Directed by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Written by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell,
Stars: François Simard, Anouk Whissell... read more

Year: 2004
Genrer: Horror, Short, Splatter
Run time: 19 minutes
My rating: 4 out of 5

The very first time I watched this shortie was back in 2006 on a swedish horror film festival. It had its first premiere in Sweden that year and I had never in my life seen a audience laugh so hard as they did then. The happy laughs just bubbled through the entire auditorium and at the same moment, the film also won the Swedish Gore Award.

Bagman is a Canadian short film made by Roadkill Superstar. Once a time It was an Internet phenomenon through Google and Youtube. It found its true cult status really fast and is worth every single prices it has won at various film festivals world wide. The film is set in Canada and is directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The actors mostly speaks French, but also english in some phrases, but it's also subtitled in english and dubbed in German intended for an international audience.

Here we met a killer with a paper bag over his head. He slaughters some young people very brutally and Kimberly (Anouk Whissell) are the only survivors who are admitted to hospital. She is startled by what has happened and tells her improbable story to the police officer. There is a legend in the city that encourages people not to mention his name three times - Bagman. In particular, Kimberley is one of those people who break the pattern of legend and now she's on the run from the masked madman. During a long journey she suddenly runs into one of Canada's worst gangsters. She explains to them what happened, but will they ever believe in her? And where did the masked man go?

The killer is truely a hommage to movies from the 80's and can also be compared to any slasher characters whatsoever; He wears a silly costume, acting slowly and has a penchant to distract his opponents, which in this case is a couple of stupid and stereotypical gangsters. The only thing that separates him from the usual slasher films is that the violence has escalated to a higher level. Blood spurts as the fountain at a Pride festival - The decapitated body parts are used as weapons and worn sheaths is used for self-defense. Does it sounds great?

The film's budget is about $2000 and isn't a big project at all. The special effects are among the most stupid one you can find on film. But it's the childish humor, its charm and sheer creativity that gives the film its great attention. This is created to laugh at, they have really written down every hard and unthinkable way of performing a murder. And although it must have been foolish to build up these effects, they managed to perform an extraordinary short film with the least budget possible to complete this laughing party.

I did spoke with one of the actors Yoann-Karl Whissell and asked him about the trailer for the upcoming "feature film" which circulating on YouTube some years ago and I regret to inform you that this trailer is just a fake-trailer and there are no thoughts about an upcoming feature film. Disappointed as I was, I left the conversation with saggy balls.

Up to date though, if you've seen their feature debut Turbo Kid yet, you'll recognize lots of scenes from Bagman. They've also used the killings from that fake-trailer I just spoked about,

If you want to disconnect the brain in nineteen minutes, then this is the perfect movie for you. There is absolutely no steps to contend with. It's enough to sit in peace and rule over the vast chaos, andI can only say that Bagman is one of the best slasher film-parodies ever made!


Produced by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cinematography by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Editing by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Special Effects by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Music by: Black Taboo
Country: Canada
Language: French
Color: Color

Distributor: Roadkill Superstar