SLASHENING: THE FINAL BEGINNING **** USA 2021 Dir: Brandon Bassham. 80 mins
Five years after “The Slashening,” 22-year-old Madison Santangeli moves to Brooklyn to start a new life in the wake of her father’s suicide.
First off, I was blown away with the poster which takes inspiration from Slumber Party Massacre…and hell yeah this is an all-out, balls out slasher…Troma movie so I expected nothing else from a company that gets the perfect blend of grotesque, slime and humour just right…the perfect cocktail of schlock!
This is director Brandon Bassham’s return to the director’s chair for another outing of madness in this horror comedy sequel to his 2015 film Slashening also released from Troma Entertainment.
Slashening: The Final Beginning starts off in the murder house where all the horrors from the first film happen as we are given a recap to what happened in the first film via some good old fashioned ghost haunted story telling. Within the first 10 minutes we get the best scene in my opinion from the film that pays homage to every slasher film ever made, a killer just about to kill a couple having sex , the send up here is regarding consent to sex for both the male and female character and literally had me falling of the chair with laughter it was that good! the laughs and send up to the horror troupes keep coming in this very well paced comedy horror with enough laughs and the right amount of grue to keep hardgore Troma fans entertained as well. I always think if you are going down the comedy horror route then because of the horror genre is a hard one to get right with the mix of comedy not many comedy horrors are that good but this film has the secret recipe of ingredients to make it work.
This is a very low budget horror film but indie horror films fans will not be disappointed with great cinematography and attention to detail with the films score are highly noted here.
I absolutely loved this film Yes, I’m a Troma nut and love 99% of the content Troma put out and subscribe to Troma Now as well as all the big players there’s something about getting your indie underground horror fix that only Troma can provide, you won’t find these killer indies on Netflix.
If you haven’t seen the first film it’s well worth hunting it down, but you haven’t got to have seen the first film to watch or enjoy this outing, this is a kind of a standalone slasher film although still connected to the first film.
Stars include Troma’s own Lloyd Kaufman, and Addie Weyrich, Jean Louise O’Sullivan, Rasheda Crockett.
To sum the film up it’s a great indie horror film that will have you laughing and being scared off your seat…if Scream was given the schlock treatment the Slashening: The Final Beginning would be the outcome!
Review by Tony Newton