Slashers (2001 Video)
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The film is filled with bad actors. However, there are a few gems in here: Kieran Keller, who has done nothing and has nothing planned was actually pretty good IMO, and Tony Curtis Blondell is up and rising. But the best, IMO, was Neil Napier, who played 2 killers very well.
Out of all the "Reality Show" horrors, this is one of the better ones, along side with "My Little Eye" and Kolobos.
Overall rating 8 out of 10.
What I found interesting was that the slashers weren't portrayed as pure psychopaths trying to kill everyone as soon as possible but performers trying to coax good "performances" out of the contestants before killing them at a very dramatic moment and the fact that offering a good performance can make the slashers hold off on trying to kill you. I also found it quite amusing that they tried as much as possible to get the girls naked!
As far as the acting goes, I found it pretty wooden and stilted most of the time. The dialog handed them didn't help as it seemed better suited to a comic book than a movie. However, considering the content of the film, it didn't take away much.
The slashers themselves give the best performances of the picture but that's not saying much because they were supposed to overact. I found the purposely bloated stereotypes quite funny as well and loved the evil doctor's bad Boris Karloff impersonation.
Perhaps not as atmospheric as it could have been with a higher budget, still the suspense works very well and the characters are solid. If course it's cheesy by moments, but that's to be expected with that kind of movie, especially since the whole thing takes place on a TV set, where contestants are subject to any type of behavior and emotions, they're not supposed to look like actors. But the actors here impersonate that feeling of amateur-ness very well. You can't help but find Chainsaw Charlie (Neil Napier) sympathetic. Hear him talking about his kids and wife, "I'm just doing my job here".. Unfortunately, the villains are not all equally good, for example the preacher man (played again by Neil Napier) seemed a bit weak to me, but at least he doesn't get much air time.
The script is well done, and it contains a few interesting twists that will keep you guessing for the ending.. Some situations are pure genius. For example, during the commercial breaks, the contestants and slashers must stop what they're doing and hold still, whatever position they might be in. Which leads to some absolutely delicious twisted humorous situations.
The gore scenes are quite funny as well, though I would have expected more of them, perhaps with more participants and/or more slashers, but i guess the budgets wouldn't allow it.
Overall, it's a well done satire both of human society and other movies, well worth watching. Next time you wanna watch a horror movie, rent this instead of XYZ sequel from some famous overkilled franchise
I bought this video for three bucks. "Slashers" is a melding of "The Running Man" and all of those insane Japanese game shows. Six knuckleheads are let loose in the TV studio's maze and three colorful psychos chase after them. Last one standing wins the prize. Run lawyer, run.
Well, the first thing that strikes me about this one is how unbelievably annoying the law student was. She had a permanent scowl on her face. She kept getting her shirt ripped off but decided to hide her breasts. She exposes them to the viewers once in a fit of pure rage. "HEEEEERREEE!! Here they are!!!" Believe me when I tell you that her breasts weren't worth getting that emotional about. HEEEEERREEE!! Here's your shirt back! I was also very sad that the "actress" of the group never got topless and she was walking around in her bra through most of the show.
So the contestants work their way through the maze and are picked off by the psychos. "Slashers" has a cool concept that is almost sunk by its ultra low budget. "Slashers" is shot on video and looks super cheap. However, they do manage to stage some interesting kills and aren't shy with the blood and guts. I also enjoyed the beginning montage segment with the host singing the "Slashers" song. Overall, "Slashers" is worth a look for B-movie fans.
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.
It's the first all American episode of the Japanese reality game Slashers and after an upbeat intro, complete with a song, we get right into the swing of things. Six contestants have to stay alive long enough to reach the end running time of the programme, while three psycho killers (one a preacher, another a chainsaw redneck and the other guy a weird Doctor) chase them round the set.
The sets are nicely weird too and add to the atmosphere - I'd go into detail about the characters but I've forgotten all their names already but there's a chick there for political reasons, a hunky guy, a less hunky guy, a weird guy who enjoys things a bit too much, and two other chicks. As mentioned elsewhere the acting is a bit ropey but the gore and novelty levels are high and it's a nice take on the slasher genre.
