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THE HORROR CONVENTION MASSACRE
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: Joe Ostrica

Starring:
Bryan Jalovec
Ted Wodoslawsky
Alicia Kenney

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What's it about
The Cinema Wasteland Convention gets soaked in blood as a rampaging killer slices his way through a packed Holiday Inn. Poor hotel employee Aaron (Bryan Jalovec) is called into work as the rooms fill up with creative killer goodness! It's some old school slasher fun, with all of the boobs, blood and bad jokes you'll ever need. Grab some beers, pop some corn, and get to this bloody convention already!
Is it good movie?

Hell yes, and on the basis of effort alone. I've always been a big fan of low budget, B-movie gore goodness, and this flick delivers. The guys behind this little indie gem know what they are up to and they knew exactly what they wanted to deliver to the audience. Great cameos (Ari Lehman (Jason!), Lew Temple, Syn Devil and best of all Lloyd Kaufman himself!), ample amounts of hot girls and nudity (always a fine mix) and some very sweet kills. Writer/Director Joe Ostrica and crew actually invaded the Cinema Wasteland horror convention to shoot this sick little puppy, and the result is a wicked B-movie romp that was a hell of a lot of fun in an oh-so-cheesy way!

The crazy, colourful characters come and go on the screen here, with the highlights being the bevy of Sinema Sirens of course. The writing is light and overwrought, as is the acting, which is exactly as it should be. I haven't had this much fun with an indie horror comedy in ages. The gore effects by Joseph Shaw are really the showpiece of the film though. Some of his kills are so downright hillarious I won't spoil them for ya (I'll just say...musical instruments make for some good killin'!) The film is not without it's faults, but they are few and are mostly due to the constraints of the shoot and the budget. There were some sound problems, and a couple of the gore gags needed more exposure, but overall the film looked great and was frickin' entertaining!

The music was great (along with the messy cameo by Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival), the camera shots were slick and nicely done, and the death scenes were creative and killer. And speaking of killers, Theo Kerg is purely hilarious as the bloody psycho (love that piano playing, dude!) This guy is pure gold.

If these guys are ever given a bigger budget and are allowed to run free, they just might be the shot of penicillin that the horror genre needs. There are so many talented indie filmmakers out there who are putting out great shit like this, but who only get recognition through word-of-mouth and tireless self-promotion. Joe Ostrica and his group have got the goods to go places, because their brand of bloody cheese is right up this horror fan's alley.
Video / Audio
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1. Crisp and clean digital print here. Would have prefered widescreen, but since this was how the film was shot, I'll take what I can get.

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). There are some sound level problems here and there, but on the whole it's a great sounding flick.
The Extras
The guys at Old School Sinema treat us to a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette which is funny and informative. I especially liked effects guy Joseph Shaw's comment that is the audience doesn't expect too much, they'll have a great time! It was cool to see how they shot the flick at an actual convention. Now that's crazy! We also get some sick Special Effects Photos, 4 Deleted Scenes that are somewhat forgettable, and a slick and bloody Teaser Trailer.
Last Call
THCM is a fun trip with some stellar slasher moments, great T'n'A scenes and a great indie killer vibe, proving that Joe Ostrica and his comrades have potential in the horror genre. I'd certainly love to see what they come up with next. If you like your slashers heavy on the cheese AND the blood, check this one out. It's not 100% perfect, but this homage to old school horror doesn't need to be perfect in order to be a damn good time.
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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