Reeling review: 'Crazy Bitches' refreshes slasher comedy genre

Sun. September 21, 2014 12:25 PM by Gregg Shapiro

'Crazy Bitches', Sept. 21, 2014, 9:15 p.m., Landmark Century Cinema

Crazy Bitches (Film McQueen) is a twisted slasher comedy with an unexpected ending twist from director/actress Jane Clark (Meth Head). Sorority sisters prissy and pearled Taylor (Samantha Colburn), predatory lesbian Cassie (Cathy DeBuono), smug and smart Princess (Mary Jane Wells), terminally ill Dorri (Nayo Wallace), cheated on Alice (Victoria Profeta), woo-woo woozy Minnie (Liz McGeever), gay guy pal BJ (Andy Gala) and Alice's nasty sister Belinda, gather for a weekend at the Benton Estate, site of a grisly murder a few years earlier and said to be haunted by the souls of the seven girls killed there.

Combining elements of revenge killing for past hurts, ghost stories, as well as references to classic horror, and a healthy dose of pansexual humping, Crazy Bitches gets most of it right. It keeps us guessing as each of the characters begins dropping in ways specific to their personality. Fashion obsessed Belinda gets a stiletto heel to the eye, Taylor chokes on her pearls, hair hung-up Princess is scalped, skin color conscious BJ discovers too late that there is acid in one of his cream tubes, and so on. Be sure to pay close attention to the sub-story involving Alice's philandering husband Eddie (David Fumero). Crazy Bitches refreshes a genre that was getting tired and tiresome.

Crazy Bitches, Sept. 21, 2014, 9:15 p.m., Landmark Century Cinema

Reeling: The Chicago International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival opened on Sept. 18 at the Music Box Theater on Southport and runs for a week through Sept. 25. The majority of the Reeling screenings take place at the Landmark Century Cinema in the Century Mall on Clark Street, with others being held at Chicago Filmmakers on Clark St. in Andersonville. Reeling schedule and tickets available at

Related:'s Gregg Shapiro provides a series of reviews of selected titles being screened at Reeling 32: Part One | Part Two | Part Three