That's about it really.
Going by the terrible UK DVD cover that simply screamed 'worthless garbage', my expectations for this low budget horror were set extremely low, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that that I actually enjoyed the film on more than one level...
On one hand, $la$her$ is an enjoyably silly splatter flick—an over the top parody of extreme game shows that delivers a significant level of tension, genuinely well-executed jump scares, cheap and cheerful decapitations and dismemberment aplenty, and just a smidge of female nudity—all of which makes it a fun film to down a few beers to.
However, for those looking for something a little more cerebral, the film also offers some wry satire that takes swipes at such subjects as today's celebrity culture, the depths to which people will sink to make a buck, and the hypocrisy of religion. Much of this humour is derived from the film's superb villains: Preacherman (Neil Napier), who kills in the name of God; Dr. Ripper (Christopher Piggins), who encourages the female contestants to get topless to boost their popularity; and Chainsaw Charlie (Napier again, in a dual role), an inbred redneck who is 'just doing his job'.
Although production values are very low, the whole movie being shot on digital video on a flimsy set constructed from hardboard and plastic sheeting, the cheap look and feel actually works in the film's favour, effectively capturing the poor quality and style of many a tacky Japanese game-show.
When it started I was wondering if it was a comedy/horror, but it's not.. It's just VERY amusing and entertaining. The actors are really good, even though none of the are well known actors. There are the stereo type characters we seen in bad quality horror movies, but in this setting it works perfectly. I must also say that the ending was somehow a surprise, even though I kinda expected something like that to happen. More than that I will not say.
I'm must also add that I love all horror film involving game shows, and I love Asian horror movies, so this was the perfect match!
The acting is TERRIBLE, the direction is out of a third rate Mexican soap opera, the sound, lighting and editing are ridiculously bad and the plot is as thin as the chance anyone other than serious horror fans will like this movie.
I think it is so funny that this is a movie about a Japanese reality TV show set in America, but cast with Canadian actors with accents as thick as Canadian bacon.
Do yourself a favor and watch the film, just don't expect much out of it.
First of all don't expect an award winning masterpiece here just by the title of the movie you should be able to surmise that its going to be a seedy affair. Exploitation is the name of the game plenty of female nudity and gore on display just the way we like it, also it doesn't take itself seriously which I think helps this movie immensely. By keeping it light hearted the filmmakers have made it easier to look past the flaws of the movie and just enjoy it for what it is. But not to say that its shallow, with underlying satire on reality TV show's and a look into the vicarious and indifferent society in which we now live it adds depth.
The story is quite basic, think The Running man meets Friday the 13th. Our introduction to the movie is the start of an episode of the no.1 extreme TV show in japan Slashers, we are quickly introduced to our six contestants who will battle it out with the insanely demonic serial killers to win a grand prize of $12 million. We have a selection of odd ball characters to route for a politically motivated college girl to an ex soldier to a fame hungry actress all out to take fame and fortune. The slashers have a comic strip feel to them played tongue in cheek and extremely over the top especially doctor Ripper (Christopher Piggins) who steals the show here, chainsaw Charlie and preacherman (both played by Neil Napier) are also deliciously disgusting character's always ready with one liners and jumping out of the scenery to keep things interesting.
Some of the acting leaves a lot to be desired though, I think the performance of Claudine Shiraishi as Miho the host of the show was shockingly bad and made me want to turn it off in the first few minutes also Jerry Sprio puts in a surprisingly bad performance at some points as a Mexican bouncer. Thankfully the characters that bring down the movie are only on screen for a limited amount of time and the other characters do enough to make you look past this.
The production is very cheap but on a shoe string budget what the hey, the gore effects are decent enough and there is more than plenty of the red stuff splattering from start to finish.I've seen the sets for this movie compared to a paintball arena and i will fully agree with that analysis, plywood galore comes to mind. But I think its kind of fitting to the whole feel of the movie and helps it. Also the costumes are like cheap Halloween rubbish they sell at the discount store.
