AFTER PARTY MASSACRE
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Be My Enemy
What's it about
Some crazy chick is murdering people in disturbing ways at a metal concert.
Is it good movie?
I'll try to describe what the movie sets out to accomplish, so bear
with me. It tries to mix death metal bands and their music with gory
imagery and also attempts to thinly masquerade this a horror picture.
There are a ton of bands in the movie (some you might recognize..and
although I consider myself a fan of metal, I didn't recognize any), so
to counterbalance they threw in a lot of blood and tons of nudity and
hey, you got yourself a horror movie. Well, not so fast. I'll
give the movie its due, as it sports plenty of silly gore effects and
slew of boobs, people do like these things in their horror movies. But
the problem here is that the movie is hardly a movie. What we have here
is a showcase of (I'm guessing here) local metal bands all playing
their music (or having it featured in the movie) while randomly showing
people being murdered with the flimsiest of stories to hold it together.
There was also a long scene featuring body modifications like hooks in
the back, needles in the face, a split tongue among other things. Oh
and there's several minutes of random acts of what could be considered
pornography. For real, the movie practically turns out to be porn after
awhile. The “horror” part of the film is very short, maybe less
than the third of the movie's running time. The rest of the movie is
dedicated to watching the bands play their music or watching soft porn.
Is there a fan base for this type of movie? There probably is, but it's
very niche and I can't see a lot of people digging this. Don't go into
this thinking you're getting a horror movie, because you're not. I
think it's a cool idea to have a horror movie set at a concert
featuring bands and their music, but this is done all wrong. It's not a
horror movie, it's a stream of poorly filmed music videos.
Video / Audio
The movie is filmed with a regular video camera you or I would use for a homemade movie. The audio sounds about like what you'd hear coming out of such a camera.
Your first option is to watch the movie with or without extended scenes with the bands
playing their music. If you like generic death metal, you may go with
the extended option, but I'm not a fan so I didn't enjoy it much at all.
There's a commentary from the
director and writer. They seem to like what they did, I'm sure it was
fun, but hearing that doesn't make the movie worth watching twice.
There are also some select samples from the soundtrack, along with some music videos, for those who like
this type of music.
Lastly there is a short film entitled “Necro-Besti-Philiac”
from Aaron Crowell, who is the managing editor of HorrorHound magazine
(a great read, by the way.)
I don't enjoy slagging a movie badly, but this held no appeal to me whatsoever. It's just a weird collection of bands playing music with clips of murder, body mods and softcore porn. If you pick this up thinking it's a horror movie, you'll be strongly disappointed.