New on DVD: Baghead

New on DVD: Baghead

The low-budget horror flick is often a subject of humour itself; therefore a parody of the construction of such a picture is bound to be a little funny. After attending an independent film festival and witnessing the artful, inexpensive creation of an acquaintance, four out-of-work actors (Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Greta Gerwig and Elise Muller) […]


The low-budget horror flick is often a subject of humour itself; therefore a parody of the construction of such a picture is bound to be a little funny.

After attending an independent film festival and witnessing the artful, inexpensive creation of an acquaintance, four out-of-work actors (Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Greta Gerwig and Elise Muller) decide the best way to star in a movie is to make it themselves. To limit distractions during their brainstorming, the group escape to an isolated cabin in the woods. While debating the merits of a screenplay about a bag-headed serial killer, a missing car battery and the possible disappearance of two of the campers lead them to believe a paper bag-wearing maniac may be lurking right outside their wooden getaway.

With the earlier release of The Strangers, which featured its own sack-wearing killers, this spoof seems all the more relevant. While the horror does not enter the picture until later in the film, the mystery surrounding the “baghead” is strong throughout. Furthermore, the resolution is somewhat foreseeable but not conventional.

The narrative is poking fun at the industry and the people in it. But it’s not being mean-spirited as it expects its audience to be in the know and recognize the characters being depicted. It’s obvious the actors understand the film’s intentions. Muller is particularly good.

As the Duplass brothers seem to be a little different, so too are the DVD special features. “Mark and Jay Duplass answer questions they’ve already answered” has the duo at home with their children interviewing each other for the camera. Claiming time restraints, they ask questions previously given to them during interviews. “Baghead scares” is a montage of gags captured Candid Camera-style, where a baghead surprises unsuspecting victims. The feature commentary by the Duplass brothers is revealing of their process as they deconstruct the scenes and describe the shooting experience.