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Case Number 16281: Small Claims Court

Splatter Movie

Happy Cloud Pictures // 2009 // 90 Minutes // Unrated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 1st, 2009

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The Charge


The Case

Splatter Movie is all about the meta. About halfway through, I lost track of all the films within a film within a film there were. Here's the gist: a low-budget film crew head to defunct, possibly haunted carnival, where they set up to shoot your typical Z-grade slasher pictures, complete with sporadic lesbianism and key grips with a massive sense of entitlement and Debbie Rochon. Accompanying this film crew is another film crew documenting the process.

Inevitably, a real killer shows up and start his hacking spree, stalking and murdering cast and crew members in increasingly creative ways. This, the actual story of Splatter Movie, is largely told from the point of view of the documentary team, though writer/director Amy Lynn Best (who also plays Amy the director in the movie) often disengages from the gimmick to go with a straightforward storytelling to capture the death scenes and other assorted plot elements that would prove to be too challenging to execute sticking to the meta-stuff.

Look, Splatter Movie isn't exactly top-tier horror entertainment, but is unique and Amy Lynn Best is at least attempting to do something new within a genre that has grown hugely stale. That does count for something, despite my overall feel that the film didn't do enough to earn a recommendation.

The acting is about as bad as you'd expect, with wooden, dead-fish performances falling on one end of the spectrum and Best's overzealous line-chewing at the other. Populating the film are a whole lot of annoying characters including an "actress" who burns through her too-much screen time by incessantly whining before lifting her top to produce the only breast exposure of the movie, Tom Sullivan, who can't let a moment go by where he doesn't talk about his involvement in The Evil Dead movies and the killer him (or her?)self, how, once unmasked, ranks right up there with the least-terrifying and most aggressively irritating heavies in recent B-movie memory.

In the end, Splatter Movie is a micro-budgeted slasher flick which attempts a unique approach, with uneven results. I can always appreciate it when someone tries something new within the genre, but this doesn't quite land the deal.

Full frame video and 2.0 stereo are standard-issue for a homegrown film, but the extras offer a bit more. A full-length "companion film"—the actual movie-within-a-movie that was being shot—is accompanied by deleted scenes and outtakes.

The Verdict

Guilty. Splat.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Happy Cloud Pictures
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
• Horror
• Independent

Distinguishing Marks

• Companion Film
• Deleted Scenes
• Outtakes


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