Get ready for a wild tour with a music band and their roadie, who just also happens to be a monster at the stroke of midnight.
Judy, Max, and Mel are a trio of punk rockers who make up the band DUH. They are preparing for a small tour in hopes to get their name out there. However, when their van is repossessed, they find themselves in desperation of a vehicle. They meet Peckerhead, an elderly man living in his van. He offers the band a chance to go on their tour on the condition that he will be their road manager. The band agrees and the tour begins.
When the band are stiffed on their first tour stop, Judy makes a shocking discovery. She learns that “Peck” is a monster who eats the club promoter. Peck reveals to the band that he transforms into a monster at midnight for 13 minutes. However, he vows not to use his beast mode. However, there are some bumps along the way as the band continues to tour, including a rival band who intends to get in their way and Judy’s reluctance to ensure Peck can keep himself in control. Upon their return for a big show, will they be able to get their name out there? Or does “Peck” have something else in store for them?
Written and directed by Matthew John Lawrence, this has to be one of the wildest road trip movies to date because of its infusion with punk rock and horror. What’s great about this film is that our titular monstrous roadie only looks to protect he band and will go to great lengths to do so, even if the band’s arrogant leader opposes some of his crazy methods. Perhaps out of fear that maybe Peck will be out of control, we see band leader Judy constantly getting upset when Peck kills someone and yet the other two members, Max and Mel, are all for it as they see Peck as extra security.
The band themselves have all different personalities that would normally mean a recipe for disaster but in this case, meshes quite well. Chet Siegel’s Judy is the leader who seems desperate at times to get attention for the band and she tends to occasionally exert her leadership. For instance, she always tends to pick the music on the road until Max’s complaining leads to Peck vetoing Judy. As for Max, Jeff Riddle plays it off well as the sometimes dumbstruck guitar player who in one epic scene, describes a camp counselor after meeting fellow musician Nick and well, it must be seen to be believed. Ruby McCollister’s Mel must have channeled Alison Pill’s Kim from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World because Mel’s mannerisms reminded me of that character, only amped up very few notches. Either way, they work out quite well together on stage.
The cast is just wonderful, especially David H. Littleton as the titular Uncle Peckerhead. He comes off as a redneck-ish type character living in his van who just wants to help out the band. Slowly, at least to Max and Mel, he becomes more than a member of the band, but he becomes family to them. When we first see him in monster mode, it’s a sight to see. It looks like a cross between a zombie and the look the late Kim Milford sports in his beast mode in the sci-fi cult classic Laserblast. His kill scenes are wonderful, especially his dispatchment of two rude metalheads, which is seen in a short flashback. That particular scene is perhaps the most unforgettable, not only because of how he kills them, but Max and Mel’s reaction to witnessing it all is priceless.
Uncle Peckerhead is a great title for a horror-comedy as we embark on a wild ride of a music tour, all with a cast with clashing personalities that mesh well and a few epic scenes, especially coming from our titular man turned monster. This is one tour you will definitely enjoy!
WFG RATING: A-
Epic Pictures presents a Subtle T.Rex production. Director: Matthew John Lawrence. Producer: Nicolas Payne Santos, Kristy Richman, and Matthew John Lawrence. Writer: Matthew John Lawrence. Cinematography: Kyle I. Kelley and Michael Sutter. Editing: Matthew John Lawerence.
Cast: Chet Siegel, Ruby McCollister, Jeff Riddle, David H. Littleton.