Review: Smothered / Cert 18 / Director: John Schneider / Screenplay: John Schneider / Starring: Kane Hodder, Shanna Forrestall, Bill Moseley, R.A. Mihailoff, Don Shanks / Release Date: TBC
For horror fans, Smothered is a movie that will tick plenty of boxes. The story of the day finds horror actors of yesteryear invited to a trailer park and tasked with the job of scaring visitors. A nice alternative to the usual convention circuit, plus a handy $1,000 each for the gig, means that the group happily take up the offer. The only hitch is, it appears that somebody is offing the celebrities one by one.
A breezy, free-flowing movie, Schneider’s film may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it brings a lot for genre fans to smile about. The key cast play spins on themselves, with the Friday the 13th series’ Kane Hodder often the main focus of our attention, and it doesn’t take long for the group to find their numbers dwindling rapidly. Deciding against a straightforward, progressive narrative, Smothered instead plays in a twisted, sliced order, which all falls into place just in time for the film’s finale.
One of the particular selling points of this movie is the chance to see these names, so often hidden behind a mask, getting some time in the sun…
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