22 October 2014

BILLY CLUB

BILLY CLUB

USA, 2013
Directors: Drew Rosas & Nick Sommer

7,5/10











When I first heard of "Billy Club", my initial thought was: oh crap, someone tries to create a new slasher icon... AGAIN *sigh*
Gladly, the directorial debut collaboration from Drew Rosas ("Blood Junkie") and Nick Sommer is far from being slasher-dreck like this year's "Sledge" or "Acid Head", it's actually an entertaining and pretty smart homage to masked-maniac flicks of the 80s and especially 90s, following four friends reuniting to commemorate the deaths of their Little League baseball coach and two fallen team members, not knowing that the killer ist still out there, waiting to even the score...


"Billy Club" starts out as slasher comedy, focussing on the chemistry between our four main characters and the arrival of a brutal killer wearing an old umpire mask, using a baseball bat with nails and a bayonet blade in it. There's a few wonderfully badass and excellently gory kills, as well as many quite hilarious scenes such as the pizza fail or the dinosaur ride, but there's also plenty of meant-to-be-amusing-but-not-amusing-at-all scenes, annoyingly unclear character's motivations and a few sequences that are just dull.

Fortunately, the entire second half completely saves the movie from falling into mediocrity, and turns it into a quite remarkable chiller, due to a sudden and completely unexpected, but unbelievably well-developed shift from fun to serious horror-drama, one of the coolest guy-on-drugs-in-a-horror-movie sequences I've seen in years, [Mild Spoiler] one of the most surprising AND most touching outings in movie history (I mean it!), a slightly shocking flashback scene [SPOILER] that makes you go root for the killer because we suddenly get to know that he is actually quite a tragic figure, and a finale that could be described as "bizarre, gripping and fascinating".


In addition, most of the acting is really superb, especially the performances by Erin Hammond (super-talented + awesome boobs), Max Williamson, Al Bardin and Marshall Caswell, music and cinematography are very good, the killer's entire outfit looks just amazing and I love all the nods to great horror classics like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (opening scene showing the killer creating his outfit) or "The Shining" (guy running around, screaming 'Danny!').

Despite its flaws, "Billy Club" is a terrific, non-clich├ęd little slasher flick from two filmmakers who try to pull things off a little differently. Bravo!

Wiki ~ Imdb

Thanks to Uncork'd Entertainment & October Coast PR for the screener!

6 comments:

  1. Finally, a good baseball-themed slasher, even if it didn't have a dude get butt fucked to death with a bat like The Catcher did.

    Now we can hopefully move on to other sports, like hockey or foxy boxing.

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    1. Ha, a foxy boxing slasher would be sooo awesome. Where's Jim Wynorski when you need him? ;-)

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  2. OH SHIT YOU FINALLY SAW IT!!! YOU LUCKY BASTARD YOU! I WANNA SEE THIS ONE SO BAD!!!! 8U

    ...new respects for you!

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    1. Well, respect to Uncork'd & October Coast who provided me with a screener =)

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  3. Sounds good to me - and yes, those boobs are awesome.

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