Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rehashed Reviews :: The Stalk-N-Slash Edition

Happy Birthday to Me proclaims to claim six of the most bizarre murders you'll ever see. Well, I'm here to say that maybe half of them qualify for that. Still, despite its somewhat glacial pace, and a final reveal that makes no sense at all, the film is still worth your time.

Girls Nite Out, on the other hand, only has one reason and one reason only that makes it worth a once through. It has, hands down, the goofiest looking killer in cinematic history.

And then there's House of Death, whom I'm sure suckered in a lot of folks, myself included, with that nasty video-box art back in the day, only to find a giant turd-burger of a movie inside. Yes. The video box lied. Again.

Evil Laugh may be dumber than a bag of hammers, with a bad habit of killing off suspects as soon they're introduced, but, against all rational explanation, I kinda dig it. And it does deserve some credit for beating the self-awareness of the Scream franchise to the punchline by almost a decade.

And last, but not least, we have Sleepaway Camp, which, despite all of its shortcomings, deserves its legendary cult status for having one of the ballsiest shock-endings off all time. You see that? I actually kinda gave it away there. Wotta dick I am.

And fair warning, this Teenage Wastedland retrospective contains massive plot-spoilers with all killers and motivations revealed.


Anonymous said...

I fancy myself a Slasher Film expert, but you really have delved far deeper into the genre than I have. Personally, Happy Birthday to Me is one of my faves.

W.B. Kelso said...

It's a good one, and "Happy Birthday to Me" really helped to solidify the "rules of the game" as far as slashers go, too.

And the "Scooby-Doo" reveal may make little sense, but it does allow the final "oh shit" moment with Virgina left holding a bloody knife in a room full of dead bodies when the cops break in.

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