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The Last Horror Movie [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So heres a great idea. A killer steals a horror movie from the video shop, tapes over the film with him being all smarmy and intersecting scenes of him killing people in various ways.

It would have been amazing were it not for a little Belgian film called 'Man Bites Dog' back in 1992. Call it homage, call it rip off, but you cannot help but think of that classic while watching this.

But when all is said and done though, it's still a fine movie, but the twist of the movie is that the killer waits for someone to rent the movie, and follow them home, and ultimately kill them.

Max is your typical wannabe middle class thirty something, who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. If you can stomach his pretentious fox pops and silly anecdotes, you will love this movie.

Fortunately in my line of work, I deal with these sorts of people everyday, so Max didn't really annoy me much, even his delusional anecdotes about life.

It's a brutal movie, not for the faint hearted, and what makes it brutal, isn't the killings, it's the victims, they are normal people, no back story, your neighbour, someone you pass on the street, and the way the camera lingers on the victim, is the most shocking part of the film.

It loses a point for really trying to make Max seem normal by having him host dinner parties and his friends are annoying, at points I wanted him to kill them.

All in all, it's a brilliant little movie, so what if it homages MBD, the novelty is there, and it works to good effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Basic plot. A killer has taped over a bad horror movie and has recorded his own diaries on it. While the viewer views him we see what type of person he is and follow him when he makes his killings. An amazing film shot all in cam corder style with lots of shots of the killer talking to the audience questioning us on our views of horror and him as a person. A smart and quite nasty horror which will make you think for a long time after viewing. If you like films like man bites dog its the horror version of that. A must see for all horror fans.
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PLOT SPOILER REVIEW

The film starts out like a "normal" slasher with someone who killed people in Vermont, escaping death row in Illinois, now stalking women in Grand Rapids Michigan. That is really the film I wanted to see. This film is interrupted by a British wedding photographer moonlighting as a serial killer. He has a homeless man follow him around and film the carnage in a different version of the hand held genre. He then (PLOT SPOILER) at the end slips this VHS back into the box at the rental place and waited to see if there was any response.

In 2005 did they still have VHS rental places, even in London? Had this film been made in 1985 it would of had some meaning and be cutting edge, especially if they made it look like they actually taped over a VHS tape and created the original taped over film by the same title and released it under that name, all with the same cover. However for me to watch it on a DVD made in 2005 it loses any sense of realism that the hand held genre tries to create...even though we know it is all fake.

2 stars for a great idea 20 years late.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Killings lacked horror.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I love this movie, but it's well-nigh impossible to review. If I even begin to describe this film in any way, I'm going to do the story a disservice - and I'm going to rob you, the viewer, of a uniquely visceral horror experience. Under the right conditions (and of course I can't even tell you what those conditions are), The Last Horror Movie is capable of giving you the kind of thrills and chills that all horror fans crave and oh so seldom experience. Under any conditions, however, the true horror buff must appreciate the vision of this singular project and the man who brings it to you. As for horror newbies, oh how I envy you right now - I really do. Of course, you've more than likely already seen a plot summary, but no one can say that I gave anything away to the potential viewer.

