When was the last time you saw a really good old school splatter film? Not some “Scream” styled self aware collection of jokes, or an exercise in “extreme horror” that looked like an EFX crews highlight reel with a couple of lines of dialogue thrown in…but a good, solidly plotted exercise in mass murder.
It’s been a while hasn’t it? Well, KILD TV claims to be what you’re looking for.
It’s Friday night at KILD TV, the news is ending and Dr. Perseco, the station’s horror movie host is about to start his show. However, this week the horror will be all to real. Along with the good doctor and his small production staff are the head of the news department and two assistants who are working on a top secret project. Soon they’ll find that’ they’re all locked in with a killer who wants them dead.
While the setup is straight from the textbook, it does shake a few things up in the script.
Most notable is the fact the cast isn’t a bunch of partying kids, they’re professionals, adults with careers and responsibilities, even if they don’t always act like it.
Another nice twist is that our cast are trapped in a TV station where the landline is dead, the broadcast antenna messes with cell phone signals and they have to convince viewers to send help and that it’s not part of the show. This also leads to some excellent reactions and responses on the part of the audience and lets the movie play outside of the studio for a few scenes.
Writer Channing Whitaker and Director William Collins have a long background doing shorts and they’ve learned well, because while there’s nothing ground breaking in KILD TV, the cinematography, sound, and editing are all very well done. The film looks and feels a lot more polished than a low budget first feature should.
The cast is comprised of a lot of unfamiliar faces whose lists of credits lie mostly in shorts, TV, and the occasional low budget feature. D.C. Douglas really shines in the lead playing an almost dual role as Dr Perseco and his real life identity Milton. Ironically most of Douglas’ credits are as a voice actor for games and cartoons but he has the ability and talent to act in front of the camera. Astrea Campbell-Cobb is also good as the new girl on the crew and Dan Braverman deserves mention as Ira, the janitor who may or may not have a dark secret.
No review of a slasher would be complete without discussing the kills and effects. The effects are excellent and non CGI. They’re bloody enough to be fun without taking over and becoming the focus of the film itself. A death involving a computer monitor is a particular standout.
KILD TV is a great weekend film, invite a couple of friends over, have some beer and enjoy. The script will keep you guessing as to who the killer is with good pro and con suspicions to be raised for several suspects. The effects are enjoyably gross and in the best 80s slasher tradition there’s some gratuitous nudity as well. The film is currently available on VOD and limited edition Blu and DVD via it’s website http://www.kildmovie.com/