Growing Pains: HEREDITARY (2018) Review

Following the death of her mother, a woman finds her family and life unraveling as one horrific event after another begins to happen to them. As all of this unfolds, she begins to uncover secrets about her mother she never knew.

Hereditary is being raved as the scariest movie as The Exorcist and completely horrific and disturbing. While I can probably understand this for some viewers, this movie didn’t really do much for me. After personally being terrified by A24’s other horror film The Witch, Hereditary’s trailer gave me the same vibes and hopes that this would be just a scary. Unfortunately, this movie really didn’t do much for me, however, that’s not to say this doesn’t feature some pretty horrific and disturbing imagery, it definitely succeeds there. There is a depiction of decapitation towards the end that easily is one of the more horrific things I’ve seen in horror in a long time. The only thing is, when it comes to the horror, this doesn’t occur until roughly around the last half hour or so. Everything prior to that is a slow-building exposition of the family and their troubles. This whole first half to me gives way more exposition than I felt we needed. After a while I grew tired of all the family drama. To be fair, it’s all done extremely well and the actors are all fantastic, but it just felt like it took up more of the movie than it needed to. When the horror finally does happen it picks up more and does a good job of hooking you. But at the same time, we have just been watching a dark family drama and when the horror comes, it feels a bit uneven tonally.

As far as the horror goes, it is engrossing, but when everything begins to happen, and especially in the final act, it all feels so familiar and not exactly original. I couldn’t help but think about how much of it reminded me of Paranormal Activity 3-6. But to Hereditary’s credit, that plot-point works better there. As far as that aspect goes, I feel like they had to pack in a bit too much in order to get to the horror side of things, essentially they over-complicated things more than they should have. All of this aside, I do love how they took the elements of grief and mental illness to help push it towards the horror side, this aspect of the movie is what I loved the most about it.

Finally, we have the performances, Toni Collette knocks it out of the park as the lead, she gets so into character and we see her struggles as the matriarch trying to keep her family and sanity together the best way she can while all of this mayhem is going on around her. Ann Dowd also turns in a great performance as a woman whom Collette meets at a grief counsel meeting. There is something so intriguing with Dowd’s character and performance and it’s a shame we didn’t get more of her, especially towards the end. Newcomer Milly Shaprio stars as Collette’s peculiar daughter Charlie. Charlie is also a character who is so interesting and one you want to learn so much more about, which we unfortunately don’t get a whole lot of, especially when she’s a key point to the story. Alex Wolff was hit or miss as the oldest son, in some scenes he does a great job, but in some scenes he’s laughable, but that probably has to do with how poorly he’s written as a whiny and bratty child. Gabriel Byrne does a fine job as well as really the only normal member of the family and sells the part of the husband/father at a loss of what to do as his family falls apart.

I can definitely understand why many are loving Hereditary and why many can find it terrifying. Unfortunately, this one didn’t do much for me, but I most certainly don’t find it a bad movie at all. It has some great ideas at hand, can be pretty horrific, and the acting is solid, but there were issues I had with the tonal balance/transition, the pace of the film, and aspects of the script.

–Cody Landman

$5 Off All Slasher Studios Tees While Supplies Last

For a limited time only, all Slasher Studios shirts are $5 off! Score a killer limited edition Irrational Fear shirt or pick up a Slasher Studios logo tee for just $15 each and help us celebrate the slasher love! Pick up both shirts and receive two FREE 11×17 posters with your order while supplies last.


Irrational Fear





SS Logo




IRRATIONAL FEAR Scares Up Two Upcoming Screenings

We are thrilled to announce that our latest horror film, IRRATIONAL FEAR, has been chosen as an official selection at two upcoming events. On June 22nd, IRRATIONAL FEAR will be screening at Days of the Dead – Indianapolis as part of their film festival experience. We will be there all weekend long with a table selling the film as well as a bunch of other Slasher Studios goodies.

But, wait…the fear doesn’t end there! We are also excited to announce the Chicago premiere of Irrational Fear. As part of a bloody good double feature with the creature feature SLUGS, the fun begins (with some awesome cast/crew in attendance) at Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records on July 3rd at 7PM.

Big thanks to Days of the Dead, Horror Society Movie Nites and Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records for the screenings!

If you can’t attend, don’t worry! You can still pick up your very own copy below on either DVD or limited edition blu-ray while supplies last.

