Evil Bong (2006)
By: Paul Ryan on April 17, 2010  | 
DVD
Big Sky Video | All Regions, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 84 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Credits
Director: Charles Band
Starring: David Weidof, John Patrick Jordan, Kristen Green, Robin Sydney, Tommy Chong
Screenplay: August White
Country: USA
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Archetypical nerd Alistair (David Weidof) moves into a college flophouse inhabited by stoners Larnell (John Patrick Jordan), Bachman (Mitch Eakins) and Brett (Brian Lloyd). Attempting to study under a constant haze of marijuana smoke proves difficult for the uptight Alistair, especially when Larnell buys a massive bong – advertised in High Times as "possibly haunted" – that consumes the attention of his housemates. It soon becomes clear that that the bong has a personality all its own. It can talk, grows a face (complete with eyelashes), has a name (Eebee) and when used it yanks out your soul and traps it in an otherwordly dimension (which looks an awful lot like a strip joint). Aided by good-hearted hottie Janet (Kristyn Green) and Eebee's original owner, Jimbo (stoner royalty Tommy Chong), Alistair finds himself having to dodge (and occasionally give into) a variety of temptations in order to get his captured housemates back.

Evil Bong marks veteran schlockmeister Charles Band's first dip into pothead comedy, and it's better than you'd expect, especially for a movie shot in just seven days. There's a sense of fun throughout, with a good comic cast and some genuine laughs to be had. Production values are expectedly low, with only two locations (the apartment and Eebee's Bong World realm), while the special effects are quite uneven, though some of the CGI opticals are actually pretty good. Eebee herself (robustly voiced by Michele Mais) is well designed, but is hampered by a lack of expression. Still, the brisk pace and cheerful tone help to compensate, while Band aficionados will appreciate the cameos by Tim Thomerson (as his Future Cop character, Jack Deth), Sonny Carl Davis, Bill Moseley and Phil Fondacaro, not to mention appearances by non-human Full Moon creations Jack-In-The-Box (from Demonic Toys), Ooga Booga (from Doll Graveyard) and the title character from The Gingerdead Man. Just to top off all the cross-promotion/self-promotion, Band even manages to incorporate his line of Monsterbras into the Bong World sequences. On that note there are boobs aplenty, which is always helpful when your effects budget is running low…

There's a lot that doesn't make sense in August White's script (especially regarding how EeBee's victims can somehow smuggle physical objects into the non-corporeal Bong World), but picking holes in a film like this is probably beside the point. It's still good, unclean fun, and better than a lot of latter-day Full Moon fare.
Video
The anamorphic transfer has the familiar light fuzz of an NTSC-to-PAL conversion, with some noticeable interlacing and video noise at times, but the colours are fairly bright (though the reds bleed at times) and fleshtones are natural. All that bong smoke comes out pretty clearly as well. The opening Full Moon logo looks horribly pixiliated though.
Audio
Audio for Evil Bong comes in a single 2.0 track, which has some decent oomph where it counts. The soundtrack has some surprisingly familiar names for such a low budget film, with contributions from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Insane Clown Posse.
Extra Features
The Making of Evil Bong: Running just under twenty minutes, and hosted by Charles Band himself, this is a laid-back, amusing look at the making of the film. Most of the cast and crew offer their two cents on what they think of bongs, (even the Gingerdead Man), including a potted history – pardon the pun - of the implement from the authoritative Chong. The 4x3 picture is sub-early-YouTube quality, but the featurette itself is actually quite a lot of fun, and more substantial than similar makings-of on other Full Moon titles.

Trailer: A 96-second trailer that leaves you in absolutely no doubt of what to expect from a movie called Evil Bong.
The Verdict
Cheerfully dopey (ahem) and expectedly sloppy in places, Evil Bong is still better than you expect it to be. While it'll never be mistaken for high art, there are some genuine laughs to be had, and a playful sensibility throughout. And boobs.
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