While the title leaves something to be desired, Uncle Peckerhead turns out to be a hilarious horror/comedy mash-up with huge wit.
This outlandish flick about a punk band who embark on their first tour, only to discover their roadie is a flesh-eating demon, is so much more than the sum of its parts.
It’s a fascinating, hugely entertaining tilt that riffs and rocks, while satirizing punk culture and the difficulties of touring at every turn.
This effort from writer-director Matthew John Lawrence is an ambitious, rollicking good time, with some fantastic special effects.
David Littleton is absolutely hilarious as demon Peckerhead, who every night at midnight turns into a monster for 13 minutes, unless he’s put to sleep with sedatives.
As the band as a whole becomes endeared to Peck, its front-woman Judy (Chet Siegel) is the only one holding out some worry. She continues to investigative Peck’s true intentions, and the reasons he’s helping them on their tour.
Perhaps the best performance after that of titular Peckerhead’s is Jeff Riddle’s turn as bandmate Max. With a non-linear sexuality, a bald head and a truly fabulous demeanour, Max is one of the best parts of the film, and I truly, sincerely hope this shoots Riddle into some new roles.
The movie loses a lot of steam in the last 15 minutes, which brings down the proceedings a considerable amount, but taken as a whole, it’s one of the most entertaining indies of the year.