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Published by David Carter on 2015/9/13 (548 reads)
Directed by Manny Serrano
Review by David Carter

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Released by Wild Eye Releasing
Running Time: 113 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: 2.0 Stereo English
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: Commentary, deleted & extended scenes, music video, behind the scenes, Ripper Toy commercial
Trailer Online: Yes

Open in new windowOne’s favorite genre of film is often not based on a conscious decision but rather the emotional reaction the films create. For horror, one’s favorite subgenre is usually dictated by the one that scared you the most when younger. Therefore the much-maligned slasher film is having something of a renaissance as those impressionable young minds of the eighties and nineties are now adults and filmmakers themselves. Manny Serrano’s BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE is the latest entry into the resurgent slasher genre, and it is now available on DVD from Wild Eye Releasing.

Open in new windowDetectives Fincher and Cobb are investigating several gruesome homicides where the killer’s young victims are stripped and have satanic symbols carved into their bodies. The brutality of the crimes takes a toll on Det. Fincher, who is already dealing with personal issues of his own. The body count continues to rise as Fincher and Cobb search in vain for something connecting the victims, and Fincher resorts to some unorthodox methods to track down the killer. He takes a piece of evidence to research on his own (rather than following procedure) because he believes the crimes may be the work of “the Ripper,” the quasi-mythological killer from unsolved murders a decade ago. Fincher has a terrifying connection to the Ripper and his current crimes, and he’ll need some help from some unlikely sources to stop the killer.

Open in new windowWhile obviously created as a love letter to the slasher film, BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE at times more closely resembles that genre’s predecessor: the giallo film. Detective Fincher is the center of the film, and focusing on the person trying to solve the crimes (and, indeed, even referring to them as crimes) rather than the victim or killer is a purely giallo trope. That’s a good thing in my opinion because it gives a film a stronger narrative than typically seen in slasher films and that’s certainly the case here as well. Matt Cody as Fincher carries the film capably and brings seriousness to the proceedings that prevent the film from becoming absurd due to the extreme level of violence.

It’s the extreme violence mentioned above that will likely endear this film to slasher fans. BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE takes things farther than most eighties and nineties slashers did, so it can really be seen as a retro-style modern gore film. There are some scenes that even the most jaded viewers will likely find shocking and, of course, highly entertaining.

Wild Eye has done a great job with the BLOOD SLAUGHTER MASSACRE release and packed the disc with bonus features. BLOOD is the movie that a lot of you have been waiting for – a modern update that remains true to the spirit of the classic slashers. The film’s only misstep is in the running time, and while well-done, many scenes are overlong. This is quickly forgotten when the blood starts flowing again, which is often and in large quantities.
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