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An 80s slasher flick just in time for Friday the 13th this one may not have Jason but it is about as 80s as you can get. Unlike some others I’ve seen recently this one at least has kills a plenty as a good slasher should. Slaughterhouse is a pretty good representation of what was being churned out by the bucket of blood full in the 80s though being that it came out in ’87 it was preceded by most of the good ones. Slaughterhouse lives essentially as a mash up of Fridaythe 13th and Motel Hell though admittedly falls short of both of those for even as bad as Motel Hell is it’s still one of my favorites with a ton of nostalgia built into it for me. So let’s take trip back to the 80s for a moment.
As slasher flicks tend to do, Slaughterhouse has a very simple plot. A couple of business men want to buy Old Man Bacon’s slaughterhouse for his land. No joke there the guy’s name is Bacon. The slaughterhouse has seen better days and as luck would have it he is behind in his taxes. His competitor is hoping to snap up the Bacon & Sons Slaughterhouse on the cheap or perhaps even cheaper when/if his property is seized by the county for back taxes and put up for auction. Bacon refuses to sell and after discovering his strange and apparently mute son has found a couple new kind of animals to slaughter he decides the boy had a good idea but has some other meat in mind.
The killing in Slaughterhouse starts early then as slashers especially those from the 80s do tried to build the story and characters but with actors that really aren’t that good all you really want to see is more killing. I will say Slaughterhouse has plenty of killing for you. Some of the kills are good but it doesn’t take long to tell that the FX budget wasn’t exactly large but it seemed to do what it could with what it had to work with. To the filmmakers credit as too many try to do FX that they either don’t have the skill or budget for Slaughterhouse shows cool head and arm slices where if could do the FX reasonable well and leaves other kills to just a nice blood splatter rather show something that looks fake as hell and awful. If anyone is out there trying to make a low budget slasher take note when you can’t do the effect well cut to a nice blood splatter and leave the gruesome touches to your viewers’ twisted imagination. Unfortunately too few will heed that advice but it’s the best this Scribbler can give.
In the end Slaughterhouse is an 80s slasher that came out as the genre was waning and while it isn’t the best one I’ve seen by far you can see the influences that films from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre through the many (too many let’s be honest) Friday the 13th films as well as a personal favorite Motel Hell had on it. The acting is typically pretty bad for 80s slashers of this ilk but by far not the worst I’ve seen as you can see most of the actors were at least trying and had a modicum of skill. But let’s also be honest we’re not tuning into a slasher for the acting though it can be distractingly bad in some of these films. I probably won’t watch Slaughterhouse again but not because it was bad or that I felt it was a waste of my time it just doesn’t stand out from the pack which at this period was literally flooded with films just like it. This is the era in which I came of age watching horror and honestly I may even have seen it at the time though I don’t remember it as I did see so many films like this they do kind of blend together. For me it was a decent 80s slasher and one I’m glad I watched and was able to reminisce with for about 90 minutes. There were a few corny bits and a few mullets that made me giggle but it kept me entertained thus passing The Scribbler Clock Test. Keeping in mind the era from which this one hails if you’re of a similar age as me growing up at the height of the slasher era then you’ll enjoy this one. While it’s no ten by any measure for the era that it was born in, I’d call Slaughterhouse a solid 6 thus we can dub it…
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Feind loves watching movies of all kinds so if we watch it, we tell whether you should as well. I'll share mostly horror but I also enjoy everything from big Blockbusters to micro-budget Independent films.
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