THE SLASHENING (2015) Reviews and overview

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The Slashening is a 2015 American comedy horror slasher feature film written and directed by Brandon Bassham (The Slashening 2; Grindsploitation ‘The Annum Triple Feature’ segment; Fear Town U.S.A.) from a storyline co-written with Reynard Alli. The Annum Films production stars Anna Callegari, Sam Reece and Elyse Brandau.

“Best friends Lucy, Eva, Ashley, Beth and Margot have a sleepover like any other – until murder joins the party.

A tale of friendship, betrayal, madness, and the search for some decent dick…”

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“This movie is low-budget, this movie is absolutely absurd, and this movie is kind of great! […] Let’s be clear, few, if any, of these female characters are well-drawn or even likeable, but that is more a function of the satirical nature of the film. However, the larger arcs of the film make it obvious that this movie has something to say about sexuality and about gender within the horror genre.” Bloody Good Horror

” …all of the ingredients of The Slashening are great, but somehow they just don’t all mix together cohesively and most of this is due to the beating to death of a joke. Fear Town USA touched on a myriad of topics, skewered them and then moved on to the next target and that’s what kept it moving along at an even, comedic pace.” Haddonfield Horror

“The best thing about The Slashening for me was the way it not only poked fun at the slasher genre (three words: pizza delivery guy), but at popular culture in general, as well as certain issues in society (like friendzoning and how it becomes a social feminist issue, and the use of the n-word).” Horror Honeys

“The story follows the same as so many other slumber party slashers similar to Slumber Party Massacre where a group of girls is stalked and killed while trying to have a good time. We then get some silly humor thrown in and then it finishes strong with a twist you will not see coming. However, the film does have a weak looking killer that almost takes away from the film.” Horror Society

“The girls in The Slashening are imperfect, and behave just as silly and selfishly as their male counterparts; a COD gamer sweetly plays to patch up his fallen online comrades; and a final spin on the ‘sluts must die’ ideologies of certain horrors is given the sort of murderous rejoinder we’ve always hoped it would.” The Movie Waffler

“There’s a cool split screen bit, some great editing, a funny fight filmed creatively, and an epic running joke involving pizza dudes with a great pizza dude wasteland payoff. The acting here is generally great by everyone […] There’s some great dialog here, and some funny, creative crudities.” Rare Horror

” …is very aware of the genre it’s making fun of, its mainstays and shortcomings as well as virtues … and thus throws the audience from one cliché into the next, but at the same time it manages to tell an engaging enough story that this doesn’t become just a mindless chuckle-fest but also features suspense, jump scares, and likeable characters.” Search My Trash

Cast and characters:

  • Anna Callegari … Lucy Applebottom
  • Sam Reece … Margot Bolo
  • Elyse Brandau … Ashley Gashton
  • Lily Du … Eva Wasserman
  • Dana Clinkman … Beth Coker
  • Pat Foy … Pat
  • Billy Bob Thompson … Billy
  • Langan Kingsley … Mrs Kingsley
  • Dan Hodapp … Mr. Kingsley
  • Dan Chamberlain … Officer Norris
  • Frank Hejl … Brett
  • Jesse VandenBergh … Jesse
  • Amber Nelson … Mrs Chase
  • Jim Santangeli … Mr Chase

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