An evil football player terrorizes a group of nerds in this bloody throwback to 80's slasher flicks.
Written By: Leopold Vincent Medley
Directed By: Leopold Vincent Medley
A while back I was the chosen reviewer for Leopold Medley's film "The Ballad Of Jeffrey", and although not the perfect film by any stretch, there was enough entertainment wrapped within to keep me going till the credits rolled. For this review, I find it only fair to use that film as a guide when comparing it to this one. Using this format may not be the most honest when writing a review, but it's kind of hard to be completely objective when you've already seen the technical abilities of the writer/director via a previous indie film.
"Jockstrap Slaughterhouse" is a throw back film, paying tribute to the slasher flicks of the eighties. Vincent Medley is a self proclaimed fan of the genre, so it's up to you to decide if he truly designed a film to be a throw back, or if he was simply smart enough to realize that the resources available to him would show better... as a throw back film. No matter how you look at it, the movie does play like it's straight from that era. As a casual fan myself, I can easily write that this film, at times... may even look better than some of it's eighties counterparts. Jockstrap himself is a mean SOB, who like his murdering eighties cousins is full of one liners. They may make you chuckle, or they may make you groan... but they clearly scream eighties bad killer dude. As I wrote above... it's a throw back film! Don't forget to let yourself have some fun watching it. In the grand scale of things, the next big Oscar winner this is not. But if you're willing to sit back, have a beer and give it a chance, you may just end up really enjoying yourself.
The technical elements of this flick consist of pretty much what you think they consist of. But maybe, some of the flaws end up enhancing the vibe of the film. First off... the audio. At times, all things considering... it's pretty fair for an indie flick. However, there are still a few instances of really... really inconsistent levels. The audio glitches you'll probably really notice however, are during the transitions. A little more care when fading and raising the volumes, during the scene changes, would make a huge difference. Even a cover up sound, like a bang or swish could have greatly helped. Overall though, not as bad I thought going in. Certainly not enough to make me enjoy the film any less. However, my biggest complaint was some of the props. Mainly... the decapitation. I am going under the assumption that it was "supposed" to be funny. Truth is, it was pretty lame. If no suitable prop could have been found, it would have been better to have left that scene out. The gag just didn't work. It may have, if even a slight resemblance was present. It was not however. Ya, ya... I get it. Eighties and no budget, bla bla bla. It wouldn't have cost anything to simply leave that part out.
The acting featured in "Jockstrap Slaughterhouse", surprisingly, was much better than I anticipated. Sure, we have some lame-ass moments, but more than a few scenes actually contained some nice work. I'm happy to say that a few moments in the film may have actually been acted better than some real studio films of the era. However, some of the screams, (cough cough - the first death in the film) were really... really bad.
To sum up this film is quite easy. It was fun. The pieces all seem to fit together and for what it is, it just works. I personally am delighted and a little amazed at how far Mr. Medley has come. The experience difference is a little stunning actually. When possible, I encourage everyone to watch some of Vincent's older films, followed by this one. I almost guarantee you'll be amazed at how much things have improved. With regards to "Jockstrap Slaughterhouse" itself, it's a fun little ride back to slasher flicks of old. As a movie, it doesn't take itself all that seriously, adding to the charm. If this exact film were made 20+ years ago, it probably would have been a B movie hit! As it sits right now, it's still some decent entertainment... and more than anything it leaves me wondering what the next film will be like from Mr. Medley.
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