HO HO HORROR: DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS on VHS & DVD

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Ready to celebrate the upcoming slasher season in blood red style? Slasher Studios latest feature, Dismembering Christmas, is the movie for you. A tribute to the glory days of holiday horror, Dismembering Christmas can best be described as Friday the 13th meets Black Christmas. Have you ever wanted a Friday the 13th set in the winter? Well..so did Slasher Studios and that’s why they created this movie just for you. Practical effects from beginning to end, likable characters, and a kick ass final girl…what more could you want in a slasher?

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It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

DVD Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer

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Don’t forget to also pick up a Dismembering Christmas Limited Edition Tee!
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Official DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Limited Edition Blu-Ray Artwork

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Exclusive first look! Our official Don’t Go to the Reunion bluray artwork created by Austin Hinderliter. Preorder your limited edition, hand numbered bluray today. This release will feature all new extras as listed below and will only be available through Slasher Studios. Each case will be hand numbered (out of 200) and will make for a great collectible for any slasher fan. Three option to purchase: Blu-Ray standalone, with 11×17 poster, or with poster & Dismembering Christmas DVD. Orders will begin shipping on November 1st and once these sell out, they will be gone forever. Region free & shipping worldwide!

Brand new special features include:
* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers) in HD for the very first time.
* Filmmakers commentary
* Exclusive cast & crew interviews on the making of Don’t Go to the Reunion
* Don’t Go to the Reunion Video Review
* Don’t Go to the Reunion promo video
* Don’t Go to the Reunion trailer
* Don’t Go to the Reunion teaser trailer
* Dismembering Christmas trailer
* Theatrical World Premiere Interview With Director Steve Goltz & Writer Kevin Sommerfield
* Slasher Studios Horror Podcast audio feature (A Look Back at Don’t Go to the Reunion)
and MUCH MORE!


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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Upcoming Horror Movies

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On a brand new episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, join Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl as they discuss the upcoming horror movies of 2016 and 2017. Includes their thoughts on Blair Witch, Annabelle 2, Ouija 2, Rings, It, Insidious: Chapter 4, and much more.

To listen to the latest episode: Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Upcoming Horror Movies

To subscribe: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/slasherstudios

Official Final List of DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Blu-Ray Special Features

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Earlier this week we announced our exclusive limited edition Don’t Go to the Reunion release and now Slasher Studios is proud to unveil our official final list of killer special features. This release will ONLY be available through Slasher Studios and each bluray will be hand numbered out of 200. Once these 200 are sold out, they will never be printed again. Make sure to preorder yours today as they will begin shipping on November 1st. Each one is region free and we will be shipping worldwide for slasher fans all over the world.

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Our final list of blu-ray special features:
* Audio commentary
* Premiere interview with the filmmakers
* Premiere interviews with the cast/crew
* All three Slasher Studios short films in HD
* Audio feature: A look back at the making of Don’t Go to the Reunion with cast/crew
* Never before seen behind-the-scenes photo gallery
* A Tribute to 80’s Slashers (Don’t Go to the Reunion video review)
* Don’t Go to the Reunion teaser
* Don’t Go to the Reunion trailer
* Don’t Go to the Reunion Grindhouse style TV spot
* Dismembering Christmas trailer


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Picking Favorites: Alex Aspin’s (Hossst) Top 10 Favorite Lucio Fulci Films

This top 10 favorite Lucio Fulci list comes from our horror friend Alex Aspin. Make sure to follow him on instagram for more horror reviews and pics.

Lucio Fulci is my favorite horror director of all time, and is honestly tied with the likes of Vittorio De Sica, Charlie Chaplin, Akira Kurosawa, and Fritz Lang. So I thought I would honor my
personal favorite horror director with a top ten. So without further ado, lets begin.

10) “Four of the Apocalypse” (1975)

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A group of petty criminals consisting of 3 men, and a pregnant woman make their way through the countryside of Wild West Utah while being followed and constantly attacked by Mexican bandits.

