The purported final installment of the Saw franchise has hit the theaters, in 3D, no less, to bring a sense of closure to the horror series. If this is really “Game Over” for the Saw franchise, how did the final movie fare?
Saw (7) 3D is the last episode and the best of the seven. If you covet chunks of flesh slamming into your face at 80MPH, or enjoy bone-gnawing contraptions, or prefer gruesome crescendo scenes, or if you are just a plain masochist, Saw 3D is just what the doctor (or anthropophagist) ordered. When Costas Mandylor (Agent Hoffman) became a featured character in the Saw series I cringed. I disliked his stature and Pinnochio-esque stiffness. Through great story-weaving the Saw masterminds have created a character that is the second (or 9th by last count) coming of Michael Myers. Make no mistake about it; Mandylor portrays a mass murderer that kills for the fun of twisted (pictures) revenge and we have to appreciate his honesty and sometimes his methods.
Night of the Demons has everything going for it. The cover of the straight to DVD release is flashy, catchy and seductive. It stars the lovely American Pie standout Shannon Elizabeth as the sexy-Goth Angela, and it has been released on Blu-ray and DVD a week out from Halloween. However, if the studio had more confidence in the quality of the picture they would not have waited an entire year before putting it to mass distribution. Unfortunately Night of the Demons is a victim of circumstance. It is a made for Halloween movie but taken as a movie in the scheme of things it is scary…awful.
My Soul to Take is an awful lot like blueberry Jello. It is colorful on the surface and loved by kids of all ages, but ultimately it is a slippery gimmick that adults see through immediately. The one word that reverberated through my mind nearing the 30 minute mark of this picture had been REFUND. On account of my instincts more so than my obligation to my reading audience, I requested a refund. My review in all fairness is based on a fractional 33% of this extraordinary disaster.
It’s horror season, wedding season is so over. The question on everyone’s minds (studio producers and film directors alike) is not whether Freddy Krueger can be resurrected (that is a given), rather, it is whether or not the Freddy franchise can. A Nightmare (literally) on Elm Street is poorly titled as there are numerous night terrors experienced by a multitude of characters in multiple locations. Geography be damned I say!
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