Wednesday, 5 October 2016

DRAINIAC *** U.S.A. 2000 76 mins Dir : Brett Piper

Troubled teen Julie Ashbrook lives with her father who is a washed up drunk and who believes he can make it in the property business. Deciding to buy a broken down building he takes Julie out there to help him clean it up. If only they knew the problems this building has with its plumbing. Julie's father soon scarpers off leaving her to do all the dirty work while he gets drunk down the local drinking establishment.
Step in her reliable friends who come over to give her company but soon get roped in to do some work themselves. Ah but that damn plumbing is still causing a problem, so one of the teens goes investigates in the cellar but becomes overwhelmed with a gushing water pipe and nearly drowns. Luckily for them a man comes by the house announcing himself as Plummer which of course the teens get excited and think all their problems will go away. Unfortunately he isn't there to fix the plumbing he specialises in exorcisms and tells them that the house is possessed by a water spirit. Now Plummer and the teens must face the evil spirit and unclog the drains in this house for good. On the face of it this has a silly premise, a house has evil plumbing and it needs to be rectified but then when has a Brett Piper film NOT had a silly premise. Another enjoyable film written and directed by Piper that doesn't hold back on his wonderful creature effects. People who enjoy horror films from the 1980's will get a kick out of this as it is very much a film that would have been played alongside films such as 'EVIL DEAD', 'STREET TRASH' or 'SLIME CITY' if it was made back then. The acting is far from perfect but they do their best and we end up with a B-movie that is full of camp, a bit of nudity, memorable sfx and a film that can be enjoyed by those who like their films low brow.


Review by Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins





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