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Honestly one of my favorite spaghetti westerns. It has everything you would expect from a Fulci film, from mean-spirited sadistic men, wonderful shots, and great locations. This film is a little bit of a slow burner, but it’s never really boring. All of the characters are likable, while at the same time dislikable enough to keep you watching. In my opinion, the film reaches its peak in the second half which takes place in a small town during a snowstorm. There’s just something about snowstorms and westerns that I love. This one might not be for every Fulci fan, especially if you’re one whose only really ever seen his later-career splatter films, but it has enough gore and violence to keep anyone watching. Plus it has Fabio Testi. I mean, c’mon.

9) “The Black Cat” (1981)

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A psychic man who has the ability to communicate with the dead, also is able to control a black cat that he uses to take vengeance on his enemies.

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I know that in all of my reviews I harp on about camerawork a lot. And I know I say this a lot, but this is honestly one of the most beautifully shot films (at least horror films) I’ve ever seen. Especially the opening scene. This film has lots of beautiful shots of the black cat walking on various rooftops, and walls, and it even has some great POV shots of the cat, which works great for establishing our cats size in comparison to everything else.

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Obviously this film is based on the Edgar Allen Poe story. As someone who has always been a Poe fan, I think that probably helps me enjoy the film even more so. I’d highly recommend it to Poe fans and Fulci fans alike, but like the last film, this one is different from the usual Fulci splatter film, and I don’t think it’s for every Fulci fan. Nonetheless, I can still recommend it.

8) “Conquest” (1983)

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A warrior (played by Andrea Occipinti) embarks on a journey armed with a magic bow and arrow (given to him by the ghostly god Cronos, to mark his passage into manhood) to rid the land of evil, and defeat the evil witch who wants the bow for evil.

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I don’t even know where to begin. There are no words I can use to fully explain how awesome this film is. Extremely gory, and violent, and has some amazing set pieces. Some of the creatures in this film will blow your mind, from the Wookie looking things in league with the evil witch, to the weird mummy zombie things that I can’t put into words. If you haven’t seen this film before, buy it. Just buy it. Don’t even think about it or try to find it online or anything. Just buy it.

7) “A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin” (1971)

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A woman has a dream of herself killing her neighbor, only to wake up and find that not only is her neighbor actually dead, but that she is a suspect.

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Probably one of the most original giallo films to come out of the giallo golden age. Full of twists and turns, it requires multiple viewings, but still stands alone as an amazing film after is first. Full of incredible dream sequences, and amazing camera work. One I’m sure most Fulci fans, and giallo fans alike have seen.

6) “Don’t Torture a Duckling” (1972)

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The townspeople of a rural Italian village work together to solve a series of child murders. This leads to everyone being a suspect, distrust of outsiders, and superstition.

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Actually one of the first Fulci films I ever saw. Before I was completely and utterly desensitized, and left an empty husk of a person, this film was actually incredibly shocking to me. This film was actually banned in Italy, and was given an extremely limited theatrical run in Europe, due to its blatant dislike, and criticism towards the Catholic Church. Funny, because this film is full
of dead children’s bodies found face down in the water, or beaten to death, and also contains a buried skeleton of an infant, but what upset the Italian censors was its criticisms on the highly Catholic Italian society.

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Lucio Fulci considered this film to be his favorite of his career, and I can definitely see why. If you haven’t seen this one yet, and want to see a genuinely shocking or disturbing giallo, definitely check it out.

5) “Cat in the Brain” (1990)

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A horror director (played by Fulci himself) is haunted by nightmares of the many violent scenes in his films. So he decides to start seeing a therapist, who ends up being s psycho serial killer
determined to frame Dr. Fulci for the many crimes modeled after the murders in his films.

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This film is nearly impossible to group into any genre, so I have dubbed it as a “Post Proto Slasher”, since it’s similar enough to the proto -slashers of the 70’s, but being made in the 90’s, it obviously can’t be a true proto slasher. Anyway, this film is absurdly gory, and violent, and it’s amazing. I don’t want to say too much about it, mostly because it’s hard to even put it into words. The film leaves you in sort of a meta-overload state of satisfaction from the obscene amounts of gore.

