slasher

It’s a new decade, and we appear to be on the cusp of a new cycle in horror. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse introduced the mainstream to the drive-in gore flicks of the ’60’s and ’70’s and has started a new trend at the theaters. This year has already seen "Piranha 3D" and "Machete", and with movies such as "Hobo with a Shotgun" around the corner, we appear to be at the beginning of a contemporary Grindhouse revival.

Although the trailer for Joey Stewart's upcoming revenge flick "The Final" looks somewhat interesting, you can't help but feel that the controversial subject matter is, perhaps, in poor taste. With school-related violence occurring at a brutally alarming rate, basing an entire motion picture around a dejected group of outcasts who torture and torment their teenage enemies might be a hard sell to the general public. Then again, maybe that's precisely what Stewart had in mind.

This week we review the latest theatrical horror release, Summit's "Sorority Row".

“Frayed” isn’t exactly breaking any new ground in the world of slasher films but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. With all the remakes kicking around lately I think we could all use a good old fashion nut
job killing a bunch of kids after they screw type film. I know I could. So “Frayed” might be the answer to all of our prayers and we now have a trailer for the flick that you can view below.

Haha... I'm not saying I would actually watch this film, I'm just saying I was incredibly amused by the trailer. And hell, I'm sure there are some of you out there willing to brave this kind of low budget stuff. For what it appears to have been shot on, it's definitely an impressive production.

Although I'm hearing British accents here, the internet tells me this is actually a Finnish horror film, something we've been seeing an awful lot of lately. "Skeleton Crew" will hit DVD in the States July 21st, courtesy of Lightning Media.

Mackenzie Carpenter is your typical 17 year old. She thinks life in the O.C. is boring, tends to sneer at most of the stereotypical O.C. kids and wants nothing more than to rock out and be cool. Her plan comes to a screeching halt when her group of friends start to turn up dead one by one in bloody and gruesome ways. The one key factor to all of the murders is the sighting of one "Horny the Clown", mascot of the local Hellaburger Fast Food chain, fleeing the scene of the crimes.

"Killer Movie" seems like an odd fit for 2009. Reality television elements aside, this film seems like it would have been more at home in the late 1990's than in 2009. On the surface it's an attempt to lampoon Hollywood type characters, small town politics, reality television and the slasher movie conventions. Underneath the surface, it's a boring movie that tries awfully hard, considering the fact that it doesn't seem to have anything to say.

When you find yourself sifting through stacks of low budget independent features, you tend to find some common similarities throughout. A spark of a good idea, a lot of ambition, and a healthy love of the genre. Typically, these movies tend to not extend very far past these tenants; and are quickly hampered by low budget, lack of experience and sub par acting. At first glance, "Dark Reel" appears to be one of those films.