Film Review: Ticked off Trannies with Knives (2010)

SYNOPSIS:

A group of trannies are violently bashed and left for dead. The surviving ladies regain consciousness, confidence, and courage ready to seek out revenge on the ones who attacked them.

REVIEW:

Written & Directed by: Israel Luna
Starring: Krystal Summers, Erica Andrews, William Belli, Kelexis Davenport, Richard Curtin

QUICK FIX:

A group of transvestite stage performers go out for a post-show celebration of drinking and dancing and so a couple of the…girls…can hook up with their boyfriends. The two dudes say they have an extra friend with them that night and need an extra girl. So who do they pick? Their friend Bubbles, who is just coming out of a bad, abusive relationship and wants nothing to do with these shenanigans. But thanks to peer pressure, she gives in and comes along for the ride anyway.

But this is no ordinary date night as we and the girls soon find out. Nope, it’s a setup. And the girls soon find themselves beaten, stabbed, bloody, and left for dead. So do they give up? Do they call the cops? Do they lay down and die?? Oh hells no!! This is a revenge flick, after all. The girls nurse their wounds, recover, and train harder than Po in KUNG FU PANDA to devise a plan to exact their merciless revenge on those candy-assed discriminatory bastards. Here comes the pain!!!

RAMBLINGS:

I know what you’re thinking. A happily married heterosexual male living in America’s Heartland – Kansas – is going to start ripping a movie like this to shreds and go all Hellfire and Brimstone preaching the evils of not only a flick of this ilk, but especially of the heathenism of being a transsexual, right? Pffffft…if you’re thinking that, then you don’t know me very well.

See, writers (or at least this one, for sure) have no place in their lives for political correctness, being uptight about certain things that may be considered taboo where we might live, or not having an open mind about almost anything…and an open mind I certainly do have. Sometimes though, when I see these titles hit my mailbox, I can’t help but wonder what in the blue hell The Big Bossman of the site is thinking. It always makes me cringe and ask my wife why in the hell the rum is always gone. After all, how many times through the years has a movie with an incredibly clever-sounding title wound up sucking hot, frosted goat balls?

But praise be to the Almighty Goddesses known as Carrie and Samantha, that’s not the case here! Revenge is a cinematic dish that it doesn’t matter whether you serve it hot or cold – it is best served well-written above all else, and writer/director Luna did a fantastic job here. That’s the beauty of the indie horror world – folks I’ve never heard of before can suddenly pour out of the woodwork and really impress the sh*t out of me. The dude also shows an almost pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and human interaction here. Keep Mr. Luna on your radar – he’s one to watch in the future.

As for the “girls” in the flick – the odds of them all actually working together in the same show down in the Dallas area where this was filmed are pretty damned slim, so let’s just chalk it up to phenomenal acting. They were gorgeous, funny, charming, talented, and when they finally flipped the Bitch Switch, ruthless and calculating…bring on a sequel!!

Research has shown me that as we speak the movie is playing in select major cities through the Halloween season, and will hit DVD on November 9th. If you’re in one of those areas and want to see this awesome sucker on the big screen, follow the link below to find current showtimes in your area:

http://www.tickedofftrannies.com/

LAST WORDS:

Let’s face facts…I would have made an ugly chick. I rarely enjoy shaving my face (giving me an almost permanent Dr. House look), so you know I’m not shaving my legs. There’s only one part of my body that needs to be constantly clean-shaven and smooth, and…mayhaps I’ve finally shared too much? Moving on…

To me, this flick is best described as a drunken one night stand between THE BIRDCAGE and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, and it’s the perfect tribute to grindhouse exploitation from a time that is unfortunately long gone, but certainly not ever forgotten. Part hilarious transgender comedy, part 1970s revenge flick, TICKED-OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIVES is exactly what us straight guys need to embrace our ass-kicking feminine side!!!!

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One Response to Film Review: Ticked off Trannies with Knives (2010)

  1. Renee says:

    Hi there,

    As a transsexual woman who enjoys reading your site, I feel compelled to add my two cents.

    Open-minded though you may be, you’ve missed the mark on a couple points. First, trans women are not “girls”, they’re just girls…or more to the point, women. Scare quotes cast doubt upon our gender identity and while I get that people are raised in a culture where one’s gender is equated to their biology, it’s really a lot more complicated than that. I’m not trying to attack you or suggest you did this to hurt anyone, so I hope you don’t take it that way. It’s just that 1 in 12 trans women will die violent deaths, and almost all will suffer some sort of violent attack in their lives (I have already), and part of what makes that possible is the mainstream’s lack of understanding and subsequent reluctance to fully allow us to exist as part of the social fabric of our culture. There’s no reason to be fear or cast suspicion upon us…we’re not here to take over the world, we just want to live normal lives.

    Secondly, transvestites and transsexuals are different identities. A transvestite is a person who enjoys wearing clothes of the opposite gender. A transsexual is someone whose mental and emotional makeup is like that of one gender while their body is that of the other. I believe the characters in the film are transsexuals, not transvestites.

    Finally, this movie stirred up a ton of controversy in the trans community. I haven’t seen it so it’s not really fair for me to critique its artistic value, but I think it’s fair to point out that Israel Luna is a gay man, and gay men don’t have special or unique insight into the trans community. I won’t say people shouldn’t watch this movie, but just to remember when they do that it’s an old-school exploitation film that in no way, shape, or form is meant to convey the reality of what it’s like to be trans.

    Thanks for your time! I really enjoy the site. :-)

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