Funded & Opening Casting Call Extended for IRRATIONAL FEAR

We are pleased to report that the latest horror feature from Slasher Studios, IRRATIONAL FEAR, has officially been funded on Kickstarter! We cannot thank you all enough for the incredible support in both backing and sharing the project. When I say we couldn’t do it without you, it’s true. There would be no movie without the kindness we’ve received from you awesome indie horror lovers. So, what happens next? We are currently looking to film in Wisconsin this June for a late October, early November release on DVD & limited edition bluray. We’ve also decided to extend our open casting call (new deadline February 17th) to allow for actors to receive one more shot at having a place in our new horror movie.

We currently have the following roles available:

HELEN (age range: 40-50)— Middle aged, alcoholic housewife. Helen is the kind of woman who realizes her best days are behind her as she turns to the bottle for a trip down memory lane. Hates her husband as she believes she gave up her best years for him. Has a fear of being in or around water.

JAKE (age range: 13-18, if looks younger)—- Preteen boy. Blonde hair, blue eyes, Jake looks like the poster child for a whitening toothpaste commercial. Outgoing and charming, he hides his insecurities by closing doors on his emotions.

NATE (age range: 40-50)— Jake’s father. Much like his son, he is obsessed with personal appearance and order in life. He is a high profile lawyer who has taken this weekend off to be with his son, something that he never lets his son forget. He’s slick and sophisticated with a George Clooney type style.

KELLY (age range: 30s)— Thirtysomething tough, wilderness girl who has grown up around the area and knows the ins and outs of the land. She’s not afraid to get dirty but she has a softer side after she lets her guard down.

CAMERON (age range: 16-24, if looks younger)– Teenage jock, muscles are larger than his brains even though he normally means well. Tries to appear smarter than he actually is but it normally backfires on him. He’s a sweet guy who tries to do what he can to help out others. His biggest fear is choking and he obsessively cuts up his food into the smallest pieces “just in case”.

If you are interested in any of the roles, please send us an email at [email protected]. It’s going to be a bloody good time!

Best For Last? RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER (2017) Review

Following the events that ended the previous film, Alice discovers that in order to end the horror she’s so long lived, she must return to where it all began. Teaming up with Claire and a new group of survivors they go down into The Hive where Alice discovers secrets about Umbrella, the T-Virus, and herself.

The final entry in the popular series is an extremely solid closing to Alice’s story. Everything comes full circle and anything that’s revealed doesn’t feel completely out of left field. All of the secrets about Umbrella and the T-Virus make sense, as do the secrets revealed about Alice’s background. Now granted, some of these reveals can contradict some of the details revealed in past films. For example, the Red Queen was said she was a recreation of the daughter of one of Umbrella’s founders, and the creator of the T-Virus. Back in Apocalypse this was revealed about Jared Harris’ character and his daughter. It’s pretty annoying, but it’s more detailed here and helps wrap up the story.

Alice is just as bad ass as ever and we finally see her being really tested with her abilities and her emotions. It’s also great to see Claire return as well, but per usual, we are left with no other returning characters that survived or hear what happens to them. And once again we are given new characters that are underdeveloped, we don’t care about them, and they’re merely used for expendable purposes. One of these characters is Claire’s love interest, and besides one small recognition to this, their relationship isn’t developed, nor is it recognized after that small moment. And for such a fairly popular actress like Ruby Rose, you would think that she would have been given more development. Not the case. Those are a lot of the flaws. The return to The Hive is great, even if there weren’t too many callbacks to the original, regardless, The Hive is one huge death trap here and provides for a lot of thrilling sequences as Alice and her gang try to get inside, and the overall production design is solid. The entire film is one action sequence after another, and it’s pure fun and thrills all the way through. However, a lot of the action sequences are pretty brutally edited to where they’re complete quick cuts. It was really annoying sure, but I managed to work with it, but it was a horrible choice to do.

