Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
So dig this- a few college students run a maid service. They take it upon themselves to clean up an old house to prepare it to be sold. Unfortunately for them, they stumble upon a book bound in human skin, and start to drop off one by one.
Is it good movie?
Ok, I must tell you horror fiends- The Slaughter is a fun flick hearkening back to the old days of when horror was fun. I think a distinction needs to be made though lest I end up looking like a hypocrite. I believe there are many movies that come across my desk which lack a lot of ingenuity- they emulate mindless slashers of old without a sense of style or talent, and seem like cash grabs. They're no fun and just end up insulting your intelligence. Not so with The Slaughter, a film that knows what kind of film it is and has fun with it.
You've got a house jammed with stereotypes that are familiar in a horror setting, reading from a 'book of the dead' and dealing with all kinds of nasties, stemming from notions of evil witches and possessed people. On top of this, the dialogue is pretty well written, although kind of poorly delivered by decent actors. But that doesn't really matter because this is designed to be a fun ride and it is.
You're going to see a lot of people kick the bucket in stylish and ridiculous ways and there's plenty of gore and cheesy effects to go around, as well as silly little plot twists and plenty of boobs. There's a little too much silly comedy at times for me, but I still dug this film, considering its micro-budget. The whole thing is a wink and a nod to horror fans and I can only wink and nod back.
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The Slaughter isn't going to blow your mind or make you drop your jaw in amazement, but it is a fun movie that horror fans will dig. I certainly thought it was a fun ride that was made with love and knowledge. Every horror flick owes something to Evil Dead anyway; at least this one admits it.