I'm the Film School Rejects writer who did the video reaction and wrote the review Tim linked to earlier. In regards to the term "camp" I suppose I could have chosen a more accurate, or at least different word, but that was the one that kept popping into my head. Turns out "camp" is a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
I'm a genre guy through and through so have suffered the slings and arrows of everyone assaulting the films I love to the point where camp, schlock, and "B-movie" are signs of quality, nothing derogatory. When referencing horror, some great flicks like Tremors, Return of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, and Sleepaway Camp are all considered to be in the "campy" section, so I definitely don't consider the term to be a bad thing or necessarily invoke tooty-fruity Bette Middler shit.
I didn't mean to imply Malone is the kind of camp that is "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Gilligan's Island." To me, it's the kind of camp that comes about when a guy gets his head set on fire for the second time and I give a laugh. Maybe there's a better term.
In scanning over the posts, I saw Mark H. call it "pulpy dark" and people reference "dark humor." Yup, that fits and the humor is dark, but to me camp and dark humor aren't necessarily exclusive. So like Tim just posted above, I was using "camp" in sort of my own definition as it relates to me and the films I love, not in what is the general-wikipedia-defined sense of the word which is all sorts of stuff that Malone is not.
Even if our definitions get crossed up a bit or I could have chosen a word (or perhaps invented one), the basic fact remains - Malone is a cool movie. You'll grin, clap, cheer, wince, and laugh. Then rinse it and repeat it. Although next time guys, how about some boobs? (I will always be 14 years old in my heart and in my pants).
Congrats to Mark, Tom, and Tim (and everyone else involved) for getting some good shit down and sharing it with us at Comic Con. To all the Tom/Raw fans here, see this movie when you get a chance, I know you'll appreciate it.
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And since it was brought up, Punisher War Zone sucked. Malone is miles better.