Fun House: HELL FEST (2018) Review

A group of friend attend a traveling horror festival where a masked killer begins to stalk them and seeks to make them his newest victims.

I am still shocked that this movie managed to snag a large theatrical release. Almost everything about it looked like a straight to digital/very limited release. So I was very much excited to see that an original slasher film was getting a theatrical release. This movie turned out to be better than I expected. I had a blast with this film from beginning to end.

I fell in love with the characters almost instantly and found myself wanting to be a part of their group. They weren’t annoying or dramatic or stereotypical. Just a group of fun-loving and thrill seeking friends. Granted we are dropped hints early on, and occasionally throughout the film that this is some off-backstory regarding the lead and her relationship with her best friend and her best friends roommate that aren’t entirely brought to light. The setting of the film is fantastic. They brilliantly capture the spirit of horror attractions and the people who go through them. Not only this but they use it so perfectly in major moments of the film that brings a lot of intensity, especially in the final act where a major cat and mouse chase scene happens. As fun as this film was, it definitely could have upped the kill factor. It wasn’t as gory as I was expecting, which I can get passed, but there is a moment towards the end of the film where the writers chose to kill off two character simultaneously in the same lame fashion, clearly just so they could wrap things up and get down to the big chase mentioned above. There are some moments that occur that will make people question the logic of certain events, some of them I caught, but I wouldn’t necessarily hold it against the movie as a whole. It does go on a couple of minutes longer than it should have to reveal a final scene that I didn’t find all too necessary, mostly because it didn’t really provide anything interesting to leave with. It’s also worth mentioning the great score by Bear McCreary who provided us with the fantastic score for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the score in this also adds a great amount of suspense to particular scenes. The cast here is clearly having fun with this film and their roles to the point where much of their behavior and dialogue felt pretty damn natural.

While our three main guys did a fine job with their respective roles, it’s the three leading ladies whom I felt brought the most life to the film. Amy Forsyth stars as our lead girl Amy. Forsyth does such a great job of showing this scholarly, shy girl and then really delivers it when her characters fights back. I would go so far as to say that the character of Natalie and Forsyth herself turns in a performance that could easily be considered a modern day Laurie Strode (yes I went there). We then have Reign Edwards as Natalie’s best friend Brooke. The pair share some solid chemistry and the two characters’ friendship in sweet enough, and Edwards does a good job of being the teasing and prodding best friend who wants the best for Natalie. And finally we have Bex Taylor-Klaus as my favorite character in the movie, Taylor. Taylor-Klaus easily brings the most fun and sass to the film and her character. Watching Taylor feels as if I was really watching Taylor-Klaus just be herself on-screen. She’s a thrill-seeker with so much spunk and sass and isn’t even ashamed to jump at the jump scares in the attraction, no matter how brave she tries to present herself. As far as the killer, there isn’t exactly anything special or memorable about his appearance, but he’s still a creepy enough presence and enjoys taunting his victims.

I definitely feel this will be a movie that horror fans will either love or hate. It’s definitely flawed as far as some writing choices, but when it comes to a fun and original slasher film that’s actually seeing the light of day, with a fun cast and all around likable characters, and an amazing setting, I would say that’s worth more than a couple of writing flaws in my book.

–Cody Landman

Conjuring Up Weak Thrills: THE NUN (2018) Review

A young woman training to become a nun is recruited to join a priest and a villager to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. When they arrive at the church, they discover that an old evil is lurking within.

The titular nun Valak was introduced in The Conjuring 2, and while I thought that film was decent, Valak was easily the most terrifying part of the film. What made her scary was the subtlety of how she was used. Here she is relegated to roaring and lunging at characters in the dark. As a result, the film about the nun made the nun even less scary. The saddest part is that Valak isn’t used entirely that much here. The film itself is actually pretty dull compared to the two Conjuring films and Annabelle Creation, it ranks with the original Annabelle film in that lacks any real intensity or scares. What we get is extremely generic with jump scares that will only scare teenage girls or the most easily scared viewer. There is one scene towards the end involving a character having to maneuver their way through a creepy room of nuns that is a little intense, however, it bares a strong resemblance to a similar scene in the first Silent Hill movie. I do give it credit for providing a spooky atmosphere with its setting, however.

