The Pizza Man begins with a very simple premise, someone's on the loose. None of us know where that someone is and a young couple engaged in an abusive relationship has just order a pie for delivery from "The Pizza Man". Guess what happens from there? Yes, it's exactly what you think it is... until it isn't. Slasher film 101 script number 54 takes shape quickly and then, just when you think you have it all figured out, the twist and the laughs and some good storytelling. That's the beauty of Burd's film. In the first five minutes you believe that you have the whole thing figured out and then you'll be enthralled in a story of revenge filled with humor and torture and some genuine creepy moments.
First step: Go enjoy the trailer HERE.
Matthew Burd has a talented cast with which to work. Stacy Casebeer is a fabulous lead who can carry a range of emotions from torment to tormentor and plays it funny. She has a gift for humor. She wore many hats in the Pizza Man production. John Fanjoy, Brian Miller (as THE PIZZA MAN) and Steve Vil (composer for No Clowning Around as well) bring excellent performances. Steve Vil as Mr. Goodchow is most enjoyable all be it with camp sensibilities and near overbearing amounts of good will. For a bunch of folks who are working on their first movie, there's a whole lotta heart here.
Personal favorites: Seeing Late Night at the Horror Hotel on the boobtube during the movie. I laughed. I cried. It's comfort TV and I miss it. Also, I'm a big fan of drilling actually screws into the human body. Well done (for all I said about the effects work earlier this worked well). The music is fitting, original and I love it. Ryan Corrigan, Methodical and Powervalve team up to create a nice soundscape for the picture.
Horror Shop Films should submit this around to festivals. It's a solid story with elements of humor while still be suspenseful and gruesome and dark. That's the kind of movie that will succeed to an audience who is horror or civilian. Matthew Burd recently worked on 6 Degrees of Hell (not my favorite picture) and No Clowning Around (recently reviewed for this site and loved). He's honing his skills though not always as a director, his effort in his recent endeavors is certainly showing that he's got staying power and is a great asset to a production that will have him as a member. Filmed in Phillipsburg, NJ (about 40 minutes from my house) for $1500, it's hits close to home and, I'll admit, it made me hungry. Just writing this damn review made me hungry. I live in New Jersey. Pizza is like oxygen.