Exploitation movies are awesome. Gritty, perverse, excessive. a well made (or even better shitily done) exploitation movie is one of the most honest forms of entertainment in existence. They’re outlandish, exaggerated and serve little purpose other then to fulfill our base desire to gawk at and/or root for the most caricatured heroes and villains ever to exist. Two types of exploitation tend to get me going better then any others, blaxploitation and naziploitation. While we HAVE had a black nazi film with The Black Gestapo, we’ve never had what most of us have been calling for for a very very long time: A Nazis vs. Black guys exploitation movie! Well the wait is over. filmmaker Paul M McAlarney heard our cry and created Honky Holocaust and we here at B-is For Best were lucky enough to be given an exclusive screener ..but can it live up to the decades old demand?
HONKY HOLOCAUST brings us to an alternate reality where against all odds Charles Manson and his family succeeded in bringing on Helter Skelter. The family took up residence in the center of the earth where they stayed for many years. Manson himself died due to medical issues but not before having a daughter named Kendra and passing power down to a successor even worse then himself,Dan. After receiving a prophetic dream from Manson, Dan rallies up the family and re-ascends into the outside world. Unfortunately for The Mansons the race war went much farther then they had anticipated and only the worst, most racist black folks imaginable have prospered,pushing the whites into a state of extreme poverty, segregation and subhuman treatment worse then America has ever seen. Enraged, Dan and his group plan to wage a final battle..but things get further complicated when Kendra discovers the dishonesty she was raised on since birth.
Simultaneously gleefully amped up and over the top and effectively dramatic and believable, HONKY HOLOCAUST is a mind blowing in your face look at the dangers of reverse racism and it’s very probable outcome that comes across as the film that IGOR AND THE LUNATICS wishes it was!
One thing that director Paul M McAlarney managed to incorporate into this film that is missed in most modern exploitation was social commentary. Taking this route really could have gone either way, especially since we’re talking about racial relations here, something that the public has been having anal orgasms over for the last 4 years in growing frequency. Thankfully the ballsy move really paid off here, creating a film that not only serves as a kickass roller coaster ride with plenty of things to make us both squirm and laugh but also as a film that can make us think.
The acting here was a huge point in the film’s favor. Each character is played a bit off kilter and cartoonish sure, but also believable and straight faced. In particular the characters of Kendra and Dan shine the most. Kendra makes for a great reluctant anti-hero, starting her screen life as a doe eyed empty headed princess, as close to a blank slate as one can be and still be breathing. After her realization we see Kendra take on a righteous anger, unforgiving and deadly as she turns on her own in disgust and rage. Dan works for the exact oppisite reason. Here we have a character so sure of himself that there is literally no doubt in his mind that his views are without error. He has no fear and is so blind in his devoutness to his now dead leader that he believes he cannot fail which makes him all the more imposing as a villain.
The gore here was…hilarious. I can’t lie and say it was all that believable, but the cheap nature and “fuck it let the seams show” approach really worked well with the whole project kept in mind the old school films it was winking at.
The cinematography appears to be mid level digital but with a nice off yellow hue to it that reminded me alot of I Spit On Your Grave.
Overall I give HONKY HOLOCAUST two middle fingers chopped off and sanded to the bone. It’s goofy, it’s engaging, everything is done exactly as it should be. If you’re a fan of the exploitation sub genre and want something that’s not only wild but actually good I’d highly recommend giving this one a shot.