Generally speaking, I don't usually review trailers. The entire concept of a trailer is to up-sell a film. Not to mention, you can't really review a trailer since essentially, there is nothing to review. Concept trailers are a little different... especially this one. With "Swamp Killer" I watched the concept trailer, then went ahead and watched most of the other videos as well. Essentially, I watched enough to consider this a short film of sorts. Sort of. And yes reader... it was all pretty damn cool.
When and if a full film is made, I will definitely watch, revisit, and rewrite this page - but for now, I can only hope to see a feature, or even short of this movie completed, later down the road. The concept is simple enough to easily explain, yet potentially complex enough to add loads of unique and fresh elements along the way. In a nutshell? A filmmaker, along with his cast and crew, decide to make, as he puts it, the best grindhouse movie ever made. Lofty goals when considering the nature of the genre. Right? In this case however, they just may succeed... if they all happen to survive long enough. You see... the locations of this upcoming fictional film house a deranged murderer. The Swamp Killer! What starts out as a movie about making a film, quickly turns to a real life killer hacking and slashing the cast and crew. Great idea right? This troupe just may get the sickest, realist grindhouse film ever made... because it would be real. This is how I read the concepts here, and all I can say is brilliant.
If it all starts with a scream, Ramiro Hernandez is definitely on the right track. It was great seeing a really cool scream right off the bat, even cooler was the lead-up - seen in another video. I just have to say that the visuals, acting, and even costume of the swamp killer looks really great. The use of genre themed filters, but not in every single shot, was another pleasant surprise. Cornball antics? Lots of blood? Looks like it will all be present here. Can't complain about that can you?
In essence, from what the trailer promises, is where I pulled my rating from. If the film, when finished, keeps on par with what I've seen so far, a four star rating would be the least I would award. In my opinion that is - but I am a genre fan. I'm fully aware, as I wrote above, that a trailer of any kind only shows off the good. That's kind of the point. Since however, that's what I'm seeing - I based accordingly. When things look this cool though, I highly doubt Hernandez is going to direct anything less than what the concept trailer promises. That's a positive thought, but as I also wrote above, I will have to revisit this movie when completed.
At the end of the day it should come as no surprise that I loved this. I'm pretty sure any genre fan will eat this concept trailer up. In one big gulp. The real trick will be to keep the quality up during production. I also couldn't help but think about non-genre fans, as I watched the individual clips. Honestly? There just could be something here for them as well. If the film is as fun as it promises to be... what's not to love? From anyone? Really looking forward to keeping up with this film. Four stars. Easy.