Another Hole in The Head Film Festival 2012: “Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever” and “Day Job”

Dir. Tobe Hooper on the remake of his original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, “I think the Chainsaw remake is very good and captures the spirit of the original film.”

Do we really need a comprehensive all-encompassing documentary on slasher films?  When they’re as entertaining as they are insightful as this one, the answer is without a doubt,  Hell yeah!  Like taking a crash course on all things slasher, after watching this doc I immediately wanted to go to my local video store (not Netflix), and rent a copy of Mario Bava‘s Bay of Blood (1971), or Tom McLoughlin‘s Friday the 13th part VI (1986), but alas, there was this review to write first.

Here director Calum Waddell takes the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach and follows the blueprint already established by the most recent films of Mark Hartley; Not Quite Hollywood (2008) and Machete Maidens unleashed! (2010).  Hartley’s films – and now Waddell’s – are alike in their ability to adequately serve the multipurpose of being a go-to reference guide for the rare to the popular must-sees of their specific sub-genres (in Hartley’s case, Australian and Filipino produced exploitation films) as well as being highly entertaining.

This is a must-see for all horror nerds and fans of genre filmmaking alike.

Day Job

I don’t think it would be fair to criticize a movie based solely on its lack of budget, to which this movie has little to none.  So, overlooking such distractions as poor sound design, laughable sets, and tiresome bland dialogue (saying fuck every other line doesn’t make a script cool, a problem Rob Zombie seems to have in his films as well) I tried to at least enjoy the plot of two psychopaths/cable repairmen as they set about their day cutting both cable and women.  This was no easy task, but somehow managed to do it, and walked away from this movie at least pleased that there was one element done properly – the gore.

If this filmmaker’s intentions were to disturb, it sure as hell wasn’t going to do it through its script.  Thankfully, at least they got the blood-soaked aspect right, as well as the actual violence, both of which looked quite real at times, especially when directed towards the female victims.

Showtimes for Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever – Sunday, Dec. 2nd 5:00pm (Roxie Theatre)

Showtimes for Day Job – Friday, Nov. 30th 11:00pm (Roxie Theatre)

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