Hey gang, Valkor here. This next trip down the MediaView road will take us on to the wackier side of things. And I thought I’d seen it all with ThanksKilling or Killer Piñata. But then “Attack of the Killer Donuts” entered my cave proving once again that I haven’t seen it all. Was it worth the trek? Read on and find out.
“Attack of the Killer Donuts” centers on a slacker named Johnny (Justin Ray), who works for a grungy donut shop called “Dandy Donuts” along with his co-worker Michelle (Kayla Compton). One day Johnny’s Uncle Luther, who’s also a wacky scientist, was working on a formula that brings things to life. Well, his formula just happens to make it into a batch of donut dough, which not only brings the donuts to life but also gives then a penchant for blood. Now, Johnny, Michelle, and Johnny’s friend Howard (Ben Heyman) need to survive the night without becoming snacks for killer snack foods.
There are additional tales betwixt the main story of killer pastries; first up there’s Johnny, who sorta, kinda has a girlfriend, but is she really? Then there’s Michelle, who is in love with Johnny, but he’s too blinded by his “relationship” with Veronica (Lauren Compton) to see it. Next, there’s Howard, who has a thing for Johnny’s mom. And finally, you have a couple of cops who were on the trail of a perp they caught earlier, but he got away. And now they’re caught up in all of this donut fiasco.
I wasn’t entirely sure how a film about killer donuts would work. I mean they’re donuts, so how much harm could they possibly do? Then I remembered “Killer Piñata” and how much harm they could be. And then I remembered how I shouldn’t put too much thought into these types of films. And with that in mind, let’s take a look at how well “Attack of the Killer Donuts” will fare in the TOV Breakdown.
Attack of the Killer Donuts is not as good as say ThanksKilling, but it’s just as entertaining and does enough that it stands well on its own merits; it’s good but not great and it’s funny yet not entirely over the top. Honestly, the film tells a better story than ThanksKilling, but then ThanksKilling wins in terms of just being extra (gore, jokes, sex). The CG isn’t spectacular, but given the scope of the budget, I think the killer donuts looked pretty decent and they even had some cute moments. Especially when they lined up for formation? That was adorable. The acting isn’t the best, but even in this department, I don’t have any complaints. Everyone performs well enough that they carry us through to the explosive ending. Overall, I enjoyed “Attack of the Killer Donuts”; it was definitely a lot more fun than I had anticipated and I actually look forward to a sequel, should it happen to go down.
As far as horror films go, even over-the-top horror, Attack of the Killer Donuts is lacking in scares. Sure you get a decent amount of gore but you don’t get much that will run chills down your spine. Then again these are donuts we're talking about so how much scary can they be?
The perp with the explosive diarrhea… YIKES!
"Attack of the Killer Donuts" is currently making the festival rounds, but hopefully, it’ll get a wider digital (or even physical) release in the near future. It really is a fun film that probably won’t leave you in stitches or in chills, but it’s still worth checking out. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving “Attack of the Killer Donuts” 3.5 stars.