With its inspiration seeming to come from Hostel, or Saw, or any film in which a bad guy is systematically chopped up by an even worse guy, Chop has the feeling of a humorous short that was stretched into a full feature with an 81 minute running time.
Although you can see the stretch marks on occasion, and they aren’t always pretty, there is still an awful lot to like about this film, thanks to its central hook.
The premise is simple; a lunatic has kidnapped a nasty and selfish man in order for him to make his prisoner apologise for something unpleasant that happened years previously. In the selfish jerks defence, he hasn’t a clue what the lunatic is raving on about, which only makes matters worse.
After witnessing a few of his family members being horrifically murdered, our selfish none hero starts to admit things to the lunatic that have nothing at all to do with him, and this is were Chop starts getting funny. Yes, this is a horror/comedy, but your typical horror with the odd quips thrown in for good measure, Chop, to its credit, is a dark yet broad farce punctuated with frequent scenes of grandiose carnage.
Not all of the jokes hit the mark, and Chop overstays its welcome by several minutes, but during its best moments you could be mistaken for thinking you were watching something written by Eli Roth and Neil Simon due to the rapid banter and the kooky misunderstandings that lead to some over the top blood letting and quite shocking violence.
The leads are also on the green side, but they are often amusing as they are fully committed to this slice of low budget lunacy. Chop is unlikely ever to be thought of as a masterful blend of comedy and horror, but there is something to be said for a little indie film that manages to keep both plates spinning for the vast majority of the running time.
Overall, Chop is a lot of fun with a good amount of horror thrown in, creating a low budget mash up of genres that you know you are going to click with or not within the first few minutes. Flawed?, yes, hugely enjoyable?, absolutely.