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AFTER PARTY MASSACRE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Kristoff Bates

Starring:
Bands:
Be My Enemy
Cardiac Arrest
Cyanotic
Defcon
Denial Fiend

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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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.
The Extras
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.)
Last Call
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.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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