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The Summer of Massacre -- Director, Joe Castro introduces another original tale - the first anthology slasher film which presents eight killers in five goriest tales. Featuring Brinke Stevens, Nick Principe, and Cleve Hall, plus a never before recorded gore epic body count with more than 150 on-screen deaths.
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This movie is insane, actually insane is an understatement. It's a 100 MPH gore ride that never slows down. This film offers you not one but 8 maniacal, terrifying, relentless, and unstoppable killers. 

Joe Castro, a direct protege from Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Godfather of Gore helms the creation of this Blood epic. Castro uses computer generated technology to up the ante of your standard 'deranged maniac kills innocent teens one by one' to heights no one every imagined. In the tradition  of Castros life work he gives us once again a truly original experience: the first ever slasher anthology.

Emmy award winning editor Steven Escobar and Cult Movies Magazine editor, SCHROEDER bring Castro’s bizarre style to life in this, over the top, splatter fest.

Hold onto your barf bag. You might need it by the end of the film as you view the slicing, tearing, ripping, gashing, stabbing, impaling, beating, squishing, choking, burning, staking, cutting, hacking, dismembering, decapitating, hanging, bashing, dicing, chopping, crushing, pounding, spearing, scalping, suffocating, deaths the psychotic serial killers hand out to anyone that is in their path of vengeance. 

So prepare yourself for a body count so high, so bloody, so shocking, it is unlike anything have ever seen in the history of slasher films.


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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Brinke Stevens ... Mrs. Williams

Nick Principe ... Lori
Cleve Hall ... Father Daniel
Lisa M. Garcia ... Kimberly Ann
Lauren Boehm ... Lisa

Scott Barrows ... Boogieman

Felipe Winslett ... Vinnie (as Felip Winslett)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Abley ... Clubber #1

Daniel Aldema ... Bully #1
Ted Alderman ... Dr. Harrison

Nick Rey Angelus ... Bully 3 (segment "Rampage")
Ken Ashe ... Drunk Bum
Rod Barroso ... Clubber #3
Tchia Casselle ... Mother
Joe Castro ... Michael Rose
Laurie Cipriano ... Female News Reporter
Renne Cohn ... Camper
Jackson Collins ... Boy #1
Miguel Contreras ... Camper
Benjamin Joshua Cuadra ... Camper
Eric Cuadra ... Guitar Player #2
Josh Cuadra ... Guitar Player #1

Maxine Davis ... Garage Sale Customer #4
Samantha Dunn ... Female Jogger

Weston 'Ditch' Frey ... Garage Attendant #2
Mauro Gomez ... Convience store Customer #1
Kenneth J. Hall ... Man having garage sale
Robyn Hall ... Nurse
Timothy Hearl ... Bully #2
London Hilton ... Conrad

Kimmarie Johnson ... Jesse's Fiance
Roy Kalmbacher ... Bird Watcher
John Karyus ... Mikey

Todd Kenyon ... Camper

Bahram Khosraviani ... George Vic

Jesse Kozel ... Dope Pusher
Johnny Llanes ... Garage Sale Customer #1
Dan Lovell ... Dax
Megan Lozano ... Garage Sale Customer #3

Joe Mannetti ... Richard Khan
Justin Marchert ... Carmen

Deanna Meske ... Young Mother
Jesse Newton ... Victim
Karl Nickenig ... Camper
Jason North ... Convience store Customer #2

Chioma Nwosu ... Girl getting in car
Evan Owen ... Evan Owen
Rene Pena ... Danny
Michael Rae Perez ... Customer #1
Michelle Rico ... Customer #2
Daun Roche ... Post Girl

Keith Glen Schubert ... Clubber #2
J.T. Seaton ... Devon Hopper

Anahit Setian ... Nosey Neighbor
Garo Setian ... Garage Attendant #1
Michael Shinafelt ... Policeman #1
Alex Shuleschenko ... Boy #2
Brad Smith ... Camper
Doug Smith ... Policeman #2

Chris Staviski ... Bradley

Jeff Stevens ... News Reporter
Brittany Tiner ... Garage Sale Customer #2
Wesley Woodfin ... Victim

Directed by
Joe Castro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe Castro  chapters 1-4
Schroeder  chapter 1

