Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Mon Oct 1 2007Set in a Louisiana bayou, Adam Green’s old school slasher movie has all the right ingredients for a gruesome gumbo, but lacks an all-important piquancy. Bloody deaths, jokey cameos by Robert Englund and Tony Todd, breast-baring blondes, a killing-by-numbers plot and raucous rock music from pasty-faced poseur Marilyn Manson are thrown into the pot. Yet somehow the tired flavours never quite mingle.
On Halloween night, a hapless tour guide strands lovelorn twentysomething Ben (Joel Moore) and his wise-cracking black pal Marcus (Deon Richmond) in a supposedly haunted swamp. They and their fellow tourists – a porn director, two ditzy ‘actresses’, a middle-aged couple and a shy teenage girl – are then haunted and hunted by hatchet-faced hick Victor Crowley. Burned and hacked with an axe as a child, the hideously deformed Victor now likes to tear off the heads or chop off the limbs of passing strangers. Green’s efforts to strike a balance between knowing humour and no-holds-barred horror are stymied by an erratic tone: a slow, talky build-up gives way to a soggy middle section and a messy, all-stops-out finale.
Author: Nigel Floyd
Fri Oct 5, 2007
Cast and crew
Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Tony Todd, Joleigh Fioreavanti, Tamara Feldman, Joel David Moore, John Carl Buechler, Richard Riehle, Robert Englund, Joel Murray, Patrika Darbo, Deon Richmond, Joshua Leonard, Mercedes McNab