When you envision a band going on tour, you might think of sold-out crowds, hotel parties, and giant tour buses moving from state to state. For some, that’s certainly the case. For most, though, it’s endless financial stress, broken promises, and crashing on the couches of friends, fans, and family. It’s brutal—so brutal that you couldn’t possibly blame a band for taking advantage of any break that it can catch, right? Even if that break happens to come from a roadie that turns into a fleshing-eating demon every night… right?
That’s the predicament that the members of DUH find themselves in. They’re a punk rock band heading out on their first tour with practically zero dollars, and the only way they can get from show to show is by hitching a ride with a van-driving demon who happens to double as the world’s greatest roadie. His name is Peckerhead. He’s not always a demon, of course. There are rules—sort of.
The magic of Uncle Peckerhead lies in writer/director Matt Lawrence’s ability to write such a ludicrous character that, for whatever reason, doesn’t feel like that big of a deal. Sure, Peckerhead murders people in horrific fashion and there are a million questions you’d like him to answer, but it’s Peck. He’s cool. Nothing else really matters.
It’s that same care-free spirit that elevates all of the characters in Uncle Peckerhead. Pair that with several hyperviolent deaths, a hilarious script, and a pitch-perfect cast of lovable weirdos, and you end up with the first must-see horror comedy of 2020.
Lawrence’s feature debut is packed full awkward interactions and uproarious scenarios that are certain to illicit a slew of laughs, gasps, and winces from its audience. It’s a small movie, but the heart and soul of Uncle Peckerhead stacks up with the best of them. This is due in no small part to an exceptional primary and supporting cast of actors, but it’s worth calling out the use of authentic locations, true-to-life set design, and a surprisingly solid sound mix. Even the original songs from DUH are super fun and catchy when played.
Punk rock is supposed to be rough around the edges—not overproduced, mainstream sludge. Uncle Peckerhead follows in those footsteps and delivers a blood-soaked, ghastly good time of a road movie that deserves your time and attention. Pick this one up when you can.
Uncle Peckerhead made its world premiere at the 2020 Panic Fest. A formal release date has not yet been set. We’ll keep you updated.