Published on Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:00
Written by Will
|Directed By||James Neyman|
|Written By||Kurt Broz|
|Starring||Jake McGee, Jenna Gruttadauria, April Needham, Nick Schoren, Chantal Fronsee, Corinne Halberg, Nick Bailey and Bob Freville|
|DVD Distributer||WLFK Productions|
|By It Now On|
Stop mind molesting the sweater cows and watch The Slasher!
All of us have had those days: days when everyone you talk with irritates the bejesus out of you leaving you fantasizing yourself as the catalyst of their gory demise. You may outwardly feign love of mankind, but inside the truth is a lot more insidious, and a lot more fun!
There is nothing wrong with fantasy, we all do it, whether it be innocently conversing with a co-worker while inwardly mindfucking them, or murdering them, as each individual case warrants. You can take a high and mighty "I never do that" stance when you're talking to your mother, but this is KillingBoxx and here we don't candy coat the prurient, we roll in it, revel in it, and rub it all over ourselves. Viva la perversions! Let the inner goatboy out, put on the mask and begin to hack your troubles away!
In James Neyman and Kurt Broz's debut feature The Slasher
, everyman schlub 'Edison Gorski' (Jake McGee) rebels against his boring routine via an elaborate fantasy world revolving around his favorite, shitty horror flick. The film in question, The Slasher
, provides a film within a film counterpoint to Edison's daily grind. He may be reluctantly placating obnoxious co-worker 'Mason' (Bob Freville) on the outside, but inside he is killing the annoying bastard with great gusto and a serial killer's panache!
Edison's problem's begin when he loses focus between ugly reality and his fantasy escape, populated by characters very closely resembling the real people around him. As Edison's grind becomes more taxing, the more his fantasy world begins to cloud and intrude upon his day to day existence. Threatening every chance of reality based happiness, Edison continues to descend down a path from which he cannot return.
As a psychological study of a diseased mind, the picture works because of Jake McGee's uncomfortable performance as 'Edison Gorski'. His reserved take on this character is driven home through repetitive scenes of Edison's daily routine.
Wake and wack, brush and shuffle, eat breakfast and go to work. Effectively illustrating a daily grind anyone would find tedious, McGee navigates the character over the edge.
As a debut feature, this is a fairly solid exercise in what can be achieved with very little capital. Shot for under five thousand dollars, the film looses a little momentum due to some of the performers who are untried and therefore shaky in supporting roles, but the overall theme of the film still shines through. Working with a better than average script by Kurt Broz, all of the characters manage to stand and deliver, even when the performance itself may have been a bit wooden. As Director, Neyman displays a good grasp of set ups and coverage, a common mistake that overlooked often leads to failure. By taking the extra time to make each scene stronger, he has achieved a better looking final product.
For anyone interested in madness leading to murder, The Slasher, just may be the ticket! Come on, all of us have a 'Mason' at work , a co-worker just begging for a killing, stop mind molesting the sweater cows in the next cubicle for a change, and instead engage in some healthy mental murder, just don't take it as far as 'Edison'!