Tuesday, 5 March 2013
DVD review: Stabbed in the Face (2004)
Set in the mid 1980's, a group of young kids ventures off to a remote abandoned home for the Halloween adventure of their adolescent wet dreams. Unfortunately, a serial killer is on the loose, but what do horny young teens care for such trivialities? Only Terry, their demented leader and unsuspecting murderer of the group, notices bodies cropping up in places unrelated to the meticulous murders he himself has committed. Who will have the bigger body count, Terry or the mystery murderer? Will the group discover Terry's true psychopathic intents, or will the drugs, alcohol, and sex deaden their senses enough for Terry to deaden them? Stabbed in the Face is written and directed by Jason Matherne. The acting is decent, it´s okay considering it features none actors . The camerawork and editing is decent (I´ve seen far worse) but some scenes are badly lit and way too dark. But even so there are some nice visuals in this. I´m not too fond of the punk soundtrack but that´s a matter of personal taste. The pacing is good. There are a couple of really annoying characters in this, this is due to them being very exaggerated. we get the usual stereotypes commonly found in slashers; the nerd, the slut, the jerk, the virgin and so on. There are multiple threads in the movie, at least one twist and some viewers might find it a bit confusing towards the end.There is intentional comedy, a Troma-inspired sense of humor, in this but it never takes away from that it is a slasher and a very violent slasher it is. Stabbed in the Face is gory, it´s good practical fx as the characters start getting killed off one by one. I was kinda surprised how mean-spirited some of the violence is in this, there´s a kill that is so brutal that I had to pick up my jaw from the floor (I loved it). There´s plenty of T & A (including female full frontal nudity from Helen Whiskey) and sex. There are also implied necrophilia.
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This review is based upon the region all (region 0) DVD release from Terror Optic.
Rating: 5½ out of 7. Stabbed in the Face features enough goodlooking girls, gore and T & A to keep you watching. The flaws can for the most part be attributed to the micro budget. Recommended to fans of the slasher genre!