Ticked Off Trannies With Knives (2010) – Film Review

Want to know one thing Israel Luna's 2010 film taught us? Don't tick off trannies...

Although Ticked Off Trannies With Knives has to be one of the greatest film titles of all time such a title may be the film’s biggest downfall. People may stave off seeing the film, put off by the title, which is unfortunate because Ticked Off Trannies With Knives is a superb exploitation film that does justice to the genre.

The plot focuses on a group of transvestites that are being killed one by one, a group of survivors who, with all of their courage, take revenge on the people that attacked them… and they’re not going to spare any amount of mercy.

Ticked Off Trannies With Knives helps its audience realise that the exploitation genre is not quite dead. Although it may have gone into hibernation several times over the last few decades, here it is alive and kicking and ready to thrill the audience members who are willing to let it do so.

At times it treads the thin line between fantastic and so-bad-it’s-good but, thankfully, it never crosses the line of being just plain awful – it notably doesn’t even tease with the idea which is possibly the highlight of the entire film.

Israel Luna is a director to look out for in the forthcoming years. Boasting promising directional skills, his passion for his job is evident throughout. At times it feels almost cartoonish in its action which adds to the ridiculously over-the-top exploitative nature it boasts so proudly.

Pinky La’Trimm and Rachel (Kelexis Davenport and Willam Belli, respectively) are two of the many delights this film has to offer as it is they who deliver the often hilarious one-liners and some of the best dialogue in the film.

It’s not just a fun experience, there is heart at the core of Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, a heart that will strengthen the emotional connection between it and its audience. Some may have issues with the morality play a little (it being arguable that it is a phoney moral) but in the end the good guys win against the bad guys and, let’s face it, what’s wrong with that?

The film is a wonderful homage to exploitation films of the 70’s and 80’s; the style of filming is spot-on and the sometimes gritty picture is sure to induce feelings of nostalgia for certain members of its audience who grew up going to drive-in theatres and midnight movie screenings.

The style is not the only homage Ticked Off Trannies With Knives boasts to make the whole film feel that much more like an exploitation film; it has the terrible – yet witty – dialogue, offbeat acting and what exploitation film would be complete without an over-the-top score and ridiculously over-the-top gore effects?

The film is fun and the cast and crew know it. There’s no hidden agenda or aspirations to be something bigger than it is – it is just a rape/revenge exploitation movie with transvestites at the helm. What more could a person ask for in the (sometimes) tiresome genre of exploitation?

Best line: ‘If I had you on Facebook I would block you and report you.’

Best performance: Willam Belli as Rachel.

See this if you liked: Transamerica, Last House on the Left.


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