Slaughter of the Innocents (1993) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: James Glickenhaus
STARRING: Jan Broberg, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus
RATED: R/REGION A/1:78/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Synapse Films
Scott Glenn (Silence of the Lambs) stars as FBI Agent Stephen Broderick, a man who has attained legendary status within the Bureau for his crime-solving abilities. There is only one other person whose abilities rival his own… his young computer genius son, Jesse (played by Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus). Working together, they are an unbeatable team but they may have just met their match in a deranged religious fanatic who preys upon children. Eager to close the case, the police irresponsibly push for the execution of the wrong man, leaving the real serial killer at large. Jesse and his father piece together clues from past murders and recent events, leading to a desperate race against time as Agent Broderick finds his very own son in the hands of the deranged psychopath! Time is running out, and Broderick is the only one who can stop the slaughter of the innocents!
Slaughter of the Innocents is a movie that feels a whole lot like a detective horror film not too far away from such things as Manhunter. We have a murder mystery that the cops are all happy to have pinned on someone, but a young boy seems to think everything isn’t adding up and when he also convinces his detective dad of the same thing the movie is off and running. But not before the wrong man dies early in the film just for added measure. The movie packs a very interesting atmosphere and that is probably the best selling point of it. It sort of feels eerie and feels a little strange. It a movie with a bit of a mixed genre as it could be considered a thriller and a horror. I’m not sure Scott Glenn does a whole lot for everyone as the film’s lead but given what he does in the film he doesn’t really hurt it as a whole or anything. I’m assuming he’s here for his connection to Silence of the Lambs and it is a movie that feels a lot like a movie trying to be one of those types of movies.
The movie’s main bad guy at least has a creepy look to him. The movie has some violence but never really goes off into what you could consider full-on slasher territory. But it helps to at least have a bad guy running around that looks weird and creepy and that mission is accomplished if nothing else in Slaughter of the Innocents. The movie is from 1993 and it has that 90’s feel to it (for better or for worse). I’m not sure it is a movie at the end of the day with lots of re-watch value to it but it isn’t bad for the once over and it looks great as you’d expect coming from Synapse Films who always deliver on the technical side of things. It even packs a great list of extras which is probably the best treatment a movie like this will ever get. So while I’m not totally blown away by the movie I am very impressed with this release of it.
– BRAND NEW Featurettes with Make-Up Effects designer Gabe Bartalos, and Director of Photography Mark Irwin
– Audio Commentary with director James Glickenhaus
– Archival Interviews with James Glickenhaus, Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus, and Scott Glenn
– The U.S. and International Theatrical Trailers
– Archival Electronic Press Kit Featurette
– Deleted Scenes
– Alternate Assault Sequence
Quality of Transfer: 95%