A celebration of slasher cinema - from PSYCHO to the present day, with a focus on highlighting many of the genre's forgotten cult classics, deconstructing how to survive a slice and dice movie and meditating upon why it is almost always a final girl and rarely a final guy... this is a documentary which is designed for both the biggest fan of "mad maniac" movies and the person who may only have seen HALLOWEEN and SCREAM. Either way, this is a documentary that proves the SLASHER FILM is truly FOREVER!
Of all the horror movie documentaries i have watched, this is by far the worst, boring and full of stuff you have seen before but done better. If you're looking for a good look at the slasher genre check out Going To Pieces or Nightmares in Red, White & Blue, this feels like it should have been a dvd extra, and not a good one at that.
DISC ONE The main feature, Slice and Dice, gives you clips of lesser known slasher films like Splatter University, Hell High etc and traces the history of the sub genre from Psycho to the present day. The interviews with J.S Cardone (The Slayer), Scott Spiegel (The Intruder), Tom Holland (Child's Play) and Tobe Hooper are interesting. The extras on this disc include outtakes from interviews with J.S Cardone, Cory Feldman and Sleepaway Camp's Felissa Rose. Plus there is an optional commentary from, the documentary's director, Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell, author of Teenage Wasteland:The Slasher Movie Uncut. There is also a Q&A with Norman J Warren and James Moran, as well as footage from various film festivals.
DISC TWO The bonus documentary Don't Go In The Backwoods traces the history of rural massacre movies and features interesting perspectives on Deliverance, the awesome Spider Baby and TCM. There is a good interviews with the late great David Hess, who aside from his iconic horror status wrote the Elvis song All Shook Up and did the subtitle translations for the US releases of some Fassbender films. A gum chewing, Tony Todd and Fred Olen Ray also stand out. In some ways I prefered it to the main feature because it's less flashy and gives the interviewees more time. The Trailer Section is great and features optional commentary.
As a big slasher fan, I was looking for to seeing this one - and wasn't disappointed. An impressive selection of talking heads give a good insight into the genre, and the clips make you want to go and see all the movies discussed immediately. Plus there are loads of extras. Def recommended for fans of the genre!
I caught this at a screening in Glasgow and, as a fan of 80s slashers and horror flicks in general, really enjoyed it.
The documentary focuses on some of the more unsung heroes of the genre, so although some of the talking heads may be unfamiliar to the less than hardcore horror fan, rest assured you'll probably have seen and appreciated their work. The documentary functions as a great overview of what makes a great slasher movie, along with some Scream-esque rules for surviving a slasher.
The standout for me was the contribution from Mr Corey Feldman - star of The Goonies, Gremlins and The Lost Boys, and one of the few people to get the better of Jason Vorhees. Hey, even Kevin Bacon couldn't manage it. Feldman is sharp, funny and informative, and it's a tribute to the filmmakers that they coached such great material from him. The other contributors are well chosen and each has at least one great observation about a genre that's loved and maligned in equal measure.