Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Serina Ogawa
What's it about
Iíll just give ya the official DVD synopsis: ďA group of ten children travel to an uninhabited island that many believe to be plagued by an ancient curse. They should have listenedÖĒ
Is it good movie?
My favorite part about that synopsis is the description of the travelers as children. Theyíre not (grown folks), but it speaks to the juvenile nature of the entire production. Slaughter Island is an indie J-horror release from Cinema Epoch, which more or less flies in the face of everything horror related Iíve seen from overseas. From the music (which sounds like an 8-bit video game/John Carpenter rip-off/Spanish music mixtap) to the acting to the effects to the script, itís all second rate as if the filmmakers had been influenced by bad American horror, rejecting all the subtlety that makes J-horror as good as it is. I know they attempted to make something on the cheap, but good god, Iíve seen better effects in high school plays. Wait until you seen their version of the spilled guts. A sausage link would have been more effective. If a recommendation needs to be made, Iíd say this oneís worth watching for the cheese, but cheese movies require laziness on behalf of the viewer, and this movie needs you to read. That takes effort.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of Digital Surround in Japanese with your choice of English subtitles
Behind the Scenes: About 20 minutes worth of hand held camera behind of the scenes looks. Lots of shots of the Japanese girls smiling and laughing in unison while bad music plays in the background.
A really cheap indie production that advertises, ďA shocking twist concludes this tale of terror.Ē If you need to advertise the shocking ending on the box, you donít have a lot to sell.