Milla Jovovich as always kicks ass as Alice, and she brought more to the table when it comes to showing a more vulnerable side to Alice as she begins to question things she thought she knew about herself. Ali Larter also recaptures Claire really well, even if she did deserve a lot more spotlight than she did, and I really wanted more double team action with her and Milla. Iain Glen is at his best in the series in this one. He’s more villainous and despicable, and you can’t wait for the final showdown between him and Alice, and Glen really delivers and gives it all he has as the bad guy.

RE: The Final Chapter really does wrap up the story well and brings it all full circle. Despite the usual flaws found in the series involving characters, a little contradiction, and questionable editing, it’s a fun, non-stop action-filled way to close Alice’s story.

–Cody Landman

Final Fear: IRRATIONAL FEAR Kickstarter Ends Saturday

The time is ticking for the latest slasher film from Slasher Studios. Irrational Fear, the third horror feature from Slasher Studios, is currently killing it on Kickstarter but the film is not quite at it’s goal yet. We now have just 49 hours (and counting) to make Irrational Fear possible. The film centers around six therapy patients are brought together at a secluded cabin to confront their strangest fears. Little do they know, these fears will certainly be the death for some of them. Who will make it out alive?

The script is filled with wonderfully gory deaths, fun characters, and a lot of surprises that we think horror fans will love. It’s a supernatural slasher that doesn’t shy away from being deliciously diabolical. If we don’t meet our goal, we receive nothing and not a single person is charged. We now have 89 backers and are over 70% of the way to our goal. We can’t give up!!

If you enjoyed the last two features from Slasher Studios, Don’t Go to the Reunion & Dismembering Christmas, please consider becoming a backer. We simply cannot do it without you.

To become a backer or for more information on the film: Irrational Fear Kickstarter

Lots of Personality: SPLIT (2017) Review

Three young women get abducted in a parking lot and awake to find themselves locked up underground. Eventually they come to find that their captor suffers from Disassociate Identity Disorder with 23 personalities, and deadly 24th on the way.

Following the success of his last film The Visit, audiences and critics believed M. Night Shyamalan may have gotten his horror mojo back. They assumed correctly, most especially with Split. It’s a very smart and intense horror film with plenty of interesting ideas going for it in the script regarding human ability and the exploration of DID. The intensity of the overall film is established in the opening scene alone where the girls are abducted. The scene feels so authentic and it’s extremely unsettling, Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy give a great preview of what’s to come with their performances. And right after this scene we get the opening credits that are fantastic and very Hitchcockian. Any of the scenes involving the girls and McAvoy’s character(s) are heart pounding and intense, so whenever we get scenes between McAvoy and Betty Buckley as his psychologist are almost like a relief sequence to catch our breaths and relax a little.

The character of Kevin (McAvoy) is cleverly written, even if we don’t get much of Kevin, and mostly see 4 of his primary personalities prior to the 24th known as the Beast being unleashed. There’s more at hand involving these personalities, but it’s really complex and makes more sense when you see the film. We also are given gradual insight to Casey as a character through flashbacks that thankfully don’t overstay their welcome, but it’s a huge payoff in end when it all fits together with everything we’ve seen. But in the suspenseful scenes, you never know which personality is going to come out and which one will lead these girls to their doom. What I really loved is that we have 3 girls who are written differently compared to most films about girls being captured. The two supporting girls are smarter than average and are immediately into survival mode instead of crying and screaming the whole time. They’re smart, but sometimes their smarts get them into trouble. It’s Taylor-Joy’s character that is the ultimate final girl material. She keeps her cool and actually tries to think things through in order to survive and uses her intuition to try save herself and the other two girls.

