Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives -- Film Review

The title pretty much sums it up.

This exploitation film spoof represents a humbling experience for any film reviewer. After all, it hardly matters what opinion is about to be expressed: You’re either going to rush off to see a film called “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” or you’re not.

For those so inclined, you’ll be glad to know that Israel Luna’s mock revenge thriller more than lives up to its title: It features a band of trannies; they're definitely ticked-off; and they’re well-armed, not only with knives but also with baseball bats and the occasional high-heeled shoe.

If you're interested enough in the film’s plot to still be reading, it concerns the piquantly named Bubbles Cliquot (Krystal Summers), who performs at a downtown nightclub along with her fellow transgender clique. Unfortunately, one evening Bubbles has a fling with the wrong guy, Boner (Thomas Zembrod), who doesn’t take kindly to the fact that his latest conquest could well be called by the same name.

When Bubbles and a couple of her compatriots wind up either dead or brutally beaten at the hands of Boner and his buddies, the remaining gals take matters into their own beautifully manicured hands, resulting in a bloodbath that would do the makers of 1970s-era exploitation films proud. To prepare for their revenge, they take an instructional course combining Zen-style philosophy with kung-fu ass-kicking.

The filmmaker dutifully goes through the technical paces dictated by such predecessors as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, carefully making sure his effort boasts the trademark fake scratches, etc., that give the appearance that this mock-vintage effort hadn’t exactly been chosen for preservation by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Although probably best appreciated at a midnight showing with a similarly schlock-minded audience, the film is being released on DVD next month, so begin planning your parties now.

Opened: Friday, Oct. 15 (Breaking Glass Pictures)
Production: La Luna Entertainment, Toucan Prods.
Cast: Krystal Summers, Kelexis Davenport, Willam Belli, Erica Andrews, Jenny Skyy, Thomas Zembrod, Kenny Ochoa, Gerardo Davila, Chase Wade, Todd Jenkins, Richard Curtin
Director-screenwriter-editor: Israel Luna
Producers: Whitney Blake, Toni Miller
Executive producer: Anne L. Gibson
Directors of photography: Israel Luna, Todd Jenkins, Lacey Brutschy
Costume designer: Chase Wade
No rating, 90 minutes