Director – Rohit Govardhanam (Hannah’s Demons, Blow Me!)
Starring – Liz Richman (Contamination, Runaway Nightmare), Shaina Hammer (The Chains that Bind, Wolf Park), and Chok Suwanavisootr (Snake Outta Compton, Ghostbusters of Long Beach)
Release Date – 2019
Rating – 3.5/5
Tagline – “One toilet paper. Big mess”
While most of the world is on lockdown I still have to work because my state is always last for everything. I’m still going to work which is even more stressful than usual with the fear of the Covid-19 along with shitheads that makes these situations even worse. I took a three day weekend to spend time with my family and watch some movies.
The first movie I tossed on was a short that was sent to us on our Instagram page. The horror short, Wiped, was about a demonic roll of toilet paper. What a more fitting time to watch a horror movie centered around toilet paper while most of us are wiping our asses with our surplus of McDonald’s napkins?
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows a group of twenty-somethings that are having a few beers after having some Asian food. One of them is struggling with the spices they just ingested and has to take a shit break. However, the toilet paper in the bathroom is not your normal toilet paper. **Spoiler Alert**
I love a good horror comedy and I love ridiculous horror films so a ridiculous horror comedy about a demonic toilet paper was right up my alley. I really enjoyed the short and I’m glad that the film made a short running time over a feature length.
The acting in this one is solid but the characters were a little annoying. The cast is very comfortable in front of the camera but the characters just didn’t work well with the short. Their personalities clashed and the people were hard to like.
The story for this one is simple and works. You need to keep in mind that this film was completed sometime last year before the COVID outbreak and toilet paper shortage. With that being said, the humor finds it’s mark now more than ever. Honestly, I don’t know how funny I would find this story before today but now it’s fucking hilarious. The film makes good use of the film’s short running time but does leave itself open for a follow up.
Finally, if you are looking for some no budget gore you are barking up the wrong tree. We get some visual effects here and there but the film relies heavily on the story to carry the film. Overall, Wiped is a cheap and quick horror comedy that works. I feel like the humor would be very underwhelming last month but now it finds a new audience amidst all this. Check it out.