Three years ago, Donna watched from hiding as an obsessed stalker murdered her family. But that’s all in the past now – the killer is safely locked in an asylum, and Donna has started to move on with her life. She has a new home, a new boyfriend, and the nightmares have mostly stopped.
Now it’s her senior prom, and Donna isn’t going to let any thoughts of the past ruin what should be a wonderful night. But, as you might have already guessed, something terrible has happened; her stalker has escaped from the asylum and is on his way to finally claim her. Also, he’s going to kill a bunch of people. Continue reading “Prom Night (2008) – Review”
The night before their high school reunion, a group of attractive people gather at a remote house. Tensions run high due to unfinished high school drama, wildly differing life paths, and everyone rediscovering old crushes. While this is going on, someone starts murdering them in ironic ways. Continue reading “Most Likely to Die (2015) – Review”
Unfriended is about a group of teenagers with a dark secret who are being hunted by a mysterious killer. Slowly, the truth about what really happened all those years ago is revealed, and at the same time characters are murdered one by one. It’s the standard slasher plotline, the same one that appears in Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and countless other films of variable quality.
To be fair though, Unfriended does attempt to break the mould and do something new(ish). This is not a normal slasher film; this is a modern, high-tech slasher for the digital age, for people with four different web-capable devices and a Google+ account. Continue reading “Unfriended (2014) – Review”
Mindhunters has a stupid title. It would be a weak title for a film about predatory psychics, and that’s not even what this film is about. The two words in the portmanteau do have relevance to the plot, but you could make an equally strong argument for almost any pair – Clockwatchers, Stringpullers and Dummystreet are all just as valid. They may actually have picked the title from a hat filled with relevant words.
It’s called Mindhunters because it’s about FBI profilers who try and track serial killers by understanding their minds. The basic idea should be familiar to anyone who has watched television in the last twenty years. Unlike every other show or film based around these profilers, Mindhunters takes an indirect approach to the whole idea of profiling. Continue reading “Mindhunters (2004) – Review”
I have a fondness for slashers. I like watching the remorseless killer hunt down the group one-by-one, killing each member as they break some arbitrary moral code. I like the ludicrously elaborate executions and hunts. Most of all, I like the final section, when one white-faced, terrified girl (sometimes a couple) turns at bay, and takes the fight back against the killer.
So I was very excited when I heard about Hack/Slash. In this series, slashers are a form of undead – those so filled with rage that they come back, to get revenge or to live out some trauma. Cassie is a final girl – someone who survived an encounter with a slasher. Now, with her gigantic, tacitrun sidekick Vlad, she goes after slashers all across the US, hunting the hunters of secretive teenagers and promiscuous sorority sisters. Continue reading “Hack/Slash (Review)”
Horror tends to involve more old-fashioned social attitudes than other genres. Promiscuous people get murdered. People, in fact, who contravene any one of countless social rules – neglectful mothers, disobedient children, arrogant bosses – end up dead, occasionally in ironic ways.
Cherry Falls takes that trope and the idea of subtlety, then throws them both away. Cherry Falls is the only horror film I can recall with a rabidly pro-sex message. Continue reading “Cherry Falls (2000) – Review”
The main adjective I’d use to describe Severance is “surprising” – it’s surprisingly well-made, surprisingly funny, and surprisingly entertaining. It’s even, which is rare for a slasher film, surprisingly subtle in some places.
Severance isn’t just a slasher film though – it’s at least as much a comedy, and to be perfectly fair, it’s a much better comedy than it is a horror film.
The trailer is below. Continue reading “Severance (2006) – Review”