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Also, not just because this is the obvious joke to make, but the psycho therapist honestly does look alarmingly like my grandpa.

4) “The New York Ripper” (1982)

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A police detective and a psychoanalyst go on the hunt for the person responsible for a brutal series of murders in New York City, where young women are being killed in extremely grisly fashions.

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The 80’s was sort of the start of a new (short lived) life for the giallo genre, due to the popularity of the American and Canadian slasher films. And The New York Ripper is in my opinion the best of the gialli to come out of that era. Showing a considerable amount of influence from past gialli, and at the time recent slashers, The New York Ripper is sort of a hybrid between a Giallo, and a slasher; a “spaghetti slasher” if you will. Some of the most noticeable influences for this film are Argento’s “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage”, Brian De Palma’s “Dressed to Kill” (which is a giallo rip off itself) and William Lustig’s “Maniac”. This film contains so much sleaze, and brutal murders throughout its entire duration, it’s sure to make
you feel at least a little uncomfortable. From live sex shows, and women being toe raped, to a woman getting a broken bottle to the crotch and a woman getting her eye slashed with a razor (all on camera for those who haven’t seen it).

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I was fairly young the first time I saw this film, so maybe that had something to do with it, but after seeing this film for the first time I genuinely felt anxious every night that my girlfriend got out of work, as she worked nights alone and often had to wait outside after work for her aunt to pick her up, as we were teenagers. If you are a fan of gialli, slashers, gore, sleaze, and just general extreme violence, definitely check this one out.

3) “City of the Living Dead” aka “The Gates of Hell” (1980)

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A priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery, causing the gates of hell to open, and allowing to dead to walk the earth, and plenty of other supernatural events to take place. In order to close the gates of hell before the dead can take over the earth, a reporter (played by Christopher George) and a psychic must rush to the city of Dunwich, and find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day.

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There’s a little bit of a story about this one for me. This was actually the very first Fulci film I ever saw, and probably the first 2 or 3 times I watched it, I hated it. I tried watching it alone, and shut it off. Went to see it with a friend, and he just got up and walked out. And to tell the truth, I don’t know why I ever disliked it. It’s such an incredibly fun, nightmarish film, with some of the best gore I’ve ever seen. Yeah, a lot of the film doesn’t make much sense, and that’s probably what I didn’t like about it being new to Italian horror, as a young teen, but being older now, I realize it’s not supposed to make much sense. It’s a nightmare-logical film, and if you look at it that way, it’s pretty much perfect.

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City of the Living Dead also has some of the coolest looking zombies I’ve ever seen too, although they don’t come in until the end of the film. I absolutely love this film, and even though I only watch it every once in a while, every time it ends, I immediately want to re watch it, because it’s really that good.

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2) “Zombie Flesh Eaters” aka “Zombie” aka “Zombi 2” (1979)

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A group of 4 goes on a search for a woman’s father on a tropical island, but unbeknownst to them, the island is plagued by the dead coming back to life, and they become mixed up in the business of the islands doctor who is trying to figure out what is happening.

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This is, in my opinion the greatest zombie film ever made. Although on a greater scale of zombie films overall, this is actually tied with Day of the Dead as my favorite, I do think this is the better film. Everything about this film is just amazing. Set both in New York City, and the tropical island of Matul, every shot of this film is incredible, and every location used is beautiful. Along with all of the beauty of the film, there’s loads of beautiful, mind-blowing gore, and probably the best looking zombies ever put on film. I don’t want to spoil much about it for those who haven’t seen it, so I’m just going to meander on about how beautiful every aspect of this film is.

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Look at that. If you’ve never seen this one, and are a fan of zombies, extreme gore, or sharks and zombies fighting under water, this film has it all. I’m going to include a few more screenshots of this one below.

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1) “The Beyond” aka “Seven Doors of Death” (1981)

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A woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana, that was build on one of the seven gates of hell, and where a man named Schweik was executed after being accused of being a warlock 50 years earlier. Soon after moving in, and beginning restoring the old motel, a series of supernatural events begin, including a painter being startled by something, causing him to fall off his latter, a plumber getting his eye gouged out by a zombie in the basement, and hallucinations of a zombie Schweik.

