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The Summer of Massacre

USA 2011
produced by
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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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  • 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 one.
  • 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 movie.

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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