What I was disappointed about was we don’t get a terrible amount of time with the three girls together to develop them as a group, nor do we get a terrible amount of insight on the other two girls either. Of course due to some of the personalities of Kevin being a child named Hedwig, and a posh woman name Patricia, those result in a few chuckles. But as mentioned, those laughs can lead to “oh shit” moments when anything can lead to disaster, not knowing when the Beast will show up or even really what the Beast is. It really keeps you on edge and on your toes. I will say that if you’re expecting a twist, or even a turn in plot, there’s nothing really here as far as that. There is a final scene that offers a particular cameo, which is more of a treat than anything, but also feels tacked on and not particularly necessary, but it was cool nonetheless.

James McAvoy provides my favorite performance of his by far. He does such an amazing job of capturing all of these personalities, and his ability to instantly change them in an instant and transition into them is perfect. In his first scene you are immediately terrified by the personality in which he starts out as. Even in the personalities that don’t come off as immediately threatening will leave you unsettled. For example, the Patricia personality has this calm nature to her, but you can’t help but feel rattled by her, and it’s really thanks to McAvoy. It’s definitely one of the best performances I’ve seen in a mainstream film, right up there with John Goodman’s performance in last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. Anya Taylor-Joy is equally excellent in her role as our lead protagonist Casey. Anya captures Casey’s emotions flawlessly, we can sense her will to survive, but also the fear she feels. I saw it in her breakthrough role in The Witch and in the very underrated Morgan, Anya is an actress who doesn’t even need dialogue to turn in a powerful performance. She uses facial expressions and emotions to her fullest advantage and she sells the hell out of it. She’s hands-down the best new actress to grace the screen right now. The two supporting girls played by Haley Lu Richardson and and Jessica Sula do well with their roles in the limited screen time they have and work with it how they can and do well in capturing their characters. Betty Buckley turns in a solid performance as well as Kevin’s psychologist. She starts off as your basic shrink, but then as she begins to investigate what’s going on with Kevin she becomes almost comparable to Donald Pleasance in Halloween (I know this is a ballsy comparison), but she knows Kevin is now her monster than she has to confront, and she does it with gusto, especially in the final act.

M. Night Shyamalan is easily back in his horror roots and ready to provide the chills and thrills we’ve loved from him in the past. Not only with his excellent direction, but his very clever and smart script. But it’s McAvoy and Taylor-Joy who really make this movie work with their ability to really make their characters pop and make us feel terror from McAvoy and the emotions from Taylor-Joy.

–Cody Landman

Second Opinion: THE BYE BYE MAN (2017) Review

On Thursday I watched “The Bye Bye Man (2017)” in theaters on opening day. This movie is directed by Stacy Title (The Last Supper) and based on the chapter “The Bridge to Body Island” in Robert Damon Schneck’s book The President’s Vampire. The cast includes Douglas Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens), Cressida Bonas (Tulip Fever), Michael Trucco (Hush), Jenna Kanell (Misfortune), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Leigh Whannell (Saw) and Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) as the titular character.

The trailer for this movie made me slightly enthusiastic. The bad reviews were starting to pour in and I was hoping for the best, but fearing for the worst. Let’s not forget that this movie went from an R rating to a watered down PG-13 rating – which is rarely a good sign. After seeing The Bye Bye Man there is only one proper word that I can describe it with: generic. The concept had so much potential, but all of that was tossed out of the window when the movie started. The opening is unintentionally hilarious and looked like something right out of a Funny or Die skit. We never learn about the motive behind The Bye Bye Man. The acting performances are a mixed bag. Doug Jones did the best he could with his embodiment of The Bye Bye Man and he’s certainly not the reason why this movie failed. The main characters are horribly fleshed out – to the point where I was confused as to who played who.

Douglas Smith could’ve been so much better here. He isn’t a bad actor per se, but this was nothing to write home about. I really liked Carrie-Anne Moss and Michael Trucco in their respective supporting roles of detective and concerned older brother. The former deserved a larger role and the latter was the voice of reason. The rest of the performances are bland and uninspired. This movie is muddled with bad CGI (see: the hound) and the jump scares are non-effective. I was hoping for something original, but instead there are many rip-offs to better movies. The ending is dissatisfying. There were only a handful of things that I liked. This idea deserved a better execution. Worth the price of admission? 💸 Nope.

