Caesar & Otto’s Paranormal Halloween (2015) – By Baron Craze


Director Dave Campfield, returns with his self-created long running franchise Caesar and Otto journeys and this time he hit his mark with a better character control and smoother screenplay, he still though wore as many hats as possible for the movie, quite common in independent filmmaking. The movie references in a smart and fun manner The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, and Halloween (1978) just to name a few of over possibility 25 movies and a cast loaded with b-movie stars. All on a production of $10,000 generated and thanked by the fans of the horror conventions and numerous film festival circuits, all assisted in his movie receiving distribution through WildEye Releasing.

When first open the story Caesar, dress himself in drag to get a paying job as a babysitter and taking a few remarks cast at Dr. Phil, thanks to Otto as they live with their father Fred (Scott Aguillar) as the news chimes to express newscasts about a serial killer named Michael Myles and in the same broadcast a message about faulty deadbolts and it switches the lock they use as the same one, the ensuing chaos occurs and through chases, our heroes save the day, earn a key to the city and given access to a politician’s summer home, that has some ghostly unwanted visitors. This property also comes with crazy neighbors, a very sexual in nature gardener and cruel cook and the sole job – caretaker and allow nothing to befall the home. An added bonus, built on Native American burial grounds, and lots of bloodshed loss in battles and best of all Otto learns his mother is a witch. Now for those unaware, Caesar and Otto are half brothers in the movie, and they act more like the Three Stooges less than Abbott and Costello, with them trying to survive the various terrifying scenes, ghostly and ghastly visions, levitating objects and possessions occurring to and around them.

The humor in this film works much better than the past and the past criticisms have seem to drift into the director who also stars as Caesar, with more effective humor, with the customary winks and nods to the camera, and never backpedaled rather cascading through numerous trends and clichés. Caesar tends for boss character i.e. Moe, very self-centered and extremely abusive verbally and physical, while Otto (Paul Chomicki) comes with good-natured, bad mannered but silly mindset similar to little Joe of the same comedic legend team. In addition the seems to have a endless treasure trove of b-movie talent, Tiffany Shepis (Jamie Tremain), Felissa Rose (Lakota), and horror legend with over 200 credits Debbie Rochon as Shana. The listing of the talent goes on and on and ever ceases to amaze the star qualities generate by their presence. The entire movie has stumbling blocks but this a true independent project, not a huge studio with over the top production values and a crew task to solve everything problem quickly and properly all the time. No in indie filmmaker sometimes, the duct tape and other times breakout the Gorilla glue.  It hits and misses, as expect and yet the slapstick works more creatively in this movie than the past. Campfield, takes a firmer control of the character development making it more balance for the entire production and thereby excels in lasting stamina for movie and enjoyable to the viewer. He as an actor and director didn’t lash out at the criticism unlike other filmmakers rather taking in stride knowing that the best work lies ahead, and this film achieves those goals. Yes, special effects feel a bit cheap, however that’s expected and no one is criticizing them for that issue.

This latest trip of Caesar and Otto, has a more memorable outing, and expresses the interest to continue, as Dave drops hints to budding filmmakers of what a movie needs and what the industry desires to make marketable. For example, he involves the Bikini Bloodbath films, understand the T&A and bloodshed both sell equally well, and for this he has cornered a niche market and as does other filmmakers like Lloyd Kaufman and Troma movies, not for everyone and the excitement exists for others. This film marks only the second one I have seen of his comedic series, and of the two, this one is far superior and won me over as a viewer and fan, of understanding his humor more of honor to the past comedy teams, and for that his talents laud him into a fine grouping.