Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun

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Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun Review


You tell me if this is too far to go for a joke: In 2005, a guy named D.C. Mann (aka Vin Crease, as he's credited here) watches a whole lot of 1970s horror movies so he can meticulously recreate the styles and film look of the era. He then films a movie called Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun, pretends it is banned or lost or otherwise suppressed, and then, under the guise of a revival, unleashes it upon the present-day world, complete with retrospective interviews and intricate made-up stories about the cast, deaths on the set, and so on. "An unearthed classic!" they'll say -- or they would say, if they didn't know it was all shot earlier this year. Blair Witch, what have you done!?

Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun is ambitious and fun, and sure enough you'll feel like you're back in the '70s when you watch it. The story draws obvious inspiration from the Manson family, with an innocent blonde girl named Jennifer (Cheryl Dent) having a breakdown in the desert, getting chased by hoodlums, and being saved by a group of characters with funny names and even funnier philosophies. Of course, Jennifer gets sucked into the world of Damon Grey (Crease) and his gang of trippin' hippies... and the body count begins. (It doesn't help that Jennifer's got secrets of her own: She's on the road because she was just released from the looney bin herself.)

The look is perfect, with over-lit shots giving the movie that hazy, dreamlike effect you see in movies of the era like Helter Skelter and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The story feels familiar, too -- overly so, in fact. Between the drug trips, the dream sequences, and the ritual slayings, there's not much new here. Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun, despite its over-the-top artifice, does little to push the boundaries of the horror genre. To answer my initial question: Yes, it's a long way to go for a joke, and it's probably not worth it. I'd have rather had a less contrived screenplay that takes place in the present day than an insidery horror movie that ultimately ends up being much more jokey than scary -- mainly because the retrospective setup just isn't that believable.

Still, horror fanatics will probably love the fact that this is something different and reasonably good at providing both gore and T&A (though frankly the film could have used an additional injection of both).



Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun

Facts and Figures

Run time: 82 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 27th September 2005

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 3.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Jonathan A. Stein

Starring: as Violence Onelove, as Damon Grey, as Jennifer, as Sabbath Jones, as Guilty Karma, J. Scott Shonka as Westy Westerman, Michael Schuster as Doc Warlock, as Dr. Denver, Todd Duffey as Robert Lewis, Chris Garnant as Bertram Lewis, Karl Anderson as Randy Andrews, Chelsey Cole as Young Jennifer, Wendee Cole as Jennifer's Mother, Klaus Aton Graahl as The Man in the Flat Top Hat, Sheilah Grenham as Cassandra Locust

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