06th Mar2020

‘Pandamonium’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: David Hon Ma Chu, Oriana Charles, Dani Thompson, Will Jones, James Hamer-Morton, Lee Mark Jones, Charlie Bond | Written by Anna Dixon | Directed by MJ Dixon

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A spin-off from Mycho Pictures’ Slasher House series, Pandamonium tells the story of Jacob Jakushi (David Hon Ma Chu), the infamous ‘Stripper Ripper. With an oversized Panda mask and a taste for exotic dancers Jacob ends up at a party held by Killmore & Percival, a firm of work hard, party harder city types. Of course parties need a few things: the best champagne, finest drugs and hottest women money can buy. Unfortunately for the company the strippers they’ve just hired have come with an unwanted guest… Jacob! With the party in full swing Jacob sets his sights on the girls and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants; leading to a strippers versus Panda-headed serial killer showdown as the girls fight to survive the office party from hell.

Mycho Pictures have slowly been building something of a reputation in the horror community, however their profile in the UK has, at least until recently, been somewhat underground – with the company releasing their films on their own terms, direct to a willing audience. However Mycho seem to have struck a deal with 101 Films to get their titles out to a wider, horror-hungry UK audience; and more importantly to the UK high street.

Following the DVD debuts of likes of Cleavers and Mask of ThornPandamonium is actually the 9th(!) feature from the British independent film company Mycho, which is written and directed MJ Dixon and produced by Anna Dixon – the husband and wife filmmaking team behind the Mycho Entertainment Group brand. The film is a prequel to 2016’s Slasher House II where audiences were first introduced to the infamous Panda-headed killer – though, thankfully, you don’t need to have seen that film to appreciated this slasher, which is essentially a stand alone film. Good job too as I haven’t actually seen either of the Slasher House films… yet.

Shot on a ridiculously low budget, Pandamonium is pretty much what you’d expect from a British slasher movie – camp, sarcastic, bizarre and containing the odd knob gag! In fact for every murder is this film there’s an accompanying handful of bad jokes and stupid one-liners (in a good way), as the film walks the fine line between actual slasher movie and slasher movie spoof… Which is ultimately why Pandamonium works. If this had been a straight forward slasher movie then it would’ve come off as incredibly amateurish. Instead playing up the amateurish nature of the film – the bad acting, the over the top behaviour of the characters, the one floor locale and the, frankly, ridiculous nature of the titular killer – means that this film becomes a whole lot more than the sum of its parts.

With a cast of new and familiar genre faces – including Dani Thompson, James Hamer-Morton and Charlie Bond – all of whom are committed to the over the top action at hand, Pandamonium is an absurd, satirical take on the slasher genre that left me pleasantly surprised and thirsting for more like this from Mycho in the future.

Pandamonium is out now on DVD from 101 Films.

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