Produced by
Joe Castro .... producer
Steven J. Escobar .... executive producer
Schroeder .... producer
Film Editing by
Steven J. Escobar 
Makeup Department
Joe Castro .... prosthetic and makeup effects
Constance Hall .... special makeup effects artist
Danielle Hubscher .... special makeup effects artist
Nichole McCauley .... key makeup artist (as Nicole McAuley)
Josh Wasylink .... special makeup effects artist (as Joshua Wasylink)
Sound Department
Blake Brooks .... boom operator
Rene Pena .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Joe Castro .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Joe Castro .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Ouelette .... first assistant camera
Nadège Traoré .... second assistant camera
Other crew
Laura Forst .... set production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:98 min
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The Summer of Massacre proves that it takes more than a world record to make a good movie, 16 December 2011
Author: Alex_Is_Legend from United States

The Summer of Massacre immediately caught my attention upon learning that it was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the highest body count ever recorded in a film. It's a great gimmick to get genre fans interested in a film that they likely would have never bothered with otherwise. Unfortunately, the world record is the only thing the movie has going for it.

The film is an anthology with eight killers in five different stories. Within the 98 minute run time, there is a body count of 155. (Other films technically have higher body counts, but these are all on-screen deaths.) For a record breaker, I was expecting something a bit more impressive. The kills employ a variety of instruments, but none of them are particularly memorable due to the poor effects. They are almost entirely computer generated, with cartoonish animation that looks like something out of Play Station 2 game. Writer/director Joe Castro (Tiny Toons) is a protégé of Herschell Gordon Lewis, but there is no way the Godfather of Gore would approve of this. The film should appear with an asterisk next to its name in the record book.

The first "chapter" is fittingly titled Rampage. A young man, Chris (Tim A. Colley), is out for a run when he is jumped and beat with a steel pipe. It seems like he will be the first victim, but when his body is found, he spurts back to life and goes on a plot less killing spree. Naturally, with this many deaths, there is virtually no character development and the acting is poor, but it hardly matters since most characters are only on screen for a few seconds before being demolished.

The second chapter is lovingly referred to as Lump. Laurie (Laid to Rest's Nick Principe in a role that some may consider offensive) is a deformed, mentally challenged paraplegic on experimental steroids in an effort to treat her spina bifida. She is on the brink of death, but her bitch of a sister, Kimberly Ann (Lisa M. Garcia), decides to speed up the process. While out in the woods with a group of friends, Kimberly pushes the Laurie's wheelchair off a cliff. The only problem is that Laurie won't die. In fact, she can walk now, and she wants revenge. Brinke Stevens (The Slumber Party Massacre) cameos as the girls' mother.

Son of the Boogeyman is the third chapter. In the past, a woman (Deanna Meske) went to investigate the local boogeyman, Mr. Boogens (Scott Barrows), only to be raped by the monstrous man. We learn all of this through a flashback as the byproduct of the rape, her son Jesse (Jerry G. Angelo), relays the horrific tale to his girlfriend on their first anniversary. After years of searching, the boogeyman returns to kill his now-full grown son.

The last chapter is called Burn. A group of friends decide to stay up late at a youth ministry camping retreat. Gathered around the campfire, one of them tells the local legend of Devon Hopper (J.T. Seaton) and Michael Rose (Joe Castro), a pair of gay firemen who were burned to death by their fellow firefighters. They later returned to kill of those who wronged them. Everyone seems to have a connection to crime, meaning that any of them could be the next victim.

The final scene is a brief one in which a trio of sadistic murderers are holed up in a Los Angeles warehouse while surrounded by police. This is something of a wrap-around story, as news coverage of the event opens and closes the film. Between each story is purported FBI tapes of various killers speaking candidly about their crimes. They are intended to be chilling, I presume, but the trite pieces are void of all emotion.

As much as I tried to block it from my mind, I must mention the annoying score. There is music running in the background of the entire movie, regardless of whether or not the scene would play better with natural sound. Even when music could enhance a segment, the generic score seems out of place. Also noteworthy is the homo-eroticism. The film features full-frontal nudity from multiple men, while none of the females shed an clothing - including an awkward scene in which a fully-clothed woman has sex with a nude man.

Castro seems to have bit off more than he could chew, having served as writer, director, producer, actor, makeup and visual effects. While I question the amount of effort that went into some of those aspects (he seems to use the term "experimental" as an excuse for having no story and bad effects), I have no doubt that an abundance of time was spent in post-production to accomplish all of the death scenes. But the movie needs a lot more than that to save it. It's an admirable attempt and it's nice that they got their small place in history with the world record, but otherwise The Summer of Massacre is just another bad movie.

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