I know, I’m a bit late today. But I had a tough week and I slept in and sweet Jesus it was fantastic. Anywho, seeing as it’s October, I figured I’d go for horror for this month. Luckily, I found something that’s also pretty damn funny too. I present to you Michael Fitzgerald’s Drug Deals.
I absolutely love the fact that this short has its tongue planted so firmly in cheek. Admittedly, the drug dealer Toenail has to be my favorite part. There’s something wonderful about a pot dealer that defies stereotypes and has an environmentally-conscious heart. Bonus points to nod to The Green Inferno. Now, some people hate this movie with a passion that burns like a thousand suns, and I can see their point: it borrows heavily from Cannibal Ferox and Cannibal Holocaust, which are staples of the genre for reasons too numerous to list. However, part of the fun of The Green Inferno is the fact that Roth essentially uses it as a love letter to the films you can tell he devoured as a kid. Yes, that pun was intended, and no, I have no shame. I find it a strangely endearing love letter to an adolescence spent scouring mom and pop video stores for obscure titles – that was a magical time.
What I really love about this film is how everything moves so smoothly. From the purchase to the smoking to the unusual side effects, there’s witty banter galore and everyone jumps to the same conclusions. The chemistry between our leads is good, and the dialogue is believable. Most of all, it’s fun. It doesn’t have to be all scary all the time. Sometimes, we get to laugh at someone being a goober in a scary situation.