Shriekfest 2011 Movie Review – THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE

Written and Directed By: Mike Bradecich & John LaFlamboy
Cast: Mike Bradecich, John LaFlamboy, Robert Englund, Tim Kazurinsky

I like it when a movie proves me wrong. Only a few minutes into this movie, I was ready to write it off because I wanted something terrifying and this movie didn’t seem even remotely in the same zip code as terrifying. But I stuck with the film and my initial reaction of writing off the film was replaced by the pleasant surprise at how entertaining I found this movie.

“The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue” is a horror/ comedy that explores what happens when a terrible situation is dropped into the laps of the two people least equipped to deal with it. The Brothers Mugg can either step up to the plate and finally grow up, or they can wait and clean up the mess as a mysterious creature eats every living thing in the building, one by one.”

THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE is more comedy than horror, but that’s okay. What saves this film isn’t really the story but more-so the characters who make up the story. Bradecich and LaFlamboy, lead the way as the landlord brothers in the film. The dry dialog delivery of Marion Mugg (Mike Bradecich) consecutively instigated a giggle or two from me. You could tell these guys knew comedy. It was no surprise at all when it’s revealed in the movie they are in Chicago. The Improv / Sketch Comedy scene is huge out there. What is also a pleasant surprise with this film are the STRANGERS WITH CANDY actors who appear in supporting roles, Robert Englund’s performance as the kinky old neighbor Hezekiah Confab, and the short but equally funny performance of Tim Kazurinsky (POLICE ACADEMY) as Harold.

Sure, THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE lacks any real scares but I feel it isn’t supposed to frighten the audience at all. While I wished the Mole Man (Justin DiGiacomo) had more screen time, as well as wanted the film’s pacing to be a bit tighter, I felt this movie was pretty damn fun. Full of quirky characters and dry wit, it’ll be no surprise to me at all when this film finds a home in midnight movie screenings across the country.

THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE screens this Saturday October 1st at 2:00 pm at The 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival. For ticket information, click here. For more information about the movie, check out their website here.

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