I have a weakness for cheesy, "so bad they're good" low budget horror, sci-fi or action movies. I watch'em so you don't have to!
EVIL BONG (2006) - Directed by Charles Band
Even when you watch as many movies as I do, occasionally a film still comes along that simply defies description. Case in point: Evil Bong, an ultra-stupid, ultra-low-budget stoner/horror/comedy that was the most bizarre viewing experience I've had in a very long time.
Evil Bong is a production of Charles Band's legendary Full Moon Pictures. Any cult-movie fan worth his or her salt should have at least a passing familiarity with Band's body of work, which dates back to the grindhouse days of the 1970s. Band specializes in low budget horror, science fiction, and fantasy flicks, many of which showcase his apparent fascination with all things small. He's produced or directed dozens of films in which humanity is threatened by tiny creatures (the Ghoulies series), toys and dolls (Demonic Toys, Dolls, the Puppet Master series) and even evil edibles (The Gingerdead Man series)! Full Moon's films are known for their cheap look, old fashioned special effects and bizarre humor. Evil Bong definitely hits all the marks on the Full Moon checklist.
Evil Bong has the look and feel of a low-rent sitcom (or a porn flick), resembling a twisted episode of "That '70s Show." It opens with a montage of animated marijuana leaves spinning around the opening credits while a reggae song touts the joys of The Weed. Such images reappear frequently throughout the film to mark scene changes. We're then introduced to the nerdy Alastair (David Weidoff), who knocks at the apartment door of three college stoners - trust fund baby Larnell (John Patrick Jordan), former jock Brett (Brian Lloyd, who resembles a young Denis Leary) and surfer dude Bachman (Mitch Eakins) - in response to their classified ad seeking a new roommate. The straight-arrow, brainiac Alastair is initially horrified by the prospect of sharing a space with these three perpetually-stoned slobs, but out of desperation he agrees to "rent" a mattress on the floor of the shared living room (!) which is one of only two sets/locations in the entire film. (We'll get to the other one in a minute.)
Shortly after Alastair moves in, Larnell receives a package containing a "monster f**king bong" that he ordered through an ad in High Times magazine. The ad warned that the bong was "possessed" and therefore the seller was not responsible for any bad vibes or other side effects. You'd think that would be reason enough to put it back in its box and stamp it "RETURN TO SENDER," but Larnell and the boys are so entranced by the bong's sheer awesomeness and feminine shape that they display it in a place of honor in their apartment and begin to toke heavily from it on a regular basis. (Alastair steadfastly refuses to partake, saying he "needs all of his brain cells in tip-top shape" for his studies). The boys are too stoned to notice, but every time they smoke from the Bong, an eerie green glow appears inside it and a breathy female voice whispers that it needs "more!" Eventually poor Bachman discovers the Bong's true nature after a particularly huge smoke session, when his soul is sucked out of his body and into the bong, where he finds himself inside an otherworldly strip club. (?) Naturally, he is "stoked" by the attractive scenery at first, but while receiving a lap dance from one of the comely maidens, he learns that these strippers wear bras that are carnivorous (I swear, I am not making this up!).
Back in the "real world," the boys discover Bachman's lifeless body and in a fit of panic, stash him in the basement so his passing won't derail the "epic party" they have planned for that evening. They don't connect his death to The Bong, so naturally they continue to smoke from it (except for Alastair) till one by one all of the roomies and their girlfriends have been drawn into the "Bong World" to meet grisly fates. By now the film has gotten so ridiculous that when a crazed-looking Tommy Chong crashes into the apartment, rushes up to the Bong and says "I've been lookin' all over for you, maaaaan!" we're not even surprised. Chong explains that he's the former owner of "Eebee" (yes, the Bong has a name!), that it has a curse placed upon it, and he's been trying to track it down ever since it was sold off by his vengeful wife. Alastair quickly fills Chong in and states that he's "going in" after his friends. Thus, Alastair takes his first ever hit and enters Bong World on a rescue mission. Meanwhile, Chong attempts to destroy "Eebee" back in the real world. The scenes of Chong carrying on a running conversation with "Eebee" ("I'm takin' you out, b*tch!") while trying to destroy her with a hammer, then a chainsaw, are the film's funniest bits. Seriously, folks, if the fate of the world ever rests in the hands of a Chainsaw Wielding Tommy Chong, we're totally screwed. I won't reveal how the film ends, but I will mention that a trailer for Evil Bong 2: King Bong runs over the end credits of this film (I assume both films must've been shot at the same time?) in an absolutely shameless display of self promotion that made me laugh louder than anything else in the movie.