LOTS KILLER BONUS FEATURES!
Cast & Crew Commentary
Filmmaker’s Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
Theatrical Trailer
Indie Horror Trailers
Photo Gallery
Hand numbered, limited edition (out of 200) – Blu-Ray Only

Blu-Ray Cover Art

Irrational Fear




DVD Cover Art

Irrational Fear




Something Wild: FERAL (2018) Review

A group of friends take a break from their med school studies to go camping in the woods. When one of the friends gets attacked by what appears to be an animal, they learn it is actually a virus that turns those affected into animal-like beings with a taste for flesh.

Feral’s story isn’t entirely the most original story, but it’s still a fun creature feature in the woods horror film. One of the major focuses of the story is that our lead is in her own moral dilemma about not wanting to kill any of her friends infected, believing they can be cured. At time this can be a bit frustrating when it becomes pretty clear there’s no saving some of these people and despite be told several times there’s no cure by the lonely hermit they meet. For me personally, one of the film’s biggest weaknesses is that it does start up the events too soon resulting in some massive under-development between the characters. The character that gets attacked spends basically the whole movie unconscious, others get killed off right when certain character dynamics are being established and confronted. The biggest issue arises between the lead and her girlfriend. It’s shown that the lead, Alice, is facing trouble with her father with her newfound sexuality, but it only slightly establishes this and how it affects the relationship, let alone the fact that after a while you forget the two characters are even dating. The lead herself is actually really bad ass and takes action whenever and however she can. As far as the creatures, the creatures are really well done, although they can really resemble the Crawlers from The Descent quite a bit in not just appearance but behavior.

The performances in this film are decent for the most part. Scout Taylor-Compton turns in a strong performance as Alice and perfectly captures the character’s tough and bad ass side while also showing her care for her friends, and while I wish we would have gotten more of these scenes, she does great in the scenes where we do get glimpses of Alice’s weaknesses. Olivia Luccardi stars as Alice’s girlfriend Jules. She also does very well in this role, but she also doesn’t get entirely much to do, but in the scenes where she basically has to be Alice’s conscience and the one holding her together, she does well. Lew Temple does a fine job in his role as the hermit who knows a thing or two about the virus, what he does well is leaving us guessing whether to see him as a crazed villain or the smartest person in the movie.

Feral is most certainly flawed, especially in terms of character development, but it succeeds in being a fun creature feature with a strong performance by Scout Taylor-Compton.

–Cody Landman

Mega Slasher Studios DVD & Blu-Ray Sale Ends Today

Our two killer slasher deals both end today! For we are offering our first slasher feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion on limited edition blu-ray for just $10. 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. For those that prefer DVD, 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. Get them while you can!


DVD or Blu-Ray





DVD




Extended Sale: $10 DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Limited Blu-Ray

We are extending our slasher deal for one more week for those of you who may have missed out on a limited edition blu-ray. For we are offering our first slasher feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion on limited edition blu-ray for just $10. 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.

Brand new special features include:
* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers)
* 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!


DVD or Blu-Ray




Lowest Price Ever: Huge $8 DVD Slasher Studios 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 May 31st, 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!


DVD




IRRATIONAL FEAR Slashes Up Days of the Dead World Premiere

We are very excited to share that IRRATIONAL FEAR, our feature horror film collaboration with L.A. Horror, will be having it’s world premiere at Days of the Dead, Charlotte (MAY 18th)! We will also be representing the film in person at Days of the Dead, Indianapolis (JUNE 22-24). Get ready for a year of fear as IRRATIONAL FEAR takes over film festivals all over the world. Make sure to pick up your copy today below on either DVD or limited edition blu-ray.

KILLER BONUS FEATURES!
Cast & Crew Commentary
Filmmaker’s Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
Theatrical Trailer
Indie Horror Trailers
Photo Gallery
Hand numbered, limited edition (out of 200)


Irrational Fear




Also available on DVD!

DVD Artwork created by David GIron.

Irrational Fear




Lowest Price Ever: $10 DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Limited Blu-Ray

For a limited time only 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.

Brand new special features include:
* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers)
* 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!


DVD or Blu-Ray




Only 5 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 5 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!

KILLER BONUS FEATURES!
Cast & Crew Commentary
Filmmaker’s Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Cast & Crew Interviews
What’s Your Fear? Featurette
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Making of Irrational Fear
Theatrical Trailer
Indie Horror Trailers
Photo Gallery
Hand numbered, limited edition (out of 200)


Irrational Fear




Also available on DVD!

DVD Artwork created by David GIron.

Irrational Fear