–Ferdi Akkulak

10 Days Left for IRRATIONAL FEAR Kickstarter, BONUS Rewards Added

It’s getting down to the wire, slasher supporters! We have just 10 days left to make the latest slasher feature from Slasher Studios, Irrational Fear. possible. We are currently at 50% of our final goal. Remember that if we don’t make our final goal, no one is charged and the movie will not be made. Please share the campaign with your friends and spread the indie horror love.

As a special bonus, if we reach our goal at the end of the campaign (just 10 days away), we will be giving out FIVE Dismembering Christmas prize packs to five backers chosen at random. Each pack will include a Dismembering Christmas t-shirt, a limited edition poster, & a copy of Dismembering Christmas on either DVD or limited edition VHS.

We have a lot of brand new backer rewards recently added that we think will make for a killer good time for any horror fan. Thanks again for the support! We couldn’t and can’t do it without you.

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Don’t Breathe A Word: HUSH (2016) Review

On Monday night I watched “Hush (2016)” on Netflix for the first time. This movie is directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus). The cast includes Kate Siegel (Ouija: Origin of Evil), John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Michael Trucco (The Bye Bye Man), Samantha Sloyan (Grey’s Anatomy) and Emilia Graves (Pitch Perfect). Hush was released exclusively on Netflix through Jason Blum’s BH Tilt division. Over the last months I’ve heard so many great things about Hush. I was sold by the premise alone and I managed to NOT watch a trailer for this movie beforehand. Mike Flanagan is a household name in the horror genre at this point following his critically acclaimed outings “Oculus (2013)” and “Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)”. Without further ado it is safe to say that Flanagan has threepeated with the addition of Hush! This movie had me on the edge of my seat multiple times.

For a movie that deals with another home invasion scenario it felt super non-formulaic. The acting performances are stellar. Kate Siegel pulls off a brilliant performance as our deaf-mute lead Maddie Young. The role obviously didn’t require any actual dialogue, but the actress’s believably comes from her showcase of fear and bravery. Definitely keeping an eye out for this actress in the future, because she certainly needs to land more roles. John Gallagher Jr. also did an effectively great job as the psychotic killer with no name. The tension build up is excellent and the soundtrack by The Newton Brothers helped to achieve that. I love how this movie wasn’t afraid to get bloody and brutal.

Mike Flanagan truly created something special and authentic with Hush. The only thing that I didn’t like was the unmasking of the killer in the first act. The movie could’ve been a lot more creepy and unsettling if the killer kept his mask on throughout the entire running time. Hush is a short, but sweet home invasion movie with a twist. I highly suggest you to seek this movie out on Netflix – if you have a subscription of course. Hopefully this movie will get a worldwide DVD/Blu-ray release in the near future for the masses. Easily one of the best horror films in modern history!

–Ferdi Akkulak

Don’t Even: THE BYE BYE MAN (2017) Review

A group of friends find themselves being tormented by a figure known as the Bye Bye Man after speaking his name from a text written in the house they now reside. Soon they find themselves unable to tell what’s real anymore as the Bye Bye Man moves to closer to take over his victims minds completely.

