Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

Director: Crispian Mills

Writer: Crispain Mills, Henry Fitzherbert (Screenplay) Luke Passmore, Crispain Mills, Henry Fitzherbert (Story)

Starring: Michael Sheen, Hermione Corfield, Simon Pegg, Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Nick Frost, Jo Hartley, Hanako Footman

 

Plot: An illustrious British boarding school becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror.


Tagline – Bloodius. Hellius. Maximus

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Enough Horror

 

Story: Slaughterhouse Rulez starts when Don Wallace (Cole) gets set to a illustrious British boarding school which has produced most of the world leaders a successful businesspeople, while Don is coming from a hardworking family, he is sharing a room with Willoughby Blake (Butterfield) who is the guy that fills in the gaps and knows the ins and outs of the school.

The school headmaster, The Bat (Sheen) has been taking money from a local fracking company who are working just outside the school grounds, which unleashes evil creatures to the school grounds, with the students that haven’t returned home for the weekend, needing to fight back.

 

Thoughts on Slaughterhouse Rulez

 

Characters – Don is the new student being sent to a boarding school, he comes from a common family where he has a close group of friends which he would prefer to be around, he does stick out around the rest of the students, easily breaking the rules around the school. Willoughby is the student that must show Don around the school, he fills in the blanks, has a secret and will be the one that helps Don be prepared for everything in the year. Meredith Houseman is one of teachers, he once attended the school, feeling the pride the school embodies, he will end up helping the students against the evil in the school grounds. The Bat is the headmaster, he has been taking bribes to let the fracking happen and isn’t willing to lose the money coming his way.

PerformancesMichael Sheen and Simon Pegg both look like they are having a lot of fun playing the stuck up British stereotypes which are here for the supporting roles. Finn Cole takes the lead in this film and he does all he can because this film does try to introduce too many different types of characters, not giving the lead enough time to shine, Asa Butterfield does well with his role too, getting to become a supporting character for once, instead of having the weight of the film put on him.

StoryThe story here follows the time at a private British boarding school which sees monsters unleashed on the students, who must fight to save themselves. The weirdest way to describe this film would be to say this is the British boarding school version of ‘Attack the Block’, I say this because we are trying to play into a lot of stereotypes for added comedy to the situation. When we break down this alone we get to see how the British private school system comes off, with the student classes, the students believing they are better than anybody else and how the teachers are trapped in their own illusions. Add in the monsters which is what they feel like, which again disappoints along with one serious side to the story which is almost played out for jokes.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy only works if you find taking the piss out of upper-class English funny, this is what the film is set around getting laughs from. The horror is what the monsters do to the people, it would have been nice to get more time with them, once we do it does work well for blood splatter.

SettingsThe film is set on the grounds of a private boarding school, this is put in an isolated location which does help make the film get added horror elements involved.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are mixed because it does feel like the thrown buckets of blood which for the budget isn’t what you want to see, though the creatures do look frightening at times.


Scene of the Movie –
Monsters unleashed.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too much upper-class British jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun enough horror comedy, it will get the laughs in places and has well created creatures.

 

Overall: British Ripped apart

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Rust Creek (2018)

Director: Jen McGowan

Writer: Julie Lipson (Screenplay) Stu Pollard (Story)

Starring: Hermione Corfield, Micah Hauptman, Jay Paulson, Sean O’Bryan, Daniel R Hill, John Marshall Jones

 

Plot: An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest. The woman must defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. She is forced into an uneasy alliance with a strange loner who has unknown intentions.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fresh Spin on the Survival Thriller

 

Story: Rust Creek starts as a college student Sawyer (Corfield) gets offered a job interview for the job she has spent her life studying for, she must travel across the country to arrive at this location, which takes her through a Kentucky forest, on a journey she hasn’t taken before, which only leaves her lost.

While trying to figure out her location, Sawyer is approached by two locals, Hollister (Hauptman) and his brother Buck (Hill) who she handles with, getting injured and lost on foot in the woods. Sheriff O’Doyle (O’Bryan) starts searching for the owner of her car after it is located abandoned on the road, leaving Sawyer to fend for herself after overly friendly local Lowell (Paulson) offers her shelter.

 

Thoughts on Rust Creek

 

Characters – Sawyer is the successful college student that is about to be offered a job interview that could be the future she always wanted, she gets lost, but knows how to take care of herself against a threat, she keeps away from them using survival techniques. Sawyer is a strong character, everything about her abilities to survive is done in a believable manor, the problem is that we never learn what her subject of choice is. Hollister is the smarter, more forward brother of the two, he tends to be the one who steps up to create the problems, though he will be the one that looks to end them. Lowell is the meth producer and cousin to Hollister, he offers Sawyer shelter, trying his best to keep her safe knowing what could happen to her if the others get hold of her. Sheriff O’Doyle is trying to figure out what happened to Sawyer, he has pressure from both sides and is planning on not making this a big scene.

PerformancesHermione Corfield takes the leading role in this film, she is the highlight of the film with the strength she shows, the evolution her character goes through and the survival skills she shows. Micah Hauptman, Jay Paulson and Sean O’Bryan are good in the supporting roles.

StoryThe story here follows a college student that becomes the target of locals and must survive in the local forest with the help of a meth producer. This story does go in one direction to start with, one we have seen many different times which would have been fine too, the fact this takes a turn and gives us actual development behind villainous characters instead of making them just local hicks. The story does give us the ideas or a survival thriller, only to take that away for part of the story, while this is different, it can take away from what we are expecting to see. The twists do keep the story feeling refreshing though.

ThrillerThe movie uses the thrilling side of the events to keep us on edge to just who Sawyer can trust and what will happen to her if she gets caught.

SettingsThe film is set in a Kentucky forest which does show us how easily it can be to become lost in the environment you don’t know, how easy secrets can be kept and how the locals know how to track.


Scene of the Movie –
The final fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not learning what Sawyer’s education or job interview is for.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good thriller that does bring a new look to the survival thriller, it has a good leading lady in Hermione Corfield and will keep you on edge until the end.

 

Overall: Thriller to keep you guessing.

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