If you've read any of my other reviews, you know I don't write short ones. Believe me, there is much I would like to discuss about this film, as it speaks to the concepts of good and evil, the horror movie audience in general, and you - yes, you - in particular. Just watch it, and you'll see what I mean. I will offer you one piece of advice, though - rent this film from your local video store. You'll thank me later - uh, or maybe you won't.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2005
This low-budget DV mindwarper has several things going for it, chief among them a charmingly unctuous performance from lead actor, Kevin Howarth as Max Parry, a character who is something of the new millennium's equivalent of Benoit Poelvoorde's serial-killing Ben in the 1992 Belgian film Man Bites Dog. There's also a charming lack of politically correct restraint shown, which counts for more than you might think in a film that's essentially one long confession of modi operandi from a gloating psychopath. Best of all, however, may be the film's central conceit;. Howarth's Max is a wedding videographer by day and an enthusiastically psychoanalytical maniac by night, who has taped his grisly misdeeds and a running commentary thereon over a generic teen slasher horror film, which, in the context of the film's shadow reality, has then been rented by you, the unsuspecting viewer. Director Julian Richards (Darklands) has much to say on the topics of horror films and societal violence and the bloody intersection of the two, and all of it comes out of Max's mouth, as he offers nearly nonstop running commentary over jittery handheld scenes of home-invasion mayhem. Fans of the genre will be quick to point out the similarities between this and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but whereas John McNaughton's groundbreaking film took neither sides nor prisoners, Richards' film is intensely eager to spark debate: "You know this is real," points out the reptilian and annoyingly smug Max, "so why are you still watching it?" The question is repeated ad infinitum in various forms as we're made privy to chatty Max off the job, enjoying dinner and traipsing into existential overkill with his oblivious girlfriend Petra (Antonia Beamish) and friends, as well as his ever-present cameraman (Mark Stevenson), who's in on the grisly game and eager to try his own hand at it. Despite the film's horrific verisimilitude and a genuinely smart screenplay by Richards and James Handel that simultaneously rubs our noses in the horror while allowing us to savor the flavor - and thereby become complicit in Max's onscreen theatrics - this is still Criminal Psych 101 material that's been covered before. Why are we still watching? Because we like to, of course.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2008
If you were a fan of Henry, Portrait of a serial killer, then this is a show for you. Done through a hand held camera style film I think its a must see. It does a lot for the horror genre. A stone cold killer in Max, we see everything through his eyes and his perspective. It is funny at times but never drifts away from the raw, brutal savagery of a serial killer. It will not be everybodys cup of tea but like I said if you enjoyed Henry then see this film. I give it 5 stars because I loved this film. Being a horror fan I thought this film gave the genre a much needed wake up call just for the simple fact thats its not just your typical slasher flick. A photographer by day and a serial killer all day and all night!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2006
Men or women - I don't really care," smirks serial killer Max Parry as he calmly pulls a hammer from his back pocket and bashes in the brains of a passing traffic warden. A few minutes later, he's throttling a woman to death in her car and then, before you've had time to draw breath, he's dismembering a man in his bath and serving up the cooked remains to his own granny. Gore blimey. The words sick as hell or sensationally unpleasant don't even come close - but those with a strong stomach are in for a treat with this horrifically-funny Brit flick. It turns out that when he's not hacking, slashing and burning anyone in his path, Max is a doting uncle and wedding photographer. There's no deep message here - he kills simply because he enjoys it. Although the serial killer video diary has been done before (comparisons with Man Bites Dog are inevitable), The Last Horror Movie is still great fun, mostly thanks to a rip-roaring performance from Kevin Howarth as the killer.
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This movie lacks the power of Henry but it's unique and the last scene I can guarantee will make you sleep with the lights on.It's about a man making a home made film about murdering people.The result,it looks like a realistic snuff movie.

I'm not disputing the movie could have been better but the movie for the extras as well this is very good value for money.A must see for horror fans.
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on 26 February 2012
This isnt a bad movie. It kept me watching and interested. The main guy in this is a pretty good actor and it turns out to be quite a clever film. I bought this from a local computer exchange for £2 and it was well worth the money. I would recommend this film to other serial killer movie fans.
Good cheap film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
Quick review as follows: watch Man Bites Dog instead.

I'm not quite sure where to begin after surveying the wreckage of this film. The Last Horror Movie fails on so many levels. Any gore hounds are going to be left wanting as the on-screen violence is actually pretty tame in comparison to other offerings in the torture-porn genre. Nay, it veers into the slapstick at times (frying pan to the back of the head).

Overall though it was the self-referential, pseudo-expose of the viewer's blackened heart which I baulked at. I don't mind violence for the sake of violence but here the film seeks to justify its existence by attempting to make the viewer complicit; rather like Natural Born Killers but so much so maladroitly.

"Dahling, I want you to break the fourth wall; immerse the viewer!"

The lead actor does a reasonably good job of it as the urbane, unassuming serial killer, and I like to think his soul died a little more inside with the delivery of such ham-fisted lines 'would you sell your TV to save the life of an African child'. Equally, the intro to the film (premise being that he had taped over an existing horror film of the same title with his visual autobiography) was very well observed and shows the director has some talent, albeit wasted.

Mercifully, the running time is very short at around 75 minutes.

Seriously, if you haven't done so already I would recommend the Belgian flick Man Bites Dog, shot a full decade prior to this, which actually succeeds where this film fails.
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