Netherbeast Incorporated (DVD)
Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Darrell Hammond, Jason Mewes, Dave Foley, Judd Nelson, Amy Davidson
Directed by Dean Ronalds
Distributed by Well Go USA
Thanks to the tremendous dips in the economy this year, big business has taken lots of hits. Companies have folded, stocks crashed, jobs lost, and of course the country is in a state of recession. Yay, W! Some of these companies deserve a public spanking on the grandest scale imaginable. Others handle their dirty laundry a bit differently. Take Berm-Tech for example. Screw up there, and it's a stake through the heart and a trip to the crematorium for you. Being a vampire isn't easy. Especially when you're part of America's work force.
Things were just fine at Berm-Tech until the head vampire in charge (a hilarious Hammond) contracts a deadly disease that makes him senile. This probably wouldn't have been such a big deal if the disease didn't make him forget that he was a vampire and that he shouldn't be killing off his toothy colleagues. Of course the company then comes under investigation, and the new people walking around the normally hallowed halls end up uncovering a plot that will shake Berm-Tech to its very foundation. For a far more in-depth review of the film and its plot, check out our other Netherbeast Incorporated review here as I agree with every word of it. I'm here to focus mainly on the film's bountiful special features.
Well Go USA has delivered quite a package for fans. Things kick off with the inclusion of the original short film that was the inspiration for this feature, The Netherbeast of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc.. Basically what this is, is the film's opening scene stretched out to around six minutes. It's easy to see why the Ronalds brothers wanted to expand upon this initial step in the mythos. There's a lot to tell and a lot of fun to be had for sure. In a bizarre twist, the only commentary track to be found is for the short film and not the feature. This completely puzzles me, but in any event the track features director/producer Dean Ronalds, producer/co-star Brian Ronalds, and writer Bruce Dellis. It's lively, engaging, and funny but over in just a few short minutes. Surely this troupe and its stars have a ton more to say! Again, puzzling.
From there we enter a section of the DVD called Behind the NetherRegions. Here's you will find seven different featurettes that clock in at around two hours combined. Everything is discussed without repetition, and no stone is left unturned. I have to say I was nearly as entertained learning about the film's history as I was watching it. With so much talent involved it's hard not to have a good time with things. In fact, I'd hazard to say that maybe the reason a commentary track wasn't recorded was because these segments are so robust. At least that's what I'd like to believe so I'm sticking to that theory.
Rounding out the special features is a three-minute interview with the Ronalds brothers from a local-to-them news broadcast, a jam-packed photo gallery, and of course the trailer. Like I said, there's some really good stuff here that's chock-full of info!
Netherbeast Incorporated is heavy on the comedy and extremely light on any real vamp action or gore. While this may disappoint some fans initially, I'm pretty sure people will dig on it regardless. Bottom line? If you're looking for something a bit out of the norm or if you're fans of movies like Shaun of the Dead, see this flick ASAP! The Eye of the Jackal commands it!
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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