Monday, September 17, 2012

Bloody Murder

Bloody Murder (2000)

Dir: Ralph E. Portillo

IMDB Rating: 2.9 out of 10

Well, I am back to the post finally and this is what I choose to make my return with? Bad decision... In the Horror sub genre of the Slasher flick there is an over abundance of cheap knock off's and cash in's. This practice was really evident during the Slasher boom of the late 70's through the 80's. Surprisingly quite a few of the rip off's and cash in's turned out to be really awesome and classics in their own right, However this film...Arrived about 30 years too late and is one of the lamest and most obvious rip off's I have ever seen, So let's just get this over with.
 Bloody murder opens much like many other films of the genre as we get the standard opening kill with a complete lack of gore as a very familiar looking killer takes his first victims. Some time later we see our standard group of "teens" arriving at Camp Placid Pines to set up camp for summer. Immediately red herrings sprout up as one of the guys has a hockey mask in his luggage as well as
the typical old man warning one of the women counselors that "Nelson has come back for revenge." As the teens get acquainted with one another they discuss the history of the camp ground and the legend of the Hockey mas clad Trevor Moorehouse. There is some rivalry right off the bat between to old track competitors and lame pranks are pulled on each other during a Moorehouse influenced game entitled "Bloody Murder" where one of the rivals is ambushed by his nemesis dawning the hockey mask. After the initial prank our main girl Julie's Boyfriend Jason goes missing after the prank, putting some suspicion on his rival. Tension between the campers further heats up when Jason gets caught hooking up with Dean's Girlfriend Whitney causing Dean to get creepy and aggressive.  Finally after about an hour of build up we get our first kill when Whitney leaves the campers during movie night to grab snacks and she is stabbed to death by the "Jason Vorhees" knock off while off screen.

Now with two of the campers missing the sheriffs are called in to investigate, and a cop is placed near by on stand by in case anything odd happens.The boredom is broken by a few more killings when the rival track star is shot with a bow and arrow while setting up an archery range in a complete rip from a Friday the 13th scene.The creepy old man again mentions a "Nelson" looking for revenge and Julie decides to do some research finding it was a young camper from back when her father was a counselor. The film tried way too hard to throw every red herring it can as she continues to do research and campers continue to drop like flies with one lackluster killing after another.

With Dean gone and Jason returning the list of suspects begins to shrink and Julie finds that the mysterious "Nelson" was in fact her bunk mate Brew's father. She comes to this realization as Julies father heads into the woods with Drew. Here is where you can tell the film makers had no idea what they were going for as they make it abundantly clear that Drew is the killer when she attacks Julie's father near the lake and is showing some strange behavior. Then as Julie  calls drew out on the claims a man in a mask comes out behind her and attacks the two ladies. The masked man is revealed to be the head counselor and the evil turn of drew is just completely dropped and never explained. The sheriff arrests the counselor and Jason is left behind as Julie and her new boyfriend drive off. The film comes to a close as yet another masked "Trevor Moorehouse" appears and kills Jason. Ending this boring scramble fuck of a film.

In all my time spent watching B through Z grade films and Even just Slasher films in general , I have never seen a lamer attempt to cash in on the 80's slasher craze than this film. How this movie even got green lit is beyond me as it is clear there was no final script which is evident in the completely botched A"twist" ending that made no sense. Even if this film was released during the height of the Slasher boom this would be at the very bottom of the barrel and that is saying allot in a genre filled with knock offs and cheaply made productions. This film has no gore, no nudity and no original kills which are the three main ingredients in making a slasher film. With all these vital points missing all you get is a complete rip off of the Friday the 13th series minus the iconic kills and over the top acting , replacing it with some lame video game style who done it. Even if you are a die hard slasher fan avoid this film at all costs, I had for years but finally gave in knowing it would be a knock off but thinking it may at least provide some good gore but nope, this film offers absolutely nothing.

Fun Factor:2
Overall:1.5 out of 10


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