DVD Review: Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012)

Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Calum Waddell

Starring: Corey Feldman, Tobe Hooper, Mick Garris, Emily Booth, James Moran, Norman J. WarrenTom Holland, Fred Olen Ray, Dave Parker, John Carl Buechler, Christopher Smith, Adam Green

As if you couldn’t guess by the title, Slice & Dice concentrates on the slasher film and is discussed by various actors, directors and crew members who have been involved in some of the biggest and most popular titles to have come from the genre. Running at a trim 75 minutes, the genre is discussed and dissected by such notable names as Mick Garris (Psycho IV: The Beginning), John Carl Buechler (Hatchet/Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Corey Feldman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Adam Green (Hatchet/Hatchet II), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Tom Holland (Child’s Play), and the one thing that’s obvious is that all of the people involved have huge amounts of love and respect for what some people consider to be throwaway nonsense. Beginning with Hitchcock’s Psycho as a template – although there is an argument for Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom being the first as they were both released in the same year – the discussion touches on the inevitable Halloween, Black Christmas, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Child’s Play, but also looks at lesser known but no less valid titles like Motel Hell, Tourist Trap, Stagefright and Intruder. The documentary is broken down into sections that cover subjects like the rules of slasher films, the final girl, how to survive a slasher and good gore gags – everything that you would need to know, basically – and has tons of clips to back up the various insights.

As a bonus, the second disc contains a short documentary covering backwoods horror and films such as The Hills Have Eyes, Deliverance and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (again – but is it not worth looking at twice?) plus a selection of classic slasher trailers with an informative commentary by director Calum Waddell and author Justin Kerswell, and trailers for such ludicrous titles as The Hills Have Eyes Part II and Splatter University are certainly worthy of a commentary or two. There is also footage from the various premieres and Q&A’s that the film has been shown at that provide a little insight into the popularity of slasher films.

So is Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever the definitive package and last word on slasher films? Possibly, although conspicuous by their absence are genre stalwarts like John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Dario Argento, Robert Englund and Tom Savini, whose input may have added some more weight but then you’re upping the running time and going deeper than you possibly need to. As it is, this is the perfect package for newbies – something of a training manual, if you like – and two discs of nostalgic fun for the more experienced viewer, and is highly recommended for an evening’s entertainment.

Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever

Special Features: Audio commentary with director/producer Calum Waddell, moderated by Justin Kerswell, Additional ‘outtake’ interviews featuring Corey Feldman, Felissa Rose, J.S. Cardone, Kevin Tenney and more, post-screening audience Q&A session from the Glasgow Film Theatre featuring Slice and Dice interviewees James Moran and Norman J. Warren, footage from the Sitges Film Festival World Premiere, footage from the USA premiere at San Francisco’s Another Hole in the Head Festival, footage from the Scottish premiere at the Glasgow Film Theatre, ‘All Kinds of Twisted’ music video, Full Moon trailers, Don’t Go in the Backwoods documentary, Trailer Park of Legendary Slasher Titles featuring optional audio commentary with Calum Waddell and Justin Kerswell

UK Release Date: 13th May 2013

88 Films – Website

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