DVD Review: THE JOKESTERS

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THE JOKESTERS was directed by AJ Wedding and stars Nathan Reid, Gabriel Tigerman, Luis Jose Lopez, Dante Spencer and Jen Yeager.

The movie follows a group of friends who have a hit web series called the “Prankmasters” where they go around and you guessed it, pull some really bad pranks on people. What happens is, one of their own ends up getting married and he and his new wife head out to a remote cabin for their honeymoon and the friends quietly follow along to plan a night of horrifying pranks for their series finale.

Once everyone arrives at the cold and snowy and remote “cabin in the woods”, it doesn’t take the gang long before they begin to try and scare the newlyweds but their pal catches on and this little stunt comes to an abrupt end. Of course there’s another prank waiting to be pulled and once this one ends then something really strange and dark happens. One of their own pretty much snaps and this is where the real nightmare begins for the small group. Without ruining too much let’s just say this honeymoon is cut short and doesn’t end so well.

Okay, I had high hopes for The Jokesters but it ended up falling short in a number of ways. The concept sounds good and all but there’s way too much time setting everything up. I mean, this is already a short movie that only clocks in at 78 minutes and things don’t get going until the 56 minute mark so the pacing is way off here. There’s too much time spent watching these friends pull pranks in the beginning followed by the stale wedding reception that lasted way to long. Way too much time spent on this! The movie was also shot in found-footage and I’m so burnt out with this format and genre.

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There is some good about the movie and that’s the acting because all of it was really good. Great job by all the actors bringing these characters to life but once again, there was way too much time spent on this and the senseless pranks. Hey, let’s just set things up and get everything going! Now, once it all did get going, the final 15 minutes or so of the movie was actually pretty good and it did include some mystery and a shocking moment that I really didn’t see coming. The sad thing is, this final act wasn’t enough to save the movie. Okay, back to the good stuff. I liked the masks that were used because they looked super creepy. The remote location and “cabin in the woods” also looked really good. There’s a few special effects/makeup effects in the movie and all of this also looked really good on screen. There’s a little of the red stuff but there could have been more.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top. I had a screener copy so I can’t really tell you how the back of the packaging looked. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this found-footage, standard-definition release were good. Getting back to the found-footage element, I just can’t stand the shaky cam approach and there’s just way too much of that going in this movie.

Bottom line is, The Jokesters just wasn’t that good of a movie but it had so much potential. As short as this movie was I believe it would have made a much better short film with some of the nonsense and wasted time cut out of it. Anyway, there’s a lot of bad and a little good going for The Jokesters so watch out when going into this one. This DVD is available now but be warned, it’s not that good of a watch.

Distributor: Random Media and Cinedigm

Run Time: 78 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital

Special Features: My screener copy didn’t include any extras but I am aware that the DVD does. Check out the list below.

  • Making-of-featurette
  • Behind-the-Scenes footage
  • Bloopers
  • Trailers
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