Quacky Slasher, The. Delivers Entertaining British Humor, Horror
Quacky Slasher, The. Film Details
Director: Peter Mckeirnon
Writer: Peter Mckeirnon
Release Date: TBD
Release Format: TBD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Running Time: 15 Minutes
Michael Quackers has spent 20 years in a psychiatric ward. Returning home to fight the criminal underbelly of his town, Michael must become the one thing that scares him most if he is to succeed. He must become – A duck.
The Quacky Slasher started life as a 14-second horror film called Fowl Play. This was a lot of fun to do and the response was great but it left a lot of unanswered questions. Who is the guy in the duck mask? Is he good? Is he evil? What drives him to kill?
Excerpt From Director's Statement
The Quacky Slasher is a unique endeavor in Horror cinema. Many creative approaches drive this short motion picture. The result equals an amusing art form that the viewer can not look away from. Comedy and Horror flow in one cohesive package and the retro flair adds space for nonsensical comedic value to develop.
While The Quacky Slasher may not have a level of distinction there remain enough advantages to address a pleasant spectacle. Many would critique the scarcity in story development and incomplete character back story but these constituents were prevalent in retro Horror films. From the scripting context, Peter Mckeirnon allows campiness to radiate as quality. This is a risky move but for the greater result, it turns out to be a deliberate gamble.
Does The Quacky Slasher provide laughs? Not really. The film offers elements best interpreted as; “what the fook!” It becomes difficult for viewers to absorb Mckeirnon’s film with seriousness. Unfolding events come across as mini comedy sketches with perversely sophisticated named characters. For instance, the roles include; Handsome Johannson and The Wet Dream. Let’s not forget Detective Mantelpiece and of course the titular character Michael Quackers.
From a visual standpoint, the vintage feel had reinforcement with a subtle color overlay. Also, Peter Mckeirnon uses unorthodox camera angles that seem unrefined but purposeful. Mckeirnon is experienced behind the camera. Watch his zombie web series, Dead Town as visual reference and comparison. For The Quacky Slasher Mckeirnon resorted to close-ups and wide angle shots. Using the rule of thirds as a reference these shots provided emphasis on both the environment and performer.
The practical effects were commendable yet not meritorious. Each gory scene didn’t aim for shock but rather comedic value.
Mckeirnon lingered on some scenes longer than desired. This culminated in a flat and weak seam in the narrative. For illustration, in Act I two female detectives are examining the first in a sequence of homicides. The officers go on and on with hit-or-miss banter. The crime scene photographers felt out of place and didn’t contribute to the site. To sum, this exhibition felt staged instead or portrayed.
Some scenes could have had better execution in technique and approach. The Wet Dream’s introduction didn’t cement this figure as a true villain. A scene in which he’d climax after executing a work of savagery would have averaged better. Stomping Winnie the Pooh does not read tough guy material in this critic’s book.
It would’ve been fascinating to observe a humanistic side to Michael Quackers. The anti-hero commits one noble act, but the viewer is unaware of actions that happened thereafter. Foiling a kidnapping just doesn’t strengthen the titular character’s motives. The protagonist is iconic from a visual perspective yet feels empty with development. Also, Michael Hagen‘s portrayal of Handsome Johannson was a rip from Ben Stiller‘s character Derek.
The composition is debatable. Its obvious what the theme to the film is and the music context meets this concept well. Yet, the music seems rather irritating. This addition to the film is neither a negative or positive.
A serial murderer in a duck mask. Genius! Yet, The Quacky Slasher needed more spectacles of carnage. At its current state, the Horror is rather tame. Scenes also need to be condensed to maximize the allotted timeframe. The joke deliveries needed strengthening, yet, retain its unique composition. Michael Quackers’ personal side demands the limelight. This figure has iconic value but he needs to reverberate better with audiences.
The Quacky Slasher offers good Comedy/Horror a form of cinema Americans are oblivious to executing well.
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