Come Home To Terror.
Director: Brian C. Weed (Passport to Explore, Parcel)
Starring: Jim Tavare (Harry Potter, Killjoy Goes to Hell)
Rae Latt (2012: Ice Age, The Vamps Next Door)
Lexi Giovagnoli (Suicide Dolls, Passport to Explore)
Review by: Jeff Camera
Synopsis: A group of seniors anxiously prepare for Homecoming night in the sleepy town of Winston. Three years after a tragic accident left a student dead at the annual dance, they find themselves haunted by a deadly visitor from their past. Unable to bury old demons, it looks like it’s finally payback time, and someone’s out for blood. Before the night is over, the halls will runs red as they are stalked, staked and butchered by a relentless, savage killer bent on revenge. They must stop whoever is hunting them, or this year’s dance is going to be a killer.
My Review: Fans of horror, in particular, fans of old school slashers tend to really bash on a lot of the newer low-budget slasher films. The biggest complaint that I hear is that “the acting is soooooo terrible, I can’t even watch it”. They somehow didn’t notice that most of the charm of those 70’s & 80’s classic slashers comes from the cheesy acting and dialog. The reason I mention this is because Bloody Homecoming is a good modern day example of one of those films.
What separates director Brian C. Weed’s film from a truly awful low-budget horror film (and there are many) and puts it into the decent category, is the young actors in his movie really give a shit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing Bloody Homecoming to The Evil Dead or even, Madman on just some effort from a few teen actors. It’s not even close. However, does the fact that the cast seemed to care about what they were making and were noticeably having a good time make a difference in the finished product? Well… It doesn’t hurt.
As far as the story goes it’s a by the numbers slasher. There’s a bit of teen drama at the start, but not too much and the writer is creative enough to keep you awake until the killing begins (which is always appreciated). The camera work was probably the film’s strength. The professional look brought it up a notch, above the average b-horror flicks anyway. Now what you really wanna know about, the gore. There are a few fun kills and some blood to be found, but I wouldn’t quite call it a gore-fest. Let’s just say it falls somewhere in-between a PG-13 and an R.
My Rating: 5.5/10
Overall, there’s enough here for the younger MTV Teen Wolf watching crowd, as well as the open-minded older slasher fans. It’s no classic, but it’ll make for an entertaining hour and a half. So if you’re looking for something new this weekend or maybe down the road for Halloween pick up a copy or order it on-demand.