Director - Chuck Conry (The Ballad of the Worms)
Starring - Olivia Hiers, Brandon Magouirk, and Richard Chilton
Release Date - 2013
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "Young. Tender. Sliced thin"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)
Rating (out of 5):
At one time people actually believed that slashers were a dead sub-genre with more civilized horror films taking over the mantle. However, slashers never died and they just kept going and going. Sure, they're not as stylish as the slashers of the golden age but they are still slashers love em or hate em. The indie horror scene has released countless slashers over the last decade or so with no signs of slowing down. A few years back I caught wind that Chuck Conry, the owner and operator of Zombies Dont Run.net, had directed a little slasher fair titled Morbid. I wanted to check it out but the film was far from being ready. Fast forward to now and Wild Eye Releasing released the film under their newly formed "Raw" division and was kind enough to send a review copy my way. Thanks guys!
The film follows a small community in Tennessee where two boys were brutally murdered. The town goes in a frenzy but the local sheriff assures everyone that the killer has been taken care of and everyone should come out to the high school football game. The game goes on according to plan and the locals win their game and their star player throws a party to celebrate. While everyone is getting hammered or pounding the some coot, the masked killer starts killing the teens at will.
Morbid is a slasher film that I knew would not reinvent the slasher sub-genre but would be an entertaining no budget film. For the most part I was right. The film did hit all the right notes but it was a little painful to watch at times. The acting is decent. It is obvious that the cast had no prior experience in front of the camera but that does not stop them from trying their hardest. With that being said, some of the scenes were hard to watch. Some of the cast has a hard time interacting with other cast members in a natural manner which results in some awkward scenes. The story for this one is nothing new or original but that is part of the charm. The slasher gives us more of the same with nothing new but it does deliver on some characters that you cant watch die fast enough. This is the highlight of any slasher. With that being said, that is about as far as the story goes. Nothing stands out other than a hand full of characters with some witty dialogue and others that are good at dying. Finally, the film has several kills. Some are done with some clever camera work and editing while others were done quickly on screen. The kills work for the budget of the film but are just like the story, nothing new that stands out. The kills are bloody, very bloody with some solid practical effects considering the film's budget but they are nothing that stands out. Overall, Morbid is a rough slasher that has some charm. If you are looking for a simple film with a body count then look no further. If you are looking for a polished horror flick with some great gore then check out something else.