Monday, March 7, 2011

Slaughter (2009)


Written & Directed by Stewart Hopewell

Faith...Amy Shiels
Lola...Lucy Holt

Faith is the new girl in town, having run away from her previous home and her previous life in hopes of escaping her violent and abusive boyfriend Jim.  While out clubbing one night, she befriends a particularly rebellious country mouse named Lola, and after a brief but exciting friendship, Faith moves into the renovated barn where Lola lives, on the property of her father's farm.

The proverbial farmer's daughter, Lola is something of a seductress.  Unlike in the setups of all the jokes you've ever heard, though, she doesn't wait for the men to come to her; she goes out and finds them, flirting and teasing them to get what she wants, and then finally taking them back to her place for a little of the squeaka-squeaka.

Faith notices that all of these one night stands disappear rather quickly once the deed is done, although isn't that the norm?  Booty calls aren't required to stick around for omlettes in the morning.  But what we know that Faith doesn't know is that these men aren't just leaving quickly.  They're not even just disappearing.  Someone is killing them off once their manly duties have been performed.

I know what you're thinking:  young, sexy farm girl; sex; murder; it can't be all bad, can it?

Well, I'm here to tell you:  Yes, it can be.  And yes, it is.

On a strictly technical level, it was a well made film, and it had a nice indie rock soundtrack (albeit one that belongs nowhere near a horror movie).  But you would think that a movie such as this would be thrilling and exciting at best, sleazy and titilating at worst.  What you wouldn't expect is just how unbelievably dull it is.  There are long stretches of time in which nothing happens, punctuated occasionally by a brief moment of promise, only to be followed by more long stretches of boredom.  By the time that the film ratchets itself into high gear for the finale (which is suitably demented, but not as well executed as it should be), you don't even care anymore. 

You just want it to be over with.

Rated R
96 Minutes
United States


1 comment:

  1. not the worst
    but definitely one of the worst After Dark flicks I've seen so far


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