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Backslasher

UK 2012
produced by
Tim Cowles, Lynda Cowles (executive) for D'Avekki Studios
directed by Tim Cowles
starring Eleanor James, Emily Eaves, Jason Impey, Michael Gamarano, Ina Maria Brekke, Lucie Howard, Mike Prince, Ree Sinclair, Chloe Farnworth, Ryan Elliott, Simon Britton, Adam Templar, David Swain
written by Tim Cowles, cinematography by Jason Impey, special makeup effects by Jenny Buckland

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Becca (Eleanor James) thinks she has cracked social networking as such: She has become one of the most popular members on one of the raunchier social networking sites and uses her popularity to run a sextoys business together with her friend and flatmate Ruby (Emily Eaves), basically offering Tupperware-type sextoy parties for women only. Of course, occasionally, men confuse her for a prostitute and try to lure her in traps, but she can handle herself.

Basically, Becca has only one soft spot, her ex John (Michael Gamarano), whom she has ditched weeks ago ... but she can't get over the fact that they're not together anymore and after having pushed him away, she does everything to win him back (including sex), and she is devastated when she finds out that he had sex with Ruby shortly after they separated - but even now is not able to let him go.

But all of this issues pale compared to her newest online friend, "backslash", who starts to kill people from her social networking profile, starting with a girl she eventually chats with and a model doing sex toy-shows for her, but eventually getting ever closer to Becca personally, culminating in the brutal murder of John before her very eyes. Curiously, the police seem to believe that Becca herself is the killer, and if it wasn't for her cop father (Adam Templar), Becca would be thrown into jail - and that would have been good news, actually, because once she's out, Becca has to realize how close the killer has already gotten to her ... and when he attacks her and Ruby in their own apartment, everything suddenly becomes a game of life and death ...

 

As slasher movies go, Backslasher is a pretty tight flick: There's pretty clever build-up of tension and suspense, the characters are all pretty well fleshed-out and pretty interesting, the social networking-undercurrents are woven into the plot rather intelligently but there is also plenty of sex and violence to keep genre fans glued to the screen, and the whole thing is well enough acted and subtly enough directed to pass as one of the finer examples of the genre ... and yet, the film is not a total hit: Basically, the film's narrative buildup at some point fails to make sense, and the actual ending seems to be a bit too random to really convince or have the emotional impact a movie like this would have deserved.

Now don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty exciting piece of genre cinema ... but unfortunately, it's a film that never seems to reach its full potential.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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