When I had first heard about this movie, the geek in me instantly kicked into gear pushing me to go buy it before it's quickly out of stock. Well I got a copy of it on DVD and I instantly loved it. But now that I have it on Blu-ray my enjoyment of this movie grew some further especially as watching this on Blu-ray actually made me feel like I too was in this movie's fictional slasher movie Blood Bath as well.
Anyway, the people behind this truly did their homework as they captured not only so many of your basic horror/slasher cliche's of the 80's but the undying spirit of both the art of a slasher in addition with the undying spirit and sense of humor of the 80's.
For any of you casual slasher fans or even die hard slasher fans the ingredients are all here. You get the gorgeous and hot yet dumb and ditzy girl, the rebellious bada** girl, the token black guy, the dopey jock with sex on his mind 24/7, the virginal girl forced to toughen up, her beautiful yet rude friend, her sweet and loyal friend, the nerd, the guy who's in love with the virginal girl, and the shy girl that wants to fit in and lose her virginity.
What I especially love about this movie is not only the irony of how the chief characters of whom entered the fictional slasher movie, Blood Bath actually make for fitting slasher cliche's but also the ways that they assume their reluctant roles so perfectly.
This movie gives reference to any of your summer camp slashers for example Friday the 13th and definitely The Burning. When you think about it when Max Cartwright meets and befriends her late mother's character in the movie, it even comes off as something of a Back to the Future. I don't know if it was intentional or not but even though Pleasantville came out in the 90's their seems to be a bit of that movie sprinkled in for good measure.
Gore and unfortunately nudity both take a backseat in this movie though. The throwing in of a bit of 80's music was a nice touch. Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes was the more notable song used in this movie. I love that song!
The jokes involving 80's kids being unfamiliar with our times, the silly slasher character cliche jokes, all of the mockery of over the top camera zooms and pans and tracking shots, the flashback mockery, and the general naive side of the slasher movie victims, all made for some deliciously hilarious moments in the movie. The mockery of the inevitable sequel was also funny.
Malin Akerman was as always radiantly beautiful, smokin' hot, lovable, and most of all her performances of both Max's mother Amanda and her slasher character Nancy were quite sensational. I'm not yet familiar with the rest of the cast yet but they were all really good as well.
In the end, if you are a huge slasher fan like myself and also enjoy poking fun at b-movies, are highly familiar with the 80's and 80's horror movies, enjoy referential humor, own and/or have seen(in some fashion) just about every Friday the 13th movie, Nightmare on Elm Street movie, Halloween movie(and so on) a billion times or so then not only will you get every joke in this movie, but it will surely win you over as well as become a necessary part of your 80's horror/horror comedy collection. If you love this movie then I would definitely also recommend Camp Slaughter. 10 stars out of 10! A must see!