Cast: John DiSanti, Dan Chandler, Dan Fitzgerald
Pretty much all of what's to be discussed about King
Frat can be found in the opening sequence. Members of the Pi
Delta fraternity travel around, using the official means of travel (a
in and around the
Yellowstream University campus. Laughing and drinking
beer while speeding around in their hearse, they stick their naked
out the windows of the vehicle several times to moon joggers and a
stopping only once on the property of a very W.A.S.P. rival fraternity
to throw beer cans and gesture middle fingers at the ready-for-tennis
While all the time, the infectious title song ("King Frat! / King......
Fraaaaaaaaat!.....") plays in the background and cranks up the energy.
In other words, what we have here is a blatant rip-off
of Animal House. Further evidence of this comes with
(DiSanti), the driver of the hearse, who looks like a third-rate John
look alike and is saddled with the biggest and grossest gags in the
The Deltas live in a trashy home that looks suspiciously like the Delta
house in Animal House, and their membership is consisted
of a number of different and wildly eccentric characters. And there is
also a plot by the dean to throw the members of this fraternity off of
the campus. That plot isn't the main focus, though; there is only about
ten minutes or so of this movie devoted to that plot, and about that
to another plot about the rivalry the Deltas have with that snotty
The rest of the movie, like that opening, is a plotless
exercise to try and cram in as much toilet and sex related humor as
never mind if any scene has any connection to the previous or the next.
The characters in this movie seem to only do all this
gross stuff because
they can. They seem fully conscious that what they are doing is
to many; if they were even just slightly unaware of this (like
character was), it would have been funnier. But, as in the opening
the actors put in a ton of enthusiasm into what their characters do,
there is always a spark of life, some fun in the background of every
It almost makes you want to like the movie despite its obvious and
Looking back at the movie, I think it is the actors
that key that makes King Frat watchable. Grossout,
character, has an incredible number of scenes where he either belches,
urinates, takes a dump, or farts - the last one getting the most use of
after he reads The Daily Crock's big headline, BIG FART CONTEST
ANNOUNCED. ("Holy s**t! Fart contest!") Yet I'll admit that I've never
seen another actor putting so much effort into delivering good farts,
in being careful not to "draw mud" during the big contest scene. As
the token black member of the fraternity (to show that the Deltas may
utter pigs, but not racists), Ray Mann has an infectious laugh and
across as very likable, even though he doesn't get that much to do, not
even getting to stick his bare butt out of the hearse with his buddies.
Also somewhat wasted is Dan Chandler as Chief Latrine, a member of the
Kissawong Indian tribe that used to live where Yellowstream now is. He
does manage to steal the show during his few appearances, especially
his hilarious monologue where he explains to another frat member just
his tribe gave Yellowstream its name.
Besides that moment, there are some other genuinely
scenes here and there. And though viewers may cringe a little at how
the movie gets, they won't cringe from anything that's
really stupid. Well,
yeah, this is a stupid movie, but I mean the kind of stupid that you
find in 80s teen sex comedies, the kind where it seems to have an
of, "Har har, aren't we funny?" during an extremely lame moment. There
are a number of lame moments in King Frat, but this
embraces them with a warm fart, making no apologies for its filthy
and not pretending to be more clever than it really is.
I didn't find King Frat good enough to
though - mainly because as watchable and energetic as it is, it isn't
funny. You can only go so far with bathroom humor, and that's what the
movie is obsessed about. The idea of a fart contest may sound funny,
after several minutes of seeing contestants stepping up to a microphone
and farting in it, any humor that was to be found has long past.
teaching a pledge the secret to drinking large amounts of alcohol each
day starts off well, but after several minutes of Grossout showing the
pledge the proper way to stick a finger down your throat and the pledge
trying hard to follow suit, I started feeling a little nauseous myself.
Here and elsewhere, there are times when the movie simply doesn't know
when to quit. And sometimes the movie quits too early. A subplot
an old girlfriend of Grossout trying to get back together with him is
resolved. In the massage parlor sequence, a punchline that has been
up around the new pledge is suddenly unleashed that normally would have
consequences looked at afterwards. But when the punchline happens, the
scene suddenly ends, and the characters involved are either not seen
or they don't make any reference to it.
And as I mentioned earlier, there's barely any plot in
the movie. Aside from a search of the Delta house midway through the
the dean only takes matters into his hands near the end. And though you
would expect the Deltas to strike
back hard, their plan is practically
a whimper next to the activities they've been going through previously
in the movie. With practically no plot, King Frat is
or less 90 minutes of partying. Ever been to one of those parties where
if you went out for a minute or an hour, the same things would be going
on when you got back? With this movie, if you step away for any length
of time, you will not have missed anything different by whatever time
got back. The question of whether you'd want to attend this party
greatly on how much you like its activities, and how much of them you
UPDATE: I received this interesting information:
"I was astonished to find out from my old friend and
former bass player in "Natural Magic," Ron Tunks, that King
Frat was somewhat of a "cult hit" in Australia.
"My name is Chuck DiModica, and I was the keyboard player and singer in
the band for the party scene.
"When the movie was finally released, I went to see it at a midnight
movie showing in Ft. Lauderdale with several friends. Besides the
four of us, there were probably 10 other people in the theater not
including the usher. (Remember when there were ushers?)
"When the movie was over, as we were exiting the theater, the usher
asked me if I wanted a paper bag for my head. He actually
recognized me from the party scene.
"That was the one and only time I saw the movie. If there is a site for
King Frat, please let me know what it is. Would
love to see what's happening after all these years.
Former Member of "Natural Magic"
As a matter of fact, there is a web site for
this movie! Click this link
to take a look.
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See also: Candy, Hollywood High, I Wonder
Who's Killing Her Now