American Burger is the most ridiculously absurd movie you’re likely to see this year. It’s also quite ridiculously awesome! Directed by Johan Bromander and Bonita Drake, this horror comedy follows a bus load of American students, all jocks, cheerleaders and nerds, while they’re in the midst of a culture trip through Europe.
The students stumble upon a hamburger stand where burgers seem to be the only thing on the menu. Perhaps this deserves a spoiler alert (though, not really) but the secret ingredient in these so called “American Burgers” is indeed Americans. That’s right, this is a movie where Americans are killed and turned into hamburgers. What more could you ask for?
These poor kids (and teachers) find out first hand when they arrive at the American Burger factory for a tour. A moment or two after their arrival they are ambushed by hoards of men in white uniforms who systematically slaughter the group one by one. This is where the movie gets interesting.
First, let’s rewind back a bit. One of the first things you’re going to notice about this movie is that none of the character have any names (aside from a random kid named Mike). Nope, they all have names such as Ponytail Cheerleader and Camera Nerd (which is actually strangely convenient). When they all start getting killed, a dozen or so of the survivors run into the nearby woods to escape. At this point you have no idea, who is who or what the hell is going on. And you know what? It doesn’t matter! It’s just bloody entertaining to watch.
Though, to be fair, a few of the characters did stand out a bit. You had Preppy Nerd (played by Benjamin Brook) and Fat Nerd (played by Liam Macdonald) who are the only two people who have any type of distinguishable personality. You have a kick-ass teacher (played by Lena Bengtson) who suddenly channels her inner-Rambo once the attacks begin. You have Adorable Cheerleader (played by Madeleine Borg) who does nothing but walk around the woods aimlessly in her bra and panties (and eventually no panties). And most memorably, you have the Demented Butcher (played by Fredrik Hiller) who is just so over-the-top you don’t know whether to laugh or be genuinely frightened. Yeah… no you’ll probably just laugh.
There are plenty of moments that make absolutely no sense. There are jokes so crude and lame that they belong in a non-theatrical American Pie spin-off movie. And at times, the acting shouldn’t even be considered sub par. However, if you want to turn your brain off and just go on a bizarre ride of entertainment, then this is definitely the movie for you.
At only 78 minutes long, American Burger doesn’t waste any time with pleasantries. The humor, gore and semi-nudity commence almost immediately and never let up throughout. In the same vein as horror comedy classics such as Paul Bartel’s Eating Raoul or Jackie Kong’s Blood Diner, this film simmers in its ridiculousness. It celebrates every minute of it. By the end of the movie you’ll surely be shouting at the top of you lungs, U.S.A. we’re number one, WE’RE NUMBER ONE! Whether you’re actually from there or not.
**American Burger is available for digital download and On Demand HERE.