Our fifth feature length horror commentary is now available to download! Join Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz from Slasher Studios as they provide you commentaries from their favorite horror films from the 80′s and 90′s. It’ll be a bloody good time so get out your favorites and join in on the slasher fun! Today, they take a look at the Wes Craven 1997 smash slasher sequel SCREAM 2.
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Mick Taylor (John Jarrett) is back and he’s bigger and badder. The film starts out with young couple Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn) and Rutger (Philippe Klaus) who are traveling in the outback when they cross path with Taylor, unknowing of the fate that will soon find them. It isn’t long before Paul (Ryan Corr) is thrown into the mix and the film becomes a big game of cat and mouse. Will the three travelers become the newest victims of Taylor? Or will they finally be able to outsmart this mad man once and for all?
When the original film was released on Christmas of 2005, it was considered one of the most terrifying and disturbing films in years. Upon seeing it I was left with nothing but boredom and disappointment. However, this sequel was a massive surprise. Unlike the original film, the sequel picks up and never stops. It doesn’t waste an hour developing its characters, it just spends enough time with them before their encounter with Taylor. It definitely has the feel of films like Joy Ride and The Hitcher, because this time there are chase scenes galore (and who doesn’t love a good chase scene?). We are also given characters we actually care about (unlike the first). Especially the character of Paul who uses his intellect to try escape the mad man.
The film also features more kills and more brutality, and easily has the most brutal and cringe worthy beheading I’ve ever seen in horror. And the cherry on top of it all, is the excellent touch of dark humor provided by Taylor who could easily be compared to Freddy Krueger at this point with his twisted humor and sick mind. The acting in the sequel is on-par with the original (I will give the original that much credit that it did have some solid acting). Ryan Corr provides a great performance as our lead character Paul.
The determination and will to survive is shown throughout the film, as is the hints that he gradually becoming unhinged by the events unfolding. His best performance occurs in the scene in Taylor’s lair involving some mind games between the two. Shannon Ashlyn and Philippe Klaus do a decent job as the young and in love couple. They have good chemistry together and they’re believable. Of the two however, Ashlyn really provides the strongest performance as she provides genuine fear and shock. Finally, we have John Jarrett reprising his role as Mick Taylor. And he nails it. We get a sense of his character in the first film, this time around we really get to know his character. Jarrett does an excellent job of showing of the twisted side of Taylor, and excellently delivers the dark humor with perfect timing. We want to hate him for the horrible person he is, but you can’t help but enjoy him at the same time.
Wolf Creek 2 is a massive improvement over the first film that provides great brutality, thrills, and laughs. Once the film picks up, it hooks you and never lets go.
The Slasher Studios feature length commentaries are now available on youtube for your listening pleasure. We have more coming soon so make sure to check in and subscribe to our youtube channel so you don’t miss any of the gory fun! Below are the first three commentaries so start listening and let us know what you guys think!
Slasher Studios Commentary: Scream
Slasher Studios Commentary: The People Under the Stairs
Slasher Studios Commentary: A Nightmare on Elm Street
From Studio 605, the guys who brought you last year’s 80′s slasher homage “The Campground,” comes a brand new slasher that is dying for your help to get made!
From the official press release:
The Woods Within is the next great indie slasher people have been waiting for. The film is being produced by Studio 605 who last year made the award winning slasher The Campground and also are in production now with the fan series Friday the 13th: The Curse of Jason. Chris Smith will be making his directorial debut with The Woods Within. To give you a little insight of the film here is a short summery.
Eight high school teenagers go to the woods to have a party before graduation. They have one hell of a great time until one of their own is found dead the next morning. Tempers flare and fingers are pointed as no one is sure who to blame. It quickly escalates into a race for their lives as danger is everywhere in the woods within.
Fans of the Scream franchise will find this film to be a great love letter while still retaining originality of its own. Recently a teaser trailer was released giving some but not much of a look into the film. The film is still in preproduction and raising funds on Indiegogo. Filming will begin in early June and will get a fall release on DVD. You can preorder the DVD (that also comes with a poster and special thanks credits) on Indiegogo right now along with many other and great perks.
