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Brutal Massacre: A Comedy (2007/Anchor Bay DVD)


Picture: C-     Sound: C-     Extras: C+     Feature: B-



The front cover for this disc boasts the film as “This Is Spinal Tap for horror!”  While I'm not sure the comparison is entirely accurate, it is a decent way to introduce the concept of the movie.  Brutal Massacre is a mockumentary posing as a making-of documentary about the production of a low-budget slasher flick called, you guessed it, Brutal Massacre.  The movie follows the director, Harry Penderecki, played by David Naughton (who himself has done his share of straight-up slasher flicks and the great American Werewolf In London) and his cast and crew as they fail repeatedly to get through the day-to-day tribulations of filming.  The big name of Brutal Massacre is Brian O'Halloran, who plays the Assistant Director Jay, but who you w ill recognize as Dante Hicks from the Clerks movies.


The humor is very tongue-in-cheek, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it subtle.  Nonetheless, it brings out all those hilarious little details that horror fans have come to love as it gently lampoons the genre, its fans, and the people who make the films.  It is clearly a B movie, even as it makes fun of B movies, but I don’t think that I would fault it for this.


It is clearly shot on video with largely available lighting and on-site sound recording, which causes some drops in quality and an inconsistent background hum, but helps to boost the believability of the film as a documentary.  There are only a few extras, but they're good ones including a series of deleted or extended scenes that were wisely cut from the film, but contain several gags that are worth going back for after watching the movie.  Also, there is a making-of documentary about the making-of documentary about the “real” movie Brutal Massacre, which proves the production crew's determination to stick with a joke.  And finally there's a trailer which unfortunately doesn't do the movie justice.  Additionally, the case comes with an insert that features three posters from the fictional director's previous films including Sasquatch at the Mall, Fish Who Ate Flesh, and the ever-classic I'll Take the Ring Back... . And the Finger Too!



-   Matthew Carrick


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