All in all this is a enjoyable movie which although has its flaws provides plenty of incentive to look past them and see the bigger picture. If you like gore horror then I recommend this to you highly with lashings of thick red blood, a tongue in cheek attitude and some campy over the top acting help to make this more than worth your time and a cult classic. If it wasen't for some very bad acting mainly the part of Miho i would have rated it higher, but she just brings down the quality of the first 10 minutes.
Don't get me wrong I completely love this movie and watching all of these terrible actors 'run' around in the paint ball facility they called a set. And every time I watch it, I always wish they would kill off "Megan Lowry" in the first five minutes when they had a chance. But this movie is so low quality, I find it next to impossible to even appreciate the 'sarcasm' that is supposedly being portrayed.
Despite the incredibly believable slow motion running and state of the art set, the audience can actually get into the action, thanks to the background music which is probably from the paint ball facility itself. The only thing better than the music is the extremely realistic prop dead bodies and the memorable one-liners.
Slashers is definitely Canada's best contribution to the world since Celine Dion and maple syrup.
that aside the idea is great and the format is great. the story is pretty good as well, though suffering often from big blows to the logical mind.
nevermind that though right? it IS a horror movie after all.
i really want to see this remade...i really want it to be the fantastic film that it wants to be.
however (and you can't really fault the minds behind the movie for this) this is obviously built upon a shoe string budget. and the fx really hurt the film overall.
great movie. ...if you were to swap out for some better acting and slightly better fx.
whoever wrote it should keep going though, great idea here.
For those who have not seen the movie, the plot is 6 people vollunteer to enter a show with 3 killers and if ya survive ya win big bucks. I won't spoil the ending but you got 6 people running from paid killers with a cameraman following them around the whole way.
If you're going to rip off a movie, least have some creativity and this movie has it I'll have to admit. Even though the ending was LAMMMEEEEEEE the rest of the movie was OK if you're a fan of the genre. If you're looking for a serious horror movie like Saw then you won't find it, but if you want to relax and have some fun, this is worth a look.
The highlight of the movie is where the big Mexican dude has one of the killers scared sh*tless and the killer tries to plead with the network to get him the hell out of there.
6 out of 10
I don't see much difference between Simon Cowell and Dr. Ripper. Both tear into innocent victims for ratings and pull no punches when it comes to verbal abuse.
$LA$HER$ could have benefited from more experienced actors, but it's clear that director Maurice Devereaux knows what he's doing and knows how to work with a low budget.
There's not much need to suspend disbelief because everything looks and as it should, a TV set with full on colored lighting and blaring techno music by Martin Gauthier, who clearly took his cue from the TV shows and action films of the 80s and 90's.
Regardless of the acting of the contestants/victims, the slashers themselves make the most of the films's tight script and seem to have a great time doing so. Christopher Piggins' manic Dr. Ripper should have his own franchise, and Neil Napier's Chainsaw Charlie was as much fun to watch as Bill Moseley's Chop Top from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Preacher man, also played by Napier, was the less interesting of the three slashers, but the character's makeup was the most elaborate of the bunch. The rest of the makeup effects were very impressive for a low budget film, and in some cases rivalled those of current goremeisters such as KNB.
A friend of mine said the film was sort of a ripoff of The Running Man, but I disagree. The only reason I bring up his troll-ish comment here is to make a point. $LA$HER$ is more entertaining, better scripted and more believable as a real TV show than the Running Man, and that's without the benefit of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King or game show icon Richard Dawson! $LA$HER$ is not perfect, but it has made Maurice Devereaux one to watch in my book. If you're looking for a fun horror film with a lot of heart (and guts!), do yourself a favor and rent it.
The core idea here, that society itself becomes light-heartedly sociopathic, goes over most people's heads I guess. It's sexy, perverted, sick, funny -- what more could you ask for?
Here are some *low* budget horror comedies for comparison that do not touch Slashers:
Terrorvision Re-Animator Natural Selection House of 1000 corpses (comes close but gets less funny)
All of these are considerable *higher* budget than Slashers.
That's all I can think of, but that just proves the point. Slashers rules.