The Summer of Massacre
Joe Castro, Schroeder, Steven J. Escobar (executive) for Escobar Indie Pictures
directed by Joe Castro
starring Brinke Stevens, Nick Principe, Cleve Hall, Lisa M.Garcia, Lauren Boehm, Scott Barrows, Tim A. Colley, Felip Winslett, Jerry G.Angelo, J.T. Seaton, John Karyus, London Hilton, Kimmarie Johncon, Ted Alderman, Joe Castro, Bahram Khosraviani, Dan Lovell, Joe Mannetti, Justin Marchert, Evan Owen, Rene Pena, Chris Staviski, Anahit Setian, Ken Ashe, Tchia Casselle, Kenneth J.Hall, Robyn Hall, Jesse Kozel, Daun Roche, Jeff Stevens, Laurie Cipriano, Daniel Aldema, Timothy Hearl, Nick Rey Angelus, Garo Setian, Weston 'Ditch' Frey, Michal Shinafelt, Doug Smith
written by Joe Castro, Schroeder (chapter 1 only), prosthetic effects, special effects makeup and visual effects by Joe Castro
- Chris (Tim A.Colley) is brutally beaten up by a group of thugs, who
then leave him out on the street, unconscious and horribly disfigured,
where he is found by a jogger only the next morning. Misjudging the
situation, he brutally kills the jogger - and then kills everybody
else coming his way in a more and more violent manner, plagued by
flashbacks of his ordeal ...
- Lori (Nick Principe) is a disfigured, wheelchairbound retard, and
the lump growing from her head will kill her sooner or later. Lori's
pretty sister Kimberly (Lisa M.Garcia) has grown so sick of constantly
taking care of her that she coerces her stepbrother (John Karyus) and
several of her friends into killing her by pushing her off some
cliffs. However, the fall doesn't kill Lori, just smashes the lump ...
and without the lump, Lori can walk again, think again - and now she's
out for revenge, killing all those responsible for her death, all but
Kimberly, for whom she has a worse fate in mind ...
Genre veteran Brinke Stevens plays Lori and Kimberly's mother in this
- His girlfriend (Kimmarie Johnson) wants to marry him, but Jesse
(Jerry G.Angelo) has to turn her down and reveals his terrible secret:
His father is the original boogieman (Scott Barrows), and he is a
product of rape. Jesse and his mom have been on the run from the
boogieman ever since her ordeal, but going after them the boogieman
has killed all of Jesse's family, and has now tracked down Jesse and
mom. And he's now hell-bent on scaring Jesse to death, even if that
means creating a bloodbath in a hospital ...
- One night at a campfire, a bunch of guys tell lovely Lisa (Lauren
Boehm) a tale about the campfire killer Devon Hopper (J.T. Seaton), a
gay fireman who was burnt alive by a lynchmob for being gay. Now he is
supposed to have come back from the dead for revenge on the families
of those lynching him. Not that Lisa believes any of this, but when
she wakes up the next day, all her friends are dead, and now
whoever-it-is is after her ...
- In the sort-of framing story, 3 killers have escaped prison, but
surrounded by the police, they decide to go out with the biggest bang
possible (think nuclear).
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First up: This film is not for the squeamish, it is a Guiness-certified
record holder for the highest bodycount in one single film, and most
killings are quite violent in execution and quite graphic in display. So
if you're opposed to gore, you shouldn't even think about watching this
However, despite the violence and the high bodycount, this is not just
a brainless gorefest (except maybe the first episode), but writer/director
Joe Castro actually succeeds in telling pointed shortstories amidst all
the gore, with fun plottwists and original punchlines. And everything is
brought to life in a rather cartoonish way, with many of the killings
being as exhilarating as they are horrifying (like the decapitation by
skateboard) and so (intentionally) over-the-top in a Herschell Gordon
Lewis-way they can't be taken wholly seriously.
Basically, The Summer of Massacre is the perfect partymovie to
watch with the right crowd - but again, if you're not into gory deaths (on
screen, obviously), you better give this one a miss.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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