A BRUSH WITH DEATH
Reviewed by: Jamey Hughton
What's it about
A group of innocent young cheerleaders with a collective IQ of 115 travel into the country for a weekend at an uncleís house. Unfortunately itís just down the road from another house, this one haunted by a killer who enjoys painting with his victimsí drained blood. Yes, the title is a crappy pun!
Is it good movie?
Wow. Now that was lame. This is the sort of amateurish trash that makes even slasher film devotees ponder why they wasted their time. A BRUSH WITH DEATH begins with an intriguing opening credits sequence and then promptly takes a nosedive when the girls take the road and the movie, you know, actually starts. The acting leaves a great deal to be desired, but itís doubtful even Meryl Streep, Juliette Binoche and Helen Mirren could have made this dialogue sound less than excruciating.
After settling in, a wandering neighbor (Nicholls Melancon) shows up and tells the girls the tale of the haunted house down the street, which of course encourages them to spend the night there. You hope to see these vapid vixens get brutally slain, but all of the ďcarnageĒ the movie offers takes place largely in the closing minutes, and is mostly composed of shots of people having their blood drained. I canít say it did much for me. And the girls donít strip down any further than their bikinis in a pool scene, so even if youíre just looking for some throwaway T&A, the movie is a big cop-out.
What else to say? The sound mix for this film is terrible. Many outdoor scenes feature dialogue obviously recorded in a sound room and then dubbed, and itís all too obvious. The movie is loaded with ridiculous flashbacks, most of them unnecessary padding for the 80-odd minute runtime. When I wasnít laughing, I was simply confused by the hacked-together editing and storytelling. What a mess this thing is.
Video / Audio
Video 1.33:1 Letterbox Format
Audio Dolby 2.0 Stereo
Three Trailers (including one for this movie) are all this DVD has to offer.
A BRUSH WITH DEATH is about as lame as modern low-budget slasher movies get. It makes something like SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE look like a model of subtle storytelling and breathless tension. Avoid it as you would a crab-infested hooker.