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on February 12, 2013
From SMASHORTRASHINDIEFILMMAKING.COM'S REVIEW:
President's Day is a horror/comedy slasher movie that gets it right. The staples of the genre are there: gore, nudity, suspense, and laughs. What sets this apart from so many other slashers is that it is not dumb. The story is clever AND it honestly takes a little detective work on the audience's part to figure out who is the killer. The fun thing of it is that both of these gentlemen made sure the clues were there, but not obvious. The dialog is well-written and seems natural for all involved. And - shocker of shocks - most of the characters are really likable. I wish other writers would take a hint from the makers of this movie that not all characters have got to be unlikable jerkwads.
The acting overall was superb (with the exception of one or two actors that tended to play it too over the top). But what of the blood and gore and sex and nudity? This is a slasher after all? Well, you get it folks. Let me put it to you this way; the Lincoln killer carries an axe. That's not to say that he doesn't get creative with other instruments of death - he does. The audience gets to view dismemberments, decapitations, eye gouging, burns, and a plethora of other inventive kills along the way.
Of the three films I have seen by LaMartina and George, this is by far the most polished and professional of the lot. Production values are superb when it comes to the sets, locations, props, and costumes. Technically the cinematography, editing, lighting and sound are well done. The writing shines because it is not stupid. Anybody can make a bad slasher film, but it takes skill to write a script that is funny, clever, intelligent, and suspenseful all at the same time. Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George have done just that - again.
RATING: 9 out of 10 school bells. Fun, smart, hip, and clever. If you like low budget horror movies that are well done, you'll love this one.