The film also suffers from a bland and uninteresting script in addition to bland and uninteresting characters. The lead character is supposed to have psychic visions, but this is hardly used in any way that matters to the plot. The character of Frenchie is made annoying by having him pipe in painfully unfunny comments. The priest character is written as your typical tortured priest who has his own past demons and wants to redeem himself. In a nutshell this is an extremely uninspired film. The best part of the whole film was the ending that shows how this film connects to The Conjuring. The performances by the cast were so-so, Tassia Farmiga in particular does as well as she possibly can with such a boring character. Had this not been a Conjuring universe film, I could easily see this being straight to DVD or buried somewhere on Netflix or Hulu.

–Cody Landman

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A huge thank you to everyone who took advantage of our huge Don’t Go to the Reunion limited edition blu-ray sale. If you missed out, don’t worry because we have a brand new sale for you! We have both Don’t Go to the Reunion and Dismembering Christmas on DVD for just $8 each or buy both films for just $15. This is the lowest price either film has ever been so don’t miss out on this killer deal. Supplies are limited! Sale ends on September 15th.


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Dying to Get In: BLOOD FEST (2018) Review

Against the protests of his father, a young teen, along with his friends attend a huge horror festival. Expecting a night of fun with other horror fans and alcohol, the night turns into a blood bath as all of the attendees begin to be slaughtered by the people running and working at the festival.

Blood Fest essentially does what it seeks to do, and that’s be fun and entertaining. We get a group of fun and pretty likable characters who love horror and discuss it often. The massacre starts up pretty quick and with a pretty great slaughter sequence of several people. We then follow the core group as they must survive against various horror movie villains such as masked killers, zombie, vampires, etc. Of course each one gets killed off one by one. All of the deaths in this movie bloody and gory in some of the best ways, even if the deaths themselves aren’t the most inventive. The cast all appear to love the movie their in and having a blast doing this, even the weaker performances are far from bad because of this.

It also features some pretty humorous moments. One I particularly enjoyed was a character obsessing over Zachary Levi (as himself) being the voice of Flynn Rider in Tangled. The downside of the movie is that this is essentially a lesser version of Cabin in the Woods. We have famous horror villains on the loose killing off the teens in horror movie fashion and in tropes, all while being surveyed and tracked by people in labs. What’s even more unfortunate is that the twist of the movie is so predictable it can easily be called within the first twenty minutes of the movie. Sure this is just supposed to be fun horror movie and realism should be thrown out the window, but you can’t help but question how all of this was executed so perfectly by the film’s villain. It’s just unrealistic how well it was pulled off. Despite these flaws, it’s still a fun film that is worth watching at least once.

–Cody Landman

Last Chance: $10 Limited Edition DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Blu-Ray Sale

From now until August 31st, we are offering a killer deal on our first feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion. Pick up the film on DVD or limited edition blu-ray for just $10 each. Only 200 of these have been printed on blu-ray (with only a small handful left) and each one is hand numbered for a special collector’s touch. Featuring exclusive extras not available anywhere else, don’t miss your last chance to down our first slasher feature in glorious HD.

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* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers)
* Filmmakers commentary
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* 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)
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Ready for the ULTIMATE killer deal? From now until August 31st, purchase any TWO items below and you will receive a free, vintage Fangoria magazine (chosen at random) with your order. All Fangorias will be at least ten years old and in excellent condition. I have ten of these for giveaway so make sure to order while you can. Once these are gone, this promotion will be done forever. Pick up some slasher goodies and get some free horror goodness too! You can’t lose. Happy summer slasher friends!!

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What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
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Indie Horror Trailers
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Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
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Horror Light: SLENDER MAN (2018) Review


Four friends decide to summon the legend known as Slender Man out of fun one night at a sleepover. What they think is a silly game and legend soon becomes a nightmare when they find themselves behind stalked by Slender Man himself.

I’ll try to keep this as less of a rant as possible, but this movie was so terrible. I went in expecting it to be equivalent to The Bye Bye Man, but possibly better. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This movie makes Bye Bye Man look like Halloween. The script for the film is terrible. We have zero insight to any of the characters except for two of them. The most interesting one with any depth disappears early on, the other is lead character and she is so bland and boring and quite frankly, pretty bitchy and doesn’t seem to care much about her friends. Joey King’s character is the most interesting throughout the remainder of the movie because she’s actually willing to try stop things and we see the effect it has on her. But because she’s not the lead character we don’t get nearly as much time with her as we deserve. Apart from King’s character, the other two characters are beyond stupid and annoying. The character who disappears early on is very quickly forgotten by most of the group when the script makes it seem like the film will be about the friends trying to get her back. And eventually another character is soon forgotten about by the friends after they show signs of insanity, this character is never seen again afterwards.

