Baghead (2008)

Posted: 9th June 2010 by Mister Critic in Random
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Reviewed by Mister Critic

I really did not know what to expect with this movie. So I went in not expecting too much, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Baghead is an independent film of the comedy/horror genre, and I would say it leans more to the comedy side than horror.  I found out after watching the movie, that the directors of this movie, Jay and Mark Duplass, made quite a stir at film festivals a few years back with The Puffy Chair, and that movie has since been added to my must see list.  The basic premise of Baghead is four friends, two guys and two girls, head up to a cabin for a weekend to write a script for a movie that they hope will jump start their careers. There is a lot of drinking and messing around that ensues, but finally they are inspired to write a horror movie based on one of the girl’s drunken dreams, where she sees a man with a bag on his head in the woods outside their cabin…or was it really a dream?

For awhile now, I have wanted to have a get together like this with a bunch of friends to write a script. So that part of the movie really grabbed my attention.  I figure that gathering would be about as productive as it was in this movie, but it would be a lot of fun. There are some very funny moments throughout the movie, and I was impressed at how much heart the film had. Most interestingly, I thought they were able to hit the nail square on the head regarding the awkwardness of relationships, both romantic and friendships, and what that feeling of being a third wheel.

The film plays off the new genre of horror films that have been popular lately by using the handy cam style and actors who feel like “real people” doing “real stuff.” I thought that worked very well, and I liked most of the film.  There was just one scene that felt out of place and did not work for me.  I don’t want to give away the scene (let just say there is some fear and self-loving), but I felt the intended joke fell flat because it left me thinking it was out of character and unnecessary. It didn’t destroy the film for me, but I expect a joke to at least fit with the characters or the plot. I would still recommend the movie. My advice: don’t go in expecting too much and you won’t be let down.