Director Joe Begos last year gave us the bloody sex, drugs and rock n roll infused “Bliss.” Now he has returned with the perfect homage to John Carpenter’s “Assault on Precinct 13,” VFW.
The film follows a group of war veterans who must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants.
The film stars action star icons such as Stephen Lang, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, William Sadler, just to name a few. The film also reunites Dora Madison and Begos who previously worked together and vampire flick, Bliss.
Don’t Breathe’s Stephen Lang stars as Fred, a Vietnam veteran who spends his days pouring shots and shooting the shit with his combat buddies Walter (William Sadler); Lou (Martin Kove); Doug (David Patrick Kelly); Abe (Fred Williamson); and Tom, a.k.a. Z (George Wendt) at a shabby, wood-paneled VFW hall with a broken toilet and bad wiring. Outside of the bar, their unnamed city has descended into dystopia as a drug called “hype” transforms the local youth into braindead, bloodthirsty mutants who behave more like zombies than people. But the guys inside the bar are too busy drunkenly reminiscing about the good old days of pubic hair—“I used to buy toothpicks by the case,” Abe remarks wistfully—and telling the same 40-year-old stories to notice. That is, until the drug war comes to them in the form of Lizard (Sierra McCormick), a surly teenage punk who steals a stash of hype from local drug lord Boz (Travis Hammer) as revenge for the death of her addict sister.
The cast has fantastic chemistry, you actually believe they are all friends who drink together regularly and reminisce over old war stories.
Begos brings an old school sensibility to horror with his DIY blood guts and gore.
Steve Moore‘s synth heavy score is one part 80s throwback one part metal infused bad assery.
The film is a perfect blend of old school horror and punk rock aesthetic. I also really liked how they showed respect to the VFWs and made them real people, not the stereotypical PTSD portrayals we are used to seeing.
Overall, VFW is intense, foul mouthed, and a bloody good time that in a unique way pays tribute to VFWs. HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends VFW.