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Slaughterhouse (Slasher Classics)
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If you loved THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES then you are sure to pig-out with the sicko-shocks of eighties fright-favourite SLAUGHTERHOUSE. This corpse-ridden classic introduces one of the screen s most memorable madmen in Buddy a cleaver-wielding backwoods baddie who, along with his father Lester, doesn t take kindly to trespassers. Buddy was brought up killing and packing meat, but now his rage turns to teens and market-capitalists seeking to buy-out his dad s property. The end result is a tongue-in-cheek terror totem that returns from the VHS vaults to BluRay in this great new HD master scanned from the original negative by director Rick Roessler!
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Great HD picture UNCUT.
Lots of features including a commentary, interviews, on set footage, TV spots and more, plus a 3 page booklet of movie info.
Reversible sleeve, Region free ABC, 85-mins, 1987.
Sometimes a pure gem will get lost in the fray, and becomes instantly logged within the annals of the underrated. This one in particular is 1987’s Slaughterhouse. Essentially the bastard son of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Motel Hell. But also oh so very much more. Being the Director Rick Roessler’s, only attempt at film. Is something mind boggling. He managed to craft a work of horror comedy art, that provides an equally perfect balance of both. With a heart behind it, that tromps anything in the subgenre, that came after it.
A father, and son team, Lester, and Buddy Bacon, Facing the foreclosure of their beloved family slaughterhouse. Turn to the dark side when the Father’s Mentally challenged son Buddy (Played lovingly by Blood Diner’s Joe B. Barton) Turns to murder to solve all their problems. Don Barrett portrays the elder Bacon, with tongue placed eternally in cheek, and eye forever winking at the audience, in all the right ways. Joe B. Barton takes the character of Buddy (who never speaks a line of dialogue through-out, aside from animal sounds.) And creates a full, rich character. Equal parts adorably funny, and menacing. That makes you wish he would come back to film, for he is a master of his craft.
The blood is in good amount, and the kills are equally satisfying.
All the colours in the Dark:
Colours are deep and strong without being oversaturated. Like with many other Movies from the 80th blue is dominant. The colour palette is constant over the whole film. It is a pleasure. In my opinion it represents a filmic camera negative development very well.
Most scenes take place in dark environments. Blacklevels are strong throughout the whole presenration. Greyscale steps are well defined and detail are avaiable even in the darkest moments. Chapeau. Therefore the picture has very good gradation/ contrast levels what I consider very important due to the content of the movie. In some scenes the brightest element are a little bit overdone but that seems to be the effekt of used camera technique and not of he transfer itself. This is nowhere really annoying.
Sharpness sits in the grain – grain is sharpness:
The Transfer shows a decent amount of sharpness and is relatively rich in details. Luckily this BD contains an completely intact grain structure. I couldnt make out any use of DNR or sharpening filters and therefore I am very thankful. There is one scene (Pigs in a dark area) where the grain becomes slightly digitally looking but if you dont know what to spot, you probably will never recognize it. Overall the result is simply organic and filmic/ homogenic.
I think some cleaning had be done (the usual washing process and so on) but there are some dropouts, hairs, debris and that things left over. Is it disturbing your watching experience? No. No way! Above I wrote about a „true presentation“. SLAUGHTERHOUSE is a grindhouse B-movie and here you got it in all its movie theatre glory. The transfer provides all the cinematic feelings you love from old lightplay houses/ cinemas which play their films via reels. It couldnt look better (okay, well…if they made a 4K scan…). This transfer is so authentic its a sheer joy to watch.
Final Destination / 12 Happy Men:
People who freak out about this kind of movies with some knowledge about the genre and its origins can grab the release without a thought and will be veeeery pleased. I am for sure and I am watching in an optimized dark home-cinema room via bigscreen projection and I can say this Bluray looks fantastic in motion. The people who did it knew what they were doing and seem to have a big heart for it. Absolutely recommended.
All About Ev(m)e:
I collect genre films since 27 Years now and already spent my pocket money as a child for movie theatres. That was a Time where films like ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS, FRIDAY THE 13th, MOTHERS DAY and many many more were shown completely uncut in germany. I know very well how „film“ projections from 35mm reel look. I am a hobby fotographer and sometimes I am scanning negatives for myself. I find it unbelievable faszinating how rich of details high resolution scans can be and how fantastic they can look when carefully handled and not beeing filtered. I own a movie projector/ beamer and learned how to calibrate my system via Software and instruments. I had and still have some frustrating times as a collector because so many companies handle there transfers so very bad and without any anticipation. But there seems to be good days for fans, collectors and cineasts. CRITERION moves to the UK. More and more releases are made from 4K scans. Imagine: SUSPIRIA will get a 4K Release and it will be shown in the Berlin Film Festival!!! There will even be a Remake with Tilda Swinton…haha. Rejoyce 88 Films does a great job. There is ARROW and some more companies from the USA which put knowledge, love and compassion in their Products (and not in filtering and re-mastering) and video quality never was better (and getting better all the time). So…lights off, start the reel