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SLAUGHTER
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Stuart Hopewell

Starring:
Lucy Holt
Antonia Bernath
David Sterene
Craig Robert Young

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A girl named Faith is trying to hide from her boyfriend, who handily beats her. She wants to hide and make a new friend. She does so- she meets Lola, a party girl pal and moves into her farmhouse. Of course all is not well, as Lola's one night stands seem to keep disappearing and it could be her insane family that's doing the chopping.
Is it good movie?
Oh, it's over! Finally! Slaughter is not an exciting movie, and some horror purists might call it a slow burning potboiler. In fact, you'd think that I would appreciate a slow pace because I know I'm not always up for stupid flashy horror flicks, but I wasn't really down with this one.

Slaughter isn't the worst film I've seen; it's just absolutely bogged down by terrible timing, it seems to have no reason to live. For almost the first hour, there's almost nothing going on. All the girls do is blab on and on about their terrible lives, as they're so tortured and have a history of abuse. The script pushes the abuse angle hard and tried to bring them around again in the end but the inconsistencies in the plot really slow things down.

Don't get me wrong, everything sort of adds up, but it plays as a big twist ending which I thought was a mistake. I felt that this movie didn't need to hide it all. The story suffers from plot holes and is just dull, dull, dull. The editing is iffy and the acting is only okay. Are there some nasty scenes? Sure there are, but they come too late and although they can be unsettling it isn't a good enough payoff for the lack of substance through the first half of the movie.
Video / Audio
Video is dandy enough, with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer.

Audio is once again 5.1 Dolby Digital and is mixed solidly enough.
The Extras
We get a standard making-of feature here that doesn't run very long and doesn't add much to the film. Why must every one of these be the same?

A few deleted scenes here too, and I'm glad they cut them because nothing could bloat this flick's runtime any further.

Also, a few Miss Horrorfest webisodes round this out.
Last Call
I'm not overly impressed with this film to die for. So far, the After Dark Horrorfest has not been too stellar, in my opinion. This movie is just too slow, too dull without enough of a payoff for me to really like it. Completely forgettable.
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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