SLASHER.COM is one of those films you feel like you’ve seen before. From premise to execution, a lingering doubt will probably plague you throughout the duration of the film…something about this seems familiar. And that would be just about spot on. This IS a concept with which we, as horror fans, are already well acquainted.
Despite its familiarity, this film actually does bring something new to the table, a nice twist that I did not see coming. Oh, I had my suspicions…but the film caught me off guard and switched the tables on me. As such, I enjoyed the last half of the movie greatly. Granted, this is not a perfect film, and it does have some glaring flaws…but go into this with the right mindset, and you’ll have a genuinely entertaining time.
If you are not familiar with SLASHER.COM, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Cinedigm:
After meeting online, Jack and Kristy go on a weekend getaway to the woodlands of rural Missouri. While discovering each other, they soon learn of the terrorizing horrors that the forest has in store.
I confess: the first hour of this 90 minute film is fairly dull. Sure, there’s several things going on…but as mentioned, we’ve seen this many times before. It’s not until around the 1 hour 5 minute mark that things get interesting. THEN, about 10 minutes later, the REAL fun starts. I’m not going to mention a single detail, because doing so would ruin the movie for you. And I’m definitely not that heartless.
SLASHER.COM is shot fairly well and looks pretty good for a low budget film. The cinematography is decent, and I particularly like the panning drone shots we are given of the forest and terrain; for some reason, I feel these shots actually add depth to the film.
The acting is probably the biggest detractor for the film, and I honestly almost stopped watching because of it. I feel bad stating this, because this really looks like a labor of love as a whole…but to start with, these folks are difficult to watch. Thankfully, Ben Kaplan, who portrays Jack Roper, finds his rhythm late in the film, which is one of the reasons the ending is a lot of fun. The sole highlight in the cast is Jewel Shepard, who portrays Momma. Shepard is an alumnus of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and as such, is somewhat familiar with the horror genre. She plays the psycho mother with gusto.
The storyline in SLASHER.COM takes us over ground covered many, many times in the past…but as I said, there’s a nifty little twist that shows up toward the end. This kink and the results of it actually made the movie worth watching, and I’m glad I toughed it out.
SLASHER.COM is B-movie fare, but it does offer a fun outing, that is IF you can make it through the first part of the film. Just keep telling yourself it will pay off in the end, and I think you’ll enjoy it overall. The film is available now.