DVD Review: Hallows Eve: Slaughter On Second Street
Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street (2008)
Studio: Verite Cinema
Release Date: October 30, 2009
Directed by: P.J. Starks
Starring: John Page, Katie Green, Megan Fuller
Reviewed by: FearShop Mike
Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street is a nice whodunit that makes some subtle references to Scooby Doo, but is in no way a children’s movie. It is a somewhat intelligent micro-budget horror movie that is meant to have fun with. At no point, did the movie take itself seriously enough to warrant the user to pick its flaws apart.
The basic story is that Buck (played by Todd Reynolds) runs a haunted attraction that is being shut down by Buck’s brother (played by Bryan Reynolds). As a last-ditch effort, Buck decides that the only saving grace for his company is to hire a group of ghost hunters to prove that the attraction is indeed haunted. From the general synopsis, it sounds like a weak story, but it is filled with many subplots which make this a bearable story.
With most low budget movies, you will find a lot of the same issues present here: bad acting, plot holes, and meaningless scenes. Hallows Eve: Slaughter on Second Street has some of the same issues, but it was made to have fun with, and that is what the viewer gets out of it. The childish banter between Chevy and Doobie was obviously an overstated attempt at a comedic release. The jokes were silly and idiotic, but I found myself enjoying the humor and cheering for their characters. Stephanie (played by Katie Green) was a character that I did not particularly like, but that may have been the point of having her there. She was a “sensitive” who felt the evil seeping through the pores of the building.
While a lot of the dialogue was not very solid, it was good enough for this film and you had some kind of investment with most of the characters, whether you wanted them to survive, or you wanted to see them hacked to pieces. But, the important factor was that you did feel for them in some way.
Gore-hounds beware. There were a couple of well done moments of gore, but most of it was left to the imagination and done off-screen. I would have loved to see a little more gore, but all-in-all, the movie kept me interested enough to keep me on board for the entire film.
This film will not appeal to those that require a slick Hollywood production, but should appeal to those who do not mind travelling off the beaten path to get their horror. With an open mind, and a few friends, this movie is very campy and can make for a good time. I am very interested to see what P.J. Starks could do with a budget and better actors.
Brutal As Hell Rating:
2.5 out of 5