Fear Town, USA / The Slashening (Blu-Ray Review)
Rated: UR/Region 0/1080p/Number of Discs 1 (Share same disc)
Available from Troma
Fear Town, USA (2014)
Directed By: Brandon Bassham
Starring: Anna Callegari, Cody Lindquist, Amber Sophia Nelson
On St. Blevins Day (the most debauched of regional holidays), four boys looking to lose their virginity, a girl haunted by a dark secret, a lonely teenager, and an escaped mental patient all meet at a party in the woods. They were looking for fun but what they found… was TERROR!
Fear Town, USA is a pretty fun little slasher flick. I think you’ll notice it draws influence from Halloween as well as just about every slasher you can find that takes place inside the woods. This is a movie that will probably draw more laughs from you than frights, but I think that is just the way this one was meant to be. I like a film like this because it doesn’t seem afraid to march to the beat of its down drum. You see a million movies come out these days and you see the most of them are very forgettable and seem just like every other movie we’ve seen come out. That isn’t the case with this movie here. You may or may not enjoy what you get here, but you’ll at least have to admit that once all is said and done it is not only rememberable but unique as well. That goes a long way with me and I was never once bored while I watch watching Fear Town, USA.
This movie comes with funny characters that remind you of all the old school characters you find in a horror slasher but in a very funny and entertaining way. We have a group of guys trying to have sex for the first and we even have more than one guys who could be the killer, as well as one character that might just Satan himself! It might take a certain horror fan you enjoy something like this but if this is your cup of tea I’m sure you’ll be having a ball with it as much as I did. Overall, it might not be the best movie on this release but it isn’t at all bad in my opinion. The biggest flaw from this one is I found the transfer to be a little bland but besides that, it is a good time.
Quality of Transfer: 81%
The Slashening (2015)
Directed By: Brandon Bassham
Starring: Anna Callegari, Sam Reece, Elyse Brandau
Best friends Lucy, Eva, Ashley, Beth and Margot throw a slumber party…..BUT MURDER NEVER SLUMBERS!!!!! It’s a timeless tale of friendship, betrayal, madness, and the search for some decent dick. Written and directed by Brandon Bassham Starring Anna Callegari, Sam Reece, Elyse Brandau, Lily Du, and Dana Clinkman
The Slashening was my kind of self-aware slasher. It should probably stand in a very select class of newer indie horror film by a horror director that actually gets the heart of the genre and heavily plays up on the fact. The Slashening borrows heavily from a lot of slashers but you can’t help but notice a whole lot of what seems like Slumber Party Massacre sprinkled on top of it all. We have some women sitting around together for a get-together, guys show up, a killer shows up, and we’re off to the running with some funny characters, moments, and kills. We have a gag that just keeps going and going about pizza delivery men trying and trying again to deliver pizzas and meeting the same fate. It is just a joke that never gets old and I think any hardcore slasher fan will be a big fan of what they get here with this one.
This IS a movie being released by Troma and it has that same sense of humor and tone a lot of Troma movies have. That should probably be another thing that tells you if you are going to dig this one or not. If you like Troma then the answer is an easy yes, but if you want something more serious you might want to avoid it. I loved it. In a lot of ways, I feel like this is just the type of movie I wish I had of made when I made my slasher flick a few years ago. From the music to the characters, to the silly moments, this is one I think all horror fans that dig new and fresh indie horror should seek out and watch. This is a great release from Troma all around, but this is the better of the two movies on this release from both the quality of the film’s look to the film in general.
Quality of Transfer: 98%
– Fear Town USA Director’s Commentary
– Radiation March
– Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High AKA Volume 2 Fantasia Teaser
– Cannibal! The Musical Trailer
Fear Town, USA