In 1983, slashers were taking over the horror film genre. The likes of Friday the 13th and Halloween were making their impact felt. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie, realizing that as long as you had a unique hook you could make a popular finished product with a moderate budget. But let’s be honest, it didn’t really matter because people would end up watching them anyway. Nowadays, filmmakers don’t quite have that luxury. So when a movie comes along that truly stands out, fans of the genre stop and take notice.
Vicious Fun is very much set in 1983, with a pulsating synth score (by Steph Copeland) and smoky, neon-infused locales. In true ‘80s fashion, the goofy protagonist, Joel (Evan Marsh), lives in a suburban neighborhood with his attractive roommate Sarah (Alexa Steele), but finds himself in a mysterious part of town as night falls. Joel is a film critic for a horror magazine Vicious Fanatics, a la Fangoria, and is well-versed in the genre—a detail that, even if not necessarily in-play throughout most of the film, adds a fresh context for what transpires. He follows Sarah’s new boyfriend, Bob (Ari Millen), to a bar in hopesthat he turns out to be married or, worse, a serial killer. Well, after Joel gets blackout drunk, he accidentally becomes locked inside the bar afterhours, where several serial killers meet in a sort of support group. And wouldn’t you know it: Bob is one of their flagship members.
The other killers think that Joel is a fellow slasher of course, but Bob sniffs him out and now they’re all trying to murder him. That is, except for one killer in particular: Carrie (Amber Goldfarb), who has a secret of her own. She infiltrates these serial killer groups all over the country in hopes of picking off each member one by one. Carrie quickly protects Joel and “together” they’re able to take down one or two of them. But when the police get involved, Bob and the others make their escape, with Carrie and Joel getting arrested as the cops think them to be the aggressors.