Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Demon Slaughter (2004)

Pack: Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares
Disc: 1

Subgenre(s): Crime, Demons

Year: 2004 (IMDb says 2008)

Rated: Unrated
Length: 62 minutes

Director: Ryan Cavalline
Writer: Ryan Cavalline
Starring: Adam Berasi, Vic Badger, Peter Blessel

Synopsis: Jimmy wanted out of his mob family, but getting out wasn't that easy. With a bag of stolen money, Jimmy heads to a cabin to hide out from his mob buddies. Things seem to be going as planned until the dead start coming back to life. It's a battle to the death as Jimmy tries to stay alive!


Review: At first, you'd be forgiven for thinking that "Demon Slaughter" is another one of the stupid crime dramas which Mill Creek shoved into these so-called horror packs just to make up the numbers, but you'd be wrong. "Demon Slaughter" really is a horror movie although it's almost over before it starts to look like it.

Adam Berasi plays hitman Jimmy who you only know is a hitman because he swears a lot and waves guns around at every opportunity. If you look at his outfit, he either wants to be a rapper or work in a kitchen. Either way, he already has the TredSafe chef's shoes in preparation for the latter career.

There's nothing outstanding in "Demon Slaughter" other than the gunshot flashes which someone must have spent ages adding during the editing process. They missed a few and the timing is out on a lot of the others, but that's the least of this movie's problems. The audio quality is beyond horrible with many drop outs and some scenes having no audio to be heard whatsoever. This doesn't make the story hard to follow because, let's face it, it's only another "Twilight Zone episode" clone with a slightly longer running time and an even weaker twist.

There's a brief bit of intentionally blurry and pixelated nudity in a dream sequence, hardly any gore, and some poorly made-up zombies who must have wandered over from the nearest zombie walk that day. The red-faced demon is a highlight, but he doesn't really do a lot.

Basically, "Demon Slaughter" is a fan film which homages The Evil Dead for its second-half and does it badly. While you may grin in amusement to hear "Microwave!" being used instead of "Toolshed!", the not-so-special effects will mostly make you grimace in embarrassment. Having said that, the demon's death near the end is quite groovy.

Most Memorable Moment(s): The demon's death.

Originality: Borrows a lot from The Evil Dead and Night of the Living Dead for the second half.

Best Line(s): "Thanks, but the only way for me to disappear is to make sure nobody knows where I am."
Worst Line(s): "You're not like them. Your soul will set you free."

Best Effect(s): The gunshots.
Worst Effect(s): The severed head.

Goriness (out of 10): 4
Sexiness (out of 10): 1
Profanities (out of 10): 6

Hottest Actor/Actress: Shannon Johnson

Picture Quality: Slightly below average
Audio Quality: Very poor (audio constantly fades in and out)

Rating (out of 10): 2


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Final Thoughts: The sound is really bad.

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