Danielle Harris Has Some Devilish Fun: “Among Friends” Review

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When Marcus, Melanie, Adam, Jules, Sara, and Bernadette (Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit) get together for an 80s prom themed party, they have no idea what’s in store for them. When arriving to the party, they are told that they are going to be taking part in a Whodunit game. Noticing that one of their friends is missing, they assume it’s all a part of the game. But things quickly begin to change when one member of the group takes the game to a whole new, and bloody level by causing secrets to be revealed and the friends to turn on one another.

The film is the directorial debut of horror Scream Queen actress, Danielle Harris of Halloween 4 and 5, as well as Rob Zombie’s two Halloween films and many other horror flicks. For her first time directing Harris does an extremely well-done job. She has a vision only a horror vet can see and it’s evident she has a love for 80s horror films. While many may look at the film and call it “stupid” or “bad acting”, in all actuality it’s not. This is very much a homage to 80s horror through and through. We are given some brutal and bloody situations, as well as some very over-the-top performances by its cast. The villain especially gives this off by giving the evil performance with random outbursts, but also can be intimidating by how calm they are during the torture scenes or watching the characters panic.

While some may not get into the story, fans of 80s slasher films like Happy Birthday to Me or April Fools Day will find some enjoyment in it. The film also features some great cameos by known horror stars such as Kane Hodder of the late Friday the 13th films and the Hatchet trilogy, as well as a cameo by the director herself in a very big nod to her early Halloween days that will please fans. The film isn’t exactly a slasher and sometimes pales because of it, but it has a slasher feel to it. The characters aren’t exactly the most likable either, but it’s comical watching these characters interact with each other.

So if you’re a fan of cheesy, over-the-top 80s horror, or a big Danielle Harris fan, I definitely recommend it.

–Cody Landman

2.5

Slasher Studios Presents: Top 5 Scream Queens

We have a brand new video for you slasher fans today as part of our Slasher Studios Presents line! It’s our brand new Youtube horror show in which deliver a top 5 in horror every week! Whether it be the scariest villains, the best slashers, the worst slashers, the best Final Girls, etc. You name it, we will do a show for it. This week we discuss out Top 5 Scream Queens. Which actress make your list as worthy final girls who scream with style?

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Tim’s Slasher Tweet Reviews: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” (1988)

We are back with another slasher double feature from our resident Twitter reviewer Tim Schilling. Today he is looking at “Halloween 4” and “Halloween 5”, one of the best loved Halloween sequels and another sequel that most fans would love to forget. Twenty+ years later, how well do these sequels hold up? Let’s dig in and find out if Michael’s knife is as sharp as ever with “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.”

Thoughts before the film:
Halloween is probably my least favorite slasher series… Why do I keep coming back to it? #Halloween4

Thoughts while watching:
0:10 I won’t even ask why Michael already has his mask back on, he was only in lockdown for like ten years.
0:17 I wonder how bodies get chewed up from a car crash so much that you can’t tell how many people there were.
0:21 The scene where dr. Loomis is in the gas station. Scared the crap outta me when I was young. I realize I was a big baby.
0:27 Oh no they hit a cow and flipped over! Is 50 First Dates a spin off?
0:29 I feel really bad for Jamie for some reason. She’s too little.
0:35 Dr. Loomis is the one that needs to be locked up I think sometimes.
0:38 El oh el Brady you stupid.
0:40 If the phone just keeps ringing when you call the police… bring out the rednecks.
0:59 Trolololol too bad Michael is already in the house.
1:12 The part where they’re on the roof is pretty intense.
1:24 Jamie you freaking psychopath.

Final Verdict:
Besides the lame beginning, Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers was actually decent. I loved the settings in the movie and the general idea of the story. It also had some very creepy shots of Michael which reminded me when I watched as a kid that scared the crap outta me.

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