Monday, September 6, 2010
Spring Break Massacre (2008)
Directed By: Michael Hoffman Jr. (Scary Tales: The Return of Mr. Longfellow)
Spring Break Massacre is a film that is sort of a spoof/tribute to the old school Slumber Party Massacre movies. Now at the time of me writing this, I've never actually seen Slumber Party Massacre, but I have friends who have. So going by just my normal review work and going by their Slumber Party Massacre input, I've come to the conclusion that Spring Break Massacre isn't a film I can give an overly high score to, but it's a film I can appreciate for what it is.
In 1997 a girl is killed and this happens right around the time the pizza man named, Stanley Peterson, shows up. For whatever reason the poor pizza dude gets it all blamed on him and he goes and spends ten whole years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. BUT someone decides it's time to bust him out, and what follows is a murder rampage that takes place on spring break! However, due to the budget of the film we mostly get the aftermath effect of a lot of kills and don't actually get to watch them (for the most part). That kinda makes me frown a bit. But there's a lot of hot women! So that puts a smile back on my face.
One thing all you horror fans will notice about this film is Reggie Bannister in the role of Sheriff Jacob Yates (I'm not use to seeing him in anything besides Phantasm) and scream queen, Linnea Quigley in the role of Deputy Michelle Hendricks (I'm not use to seeing her with her cloths on). So right away you get a vibe that the people behind this film know what a great deal of horror fans will appreciate and want, and the film delivers it in ways, just in very small and restricted doses.
I did like the style of the film. It may be low budget and there may be moments that you just wish they'd get on with things, but you get some nice time jumping in the film and that helps shine this one up a bit. I think the director new what he had to work with was limited so he used this stuff in order to make it a little better, even if the quality at times does kinda flounder.
I also will give the movie credit for giving me a twist I didn't see coming. Usually I'm very good at catching these things but this time it wasn't as easy. The film makes it look a few times that thing are not fully how they seem and sure enough they give us a nice twist. It also does pack a couple good kills to go with the lesser ones we don't see, so I'm pretty forgiving with this film because I kinda see what they were going for. You may not fully love this film, but I think it's worth just seeing to see what can be done even with limited resources.
From what I'm being told it matches up well with some of the old Slumber Party Massacre movies, and perhaps when they come back out in October I'll be able to see for myself. But if you like that sorta thing you can get Spring Break Massacre at it's official web-site.
The Rating (5.5/10)