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Dr. Ella Mental's Mad Lab Picture Show

USA 2013
produced by
John Johnson, Mikiah Umbertis for Darkstone Entertainment
directed by John Johnson
starring Mariah Johnson, Jarod Kearney, Talon Borrelli, Mikiah Umbertis, Terri Martin Baltz, Brandy Mason, Kera O'Bryon, John R. Price II, Elissa Lauer, Robert Rydland, Dennis E. Lilly, Jay Barber
written by Matthew Warner, John Johnson, music by Kevin MacLeod, makeup effects by Bio Duck FX, visual effects by Bergen Brown

Dr. Ella Mental

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Dr. Ella Mental (Mariah Johnson) is a slightly clumsy scientist who's nevertheless mad enough to try and create a zombie according to the rules of George A. Romero in her lab. She is helped by idiotic Mr Budderbottom (Jarod Kearney) and the neurotic duck-handpuppet Roscoe (Talon Borrelli) - but neither of them is a big help. She also has the classic Night of the Living Dead on, for research purposes ...

To make a zombie, one of course first needs a human specimen - so she has her helpers abduct a man or woman (whichever path you choose) and gets some spare bodyparts from either the storeroom or a woman she seduces when a potion turns her into Hydie.

Ultimately, Ella succeeds or fails to make a zombie, again whichever way you choose, but always to rather amusing results.

Next, Ella exposes her audience to another instructional video, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, which of course gives her the idea to create a vampire of her own - with or without the assistance of her alter ego Hydie of course. But while she's still out trying to figure a way to create a vampire, the masked villain Great Bandito kidnaps her in an effort to steal her show. But with the help of Budderbottom and Roscoe or Hydie or without any help, she gets manages to overcome the Bandito and make it back to her lab just in time for finishing her latest experiment: To create a vampire that's immune to sunlight. But has she succeeded - and if so, what will that mean for mankind? If not, what will that mean for her test subject=?


Dr. Ella Mental's Mad Lab Picture Show is most certainly something the world has not seen very often (if ever): A multi-path choose-your-own-story show that's also a hosted horror double feature (films obviously being Night of the Living Dead and The Satanic Rites of Dracula). Sounds silly? Well, actually it's supposed to be, it's a hosted horror double feature with a comedic framing story that has ... not really all that much to do with the films other than it's about zombies or vampires - but it's good macabre fun, and that's what these shows are all about, and Mariah Johnson as too-klutzy-to-be-really-mad scientist is a welcome breakaway from the usual horror host mold without deriving from the fun these shows usually are in the least ...


If all of this has gotten you interested, you might want to check out the movie(-game) here:


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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