Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 17th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 2006
Director: Maurice Devereaux
Writer: Maurice Devereaux
Cast: Tony Curtis Blondell, Sarah-Joslyn Crowder, Neil Napier, Christopher Piggins, Eric Rutherford
DVD released: May 20th, 2008
Approximate running time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English/Japanese
DVD Release: Salvation Films/Redemption
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Six American contestants are chosen to compete on Japan’s #1 reality T.V. show Slashers. The object of the game is to be the last contestant standing all the end of the game and collect the million dollar prize. There are three killers’ who torment and kill the contestants. Contestants can either work together or help kill off their competitors as well as the games three hired killers’.
What would you do for one million dollars? This is the question that six contestants are faced with while playing a reality game show was you kill or are killed. Slashers, is a clever satire that takes the recent reality show phenomena that has been polluting Television for almost a decade. Reality T.V. takes your average Joe and instantly makes them a star because of their exploits and not their talent or lack thereof. Director Maurice Devereaux who also wrote the films screenplay takes the reality genre and amps it’s up to eleven. Reality T.V. has done just about everything imaginable that is except a show about killing for money. Slashers does a superb job showing just stupid these type of shows are and that if given the chance for money and/or stardom a person will do just about anything to obtain this goal.
Visually Slashers retains the look of the reality shows it is parodying with most of the action shot via hand-held cameras that add a sense of intimacy. The plot is very simple the camera follows around the contestants from the beginning of the game until its shocking conclusion. The pacing is pretty steady with the killings spaced out just far enough so that we can get to know more about the contestants. The killings are all gory and at times brutal. The special effects while not without there flaws are more then adequate. All the performances in the film are effective and convincing. If anything the killers’ are a tad over the top while doing their stick. Ultimately Slashers is a superb satire that perfectly captures the absurdity of reality television and the wannabe celebrities’ that are spawned from these types of shows.
Slashers, is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Outside of some mild edge enhancement the image looks clear, clean, colorful and sharp throughout. There are no problems with artifacts or compression.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix. The audio is presented in a dual language with most of the dialog spoken in English and some of the dialog spoken in Japanese. The audio sounds clear and evenly balanced. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects. English subtitles have been included that are error free, easy to read and follow.
Extras for this release include a stills gallery, a four minute interview with Chainsaw Charlie, thirteen minutes of deleted Japanese scenes & extra gore footage and a twelve minute making of “Slashers” segment. The interview with Chainsaw Charlie is done as a parody of the interviews conducted on the T.V. series “The Actors Studio”. The remaining extras consist of trailer for other titles currently available on DVD from Redemption Films. Overall Redemption Films gives Slashers a strong DVD release that comes with a first rate audio/video presentation and a handful of interesting extras.