4 items from 2012
The definition of a slasher film varies depending on who you ask, but in general, it contains several specific traits that feed into the genre’s formula. Author Vera Dika rather strictly defines the sub-genre in her book Games of Terror by only including films made between 1978 and 1984. In other words, she saw it as a movement. When someone describes Brick, they don’t define it as a noir, but instead neo-noir . In other words, it’s a modern motion picture that prominently utilizes elements of film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent in those from the 1940s and 1950s. So does one consider Scream a slasher film or a neo-slasher, or simply put, a modern slasher?
Some consider Thirteen Women to be the earliest slasher – released all the way back in 1932. Personally I think that is rubbish. Thirteen Women is more like Desperate Housewives on sedatives. »
Few people would even know of Pod People, Aka Extraterrestrial Visitors, Aka Los Nuevos Extraterrestres had it not been famously featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000". If you’ve ever seen that episode of MST3K, then you already know you’re about to “Hear the Engines Roll”. You also know that “It stinks!”
Juan Piquer Simon could be considered Uwe Boll before there was an Uwe Boll. For a while there he was in many film circles considered the worst filmmaker; at least he was until Albert Pyun stole that mantle. I don’t really think either comparison is fair seeing as how I consider Slugs, Endless Descent, and Pieces to be damn fine b-movies. On the other hand, Pod People or Extraterrestrial Visitors or whatever you want to call it is so flippin’ terrible it’s really only best viewed with the accompaniment of Joel, Crow T. Robot, »
By Erin Lashley, MoreHorror.com
It takes a lot to shock the average horror junkie, because our favorite films are by definition shocking. Because of the nature of these films, often the most jaw-dropping moments aren't necessarily the goriest ones, but rather the surreal non sequitur scenes that virtually come out of nowhere and just as quickly return there. Sometimes we realize upon repeat viewings that such moments do actually move the plot along. However, sometimes they just can't be explained away.
Bad chop suey, Pieces
In the middle of the film, an undercover cop played by Lynda Day George is walking across the dark college campus following a figure (Bruce Le) who she thinks might be the killer. Suddenly, he turns on her and begins attacking her with kung fu moves.
A student who is helping the cops, Kendall (Ian Sera), appears just as suddenly and stops the attacker, »
Pieces, (Spanish: Mil gritos tiene la noche) 1982.
Directed by Juan Piquer Simón.
Young girls find themselves brutally hacked to pieces when a chainsaw killer strikes an American university campus.
The tagline for Pieces - 'You don't have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre!' - should suitably manage expectations. This is sleaze at its finest, cashing in on the American slasher craze of the early 80s but with a distinct European feel to proceedings. The film was penned by Italian Joe D'Amato and American Dick Randall, before being given to Spanish director Juan Piquer Simón who shot the film in Spain with a primarily American cast. There's a certain charm to the dodgy dubbing that may not appeal to everyone, but fans of the Italian giallo genre should feel somewhat at home here.
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4 items from 2012
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