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This is not only my favorite Fulci film, but my favorite horror film of all time, and my second favorite film overall. This is also my “go to” horror film when showing friends horror films. It’s just so great. I really love the Louisiana setting, even though Louisiana is one of the last places I’d ever want to go. Not that you could expect any less from Fulci, but of course this film is full of amazing gore, from eyes being gouged out, and facing being burned with acid, to a child getting her head blown off. The zombies aren’t as cool looking in this one as they are in Zombie Flesh Eaters, and resemble the zombies from Let Sleeping Corpses Lie more than anything, they’re still great and way more convincing than anything you’ll see today.

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If you somehow haven’t seen any of the films on this list, and are only ever going to check out one of them, make it this one. Just go buy it immediately. Just buy the Grindhouse blu ray immediately. Or if you live in the UK, and it’s cheaper, immediately buy the Arrow blu.

And there you have it. My top 10 favorite films by the Italian master of horror, and worlds most beautiful man, Dr. Lucio Fulci.

Before I go, I would like to give an honorable mention to a film that just barely missed the cut.

“Contraband” (1980)

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Great Italian crime film, starring Fabio Testi about rival groups of smugglers in Naples fighting for their turf. This results in our main characters brother being kidnapped by the rival gang, and they have to team up with the Mafia, and the police in order to find his brother.

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I hope everyone enjoyed my list. This was definitely the most fun list I’ve made so far. Let me know some of your favorite Fulci films in the comments.

Slasher Studios Exclusive: Limited Edition DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Blu-Ray Preorder

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We’ve been trying to keep this news hush hush for awhile but figured it was time to make an official announcement. We are pleased to bring you our very first slasher feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion, in full 1080p on a limited edition Slasher Studios bluray. This release will feature all new extras as listed below and will only be available through Slasher Studios. Each case will be hand numbered (out of 200) and will make for a great collectible for any slasher fan. Three option to purchase: Blu-Ray standalone, with 11×17 poster, or with poster & Dismembering Christmas DVD. Orders will begin shipping on November 1st and once these sell out, they will be gone forever. Region free & shipping worldwide!

Brand new special features include:
* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers) in HD for the very first time.
* Filmmakers commentary
* Exclusive cast & crew interviews on the making of Don’t Go to the Reunion
* Don’t Go to the Reunion Video Review
* Don’t Go to the Reunion promo video
* Don’t Go to the Reunion trailer
* Don’t Go to the Reunion teaser trailer
* Dismembering Christmas trailer
* Theatrical World Premiere Interview With Director Steve Goltz & Writer Kevin Sommerfield
* Slasher Studios Horror Podcast audio feature (A Look Back at Don’t Go to the Reunion)
and MUCH MORE!


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FREE Slasher Studios Poster With Any Purchase

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Are you ready to start the slasher season with all of us at Slasher Studios? The leaves are beginning to change colors and we are ready for the snow to fall, especially if it’s painted blood red. As a reward, we want to give you all an early Christmas present. All month long, purchase DON’T GO TO THE REUNION or DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS on DVD from Slasher Studios and you’ll receive a FREE 11×17 DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS poster with your order. Remember, these are region free dvds with exclusive extras you won’t find anywhere else and you must purchase through the links below to receive your free poster.

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Killer Extras:
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Trailer
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004” Yearbook
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)


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Killer Extras:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer


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Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Horror Double Feature

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It’s time for a Slasher Studios Horror Podcast horror double feature! We have two brand new episodes to share with our slasher friends today. One these brand new episodes of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield & Andrew Beirl discuss their favorite horror movies beginning with the letters U-Z. It’s a gory good time so make sure to check it out and subscribe to their channel so you’ll never miss another episode.

