Well, this ought to be a real treat; I get to review the sixth film in a series I have never heard of! It’s also a horror comedy, which I run hot and cold on (although there have been some good ‘uns as of late). Anyway, let me shift my ghoulish gaze upon Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween.
CAOPH (I’m not writin’ that title out e’ery time… I just don’t have the stamina or a handle on that whole “copy”/”paste” sorcery the kids are all into these days) concerns the wacky misadventures of a couple of jack asses (the eponymous Caesar and Otto) as they are charged with care-taking a haunted house. What follows is nearly 90 minutes of supernatural shenanigans, famous fright flick parodies, and meta nonsense.
Honestly, ol’ Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween ain’t half bad. The cast (comprised of folks I don’t know and folks I certainly do, like scream queens Felissa Rose, Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, and Debbie Rochon, as well as genre vets like Vernon Wells) are personal enough; the gags run the gamut from vaudeville shtick to (less successful and dated) parody, but quite a few gave me a chuckle. The budget for this ain’t the highest, but that usually means jack squat to me, and it certainly doesn’t here (and I only mention so you kinda know what to expect production value wise).
All in all, if you’re lookin’ for more chuckles than chills, you could do worse than CAOPH. It’s got its moments, and I had no problem figuring out who these dudes were and what was what even without seeing the previous 5 entries. It’s dumb, goofy, and at times a bit grating, but it knows what it is and it’s frequently entertaining. Honestly, if you’re a fan of any of the frightful icons listed above, you’re probably going to grab this anyway (‘cuz that’s how we in the horror biz roll).
You can pick up a copy of Caesar and Otto’s Paranormal Halloween on DVD right here!
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