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Stark Raving Quackers: A Review of ‘The Quacky Slasher (2017)’.

Posted in Short Scares with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

**WARNING: CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS**

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Ever since its marketing debut at Birmingham Horror Con back in February, The Quacky Slasher has been a hotly anticipated short film on the indie genre circuit. Directed by Peter Mckeirnon (Dead Town, Swings and Roundabouts), The Quacky Slasher is an affectionate, all out parody of the golden era of slasher movies in the schlocky sense.

Following a traumatic childhood experience in which he saw his father mauled to death by ducks, Michael Quackers (Andrew Butterworth) is on the rampage, stabbing and slashing several unwitting yet disreputable victims who are unlucky enough to cross his path.

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Made on a shoe-string budget, The Quacky Slasher utilizes the resources it’s equipped with which adds to the overall charm. It’s tongue-in-cheek from the outset with the humour coming across as naturally funny rather than forced. Do not go in expecting a high quality, polished film but rather take it for what it is. The editing is choppy in places with the transitions between scenes abruptly starting and ending rather than transitioning smoothly or in a slick fashion but again that may have been intentional.

The cast and crew have clearly put in a lot of dedication and have created a film which lovingly satires the likes of Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), and Pieces (1982). Much like the cult classics that preceded it, The Quacky Slasher plays with the familiar trope of childhood trauma affecting the killer’s future actions and inevitably quenching their bloodthirst! There’s some fan-worthy nods in there especially to legendary screen killers Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. In an early scene, Michael lurks down the aisles of a novelty shop and of course selects the duck mask rather than the masks of his famous counterparts, making the statement that this demented duck is coming into his own.

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The film is also a self-confessed homage to iconic, British cult series, The League of Gentlemen (1999-2002). Mckeirnon has employed the idea of the ordinary, small British town where a dark underbelly lurks underneath the surface and the quirky characters who inhabit it. Three intertwining sub-plots run through the 35-minute-long short, there’s the dodgy dealings of the corrupt criminals, the ‘slow on the uptake’ police officers and of course Michael’s quackers killing spree. Mckerinon places a refreshing spin on the conventional inept police detectives by casting two females in the roles, conveying that gender in horror can be flip-sided to suit all kids of stock characters.

The sinister synth score which plays at pivotal moments aids the 80’s tone that the film possesses. In fact, there isn’t really a ‘modern’ feel to it at all, Michael’s backstory reveal is told the old-fashioned way and technology barely plays a role, staying authentic to the era of genre it’s paying homage to. It depicts its more bloody moments wisely and does contain some great set pieces of gore. The mask itself is pretty striking, allowing Michael Quackers to make his unforgettable mark.

The Quacky Slasher has a niche appeal about it. It’s a film created for fans of low budget exploitation, horror/comedy as well as traditional slashers. It’s wholly exaggerated, campy and completely played for laughs.

This is one slashtastic spoof that is absolutely quackers! Whatever you do ‘Don’t F**k with the Duck’!!

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

 

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Sorority Life is Killer! Initial Thoughts on Scream Queens!

Posted in Press Release, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

**Contains Moderate Spoilers**

Its finally here! Scream Queens received its 2 part pilot episodes over on Fox last Tuesday night. The Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck created series is exactly what it says it is, a real Scream! A love letter to all things 80s and 90s from the soundtrack down to the style; Scream Queens is the darkest of comedy horror with off the wall humour, set pieces full of satire and a homage to everything from Heathers and Jawbreaker to Clueless with the wit and self-referential style of the likes of Wes CravenKevin Williamson and Joss Whedon. Its all that and much more.

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American Horror Story favourite Emma Roberts steals the show playing the bitchiest of all bitches, Chanel Oberlin. With equal measures of malice and venom, Roberts exaggerates the typical Queen B, sorority leader in an over the top fashion. Watching her back is sharp university dean Cathy Munsch, played by the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis who makes plans to turn the sorority into an empowered sisterhood by accepting everyone and anyone who wishes to pledge! But even its notions of feminism is poked fun at keeping everything completely tongue in cheek.

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Everything is in order until Skyler Samuels’s Grace Gardner comes on the scene. It wouldn’t be a slasher without the outsider with a mysterious past, coming in to shake things up. Grace is no pushover, so has the ruthless Chanel, finally met her match?!

The pilot begins all the way back in 1995, when TLC were at the top of the charts and sororities were all about keeping up appearances (but as soon as it flips to the present day, it shows nothing has changed!).  A young woman walks into the middle of a party with blood all over her hands and from them on its just the perfect tease that lures us into an offbeat world, where you won’t believe what happens next!

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The highlight has to be Ariana Grande as Chanel #2’s face off with a mysterious killer known as The Red Devil, that goes to show murder in the modern day is nothing quite like what you’ve seen before! Abigail Breslin’s Chanel #5, is already a firm favourite, they say its always the quiet ones, so here’s hoping she’ll have some sort of impact as the series progresses.

Its slick, fast-paced, taboo-breaking, slashertastic fun!  Scream Queens plays up to its genre tropes and takes it up to the max with a great big devilish grin on its face!

If you thought the rubber man in AHS: Murder House was weird…you ain’t seen nothing yet!

You will never order a pumpkin spiced latte at your local Starbucks in the same way again!

Bring on Episode 2!

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Vamps (2012) Review. (Love Horror).

Posted in Love Horror with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2014 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

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Released on Blu-Ray/DVD this week, take a bite out my review for 2012, Amy Heckerling horror/comedy VampsA tongue-in cheek look at two Manhattan based fanged females morally against the temptation of human blood. It really is as fluffy instead of fangy as it sounds!

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.