“LA Slasher”

Release Date: 26 June 2015 (USA)

Release: DVD VOD

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-genre: Slasher / Social Media

Synopsis: Driven to rage over the tawdry excesses of reality television, a self-appointed cultural crusader kidnaps several very famous nobodies to make his point- but his crimes only generate more tabloid frenzy.

“LA Slasher” Film Analysis

LA Slasher ventures into the newly established territory of horror cinema, the fusion of horror aesthetics with social media platforms. Emergence within this ever-growing and increasingly popular sub-genre have included movies and television programs (ex; MTV’s”Scream” and Fox “Scream Queens”). Unfortunately, “LA Slasher” doesn’t offer anything different than the already formulated concepts.

“LA Slasher” is directed and co-written by Martin Owen based off the screenplay written collaboratively by  Abigail Wright and Elizabeth Morris. The film may have been a good idea on the paper but its delivery to film is completely amateurish and ridiculous. From multiple angles the film is compounded with bad production value, driven by a lack of creative direction. From the mediocre portrayals of underdeveloped characters to the cartoonish persona of the titular character, “LA Slasher” fails on all levels. Although the cinematography and stylistic visuals shines it isn’t enough to save the film from its demise. 

The titular character LA Slasher (voiced by Andy Dick) is a masked Micheal Jackson-esque psychopath who targets reality stars. He loathes the current state of affairs of what society deems entertainment, reality television.  Its no surprise on how talent-less individuals are glamorized though this idiotic form of programming.  Well, the “L.A. Slasher” simply takes it upon himself to abduct, torture and kill these idols of society. Characters such as; The reality star (Brooke Hogan), The heiress (Elizabeth Morris), The socialite (Korrina Rico), and The Teen Mom (Tori Black) fall victim to “The L.A. Slasher” himself. None of the victims offer some sort of connection with the audience. The character’s backstory are paper thin and disposable.  All the while the Slasher/menace uploads his scenes of depravity online for all the world to see and becomes a celebrity himself. In fact “L.A. Slasher” becomes a walking contradiction itself. 

In closing, its a shame that the talents of veteran actors such as Danny TrejoEric Roberts, and Dave Bautista weren’t utilized to their full capacity.  The concept behind “LA Slasher” could have, should have and might have been successful but lacked proper development. “LA Slasher”  is hardly a horror film, a Thriller perhaps but entirely its a snoozfest that tries to offer social commentary but lack substantial delivery.



Rating Criteria

  • 0-10 Avoid
  • 11-20- Mediocre
  • 21-30 -Good
  • 31-40 – Average
  • 41-50- Decent
  • 51-60 – Stunning
  • 71-80 – Must See
  • 81-90 – Amazing
  • 91-100 – Impressive
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