Offical website: www.thewoodswithin.com
Our fourth feature length horror commentary is now available to download! Join Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz from Slasher Studios as they provide you commentaries from their favorite horror films from the 80′s and 90′s. It’ll be a bloody good time so get out your favorites and join in on the slasher fun! Today, they take a look at the Wes Craven 1996 smash hit SCREAM.
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Slasher Studios Commentary: Scream (1996)
When Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) is just released from an institution, his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) convinces him to help her fulfill the promise he made to her when they were children. To investigate the mysteries deaths of several people, including their own parents revolving around a mysterious mirror. Together the two siblings must confront the past in order to destroy the mirror once and for all.
Oculus is a story that is told through many flashbacks to the two leads’ childhood, cutting back to the present. While normally flashbacks can work when done right. But when the flashbacks take place through the entire movie every ten minutes, it quickly begins to get tiring. The film suffers exactly this. It works in the final act, but not throughout everything prior to that. As I watched the film, I quickly found myself growing bored between the cuts between the past and the present. Especially when nothing was happening during either. We get strange occurrences in the flashbacks, but nothing truly frightening. In the present it’s nothing but the siblings talking. However, when the final act occurs, this is when things begin to pick up, and makes everything before that worth the wait. While everything before that was void of tension and scares, the final act provides a great deal of it, all leading to one shocker of an ending. As the final act approaches, the film does a fine job of making you second guess what is happening just as the characters in the film do.
One of the film’s strongest aspects is the acting. Thwaites and Gillan provide great performances as the two lead siblings. The chemistry between them is present, but not as strong as it could have been. However, they both provide great performances on their own. Gillan does a great job of showing a woman with great determination, but is also growing slowly unhinged as the film progresses. Thwaites does just as great of a job as the younger brother trying to forget everything that happened in their childhood and wanting to think logically, but when things begin to escalate you can see the panic begin to arise in him and the damage of the past returning.
Oculus could have been a top-notch and perfect slow burner of a film, had the flashbacks been condensed into one and have it all lead to the perfectly solid final act. While it won’t go down as one of the best supernatural horror films ever, it’s one worth checking out. Despite the boring majority of the film, the solid acting by the two leads help carry the movie to it’s solid final destination.
Our third feature length horror commentary is now available to download! Join Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz from Slasher Studios as they provide you commentaries from their favorite horror films from the 80′s and 90′s. It’ll be a bloody good time so get out your favorites and join in on the slasher fun! Today, they take a look at the Wes Craven cult classic The People Under the Stairs.
Today at Slasher Studios we are celebrating three slasher films all revolving around April Fools Day. As Hollywood tends to work in pairs and sometimes more, all three of these slashers were released in 1986. Paramount won the title use of April Fools Day and the other two films had to settle with the “lesser” titles Killer Party and Slaughter High. Either way, enjoy the following artwork from the films and let us know which one is your favorite.
Don’t Go to the Reunion has been nominated for six awards at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival. Our slasher has been nominated for Best Feature, Best Actress (Stephanie Leigh Rose, who will also be attending the fest), Best Actor (Spencer Harlan), Best Poster (created by Austin Hinderliter), Best Screenplay (Kevin Sommerfield), and Best Director. A big thank you to the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival for the recognition. We are deeply humbled and quite honored to be nominated. Slashers will never die! Don’t Go to the Reunion screens Saturday April 19th at 1:30PM and we are sure that it’s going to be a gory good time!
We only have THREE Don’t Go to the Reunion VHS tapes left and once these are gone, we will never offer than on Slasher Studios again. Order yours today and we will send you a FREE Dismembering Christmas poster with your purchase as well as a special slasher goodie bag! Please note: At this time we are ONLY taking US orders.
Our very first slasher feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion is now available on Gumroad as a digital download. Download the slasher goodness and play on your ipod, computer, tablets, and any other gory platforms you might have.
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.
To purchase a digital copy: Don’t Go to the Reunion (Digital Download)
In our first podcast since our hiatus, your Slasher Studios hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be chatting our thier adventures at Horrorhound Weekend in Cincinatti. The bloody goodness begins Thursday night at 10PM central so make sure to tune in live!