Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Silent Night (2012)


1984’s Silent Night, Deadly Night is one of my biggest slasher guilty pleasures that I make sure I watch every festive season. I wrote in my conclusion to my write-up of the film - “Formulaic but it is what is. It is an enjoyable slasher with boobs and splatter galore. There are many highly memorable moments in this mean spirited festive carve up. The murder set-pieces while lacking a suspenseful build up in their set-up are executed with merciless callousness putting down bloody presents under the Christmas tree for any gorehounds. There are some surprisingly nice camera shots thrown in also. Even a snowman is decapitated. If the filmmakers set out to entertain a demographic of bloodthirsty slasherholics then they achieved in what they set out to do. However, if it is solid writing, direction and acting with the exception of Chauvin then avoid at all costs. It is the impossible to ignore charm of its cheesiness and an interesting emotional narrative of its protagonist/antagonist of Billy, which aids Silent Night, Deadly Night along with its stand out kills in being a cherished slasher in my collection.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Madman (1982)


The opening campfire tale scene of ‘Madman’ - a criminally under seen slasher film that has built quite the cult following over the past thirty years - works effectively well for two reasons in setting up the horror that is in store for the remainder of the runtime. The movie still has yet to receive the appreciation it really deserves outside its genre fandom for being one of the absolute better early 80’s slashers to emerge in the wake of the success of Sean S. Cunningham’s ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980). This was when the sub-genre would get really bloody and enjoy its Golden Age in which this film is a bright shining example of with displays of actual quality filmmaking. The word “slasher” used in the same sentence as the words “quality filmmaking” is very rare to find for an entry into this style of horror’s period but this movie can be described as such - quality slasher filmmaking.