To listen:
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The U’s & V’s of Horror
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Best of the Rest

Slasher Studios Contest: Exclusive Friday the 13th T-Shirt Giveaway

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We have a special treat for you slasher fans out there. As part of an exclusive giveaway, Order anything from the Slasher Studios site from now until September 15th and your name will be randomly entered to win this killer Friday the 13th Camp Crystal Lake shirt. Support indie horror and indie horror supports you!

Pick up our two latest slasher features below or to check out all the Slasher Studios goodies for sale at the official Slasher Studios store: http://www.slasherstudios.com/slasher-studios-super-store/

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Killer Extras:
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Trailer
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004” Yearbook
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)


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Killer Extras:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Bloopers
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer


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More Treat Than Trick: ROB ZOMBIE’S 31 (2016) Review

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31 tells the story of a van-full of carnival workers who find themselves ambushed and eventually locked in a house of horrors on Halloween night. The group discovers that they are now part of an annual game called 31. The object of the game is to survive twelve hours against a group of maniacal killers.

I personally really love Rob Zombie as a horror director. He may not join the ranks of geniuses like Carpenter, Craven, or Hitchcock, but Zombie is brilliant in his own way. Ever since his debut film House of 1000 Corpses, Zombie releases to horror fans a world from someone’s nightmare. They are brutal, sadistic, grimly-filmed, and an inside look of various forms of hell. 31 is a brilliant addition to Zombie’s filmography. I wasn’t the biggest fan of his previous film Lords of Salem, it was fine and had very strong points, but it was missing something that I loved about his other films. With 31, I feel this is his best film yet. It’s a slasher film that is brought to a new level. Think of it as Rob Zombie’s vision of The Hunger Games. And it’s brutal, terrifying, and intense. We are given characters that are similar to other characters from Rob’s other films, but in this one, they are actually likable. They’re not cursing at each other throughout the whole film. They know they need to stand as a team if they want to get out alive, and it sticks with that for the whole film. They’re not perfect goody-two-shoes, but they’re strong characters you root for. And much like his villains in House of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, his villains are extremely likable too. They have their own personalities that give them character instead of just random killers roaming around. I couldn’t pick any of the villains that were my favorite, because they are all fantastic and rank right up there with the Firefly family.

Rob Zombie was quoted saying that this was his most brutal film to date. I’m assuming this must have been before all of the cuts he had to make to receive and R rating. The version I saw had a enjoyable amount of blood and carnage, but this was nowhere near as graphic or brutal as some of his previous films. A lot of the violence are done during shaky-cam or quick cuts. It’s enough for you to get your fix, but you can tell that they were edited. Hopefully we get his original cut on dvd/blu-ray. The film itself moves at a great pace and provides a great adrenaline rush during the killer attacks. Zombie uses his usual lighting and filming style to provide a grim and nightmarish vision into the world of these characters, beginning with a face-to-face opening with our lead psycho Doom-Head. It’s a Tarantino-esque moment that leaves the viewer completely uncomfortable, thanks to the amazing performance by Richard Brake.

It is unfortunate though that for all the adrenaline built up through the film and all the way to its final act, we are left with a very anti-climactic ending. You expect a big showdown, but you don’t get that. The movie comes to a screeching halt with no real resolution. The final scene is effective, but it left me as a viewer wanting more. Not in a sequel sense, but in the sense that the movie didn’t feel finished yet. Zombie keeps up the tradition of putting his wife Sheri Moon Zombie in his films, and I’ve always found Sheri a great actress in the horror genre, she even can show great emotion as indicated in Halloween. But here, Sheri displays her most fun and kick ass performance after Baby Firefly. She shares the screen with another strong female character played by Meg Foster. Both women display a great amount of strength in their characters, neither female comes off as weak or annoying or dumb like in most slashers. However, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t anyone who gave a bad performance. Each actor hard-core delivered with their roles and really brought a personality to their characters.

If you are a fan of Rob Zombie’s past films, you will love 31. It is a disappointment that the film wasn’t as brutal as it could have been (screw you MPAA), and that the ending wasn’t as packed as the rest of the film, but it’s still a brutal, fun, and bloody slasher film that I definitely recommend.

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–Cody Landman