I recently had the opportunity to see something…disgusting. Keep in mind that I consider myself a connoisseur of “disgusting” films. This is not a term that I just throw around. I was recently invited to a secret screening, where the audience was unaware of the film to be screened until your ass was in the seat. We were promised it would be worth the suspense, and it would be something that hasn’t been screened outside of some very small film festival audiences.
One of my least favorite eras in horror is easily lead by the ‘90s. Every good slasher franchise began spinning their wheels out of the ‘80s and turned in their worst efforts in the ‘90s. Jason and Freddy weren’t relevant anymore, box office returns said so and the lack of following sequels spoke to that. What followed were direct-to-video knock offs of ‘80s slashers and an obscene amount of unnecessary sequels on the shelf at Blockbuster.
Then there was Wes Craven’s Scream, more or less the pinnacle of ‘90s slashers. It was smart, it had enough callbacks to previous work and the genre in-general. There are still people who aren’t fans, but I can’t buy it if those same people say the opening sequence with Drew Barrymore wasn’t masterful, because it was in so many ways.
So why am I talking about the ‘90s? Because the ‘90s are back in Anthony DiBlasi’s Most Likely to Die. I can’t say I’m awfully familiar with DiBlasi’s work other than his 2014 Last Shift which had enough haunted house stuff going for it, but failed in its terribly predictable ending. Most Likely to Die is a through and through ‘90s slasher complete with utterly superficial characters Continue reading “Most Likely to Die (2015)”