The Chickening

9 Overall Score
Effects: 8/10
Humor: 8/10
Absurdity: 10/10

Absurd humor | Explosions | Super spicy shiny sauce.

The fake trailer bit.

The Chickening (2016)

Written and Directed by: Nick DenBoer and Davy Force

Tim Beresford, Nick Di Brizzi Jr, Cad Gold Jr, Kenny Hotz

I have spent the better part of two weeks thinking about what to say about The Chickening.  After six viewings, I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it, but I enjoyed it.  There definitely are moments of comedic brilliance within its very brief running time, clocking in at just over five minutes.

In this absurd, effects laden re-imagining of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), Jack Torrance takes a job as the senior chief night manager for Charbay Chicken World Restaurant and Resort, “…the largest fast food entertainment complex in North America, with a subterranean farm, a power plant, and the world’s only magma heated chicken blast fryer.”  The creative team of Nick Denboer and Davy Force, super-impose their actors’ faces, and great many chickens into the original movie and mash together new dialogue with what already exists from The Shining to bizarre and amusing effect.

Strangeness inhabits the world of The Chickening, from the very beginning, but as the film progresses things only get weirder.  The film’s humor relies heavily on the viewer having some familiarity with The Shining, by turning things that were once frightening into something completely silly.  From the wise-cracking, fedora wearing, Nuyorican Tony, to the dance hall remix of the twin girls in the hallway, the movie is a full-blown visual and auditory assault on the viewer (in a good way).

The highlight for me was the super-imposed face of a middle-aged man, Cad Gold Jr., as Danny.

The only thing I didn’t like about this movie was that it’s a fake trailer.  It was unnecessarily thrown in at the end.

The movie is definitely not for everyone, but with the five-minute run time, there’s really no reason not to give it a shot.  I enjoyed it… you might too.

And remember… “A Cluck, cluck, clucking goes the chick, chick, chicken, and the chick, chick, chicken is my favorite food.”



Author: Dan Folgar View all posts by
Dan Folgar received a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008, and is currently working on an MFA in Fine Arts. He is an avid film watcher and an enthusiast who is prone to ranting. Follow on twitter @grim842.

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