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Massacre Up North - Massacre Up North(DVD) [Shivers Entertainment - 2017]

Originally released in 2001 Massacre Up North is a Canadian SOV horror film. And it blends together elements serial killer genre with a few slasher traits, and a good pinch of SOV quirkiness & what-the-hell moments. Iím reviewing the 2017 region free DVD of the film on Shivers Entertainment.

The film was directed & written by first time director Paul Stoichevesk, who also takes up the lead role of the grown up killer too. The plot follows Leslie Rejick- from his facial disfigurement as a child( he gets burnt in a tent!), to a pre teen killer, onto a grown up hardware store owner & serial killer.  And as SOV films go this is fairly competent and elaborate- featuring a good selection of gory deaths, a smattering of soft core moments. A fairly big supporting cast,  adequate-to- fairly competent film- makingÖso as SOV goes this is moving more towards a pro-film, and less down the a few friends, one location, and a few bucks route- though that doesnít mean we donít have moments of SOV charm on display.

The DVD case very much paintís the film as a straight a head stalk & slash film, and from the first few minutes (which feature a killer dressed in chain mail & armoured helmet(!) skewing a naked women & her partner) youíd think thatís what it is. But in reality itís more of a gory & sleazy serial killer movie, with slasher traits- think a blend of Maniac, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Kller, with smatterings of Murder-Set-Pieces extreme torture/gore added in.

Mixed in we get your typical SOV uneven & at times stilted acting, some truly bad make-up (the killer face burns look very unbelievable), and scatter-brain plotting. But on the plus side you get some effective & quite brutal kills & torture scenes, more than a fleeting glance of female flesh. And some memorable/ what-the-hell moments, like the killers knight get-up( which wasnít used enough), the killer head banging at a police raid, and amusing interactions between the killer & others.

This 15th Anniversary  DVD edition  of the film sees the film in a  completely uncut & unrated form. Extras wise you sadly donít get a commentary or interview, and instead just get a short intro to the film from the director. Plus a four page inlay, photo galley, and a directorís promo reel.

 
Massacre Up North is a worthy enough blend of Serial killer & SOV tropes, with the touches of  slasher based elements. Iím not sure itís as re-watchable as some SOV release, due to the more pro/ less lo-fi unhinged moments present.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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