This movie also has the worst case of “where are the parents” that I’ve ever seen in a horror film. These teen girls are running around at late hours in the woods, the parents don’t seem to care, especially when one of the girls has gone missing and the town knows about it. We then get random bits of teen drama with a guy the main girl likes that feels forced, and we also have the forced fight between the two main best friends, and then the main girl’s sister gets thrown in the mix randomly just to amp up the drama. Ultimately and more than anything, this movie is extremely boring. It doesn’t even try to be scary or disturbing. It’s really sad that the teaser trailer was more scary than the actual film, and the worst part about that is that a lot of the footage in that teaser isn’t even in the movie. Instead, anything “scary” just seems like the girls are having bad acid trips. I would have loved if this movie was a generic jump scare film like Bye Bye Man, it still would have been bad, but it would have had a lot more life in it than this one did. Sure it has some nice and dreary imagery, but that’s as close to “creepy” as it gets. So much of the film is so hard to see as well because the lighting is so terrible. The only decent thing about this movie is the acting, Joey King delivering probably her best performance that I’ve seen. Everyone else does fine, except for the lead girl who brought zero charisma to the role.

I wanted to walk out of this movie so bad for how boring and terrible it was and ultimately I left the theater angry for wasting my time with it. I genuinely can’t remember the last movie I hated this much or felt such negative feelings towards. It baffles me that this movie even failed to be a so bad it’s good movie like Bye Bye Man. It’s so hard to put how bad this movie is into words without seeing it, but I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone. I’d give this a zero if it wasn’t for Joey King’s performance.

–Cody Landman

THREE Limited Edition IRRATIONAL FEAR Blu-Rays Remain

Our latest horror feature IRRATIONAL FEAR is almost sold out on limited edition Blu-ray. Each blu-ray is hand numbered out of 200 and we currently only have THREE copies left. Once these 200 blu-rays are gone, Irrational Fear will never be offered on blu-ray again. Pick up yours below available as a solo limited edition Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray with 11×17 IRRATIONAL FEAR poster, or our combo pack that also includes our first film, Don’t Go to the Reunion, on limited edition blu-ray. Help make 2018 the most FEARful year yet!

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Indie Horror Trailers
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Unliked & Unfollowed: UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB (2018) Review

After a young man steals a laptop, he unknowingly puts himself and friends in danger when he discovers the secrets held within the computer and the original owner willing to do whatever it takes to get it back.

The first Unfriended I admit I needed to watch a second time after being disappointed. Upon second viewing, I enjoyed it much more and found it to be an entertaining supernatural slasher film. With this sequel, like its predecessor, it’s all on the main character’s laptop as he Skypes with his friends, browses the web, and uses Facebook. This aspect in both the original film and Dark Web are still well-done in its appearance. The acting in this film is also extremely well-done, most particularly from Rebecca Rittenhouse as Serena. Sure this movie is much more darker than the first movie, but it’s also much more boring, uninteresting, and unengaging. It had some great ideas going for it, but they seemed to make the events happening extremely ridiculous. A better movie depicting a similar concept was The Den. Appearance-wise that film may not be as good, but it gets the point across much easier and wasn’t as far-fetched, on top of that it was much more disturbing. Even the movie Ratter was a better film. Both Unfriended movies are supposed to be cautionary tales of the internet and social media, but the original film develops its themes a lot better than this one. As far as characters go, the ones here are just as bland and boring as the film itself, which made me not care about their fate. While the characters in the original weren’t likable either, at least we were essentially SUPPOSED to not like them, and even when there wasn’t horror happening they were at least entertaining to watch, and even more so during the horror.

Essentially I think this sequel tried to take itself too seriously to the point where it became a bit too ridiculous and they put way too much thought into it. There were points were when the villains appeared on-screen and they turned to static (similar to the segment in V/H/S with the static killer). Maybe I don’t know how much power hackers actually have, but much of the stuff that happens via the internet seemed way too over-the-top for me to believe to the point where a plot twist involving the supernatural would have made more sense.

If you want a better film depicting hacking or dark web type of stuff, watch the superior films The Den or Ratter. Both better and much more disturbing. The passable acting and visual presentation do nothing to make this a good film.

–Cody Landman

This Weekend Only: $8 Slasher Studios DVD Sale

A huge thank you to everyone who took advantage of our huge Don’t Go to the Reunion limited edition blu-ray sale. If you missed out, don’t worry because we have a brand new sale for you! From now through Monday, we have both Don’t Go to the Reunion and Dismembering Christmas on DVD for just $8 each or buy both films for just $15. This is the lowest price either film has ever been so don’t miss out on this killer deal. Supplies are limited!


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