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Slashers (2001)

R | | Comedy, Horror | Video July 2001
A black comedy horror film in which six random contestants are put into a game show where they'll face evil clowns, evisceration-happy doctors and wild maniacs. The winner has to survive the terror by being resourceful.

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Maurice Devereaux
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Joslyn Crowder ... Megan Lowry
Tony Curtis Blondell ... Devon White
Kieran Keller Kieran Keller ... Michael Gibbons
Jerry Sprio ... Rick Fisher
Carolina Pla Carolina Pla ... Rebecca Galley
Sofia de Medeiros Sofia de Medeiros ... Brenda Thompson
Claudine Shiraishi Claudine Shiraishi ... Miho Taguchi
Christopher Piggins Christopher Piggins ... Doctor Ripper
Neil Napier ... Chainsaw Charlie / Preacherman
Takaaki Honda Takaaki Honda ... The Announcer / Hideo
Koichi Yano Koichi Yano ... The Technician
Erik Rutherford Erik Rutherford ... Steve Taylor - US Correspondant
Shigeru Fugita Shigeru Fugita ... DJ Slash
Akemi Yamagishi Akemi Yamagishi ... The Makeup Girl / Cheerleader
Mabel Palomino Mabel Palomino ... Cheerleader
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Japan's number one extreme reality show is having it's first all-American special! Six lucky contestants, chosen from thousands of applicants, will have the chance to win millions of dollars, and all they have to do is stay alive! Written by Anonymous

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Are you Game? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

July 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada

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Budget:

$165,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Screen Partners Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There will not be a Slashers sequel as Maurice said it's not possible due to legal issues. See more »

Goofs

When Chainsaw Charlie and Rick fall from the Bridge of Death, and onto the spikes, the spikes wobble as though they are fake, and not metal. See more »

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[first lines]
The Announcer: [speaks Japanese; subtitles read:] Welcome back for another pulse pounding night of suspense, thrills and chills on the number one extreme TV game show in Japan... Slashers!
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The closing credits end with mock advertisements for Black Lung ("Twice the tar, twice the flavor"), Coffin Nails ("You know we're bad, but isn't it good to be bad..."), and Cancer Man ("Go out in style") cigarettes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Contrary to the US MTI Video/Fangoria presents edition that will be unrated (and the DVD 16/9 enhanced with director's commentary), the Canadian edition of Slashers distributed by KABOOM (a division of 49th Parallel) will be a censored R rated version, minus 2 min 20 seconds of gore. The DVD will be a 4/3 pan and scan censored version, with no commentary. See more »

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References Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »

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Surprisingly entertaining!
27 November 2003 | by Snake-666See all my reviews

Six contestants compete for a prize of anything between twelve and eighteen million dollars on an American edition of a bizarre Japanese game show. The contestants must attempt to stay alive as they are placed in an arena against three psychotic killers.

This Canadian-made parody of those infamous extreme Japanese game shows is humorous, strangely entertaining and even slightly inventive. Continuing the reality theme that featured in movies such as ‘The Last Broadcast' (1998) and ‘The Blair Witch Project' (1999), ‘Slashers' is presented to the viewer solely through the eyes (or lens) of the cameraman of this weird and warped game show. However, unlike the aforementioned films, ‘Slashers' is not a film that is meant to be taken all that seriously. The movie possesses an inherent comic atmosphere throughout and features a whole array of weird and wonderful characters. The killers consist of a supposedly inbred, chainsaw wielding redneck, a demonic looking priest (both played by Neil Napier) and a more than slightly deranged `doctor' known as Dr. Ripper (Christopher Piggins). The killers are portrayed in the movie as highly theatrical whereas their actions are horrid and brutal reality. These characters all provide at least some degree of humour, one especially when he announces to the terrified (and one very angry) contestants during a commercial break that he is only doing his job.

The contestants are unfortunately less interesting. They range from a terrified law student who wishes to become a political martyr before realising what a big mistake she had made to the somewhat dangerously odd. One very humorous aspect was added in Tony Curtis Blondell in the role of Devon as one has to ask just how many times has he seen Romero's ‘Night of the Living Dead'? Of course, similarities between his character and that of Ben are more than likely down to the writers rather than the actor. The acting performances from the entire cast were all fairly lousy. While some of the performers put far too much energy into their performance and came across as extremely hammy, others seemed to be more than happy just to spout a few lines in order to get a small paycheque. However, despite the generally dreadful performances the movie was still fairly enjoyable and remained watchable from beginning till end. ‘Slashers' was also surprisingly gory (or perhaps `bloody' is more the correct word?) although many of the more advanced effects echoed the obvious low-budget of the movie. It was quite refreshing though that the makers chose to attempt manual effects rather than opting for poor CGI which I have seen a number of recent low-budget movies resort to despite the distinctly poor end result.

‘Slashers' is undoubtedly a vastly cheesy movie with a rather basic storyline and no real scares. Unlike other similar films, ‘Slashers' does not portray any sort of darkly sinister atmosphere that works as an addition to the pseudo-snuff style. Instead, it is quite simply a light-hearted, bizarre and somewhat unique horror comedy. The film is fairly predictable and the plot-twist is not really effective as any viewer who has taken notice of the rules will realise what has happened. In addition, attempts at character development are pretty laughable. Is ‘Slashers' great? No. Is ‘Slashers' good? Well that's a matter of opinion. Many people will probably dislike this but fans of non-serious parody-style horror may find this one to be worth one watch. Despite it's low budget there is an incredible attention to detail in the actual arena and, if not for the poor acting and occasionally lacking special effects, one could actually believe that this were a real game show! In fact, I would venture to say that the makers actually put more thought into this movie than first meets the eye. Horror fans may enjoy spotting the horror villain in a particular scene. With a higher budget it would most likely have been much better. My rating for ‘Slashers' – 6.5/10.


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