How do I possibly sum this one up?
Obviously Evil Bong is not for everybody, but if stupid-on-purpose moron comedies like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes trip your humor trigger, Evil Bong should be right up your alley. "Serious" horror-film fans can safely skip it, as the "horror" content is limited to a few gory bits.
Needless to say, Evil Bong comes nowhere near the stoner-comedy classics that Chong made with his partner Cheech Marin in the late '70s and early '80s, but it's still fun to see him again, even if his role is not much more than an extended cameo (Chong gets top billing and his picture is on the DVD cover, but he doesn't show up in the movie till it's nearly over). I found myself wondering if the Cheech & Chong reunion came about after Cheech saw his former partner appearing in this film and gave him a phone call out of pity.
As a final added note, I feel compelled to mention that the writer of this review doesn't smoke weed, therefore I can't offer any advice as to whether or not the film is more enjoyable if it's experienced in a, shall we say, "altered state." It did give me a great idea for a drinking game, though: every time one of the characters calls someone "bro," take a drink. I guarantee that you'll be utterly schnockered by the 15 minute mark.
© 2011 Keith Abt
Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on December 28, 2011:
Cool, thanx for the support leroy64!
Brian L. Powell from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff) on December 28, 2011:
Okay, I am following you. This review was great.
Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on December 21, 2011:
Thanx phdast - I actually enjoyed it in a "so bad it's good" kind of way, though "enjoy" is probably not the right word -- more like "endured."
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 20, 2011:
Great review of an apparently terrible film. Not even sure I should use the word "film." Probably better to stick with movie. Have a Merry Christmas.
Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on December 17, 2011:
Thanx alwritetea! I see you're new to HubPages - have fun!
Lisa Sumner from Vancouver on December 17, 2011:
First of all, your hilarious and very clever title is what made me click on your hub. I am not a fan of Chuck's films, but have written about him elsewhere so I felt compelled to read this.
What has impressed me is the overall presentation of your hub, well placed ads, etc. Thanks for producing such a well crafted hub, I aspire to your level and bow humbly at your feet. ; )
Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on December 14, 2011:
Thanx V. Yeah, if ever a flick personifies the term "so bad it's good," it's this one!!
Even scarier is that there are parts 2 and 3 to the Evil Bong saga... and God help me, if I ever come across them cheaply enough, I will purchase them just for the sake of having the entire collection. I know, I'm sick. :)
Vanessa Martinez from Vancouver, WA on December 14, 2011:
Oh the cheesiness you bring to the table here, FatFreddysCat! The review makes me want to watch it and laugh at the horribleness that it is. Tommy Chong, how I've missed watching movies with him monotonely humming his dialogue between puffs of smoke.
Insane and beyond.
Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on December 14, 2011:
Thanx Steve and Carl - what can I say? Sometimes you want to watch a deep, intelligent film that changes your entire outlook on the human condition... and then other times you just wanna watch Tommy Chong battle a demonically possessed bong with a chainsaw...
Carl on December 14, 2011:
OH MY GOD! THIS MOVIE! It was so bad it was hilarious and fun. Great Hub as always, keep up the great work. Voted Up, Useful, Funny, Awesome, and Interesting :)
Steve Orion from Tampa, Florida on December 14, 2011:
HAHA! I HAD to click on this review when I saw the title. I first thought I was mistaken, but unfortunately I wasn't. I watched the preview and the bong is seemingly invincible and has a magic force-field when Chong hits it with a chainsaw. Some movies are so bad, you have to see them, it seems. Good review, but you left out some important information; how many Academy Awards did this win? All of them, I bet =D