Friday, 10 May 2013

DVD review: The Carpenter: Part 1 - And So They Die (2009)

The tale of a writer, a group of high school kids and a killer. The Kids party, the writer writes and the killer becomes legend. The Carpenter: Part 1 - And So They Die is written and directed by Jared Cohn and co-directed by Frank Aragon. The acting is pretty good, the camerawork and editing is pretty good but the image is too dark and most of the flick does take place at night and it is sometimes very hard to make out exactly what´s happening. We´re in familar slasher genre territory so you know what you gonna get, in effect T & A, a pretty good bodycount, gory kills and killer in a cool outfit. I like the plot and the ending where the identity of the killer is revealed is gratifying. The soundtrack is pretty good. The pace is good. There´s gore, the killer main weapons of choice is a pair of  hammers so there´s plenty of head-trauma on display but there´s also a beheading, throats being cut off and so on. A few kills are off screen. Sadly the best and most graphic kill loose a lot of its power due to the image being too dark which makes it hard to see any details.  There´s T & A, several actresses provide topless nudity, there´s some sex including girl on girl action.
This review is based upon the region all (Region 0) DVD release from Vesuvio Entertainment.
Rating: 4½ out of 7. The Carpenter: Part 1 - And So They Die is a pretty good contribution to the slasher genre it´s just a darn shame that the image/picture is so dark at times which makes it hard to see what´s happening on screen. It delivers all the standard trademarks of a slasher, it´s better acted and better made than I expected. If you´re a fan of the slasher genre you should take the time to check it out.


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