×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue

Writer-director-stars Mike Bradecich and John LaFlamboy keep horror-comedy "The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue" diverting largely via their droll chemistry as mismatched siblings who've inherited a dilapidated apartment building terrorized by a hungry man-sized critter.

With:
With: Mike Bradecich, John LaFlamboy, Susan Messing, Nicholas Barron, Justin DiGiacomo, Tim Kazurinsky, David Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Mary Seibel, Xzanthia, Robert Englund.

Writer-director-stars Mike Bradecich and John LaFlamboy keep horror-comedy “The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue” diverting largely via their droll chemistry as mismatched siblings who’ve inherited a dilapidated apartment building terrorized by a hungry man-sized critter. Theatrical prospects are slight, but pic should win some friends in home formats and provide a ravenous calling card for the talented duo.

Just back from a failed stint raising llamas, extrovert Jarman Mugg (LaFlamboy) returns to the rapidly depopulating Chicago building managed by deadpan brother Marion (Bradecich). With the gas shut off and the electricity being stolen from a church next door, the only tenants left now are those with nowhere else to go — a generally disagreeable bunch including a couple of cranky oldsters (one played by erstwhile Freddy Krueger thesp Robert Englund), a prostitute and an apartment full of serious stoners. Another inconvenience they’ve all experienced lately is the serial disappearances of pets.

Jarman and Marion happen to be walking the halls just as the titular creature is trying to seize a small dog through a mail slot. To keep their tenants from bailing on them, they suggest that perhaps a raccoon has run amuck. But they do attempt to capture the creature, which, when its pet supply runs out, turns to hunting larger, rent-paying game.

Progress is consistently amusing if seldom hilarious; momentum occasionally slackens. As actors, Bradecich and LaFlamboy are always wiseass funny; ditto Susan Messing as the bartender in the ground-floor watering hole of a building that once housed a speakeasy. Featuring some “Strangers With Candy” veterans in supporting roles, pic has its cult-following credentials in order.

Tech/design contributions are above average on a low budget.

Popular on Variety

The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue

Production: A Zombie Army Prods. presentation of a Big Tree production in association with Resolution Digital Studios. Produced by John LaFlamboy, Mike Bradecich. Executive producers Jeff Facklis, Lee Facklis, Mitch E. Apley. Directed, written by John LaFlamboy, Mike Bradecich.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Nance Jordan; editor, Dustin Foster, Bradecich; music, Devin Delaney, Kate Steinberg; original songs, Nicholas Barron, Bradecich; production designer, LaFlamboy; costume designer, Vicky J. Strei; makeup f/x, Cat Bernier, Kristian Hickman; casting, Mickie Pascal, Jennifer Rudnicke, Rachel Tenner. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, May 13, 2011. (In Another Hole in the Head Film Festival.) Running time: 95 MIN.

With: With: Mike Bradecich, John LaFlamboy, Susan Messing, Nicholas Barron, Justin DiGiacomo, Tim Kazurinsky, David Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Mary Seibel, Xzanthia, Robert Englund.

More Film

  • Gina Rodriguez'Someone Great' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Gina Rodriguez Apologizes After Rapping N-Word in Deleted Instagram Video

    “Jane The Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez has released an apology video shortly after she used the N-word while rapping along to a Fugees song in a video posted to her Instagram story. In the original video, which has since been deleted, Rodriguez raps along to “Ready or Not” while having her hair and makeup done. [...]

  • After a Revolution

    Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Winners Announced

    The Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci announced on Tuesday this year’s recipients for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Now in its 12th year, TFI and Gucci have awarded $140,000 in grant funding, covered by Gucci, to support nine documentaries highlighting domestic and international matters, with a focus on female-led stories and filmmakers. The funding will [...]

  • countdown

    Apple Takes Down Viral 'Countdown' Horror App, STX Brings It to Android Instead

    An app that can predict the date and time of your death may have been too much for Apple to stomach: The iPhone maker removed a viral app inspired by the upcoming horror movie “Countdown” a few days ago, putting an end to its meteoric rise. Before its removal, “Countdown” had surpassed TikTok, YouTube and [...]

  • Babyteeth Eliza Scanlen

    Eliza Scanlen Drama 'Babyteeth' Lands at IFC for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

    IFC Films has acquired North American rights to the drama “Babyteeth,” starring Eliza Scanlen, Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn, and Toby Wallace, Variety has learned exclusively. The film had its world premiere in competition at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, where Wallace won the Marcello Mastroianni award for best new young performer. It will be [...]

  • Neil Patrick Harris arrives at night

    'Matrix 4': Neil Patrick Harris Lands Role in Latest Installment (EXCLUSIVE)

    Neil Patrick Harris is the latest addition to the ensemble cast for the upcoming fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise. He joins Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles in the film, as well as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was tapped as one of the leads last week. Plot details are [...]

  • Amanda Seyfried attends a special screening

    Amanda Seyfried Joins Gary Oldman in David Fincher's 'Mank'

    Amanda Seyfried is set to join Netflix’s “Mank,” David Fincher’s latest biopic revolving around “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman tapped to play the titular role. Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, and Tom Pelphrey will also appear [...]

  • Cuba Gooding Jr

    Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused of Groping 14 Women at Bars and Clubs

    Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Cuba Gooding, Jr., of a long-standing pattern of approaching unfamiliar women in bars and kissing, pinching, biting or groping them. Gooding appeared in court in Manhattan for an arraignment on four misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty, and is due back in court [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content