Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 5th, 2007
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2006
Director: John Polonia, Mark Polonia
Writer: John Polonia
Cast: Erin Brown, Erika Smith, Alison Whitney, Brice Kennedy, Ken Van Sant, Dave Fife
DVD released: October 9th, 2007
Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Camp Motion Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
Splatter Beach was directed by the Polonia brothers Mark and John. Splatter Beach is a loosely based sequel on Polonia brothers’ penned screenplay for the 1987 film Splatter Farm. Fans of low budget/direct to video horror films have most likely seen one of the Polonia’s two dozen plus films that they have directed over the last three decades. The films direction is simply amazing as they perfectly mix horror and sexuality without ever losing track of the films core the sea monsters.
Sure the sea monsters look like actors in fish suits and this is part of its charm. To the director credit they also keep the monsters off screen as much as possible. The films surf music is oddly appropriate as it effortlessly gels with the films themes about monsters and beach life. One of my favorite things about this film is it many bizarre characters like a weight lifter on the beach who spends his every moment doing just that and taking about Hercules or body building. Then there is the nerdy lead that only cares about finding the monsters while his friend a white boy who thinks his is black is only along for the trip to bang his hot girlfriend.
All the various performances do a good job with their respective roles with the performance of Erika Smith as Tonya Smith stealing every moment she is in as she ignites the screen with sexual desire. The dialog also features some very humorous lines that most cult movie fans will pick up on while casual horror movie fans will not get their meanings. Ultimately Splatter Beach is a blast that mixes it various ingredients to their maximum potential.
Splatter Beach is presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The video is clean and clear.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio is free of any audio defects.
Extras for this release include an audio commentary with directors John and Mark Polonia and actor Ken Vansant, Profile: Polonia Brothers (23 minutes), Profile: Anthony Polonia Brothers (17 minutes), behind the scenes (8 minutes), Surfin Cadaver music video, bonus stuff: four short clips “Sugar Frosted Sugar”, “Ass Balm”, “Original Opening” and “Original Riptides Video”, bonus feature film – Hallucinations (58 minutes), Camp Trailer Vault and the soundtrack for Splatter Beach.
Overall Splatter Beach gets a solid DVD release from Camp Motion Pictures that comes with a first rate audio/video presentation and a mammoth amount of extras that all perfectly complement the film.