Friday, February 3, 2023

Attack of the Killer Donuts (2016)

Streaming Service: Peacock
Movie Name/Year: Attack of the Killer Donuts (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Length: 1h 25min
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Restless Nomad Films, Rogue State, Level 33 Entertainment, Showtime Entertainment
Director: Scott Wheeler
Writer: Nathan Dalton, Chris De Christopher, Rafael Diaz-Wagner
Actors: Justin Ray, Kassandra Voyagis, Michael Swan, Kayla Compton, Lauren Compton, Chris De Christopher, Fredrick Burns, C. Thomas Howell
Blurb from IMDb: A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers.

Selina’s Point of View:
Before I write anything about Attack of the Killer Donuts, I feel it necessary to remind people that it’s important to judge a film based on the way it compares to flicks that are similar. I wouldn’t compare something like Rubber (2010) to Carrie (1976), after all. They might both include telekinesis, but they’re still very different projects.
That’s important to remember because I enjoyed Attack of the Killer Donuts. It was a good movie for what it was: a corny, parody-esk, B-creature feature. I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if I had something mind altering, but it was still decent. This is exactly the kind of thing I would want to sit down and watch with some friends, and drinks, during a night in.
Attack of the Killer Donuts never tries to be anything it’s not. It tried to be as silly and dumb as humanly possible. It wanted to get a laugh however it could, and it was successful. It always went just far enough to hit that ‘so bad, it’s good’ balance that is so difficult to obtain.  

I have to note that there’s this one character, played by Fredrick Burns (Punching Henry, Cleaver Family Reunion, Litorra), that approaches every scene he’s in as if it were a hardcore action flick put out by the makers of Die Hard (1988). Every time he’s on screen, hitting his part as straight as possible, it amused me to no end. Especially since he does it alongside C. Thomas Howell (SEAL Team, The Wrong Path, Beast Mode). The last time I saw Howell he was playing George Foyet, one of the most terrifying serial killers in Criminal Minds (2009-).
Seeing Howell act like a dumb ass hit extra hard for me.  
I thought Attack of the Killer Donuts would be among the strangest films I’ve seen, but it’s not. It’s very much in the vein of Attack of the Killer Tomatos (1978). It’s just sillier and updated, with better video quality.
Do not let Peacock fool you with the thumbnail, the video quality is actually very good.
You know what? I’d watch Attack of the Killer Donuts again. I would definitely have a drink in hand, though.
Maybe a special brownie.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 44%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – 7.6
IMDB Score –3.8/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 3.5/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: PG-13
P.S. There’s a short after-credits scene.
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