Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury”
Is it a satire on uber-action movies such as “Rambo,” or is just a self-consciously clunky piece of moviemaking hoisted on its own satiric barbs? That’s a puzzle that’s posed but never really answered by the super-bad “Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury,” due out on DVD Tuesday.
The cheeky promo material for the film claims that it was originally made in 1990 but was so terrible that the studio refused to release it. The supposedly “unearthed lost movie” – a hodgepodge of mockumentary devises, thudding parody, purposefully clumsy special effects, tasteless comedy and wink-wink, ham-handed acting – has all the markings of a straight-to-video cult wannabe.
Directed by TV actor-cum-auteur Garrett Brawth (best known for a Bud Light Super Bowl commercial) with frat-boy zeal, “Poolboy” seems designed to offend on all levels.
Marshaling the talents of name stars Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo, craggy-faced villain Danny Trejo and perennial “Clerks” slacker Jason Mewes, plus a cast of justifiably unknowns, the film plays out “Scary Movie”-style like a jigsaw collection of scenes and conventions from several different genres.
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