’s also putting on an amazing performance in Hoboken Hollow, which is an invigorating film based on true events. Let’s not forget about his amazing performance in Netflix’s The Punisher.
One of my favorite characters in the film is Mrs. Scolari (Alison England). The scene where she dresses risque and dances for a moment before she attempts to eat a donut has to be one of the most comical moments I have seen in Horror, Comedy cinema. She says; “Come to mama” right before being attacked by the donuts. Being caught up in the dramatic dance scene, I laughed right through this. One of the best moments in the film.
The score in Attack of the Killer Donuts is the most enjoyable part of the film aside from seeing the pastries in action as they come to life and eat their way through the town. Maybe both. The score is upbeat and fast-paced as it should be for this film.
Attack of the Killer Donuts built on hopeful potential, but disappoints with mediocrity, more-so in the special effects, scare factor, and acting. Its meant to be a fun cinematic experience. However, I think more time and focus goes towards the comedic part of it than anything else. It sits on the shelf with other like-minded films of the genre.
When I first wrote the article on the concept of this film, I compared it to films such as Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and The Gingerdead Man. This comparison holds true. The quality of the special effects ranks high here.
The practical effects turn out decent. How hard can it be to create flesh-eating gingerbread men, tomatoes, and donuts? The kill scenes are what’s more comical here. Maybe it’s that donuts are bouncing around and attacking people. The aforementioned films gave me the same reaction. The concepts of these films will always sound appealing. When you see them on the big screen, they generate pure laughs.