Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hospital Massacre (1981)

Warning! Spoilers ahead.

‘Hospital Massacre’ was made at the time when the slasher craze was really booming. The majority of entries in the sub-genre’s first cycle of its 1980 - 1984 Golden Age period innovated by ‘Black Christmas’ (1974), ‘Halloween’ (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980) followed suit by not just emulating these titles’ conventions to make a quick buck but also milked the trend of their time of settings with special day themes. These did not necessarily have to be public holidays but any day of the calendar with some significance, which was worked into the often-masked mysterious antagonists’ motivations for mass murder due to a past traumatic event on these particular days.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

‘Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood’ has some nice touches making it the last instalment in the franchise until the 2009 reboot or 2003’s ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ if it can be counted that is passably entertaining. There is just enough here to make it that… just. As it is terribly paced with a distinct lack of suspense and tension, the kills are extremely lacklustre in their execution cuts or no cuts and the teen characterizations and the performances of this supporting cast is probably the worst of the entire series.