Director – Mark Mackner (Evil Brew, Daisy Derkins and the Dinosaur Apocalypse)
Starring – Susanna D’Arcy (The Embalmo the Clown Show, Always from Darkness), Annamarie Ruggiero (St. Blacktrick, Midnight Show), Christine Fisler (Alpha Girls, 3 Poisons)
Release Date – 2013
Rating – 3.5/5
I’ve uncovered a bunch of wild indie horror flicks over the last few years just from browsing hashtags on Instagram and Twitter. When you sort through the busty goth girls and their Scream VHS pics you can find some fun indie films that would typically go unnoticed. Several months back I found a post from indie filmmaker for the re-release of his 2013 horror comedy Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned.
I fucking love weird and strange indie releases so I was quick to search for a copy. I found it on oldies.com which seems to be the exclusive retailer for Alpha Video who is handling this release. I snagged it, along with some other Alpha Video releases, and decided to finally check it out.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows Daisy Derkins (D’Arcy) who is hired to dog sit for a mysterious man. Uncomfortable in the home of the mysterious man, she quickly calls her friends to come over and sit with her when news of a famed serial killer has escaped prison. Things take a predictable turn when the girls break out an Ouija board which only makes matters even worse. **Spoiler Alert**
I knew Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned wasn’t going to become my favorite indie movie but I knew it was going to be fun as fuck. In fact, I really enjoyed it and look forward to checking out Mackner’s other films including his two other Daisy Derkins films.
The acting in this one far from perfect but it wasn’t bad. I liked the energy the cast brought to their scenes along with the characters personalities. The cast did lack experience but was still able to deliver some memorable performances.
The story for this one is one is very imaginative and different than your normal indie horror flick. Mackner doesn’t succumb to trends and delivers a movie with a fun and out their story that will hold your attention from beginning to end. We have a giant, man-sized dog, a serial killer on the loose, a horror YouTube show, beautiful women, and an Ouija board. All this comes together to make a messy yet entertaining film that doesn’t overcomplicate things. It’s a movie that you can follow even if you are paying half attention to it but doesn’t underwhelm the viewer either. It’s cheap fun for genre fans. With that being said, some of the scenes do drag on a little too long but they don’t really take away from the overall film.
Finally, the film has some blood and minimal practical effects but a few of the gags actually looked cool. The real highlight of the film is the dog costume which was funny but surprisingly well done considering the film’s budget. Overall, Daisy Derkings, Dogsitter of the Damned was a fun no budget indie horror comedy with a story that will stick with you sometime after watching it. It’s not perfect but it does entertain.