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Hanger - Plotdigger Films - Breaking Glass Pictures Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 April 2010
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Directed by: Ryan Nicholson
Written by: Ryan Nicholson, Patrick Coble
Produced by: Dan Walton
Cinematography by: Jay Gavin
Editing by: Ryan Nicholson, Jay Gavin
Music by: Nomeansno, Bison, Spread Eagle, Grass City and the Invasives
Special Effects: Jon Funk
Cast: Dan Ellis, Nathan Dashwood, Debbie Rochon, Ronald Patrick Thompson, Wade Gibb, Alastair Gamble, Candice Lewald, Lloyd Kaufman
Year: 2009
Country: Canada
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 90 minutes


Studio: Plotdigger Films

Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures

Plotdigger Films delivered the decadence with their first feature length assault Live Feed.  Then Gutterballs cemented the fact that Plotdigger Films are an unrestrained company that is here to stay.  Their most recent execution is Hanger , which shows that Ryan Nicholson and co. have no intent on restricting themselves with boundaries.  Hanger proves this by venturing into abortion-gone-wrong territory unexplored since The Suckling.

I dubbed The Suckling a "flush revenge film" in my review of the 1990 creature flick.  This time around Hanger could finally fall into such a category, but a more apt sub-genre would be a "dumpster revenge film."  You see, lil' Hanger didn't make it to the toilet.  Hanger tells the tale of a fetus fished with a coat hanger from a whore's money-maker (in explicit gory detail), by a pimp named Leroy (Ronald Patrick Thompson).  The whore (Debbie Rochon, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV) dies from the crude procedure and subsequently the skewered-squirt is discarded in a dumpster.  Flash forward 18 years and Hanger (the film's title character) has lived a bottom feeding existence with a bum (cameo by director Ryan Nicholson), who salvaged him from the trash and raised him as his own.  At this point he is forced on his own and is taken under the wing of his real father, a crook-nosed dude named The John (Dan Ellis).  The John finds him an appropriate apartment and job -- a dive with a disfigured Asian retarded roommate named Russell (Wade Gibb) and employment at a garbage junk yard sorting facility.  Together The John and Hanger seek vengeance for his mother's murder, ensuring the film's tagline that "payback is a bitch of a whore."

Hanger is as entertaining as it is repulsive.  It seems as though Ryan Nicholson has set out to perform as many gross-out moments as he can cram in the film's 90-minute runtime.  The gross-out gags are elevated to a new level of debauchery.  The film's got tampon tea and death by bloody tampon.  But what takes the medal for movie madness is a scene where Phil (Alastair Gamble), a co-worker of Russell and Hanger's, delivers them a pizza laced with GHB (in a Santa suit no doubt) so he can have his "own little faggot playground."  What follows is a scene of buggery so foul, it seems only Ryan Nicholson could concoct it -- Phil has a lust for colostomy side holes, so be ready for some vile footage adding a new meaning to the term fudge-packer!

The gross-out gags are all in cartoony fun, but some genre fans will probably find some of the scenes excessive or even hard to stomach.  Vile shit aside, the film is a fun campy horror comedy that has an array of gore, complete with whore head-smashing, and a death by douche.  Thankfully Nicholson also brings back Candice Lewald (who you should remember as the rape victim in Gutterballs) for some more upskirt fun -- this time with a Hello Kitty pen.  Lloyd Kaufman makes his début as Melvina the Tranny and there's even a funny nod at The Warriors thrown in there for good measure.

Breaking Glass Pictures and Vicious Circle Films bring Hanger uncut to DVD in a 1.77:1 non-anamorphic aspect ratio.  This is nothing that your remote's zoom button can't handle.  It still leaves me wondering why they wouldn't make the actual film anamorphic considering that the nicely animated Hanger menu is anamorphic.  That small blunder aside, we get a nice Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and a dumpster full of extras.  There's a commentary by co-writer and director Ryan Nicholson.  There is a making of titled "Behind the Stoma" a 20-minute featurette containing cast and crew interviews on how they feel about their characters and the film itself.  "Enough Dope to Hanger Yourself With: On the set of Hanger with Lloyd Kaufman" is a cool 12-minute video shot by Kaufman himself during his one night Hanger shooting experience.  "Rose's Bush: Starring Leroy Washington" is the sex video footage of actors Debbie Rochon and Ronald Patrick Thompson used in the film.  Rounding out the supplements are deleted scenes, a blooper reel, a trailer and stills gallery.

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Non-Anamorphic
 Region: NTSC 1
 Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - Commentary with Director Ryan Nicholson
 - Behind the Stoma: The Making and Taking of Hanger
 - Enough Dope to Hanger Yourself With: On the Set of Hanger with Lloyd Kaufman
 - Rose's Bush: Starring Leroy Washington
 - Deleted Scenes
 - Blooper Reel
 - Trailer
 - Stills Gallery


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