Very few times a year do I come across an independent horror so fucking good that I can't stop thinking about it. I rent a lot of movies and I do my fair share of streaming through Shudder and Prime and all that, but even with all of the stuff out there, it's rare that I watch something that totally fucked my day up, and when I do, I can't shut up about it. Well, today is one of those days, and the film in question? The Special, the brand new flick written by James Newman and Mark Steensland, and brought to life by director B. Harrison Smith. You ever watch a trailer to a movie and fiend to see it right away? Almost like the movie is literally calling out to you, knowing that it's going to fuck your head up and you're going to love every second of it. Again, The Special. The worst part about talking about The Special is I don't want to talk about The Special! There is simply too much to give away, too much that needs to be seen - not read - and too much that the viewer needs to see for themself. Nothing I write here could ever possibly do this film justice without giving away the whole reason for you to watch the film and it's fucking killing me. I've seen a lot of great movies this year but it's hard to compare any of them to The Special; this will be your favorite movie of the entire year. And it all boils down to a very simple concept: a dick in a box, and an addiction to it. Oh yeah, this film goes there; so heads up, this review may get pretty filthy but I swear it's worth it!!
In an attempt to really not spoil any of the horribly awesomeness that is The Special, I'll keep this synopsis very brief: Jerry (Davy Raphaely) and Mike (Dave Sheridan) are two buds out for a drink one night, when Mike suggests to Jerry that since he believes his wife Lisa (Sarah French) cheated on him, he was entitled to a pleasurable night to "even the playing field." So Mike takes Jerry to a brothel where there are three beautiful young working girls, but none of those are for Jerry. Jerry is getting "The Special" - a $60 sexual adventure that Madame Zhora (Susan Moses) - the owner of the brothel - don't even want to allow Jerry into. Eventually she does, and Jerry enters the room for his special night only to find there's no woman inside; just a wooden box with a circular hole cut out and the words "Stick it in here." On the back, a latch with a thick lock he cannot open. So, of course, Jerry sticks his dick in and what do you know... he has the most mind blowing orgasm of his entire life. It was so intense, in fact, that he passes the fuck out! Mike gets his friend home that night but Jerry starts fiending for another night with the box. He obsesses over the amazing sexual pleasure he got from it and begs Mike for the address of where to "see it" again. Mike refuses, knowing Jerry would empty his bank account sticking his dick in the box, but that doesn't stop him from seeking out the box himself... and eventually stealing it from the brothel. What follows in the film is the most absurd, fantastic, and entertaining display of sexual deviancy and lust for a wooden box that he doesn't even know what's inside. Jerry becomes obsessed with his dick and fucking whatever is in the box, as it begins to destroy his relationship and his career by the day. But that's just the first half of the film; you'll have to check this one out yourself to find out just how truly fucked in the head this movie gets.
If you SOMEHOW couldn't already tell, The Special is like my new favorite movie. I think everything about it was done perfectly: from the writing, visuals and casting to the special effects and twists. B Harrison Smith and his team knocked it out of the park when it comes to making this thing not only look good, but be good - something a lot of modern day horror just can't seem to get right. It's the perfect amount of action, suspense, mindfuck and sex to blend together and turn into this beast of a film that honestly will have you itching to find out the answer to one simple question: what the fuck is in that box?! But until you get there, you get to witness the downfall into darkness that Jerry goes through as he can't stop shoving his dick inside of this wooden box. He goes to these risky lengths to reach that intense orgasm, and nothing else in the world matters to him. But, it is done in a comedic but not cheesy/tacky way. The film is subtly funny and subtly serious; it's really hard to explain - just another reason for you to spend your hard earned money and give this one a try.
Davy Raphaely - the dude who plays Jerry - clearly had a fun time with this role because it would definitely be hard for just any actor to come in and pull off what he did; you know, fucking a box and all. He has some of these really outrageous scenes that will make you laugh, but you'll also have these INSANELY squeamish scenes that will make your skin crawl and make you want to gouge out your eyes... and I mean that in the best way possible! Whoever was responsible for casting Raphaely as the main character fucking nailed it, because he definitely feels like a huge reason this movie is so damn good. Writers James Newman and Mark Steensland put together a fucking masterpiece of a story that feels like a twisted mix between Basket Case and the "Dick in a Box" SNL skit everyone loves so much. And director B Harrison Smith did a wicked job bringing it to life; the film feels like it has no wasted scenes, no filler - everything's there for a reason and it all drives this fantastically fucked story along.
People say it all the time about movies, but The Special will undoubtedly leave you on the edge of your seat literally from the first ten minutes until the very, very end (stay past the credits for some extra fun, by the way). As a fan of horror, smut, and fun, The Special appealed to every angle of entertainment and is now a permanent staple in my horror collection. Check this one out, I beg you - you won't regret it!