I have always loved horror anthologies and I think part of this comes from my very first movie memory which…
The Summer of Massacre
Ungodly brutal beatings turns Chris, a young man, into a fiend that sets off a bloody, like never before seen, rampage. Beauty is truly only skin deep - Watch a young paraplegic, whose body is also wrecked with spinal bifida, fight for her life as her older, beautiful sister tries to murder her. It’s been 36 years since Jesse’s loving mother was raped by his biological father. Now, after hiding and running their entire lives in fear of this murderous rapist --- He has found them! A group of Christian teenagers are stalked, mamed and burned by a local legend in a haunted forest. Three legendary serial killers terrorize downtown Los Angeles by murdering countless innocent souls and the killer plan is to go out with a real bang. There’s nothing like the sweltering heat of summer to set off a massacre. The Summer of Massacre is a 100 mph slasher ride that never slows down. Packed with enough gore and insanity to send you looking for your barf bag.
That was ridiculous.
This movie is a warped nightmare. Originally culling my attention with a boastful tag on the cover that read "Guinness World Records Holder Highest Body Count In A Slasher Film- 155!". Now wether the movie was good or not didn't enter into my decision on buying, as this movie had more deaths than minutes which would ensure a high pace face ripper.
This movie has all the elements that would make you despise a horror film, namely- tons of CG gore. Most die-hard fans cannot look past this fact and will give you the spiel on how all the Tom Savinis created the "real-life nightmares" with make up effects and stayed true to the formula. While I can agree to…
Really? Really? Really? Really?
Boasts the "most on-screen kills" ever in a horror film. Too bad they're the quality of a shitty, animated DVD menu-screen. One of the worst anthology horror films I've ever seen, scratch that, it's one of the worst horror films I've ever seen. It did make me laugh a lot, though, so it has that going for it.
On Blu-Ray. From the director of TERROR TOONS. Apparently has the record for the most kills in a film. Let's see.
I've seen three Joe Castro films -- TERROR TOONS, THE JACKHAMMER MASSACRE, and now THE SUMMER OF MASSACRE, and I have to say, this one also is cheaply made, loaded with bad CGI gore and acting. But after a while, it was entertaining to see Castro show ambition and swing for the fences on this DTV horror anthology, even when the budget couldn't match his enthusiasm.
Here Castro gives us four terror tales surrounded by a framework story that could have apocalyptic results for downtown L.A., and loads the film with so much cheap CGI that it starts to feel like an animated movie, or a video game. I have to admit, I even enjoyed the "Rampage" or "Lump" segments on a Troma level, and didn't hate this, even when it felt like it had completely jumped the rails. I just don't think I'd recommend it.