The concept of The Bye Bye Man is actually very interesting and pretty creepy. We have a villain who really doesn’t do anything threatening himself, but he makes his victims essentially do his bidding for him. Despite that, the presence and overall look of the Bye Bye Man is pretty terrifying and provides a lot of creepy imagery. Unlike films such as Sinister where the similar figure in that has the same motivations, but the villain in that I always looked laughable and was always shown way too much. Here they show the titular character just enough and save his most frightening moments for the last few minutes. Sadly, these last few minutes were the only remotely thrilling and good moment. The final act itself isn’t bad either, but when the Bye Bye Man finally appears instead of just brief images, it’s a nice reward for everything that’s happened before. And what happens before is a whole bunch of nothing. There’s no real sense of terror or frightening aspects. It’s just our characters hallucinating random stuff the whole time that isn’t remotely scary or disturbing. Granted it is pretty creepy seeing how far a person will go once the Bye Bye Man finally has you, but all of this isn’t ever really shown. This is obviously in thanks to the fact that they cut this from an R rating to PG13. I don’t think the R rating would necessarily have made it better story-wise, but it at least would have given us some good horrific images to go off of. As interesting as the concept is, it doesn’t exactly do as much with it as it can, besides the aforementioned boring hallucinations. In some ways though I am hoping for a sequel so that more background on the Bye Bye Man can be given, cause there’s no background given here whatsoever. Along with the weak execution, we are given severely boring and uninteresting characters. The only character that I did find interesting was the psychic girl named Kim. And that’s only because she was psychic I guess. Unfortunately, she’s the only one who has anything interesting happen to her, and it happens off-screen. And even more unfortunate, she gets the least amount of screen time of the teens, probably like 10 minutes worth. Everyone else was boring or so damn annoying, so quite frankly I wanted them to die. Hell, it’s the supporting characters that have the most likability. How is that possible?

Like the characters, the acting basically sucks. Normally I don’t mind Douglas Smith as an actor, but here I don’t even know what he was doing, and he was very unlikable for the main lead, and his performance seemed like he was either overacting or having way too much fun trying to be crazy. Lucien Laviscount is the token black friend who basically does what the token black friend is supposed to do, so Laviscount doesn’t exactly screw that up, but it’s still pretty lackluster. But the worst of them all is Cressida Bonas as Smith’s girlfriend in the movie, Sasha. This girl can’t act to save her life and she acts as if she’s trying super hard to remember her lines and stammering over them, and she has zero emotional depth. Jenna Kanell who plays Kim, does fine with her role, some hit or miss moments, but when the time comes for her to give it her all she does it.

As far as supporting characters go, Carrie-Anne Moss provides one of the only good performances as the cop who appears halfway through the movie to investigate what’s going on. Kuddos to her for actually trying and not treating this like a paycheck film (which I’m sure it was), her character kept me invested enough to say I would love to have her come back for a sequel (should one be made). Also worth noting are Michael Trucco and Erica Tremblay (yes, Jacob Tremblay’s little sister) as Smith’s character’s brother and niece. Trucco, for a supporting character does bring a lot of likability and more emotion to the role than he really needed to as the caring older brother concerned for his younger brother. Tremblay doesn’t really get to do much other than be cute, but she does fine with that and doesn’t make it extremely annoying to have her around. And then of course we have Doug Jones as the Bye Bye Man, no dialogue from Jones, but his physical performance as the horrific figure is perfectly creepy and chilling.

So The Bye Bye Man is basically a great idea with some creepy imagery from the titular character, and a satisfying enough last 15/20 minutes, but falls victim to basically a very poor script and execution, with bad characters (save for the supporting characters), poor acting (again save for the supporting characters). In some ways I do hope for a sequel so it can improved upon over this one and give more info about the Bye Bye Man, but I won’t be upset if they don’t make one either.

–Cody Landman

Save $5! DON’T GO TO THE REUNION & DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS DVD Combo Packs

For a limited time only, purchase DON’T GO TO THE REUNION & DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS on DVD and save $5. Normally these two dvds sell for $15 each but we are currently offering a combo pack featuring both movies for just $25. Purchase before January 30th and receive a FREE poster with your order, while supplies last.

Don’t Go to the Reunion DVD Special Features Include:

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

Dismembering Christmas DVD Special Features 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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Free DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS DVD With T-Shirt Purchase

You slasher fans have been awesome to us and we want to share the love back to you as way to celebrate the beginning of a new year! From now until January 30th (or while supplies last) purchase a Dismembering Christmas t-shirt and you’ll receive a FREE Dismembering Christmas DVD (regularly $15). Once these shirts are gone, so is the sale!

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


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