This is an odd little DVD, and I am so glad I found it. It's a 20 minute 3D film called Bowling Balls starring the Insane Clown Posse.
The ICP are a rap duo who have wrestled in the ECW, WCW and the WWE. They also put out a hysterical film called Big Money Hustlas that I should really review one of these days.
Bowling Balls is released as a bonus DVD inside the 2004 CD "Hell's Pit." I love 3D movies and I like ICP, but I had not even heard about this until the other day.
How did I live without it?
The DVD contains two versions of the film (3D and 2D) and is a long music video, like Thriller.
The film starts out with two pretty girls driving a beat up truck into Shaggy 2 Dope (one half of the ICP.)
An injured Shaggy walks off into the woods and the girls call for help.
Then the other half, Violent J shows up.
J offers to let them wait inside his 'bed and breakfast' until their friends get there to help.
He also botches a line about "lemonny-lemonny-lemonade" and keeps going.
Then the camera goes out of focus and they keep going.
Then Shaggy cuts one of the girl's head's off.
Look at that photo closely. If you have 3D glasses put 'em on. Then, in 3D you can see a crew member ducking at the bottom of the frame.
Hi crew member!
Still, the movie moves on. I read that the whole film was shot in 6 days and it kinda looks like it. Of course that's part of the charm.
Speaking of charming, another pretty girl shows up with two wacky horror movie stereotypes. One guy is a pothead, the other a jock.
Actually, I think the white guy was both a pothead and a jock. I don't remember what stereotypical horror character the black guy was.
WAIT! "The black guy" is a horror stereotype, too. He's the one who tries to be tougher than the killer and talks trash... then gets killed.
However, I don't think this guy fit that THAT mold.
Of course most horror films have the stereotype of the "old black guy" he gives sage advice that no one follows.
That was this guy, except the "old" part.
Every few minutes the movie is put on hold so they can show some of the "music video."
The song "Bowling Balls" is about collecting decapitated heads. They call the heads "bowling balls." The song is one of those songs that seems 'just OK' at first but is so catchy it gets stuck in you head for days.
Believe me. It's stuck in there RIGHT now.
Anyway, I don't want to spoil the whole film so I will just mention two scenes.
One involved a guy eating watermelon:
In perhaps the biggest disappointment in film history he DOESN'T spit seeds at the camera IN 3D!
Another scene features a gory decapitation that goes on forever. Here is a rundown.
18:11 Throat gets slit
18:19 Hacking at neck causes decapitation
18:21 Blood oozes, scene becomes very gross
18:27 Still hacking at the head, scene goes from 'gross' to 'absurd'
18:33 Music gets more intense, hacking continues and the scene goes from 'absurd' to 'hysterical'
18:38 Scene ends...
18:40 False alarm, still hacking at the head and neck, scene goes from 'hysterical' to 'down right ridiculous'
18:53 The funniest decapitation scene in the history of film (or at least 20 minute videos that are kind of like films) ends.
This is one of the best examples of anaglyph (red and blue) 3D I have ever seen. The picture is sharp and the appearance of depth is very convincing. Also, since it is so short, you don't get the headache that 3D sometimes gives people during a full length film.
The movie features some great death scenes and is really funny. I highly recommend it.