Pinata: Survival Island stars Nicholas Brendan and Jaime Pressly as college students, among a group of others, who travel to an island on a scavenger hunt. While gathering men’s and women’s underpants all over, one team finds a piñata that was possessed by evil spirits and decides to open it. What are the odds, right?
Then it becomes a fight for survival as the Piñata tries to kill everyone and take their souls. He’s like Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat) on steroids, but he prefers to beat his victims with a stick. A little poetic justice, I guess. The Piñata is smart too. He cuts the boats loose so no one can escape and even takes several demonic forms as a way to quickly get around. It doesn’t work as a camouflage because he still looks like he’s made out of lava rock.
Nicholas Brendan is well known for his role as Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I met him at FX Convention 2008.
I also met Ed Gale, who played the Piñata monster, at Spooky Empire 2009. He was a nice guy and great to talk to. I also found out that Ed Gale was one of the Dink men on Spaceballs, which is one of my favorite Mel Brooks films. He was also Chucky on the original Child’s Play and a stunt man in two of the sequels.
This is an exciting horror film overall. In fact, I can actually see this story line on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you think about it, this wouldn’t be the first time Xander went on a solo mission.