Alan Miller (Daniel O’Meara) is an aging actor. He was once someone in Hollywood, but now he can’t find any roles. He keeps his camera on all the time documenting his life and rents out his guestroom to a beautiful, young, aspiring actress named Pamela (Jackie Moore of the highly entertaining horror flick "Pernicious"). To her it seems like he is a nice, old guy trying to give her a hand and advice with her career. But, truthfully he is fixated on her. And, he also happens to be, unbeknownst to her, a psychotic, misogynistic, homophobic, and racist serial killer. He goes around picking up prostitutes and pretty, young women, luring them with the pretense of practicing roles or helping them to get cast for movies. In the meantime, Pamela rejects his advances, wanting only his friendship. Her career begins to pick up, and she eventually gets a boyfriend. His jealousy begins to get the best of him, and he spirals further down into madness.
April 9, 2014
Jim Lane and Eric Troop
Daniel O’Meara, Jackie Moore, Eric Roberts, Tiffany Adams, Brett Miller
As soon as I realized that Deadly Famous was the found footage film I was slightly annoyed. Then, I thought to myself, maybe there is some hope for this movie and I shouldn’t pre-judge. Slowly but surely I realized that there wasn’t. A good portion of the issues with this film have to do with the fact that it is found footage and the way it is structured. Is this movie supposed to be a documentary about an actor turned killer, or just some cobbled together footage that just happens to have people commenting on the horrific events that occurred? None of this is very clear.
Whatever the case maybe, Alan serves as our narrator. He definitely comes off as creepy and unhinged, as well as being a genuine jerk. To this film’s advantage Daniel O’Meara brings life to the role of Alan; the audience genuinely wants this asshole to get his butt kicked. He’s so good that he actually manages to add a disturbing feeling to a couple of scenes. Aside from being a racist, misogynist, and a homophobe, he is also a pervert, which is emphasized by leering shots of the camera as he holds it.
Also excellent in the film is Jackie Moore. Between this movie and Pernicious, she’s becoming one of my favorite actresses to appear in horror films. One of my favorite scenes involving her, and in fact one of my favorite in the entire film, is one showing her character acting in a soap opera. She gives a perfect representation of the acting that is usually involved on those TV shows. Meanwhile, Eric Roberts has a small but fun role as an exaggerated version of himself, who happens to be a friend of Alan. Skin flick fans will be happy to see cameos by a trio of beautiful adult stars: Dahlia Sky (as Melissa Sims), Shay Lynn (as Dawn Vaughn), and Ash Hollywood (as herself).
There is no real gore to really speak of in Deadly Famous. Though, Shay Lynn’s death where she is force fed and then is sliced with a knife while being taped down to a table is pretty cruel. There is also some nudity provided by Sky, Lynn, and Moore, though despite the beauty of the actresses involved little of it is titillating and is mostly just unnerving.
Unfortunately, the majority of this movie is terribly boring. Honestly for a good chunk of the film not much happens at all. When something does, it’s not very involved and the film suffers from the flat directing of Jim Lane and Eric Troop. The aforementioned documentary/found footage style gets very tiresome quite quickly. There are a few creepy moments and some hints of humor that breakup some of the boredom, but they are few and far between. Most of the humor really comes from the scenes involving Roberts and, in the end, I really wish there was more of him in the movie if only to make it more entertaining.
Deadly Famous is very hit and miss, leaning heavily on misses. By the time Alan, wearing white makeup and looking like a third rate Joker, has a female victim hung up on a noose, it was too late and I’d already lost interest. This film seems to keep getting worse and worse, entering the realm of excruciating.
Case in point: the extended climax felt like it would never end. There are multiple “endings” in it. Each time you think it’s over; it simply kept going. This really tested my patience. Then even more activity takes place during the end credits including the cameo by porn star Ash Hollywood. There is even a post-credits scene! This ain’t The Avengers or e, so it’s not like you even want to stay and watch this any further!
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Deadly Famous thinks it’s disturbing. And, while there are a few moments that are; it’s mostly just infuriating. Despite its relatively short running time of 89 minutes, it feels a lot longer and is really just another in a long line of tiresome found footage movies. Unless you are a completionist or the most loyal fan of Jackie Moore, any of the three porn stars involved, or Eric Roberts you can honestly skip this movie because you’re not likely to get through until the end. Be advised that if you do put yourself through the pain of watching this film, you will learn that Deadly Famous is really just “deadly annoying”.
Good acting by the cast in particular the two leads and Eric Roberts playing a fun, exaggerated version of himself. There is also bits of humor and a few disturbing moments.
Terribly boring and utterly uninteresting. The found footage/ documentary style eventually comes off as really annoying. It feels incredibly long, especially the climax which is filled with multiple parts where it could've just ended.