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Spring Break Massacre

by on Jul.17, 2010, under Daily Review

From a first glance, this could be mistaken as another scream queen classic from the 80’s, or a revival style homage, especially as the Queen herself takes a role here, Linnea Quigley, but it’s not really the case. This has a confused feeling about it; on one hand it’s low budget and amateur, but carries a whole tribute of styles in it’s film bag, and on the other hand, it’s pure Troma.

A father leaves his daughter home alone for the spring break with a few house rules, no guys, drink or drugs. Of cause, a twenty something is out to break the rules and as soon as father’s hit the road, a slumber party is arranged. Girls in lingerie spend the next hours running about the house, meanwhile, the guys in their life are planning how to get in.  But, with all good slumber parties, there’s gotta be a massacre, and one by one, the youths are slaughtered.

OK, so this sounds like all the other cheap films you’ve ever seen. Wrong. Although this edges toward the obvious with semi naked girls getting slashed up, the film tries to follow a more thriller approach. Not knowing who the killer is, and good character generation with cops in the station, a back story with a guy escaping from prison, but a nice twist which is unexpected. The film ties up well too with no loose ends. Cinematically, it’s got an interesting style. It chops and changes from colour to black and white, slow-mo and some reverse camerawork which works well, but as I say, it’s a confused movie due to it’s conflict to be taken seriously. Much of the film is shot hand held which gives a good creepy feeling and closeness to the subject. It’s quite a dirty gritty film, but suddenly, we get some really nice glorious shots.

The acting all round is quite good. Erin Meyers, LeAnne VanMaulle, Toni Buena, Renee Darmiento and Reggie Bannister. Of cause, Linnea is always great and here she shines as always in a role a bit more reserved from her usual.

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5 Comments for this entry

  • Melissa

    You didn’t give a star rating for this one, Geoff.

    Thumbs up or down (it reads like an up for the most part)?

    My B/F is a BIG fan of the Sorority House and Slumber Party Massacre movies (plus Troma) – so I’m assuming he’ll like this one?

    Our player’s unlocked – so we’re thinking of making a purchase. Wish more of these smaller movies would get a release here. What’s up?

  • Geoff

    Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for checkin out the site. The film has a bug plus from me, but it’s not really for everyone. Unlike most films of this style, it doesnt carry too many laughs, but that’s what appealed to me. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it thoug and it’s good to support these smaller films.

    Thanks.

  • Michael Hoffman

    Hey – found your review (in the midst of all the BS torrent sites) doing a Google search. I directed this (rather quickly) – and wanted to say thanks so much for finding it and supporting us!!!!

    While I didn’t intend for anything to be taken seriously; I hear your points and appreciate the comments.

    If you’re registered – please pop a vote over at the IMDB for the movie…and a few of your quotes will probably end up on the movie’s website – as I see there are things you enjoyed about the movie 🙂

  • Geoff

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoyed your film. I think you’ve definitely got something going on there; i’ll look forward to seeing more of your films, maybe even get some of your previous work on the 365 list.
    Thanks!

    Geoff

  • Michael Hoffman

    Thanks, man 🙂 I appreciate the support.

    Just a little news – I have a meeting for a (larger – in name only) possible sequel to “Spring Break”. Fingers crossed. This would be killer – and we’d shoot in the Miami Beach area 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Oh – and if you’re going to check out anything else I’ve done – I would definitely make it “ROT: REUNION OF TERROR”. I know it’s love it/hate it – but was my tribute to stuff like “Offerings”; “Don’t go the Woods”; “Prom Night” and obscure 80’s slashers. Tried to pace it just like a film from that era – so it’s probably out of date by today’s standards.

    Thanks again!

    – Mike

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