Slasher House 2 (2016) Review

14368789_1267178763315526_1562502904226346982_nSLASHER HOUSE II (2016)

Dir: MJ Dixon
Stars: Francesca Louise White, Luna Wolf, Sophie Portman, Jamie B. Chambers, Sam Cullingworth, David Hon Ma Chu

Released by Mycho Entertainment.

Red (Francesca Louise White, taking over the role from Eleanor James) is still hunting her father, The Demon (Jamie B. Chambers), the serial killer who slaughtered her family. Aided by tech-savvy assistant Luse (Sophie Portman), she investigates a number of murders, hoping each one will lead her to her nemesis. On one of these cases that she saves the life of stripper Amber (Luna Wolf), an individual who goes on to become a valuable ally. After crossing paths with a team of heavily armed operatives obsessed with capturing slashers, Red once again finds herself in a series of pitched battles against a host of monstrous adversaries — each leading her one step closer to the truth about the mysterious Slasher House…

Something that has struck me with MJ Dixon’s Mychoverse series of horror movies is his visual style. Think slashers by way of Argento, with a striking colour palette of blood reds and other-worldly greens.   Slasher House II takes his unique style to the next level, with the bright wigs of female leads, Red and Amber, making them look more like anime heroines than live-action characters.

With more money spent on this than his previous films, the fruits of Dixon’s labours are clear to see. As well as enhanced production values in the look of the film, it’s also reflected in some ambitious effects sequences from Bam Goodall (the Gravestone puppet is very cool, while the scenes with Molly Bannister’s, ahem, friends are another triumph) and some great fight choreography. However, if you’re more used to larger budget horror such as Blumhouse’s output, this may seem a little rough.

13769509_1216502365049833_7221261266634105140_nNevertheless, SHII marks a new kind of Mychoverse movie, with a more action-packed, Blade-esque feel. There are some excellent set-pieces in which White shows impressive martial arts moves — but that’s not all she offers. She delivers some great one-liners with a snarky, world-weary ease that makes her Red a very different character to James’s helpless amnesiac from the previous film. Wolf brings humanity and humour to the movie. She’s got an inherent likeability that marks her out as one to watch. While Portman doesn’t have as much screentime as the other two ladies, she makes the most of it.

Dixon writes fine dialogue and tells a suitably satisfying story for his cast that successfully expands on and encourages viewers to revisit Slasher House. It offers twists and turns, while the non-linear structure adds some depth to the storytelling process. I love that this is movie builds on the Mychoverse mythology, including shoutouts to its predecessor while blowing the story wide open to make a bigger, more complex world.
However, this may pose a problem for casual fans in that it relies on the viewer knowing the original movie, characters and mythos. If you haven’t seen it (or the other Mychoverse movies), you might struggle to make sense of this.

Speaking of these stories, viewers of the previous movie will be aware that several of Slasher House’s villains received their own spin-off films in the form of Legacy of Thorn, Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown, and Hollower. So, even though we’ve had no official confirmation yet, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll see more of these new movie maniacs. I’d most like to see a Gravestone solo flick. His scenes were so marvellously executed, Dixon already has the framework to create a must-watch slasher/comedy.

13710015_1211177188915684_1585350713468624285_nMJ Dixon is a fan of horror, sci-fi and action, and all the cool genre-blenders that combine these. His are films by a fan, for the fans. The Mychoverse is a love-letter to the genre… and Slasher House II might just be the best example yet. It’s fun, witty and furthers the rich mythos of the Slasher House universe. Think Blade II meets Halloween with a little Anime thrown in.

I would recommend this movie just on Mycho’s sheer ambition, but it’s a genuinely good film and one I implore you to check out.

8/10

60 Seconds To Die – Horror Anthology ’60 second short films that will scare you for a lifetime’

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To Scare You For A Lifetime

A film produced by Tony Newton

Associate Producers: Kerry Newton, Dan Brownlie, Emilie Flory & Richard Charles Stevens

With 60 seconds to Die they are breaking new ground mixing Horror, Art-house and online elements to a feature film all within 60 seconds!

The US Premiere of 60 Seconds to Die-the movie is April the 22nd at the LeglessCorpse Film Festival.

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Teaser trailer 2016 featuring directors from across the globe:

BEHIND 60 Seconds to Die

Tony Newton, producer, writer and director, known for Grindsploitation (2016), Virus of the Dead (2016) and
Grindsploitation 2: The Lost Reels (2016) brings with 60 Seconds to Die the first film of its kind: A feature film from 60 established and upcoming indie filmmakers from across the globe.

Tony Newton http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6935209/

Over 60 short horror films from established and upcoming indie filmmakers from across the globe!

60-2Featuring Directors
David Bryant, Bryan De Witt, James Eaves, Gary Baxter, Richard Chandler, Luke Ostrowski, Martin Sonntag, Luna Wolf, Michael J. Epstein & Sophia Cacciola, Caleb Emerson, Graham Fletcher-Cook, Chris Gierowski, Edward Payson, Jeremiah Kipp, Ascorvius, Peter Goddard, Tony Newton & Kerry Newton, L.M. Harter, Shawn Burkett, Emilie Flory, Paul Lynch, Adam Ginsberg, Killian H. Gore, Jason Impey, Dipesh Gurung, Shane Ryan, Mike Connors, Sune Rolf Jensen, James Balsamo, Billy Pon, Benjamin James, Matt Adams, Richard Charles Stevens, Nick Box, Luis Mariano Garcia, Pete Yagmin, Brian Weaver, Tom Gore, Brandon Scullion, Paul Michael McAlarney, Hunter Johnson, Paul Wennersberg-Lovholen, Justin Morales, Shawn C. Phillips, Danny Filaccio, Jason Kolucki, Kieran Johnston, Evan Makrogiannis, Mike McKown, Corey Norman, Kelly Hughes, Glenn Berggoetz, Carl Angelo Ruiz, R.J Wilson, Gav Chuckie Steel, Izzy Lee, Ruben Rodriguez, Sam Mason Bell, Laume Conroy, Liam Makrogiannis, Eric Alfonsi.

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