Slasher Studios Podcast: Horror Movie Challenge (Part II)

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In October, Slasher Studios will be featuring a horror movie each day. Play along at the Slasher Studios Horror Film Club.

This week:

Day 4: A great horror doctor
Day 5: Favorite horror director
Day 6: Your fav movie by your fav director
Day 7: A great hero
Day 8: Best comedy-horror
Day 9: A boring horror
Day 10: Favorite classic horror

Listen in live or check out an archive: Slasher Studios Podcast: Horror Movie Challenge (Part II)

More Chuck For the Buck: “Curse of Chucky” Review

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What follows is a brief, spoiler free review. If you love Chucky as much as I think you might, don’t like ANYONE give away the twists in the final act.

If ever there was a fan boy horror movie on Chucky, “Curse of Chucky” would be it. With references to all of the previous entries in the franchise, this film is a delight from beginning to end. As “Curse of Chucky” begins, we meet the lonely Nica (played by Fiona Dourif in a wonderfully understated performance) as she is living with her mom in house in the middle of nowhere. Her mother wants to keep her sheltered from the rest of the world as Nica is confined to a wheelchair. One day, the two receive an anonymous package in the mail with a doll inside. The doll is Chucky and he is ready to play. When an unfortunate “accident” causes her mother’s death, Nica’s greedy relatives are back to claim the house and sell it to make a few extra bucks.

After the rest of Nica’s family arrives including her bitchy older sister Barb (nicely played by Danielle Bisutti) with her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell), it is up to the family to survive the night to keep from becoming Chucky’s latest victims. And victims many do become with a bloodbath that results in a few grisly deaths that had me smiling.

Though the film starts with a slow buildup in the first act that results in two off screen deaths (don’t worry, like I said, the film does get bloody), the film nicely comes together in its second act to become one of the best made for video horror movies of recent years. To go on and tell you what REALLY works about this film would be to give away way too many of the devilish surprises. Let’s just say that fans will cheer in delight as the film hits its final act as there are in jokes, references, and homages to just about anything and everything Chucky has done in the past. The backstory might not be fulfilling to some and there might be some leaps in logic, but this is the rare horror sequel that actually appears to be trying to add something new while being faithful to what came before it. If you are a Chucky fan, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Also, make sure to stay after the end credits for one treat of a scene that will leave audiences howling. Thanks for returning Chucky, you were missed. Now, let’s see some more Chuck!

3.5

Slasher Studios Visits “Crystal Lake Memories”

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Attention Jason fans! On this weeks show, Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be reviewing the 7 hour horror documentary Crystal Lake Memories, all about the Friday the 13th series. Airing at 2:30am, we are watching all 7 hours tonight before the show. Click on the link below so listen in live if you are still up or check out an archive of the show later.

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Slasher Studios Podcast: Horrorhound Weekend 2013

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On this week’s episode of Slasher Studios, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz will be discussing their experiences at Horrorhound Weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana with Don’t Go to the Reunion. If you were part of the Horrorhound Weekend experience, make sure to call in with all your gory stories. Thursday night, September 12th at 10PM central.

To listen live or to check out an archive:
Slasher Studios Podcast: Horrorhound Weekend

Slasher Studios Exclusive: Final “Don’t Go to the Reunion” Trailer

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We are here to brighten your slasher Monday here at Slasher Studios with a brand new trailer to our very first feature, Don’t Go to the Reunion. Recently released on DVD, we thought we would create a full length trailer for those who have yet to check out the film. Thanks again everyone for the terrific support. This is a movie made by the slasher fans for the slasher features. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think! Also, don’t forget to pick up a copy on DVD today!


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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