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A 2015 comedy horror movie directed by Robert Pickering, it revolves around Dag Parker (played by Nicholas Braun), a human teenager that lives on the small town of Dillford which has a dark secret: vampires and zombies live alongside its townspeople. They lived in a very delicate, but peaceful harmony up until the day that an invasion happens throwing the town off the balance. Now its every man for himself, with vampires and zombies preying on the others while the aliens are indiscriminately abducting everyone they find. Now its up to Dag and his other two monstrous friends, the zombie Ned (Josh Fadem) and the vampire Petra (Mackenzie Davis), to find a way to unite the three people from killing each other and stand together with the alien threat.

The movie was released by Colombia Pictures in a very limited release and yet boasts some impressive star power such as Denis Leary, Patton Oswalt, Vanessa Hudgens, Joan Cusack, Mae Whitman and Werner Herzog who provides the aliens' voice.


Do not confuse with a lot of other "Freaks of Nature". Especially.

Freaks of Natures provides examples of:

  • Aliens are Bastards: The aliens are the main villains of the movie. While their motive veers into Blue and Orange Morality and they aren't truly malevolent, Dillford's townsfolk isn't impressed with the explanation of their motives and tells them to screw off, making the aliens aggressive towards them.
  • Aliens of London: They speak with a noticeable German accent which is lampshaded by the characters. Given that they are voiced by Werner Herzog.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: Ammonia (for conserving the riblets or whatnot) is a gas. So let's assume it's a watery ammonia solution (or very cold liquid ammonia) that turns to be out to be the aliens weakness. In either case, spraying the stuff liberally like in the film would make the air become unhealthy very fast... and don't even let's start on the tetrafluorothingamajig.
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  • Betty and Veronica Switch: Petra and Lorelei are respectively the Betty and Veronica for Dag, the former being a shy and introverted Cute Monster Girl while the latter is a promiscuous and sensual Ms. Fanservice. However, Petra is a vampire, while the Lorelei is a human who gets killed by her rival halfway through the story. Dag ultimately picks Petra at the end.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Milan, Petra's sire, is a constant thorn on the protagonists's side even while a alien invasion is underway and he obviously doesn't hold a candle next to them. During the movie's climax, he tries to kill them one last time while the alien entity is rampaging inside the complex, but gets killed by Dag in his werewolf form.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It turns out that the aliens aren't really evil or want to wipe out the town, they want the veggie riblets for their meal and the reason why they abduct Dillford's citizens is to keep them from causing destruction by keeping them inside a special prison until they can find what they want.
  • Chicken Walker: The aliens utilize a mecha vehicle with chicken legs to move on the ground.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Patton Oswalt and Denis Leary's characters in a nutshell. The former is under the belief that a vampire invasion is about to happen anytime only for an alien invasion to happen, while the latter lives in a closed off complex that creates the veggie riblets which the aliens are after.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Petra Lane; while other vampires have More Teeth than the Osmond Family, she only has small Cute Little Fangs and is quite pretty. Same can be said about Lorelei after she is turned.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The vampires' eyes turn black when they are about to feed.
  • Dead Star Walking: Stuart Miller played by Patton Oswalt lasts all but one scene before he gets devoured by Dag's friends. Lorelei played by Vanessa Hughens seemingly goes the same route too, but she is turned into a vampire instead and survives.
  • Death by Sex:
    • Stuart proposes sex to Petra, telling that they need to repopulate the city after the invasion is done. She has different plans and feeds on him instead.
    • Lorelei, the movie's Ms. Fanservice character and highly promiscuous gets killed halfway through the plot by Petra in a fit of jealousy. Turns out its a subversion, since she becomes a vampire and survives by the end.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ned reveals he intentionally turned himself into a zombie in order to escape the pressure from his parents to get good notes in school, which is analogous with taking drugs.
  • Fan Disservice: Turns out the aliens can only detect inorganic matter such as clothing, meaning the heroes have to strip completely in order to get past them, which means even Ned the zombie has to get naked. Yeah...
  • Fur Against Fang: At the end of the movie, Dag turns into a werewolf and fights against Milan to protect Petra from him.
  • Gag Penis: Ned the zombie. (Possibly. We only have his own words on the issue.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A bit YMMV, but riblet factory owner Rick Wilson gets convinced to give the aliens what they want. (At least it was the right thing to do at the moment - that it all goes south again minutes later isn't his fault.)
  • Light Is Not Good: The aliens' true form are small white gelatinous creatures that pilot their chicken mechas and they jump into the riblets in order to combine into a tall, single being of light.
  • MacGuffin: The veggie riblets that the town produces.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Humans, zombies and vampires live at peace with each other until aliens arrive. Immediately, humans and vampires accuse the other of bringing the aliens to get rid of them and zombies riot because they haven't received their brains yet. This results in a town-wide fight between all three populations, who are then all attacked by the aliens.
  • Monster Mash: Vampires and zombies coexist with humans in the same town and they are attacked by aliens. Its also revealed that werewolves do exist and Dag's family is the only known one.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Lorelei spends most of the movie in her nighties. After being turned into a vampire by Petra, its revealed that her boobs also grew in size.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Petra kills Lorelei out of pure jealousy for her dating Dag. Subverted when it turns out that Lorelei survived as a vampire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They are vulnerable to sunlight, though they can bypass this weaknesses by covering themselves in lotion or layers of cloth. Stakes kills them pretty much instantly as they explode into a cloud of blood.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Dag is revealed to be one at the end of the movie as his transformation is complete.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: While they seem to be the brain-eating variant, they are revealed to be very high-functioning if they stop feeding.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The aliens aren't necessarily evil, they just want the veggie riblets produced by the townspeople because they are highly nutritious. They are abducting everyone in order to keep them safe from harm and place them in a special prison until they can locate the riblets, but unfortunately, their attack ended up causing the zombies and vampires to rise up and cause massive destruction.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: Gender-flipped version with Petra, who is in love with the main protagonist Dag.
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  • Squick: In-universe reaction: "That's what our riblets are made of?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Stuart designs the bunker specifically to guard himself from vampires and is forced to let one in when taking Dag inside. Instead of acting on his survivalist instincts, he promptly tells the female vampire that they will have to breed to repopulate the city after the invasion is done. Guess what happens next...
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Supernatural undead creatures live alongside humans in Dillford with the vampires in the top, zombies at the bottom and humans right in the middle. They seem to get along well enough up until the invasion takes place.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Dag, Ned and Petra form this dynamic.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Petra is very attractive, Milan is a sexy and mysterious Tall, Dark, and Handsome vampire and Lorelei who was already sexy points out that her boobs grew after she was turned.
  • Waxing Lyrical: As Overly Long Gag, when the alien recites "We Didn't Start The Fire"...and not only this line, which would have been sufficient to recognize it and for this trope. Annoying everyone.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Dag and Lorelei are momentarily saved by a vampire hunter that disposes them from attacking vampires in rapid succession. And then he gets devoured and torn apart by zombies.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Stuart is paranoid that an vampire apocalypse is going to happen at any moment and made an bunker to protect himself. An apocalypse just happens, only its an alien invasion.
  • Zombie Gait: Zombies have big difficulty in moving around and walk very stiff.

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