Smothered – USA, 2014 – reviews

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Smothered is a 2014 American horror film written and directed by John Schneider. Five iconic horror actors find themselves the focus of a murderous hunt.

The movie stars Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees in four Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley in the Hatchet films), Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2House of 1000 Corpses; The Devil’s Rejects), R. A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III), Malcolm Danare (Christine; Popcorn; Godzilla), and Don Shanks (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers). Michael Berryman has a cameo role.

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After a convention appearance gig turns out to be wildly unsuccessful and unpleasant, a group of cult horror icons find themselves reluctantly persuaded to haunt a trailer park.

Lured by the promise of $1,000 a piece for what should be relatively easy work, the group arrives at the park but soon discovers that there is more to the job than they had initially been led to believe and that their own lives are at risk…

Reviews:

“The film is told in book format which means you get information as you need it. This may be jarring to some as it can interrupt the flow, but we’ll see what happens once a release date is announced. With a top-notch cast and endearing performances, John Schneider’s film is worth a look.” Christopher Jimenez, Shock Till You Drop

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“With a well-placed cast and entertaining script, Smothered was able to hide some of its shortcomings. There are a number of effects used, and they are hit and miss at best. A little more attention to the details on the make-up and gory F/X would have gone a long way toward polishing this film.” Dread Central

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“The scariest thing about Smothered is its low budget. Schneider (who also scripts and cameos) is working with next to nothing to bring the effort to life, keeping most of the action set in the woods, where he can burn through incidents and pages of dialogue without having to move around much, leaving the bulk of the picture to RV-bound encounters and camaraderie.”Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

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“The film is well paced, with the mood changing repeatedly… from slapstick silly to downright scary … without missing a beat. Schneider has clearly spent some time behind the camera (from the final episode of “Dukes of Hazzard” to “Smallville” to made for television films) and that experience and confidence, especially in a genre’ that’s fairly foreign to him, allows him a free eye (and hand) in his story telling.” Media Mikes

Cast and characters:

  • Kane Hodder as Striper
  • R. A. Mihailoff as R.A. Mihailoff
  • Bill Moseley as Soggy Christian
  • Dane Rhodes as Randy
  • Malcolm Danare as Malcolm Danare
  • Don Shanks as Don Shanks
  • Rachel Alana Handler as Chunks
  • Amy Brassette as Agness
  • Ritchie Montgomery as Mountain Man
  • Brea Grant as DeeDee
  • John Schneider as Player
  • Michael Berryman as Michael Berryman
  • John Kassir as John Kassir
  • Andrew Bowen as Carl
  • Shanna Forrestall as Trixie

Choice dialogue:

Chunks: “I like being chunky. Boney women look like shit on a stick”.

Stiper: ” If Friday the 13th is shit then Saturday the 14th will be even shittier!”

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Filming locations:

John Schneider Studios lot in Louisiana with additional scenes shot in downtown Baton Rouge during summer 2013.

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