All About Evil (2010)
June 15, 2022 1:21 PM - Subscribe

Mousy librarian Deborah inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. To save the family business, she discovers her inner serial killer when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts, but her legion of rabid gore fans doesn't realize that the murders in the films are all real. Natasha Lyonne has a blast as the homicidal auteur in the feature length directorial debut of Joshua Grannell, also known as San Francisco drag icon Peaches Christ.

Featuring Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira herself), Thomas Dekker, Mink Stole, Jade and Nikita Ramsey, Jack Donner, Ashley Fink, and Noah Segan. Local drag stars Martiny, Heklina and Putanesca appear as moviegoers.

<>Amanda Bartlett, SF Gate

This scrappy, campy horror comedy shows a clear affection for the cinematic tradition that fortunately doesn't supersede a clear desire to play with its entrails. -- Brian Juergens, Camp Blood

It’s community theater bad, but in the best way. -- Hope Madden, MaddWolf

"All About Evil" is a scrappy, surprisingly slickly directed and edited homage/satire/spoof to/of all manner of horror films, from "Psycho" to "The Shining" to any number of crappy ’80s slashers. Grannell cops his tongue-in-cheek tone wholesale from Waters, and even though the movie is excessively gory at times, it doesn’t quite match the cult movie master’s thirst for taboo extremity – not that anyone should even try, since we’ve seen enough coprophagia to last a lifetime, right? -- John Serba, Decider

It’s almost the very definition of a ‘midnight movie’ -- Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

Currently streaming in the US on Shudder.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is not a "good" movie by most conventional yardsticks. But if the idea of Natasha Lyonne teaming up with a drag queen to make a microbudget slasher sendup that cribs liberally from the John Waters playbook appeals to you, you're gonna have a great time.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:23 PM on June 15, 2022 [5 favorites]

This reminds me a lot of the tone of "Die, Mommie, Die!" in a way I'm really liking.
posted by wakannai at 7:14 AM on June 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

Definitely a lot of fun. The scenes involving the "kids" were meh at best, but everything else was fun!
posted by miss-lapin at 4:41 PM on July 13, 2022

Just wanted to add-I wish that Peaches Christ had a larger role.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:54 AM on July 14, 2022 [1 favorite]

Someone on another group I frequent commented that it plays like Peaches Christ was doing her own personal film school and shot this in order, with the early scenes playing off pretty perfunctorily and the staging/lighting/etc. getting markedly better as things went on.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:41 AM on July 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

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