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Wacko (1981)
by Jeremy Wheeler review

1981 saw two horror spoofs hit the theaters, with Student Bodies and the lesser-known Wacko trying to cash in on what was the heyday of slasher films as seen through the Zucker brothers absurdist kaleidoscope of comedy. While the first went on to receive a certain cult status (mostly due to its non-distribution and high cable rotation through the years), Wacko virtually vanished from the face of the earth, which, as it turns out, isn't necessarily a bad thing. For its hundreds of gags and zingers, there are actually very few laughs in a seemingly endless 84-minute running time. Whether it's Joe Don Baker's embarrassing monologues or Andrew Dice Clay's cheesy rock number, Wacko never fails to fumble, fall, and eventually drown in its own comic ineptitude. Directed by none other than Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Black Shampoo), some may flock to it simply out of curiosity, but it's best to leave it alone and just acknowledge that, yes, it did exist -- and, yes, it was horrible.