The Refrigerator (1991)
Sometimes known as Attack of the Killer Refrigerator but so not to be mistaken by the short film of the same name from the year before it is often just shown as The Refrigerator. For years I had seen the short and there for thought the full length film was the same thing. As the short was released on a wide release vhs along with other shorts.
The short is a silly shot on a video home movie played totally straight as drunken party goers get eaten by a fridge in oddly gorey ways.
The full length film made a year later has no connection to the short (at least not what I found) is a slightly avante garde couples comedy. If it was a major released movie it would star a young Tom Hanks and Shelly Long reenacting Money Pit where somehow at the end we find out the house is actually cursed and alive and it eats and kills all their friends. Sadly it is not that big of a film so we get some first time actors that have to try some odd over acting on purpose to cover up the lack of skill and script. A young couple move into the cheap part of town to a cheap apartment to save money. In the apartment is an ancient fridge that is messing with their heads and making mayhem secretly. We get to meet some interesting side character like the building superintendent / repairman who is also a salsa / tap dancer. When the fridge actually does kill some people there is some shocking legit blood splatter as the refrigerator om nom nom noms its victims. However the rest of the film is a yuppie / economy referencing hip comedy that feels like Money Pit meets Joe’s Apartment that dips into a troma comedy and Microwave Massacre. Ahh Microwave Massacre and straight out comedy that doesn’t even try to be serious but still knows its rooted in sleazy horror in all its slimy roots. The Refrigerator (1991) feels like its being a heavily ironic David Lynch project as its more about mental break down and loss of reality from the stress of the adult american life style. Which maybe I am just a burnout horror geek I just feel you gotta be really good to live up to that and this movie couldn’t possible actually be that. A review on the tape box compares it to Rosemary’s Baby… ummm ok and Death Bed the bed that eats is comparable to Casablanca meets Jacob’s Ladder. Suuuure.
In 2015 some guys made a new short with the same name that has some wacky special effects as aliens come out of their fridge.
But that being said I still prefer the home movie original 1990 short in all its crappy glory. It feels like you found someone home movie joke that you were never supposed to see. Especially in the scene where a drunk guy gets out of bed to check whos being attacked by the fridge and the camera stays on him until it notices his balls are showing and it quickly moves away. Also equally silly om nom nom action from fridge that eats you all up. There are clips of the original short on youtube but it takes more to effort to find the full 16 minute short but it is worth it.