Brutal Massacre (2007)

BRUTAL MASSACRE is Stevan Mena's ode to the Horror genre, its filmmakers, and its fans. Coming off of the underground success of his Slasher hit MALEVOLENCE, Mena decided to move on to Comedy, using the "Mockumentary" shooting style made popular in The Office to deliver his story. This film-within-a-film finds Horror director Harry Penderecki on the shoot of his comeback picture, BRUTAL MASSACRE, where anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. With no money, less talent, and limited time, this rag-tag team of filmmakers must come together to finish the project and save their careers! BRUTAL MASSACRE boasts an impressive line-up of familiar genre faces and an incredibly witty script that falls just short of genius. David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) leads as the inspired but utterly helpless Harry Penderecki, while being joined by Ellen Sandweiss and Besty Baker (THE EVIL DEAD), Gunnar Hansen (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), and many others. Mena uses the light tone to make clever strikes at the film industry, commenting on many of the toughest issues facing struggling filmmakers who are forced to compromise their integrity and vision in order to earn financial backing. At the same time, he also pokes fun at many directors' overwhelming sense of self-importance and pretentious attitudes towards their own films, which is best shown when Harry is found deflecting accusations of misogyny and gratuitous violence with meaningless psychobabble. Though the writing is very smart, the timing and dry deliveries often undermine the humor, but genre fans will enjoy seeing their idols in some of their sillier performances. While it may not be perfect, BRUTAL MASSACRE is an entertaining reflection on the genre that is sure to appeal to the Horror fans for whom it was intended.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked BRUTAL MASSACRE, check out:
AMERICAN MOVIE, BEHIND THE MASK, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE.

2 comments:

  1. I liked this one a little less than you, but still thought it was pretty funny. It's been a while since I've seen it but I remember it being pretty good stuff.

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  2. It held up in the second viewing, I love the humor but what really sets it back are many of the performances. Given the fact that almost everyone involved happened to be a personal favorite from the genre, I had to give them a little grace =D

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