Thursday, May 24, 2012

Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust (2011)

So, after a week spent in the depths of religion on here, this week seems centered around serial killers and slashers. Of course, that is always a somewhat fun genre to watch, as those flicks can be all over the place. The next one up for review is the 2011 indie entry from Brain Damage Films and Midnight Releasing, Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust.

Plot/ “Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust,” that was the motto the serial killer known as "Purge" lived by: A schizophrenic, driven by voices to delete the unworthy, the unpure from the human landscape. Nevertheless, if no one is perfect, and we all have flaws, virtually no one is safe. A group of college bound friends find that out the hard way as a trip to the thought dead killers lair turns into a nightmare. The killer Purge is alive and well. Trapped beneath the ground where no one can hear or help, the six teenagers must face each of their own weaknesses and fight Purge with everything they have, if they want to see daylight again. From start to finish, the action does not let up, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the shocking conclusion.

The low-budget indie slasher genre is one that can be enjoyable, and this flick fits right in. Yes, it is not perfect or memorable, as some of the flashback scenes do not fit, some of the storyline jumps around, and some of the pacing was off. However, for a low budget entry, the cinematography was solid and created a decent atmosphere (especially inside the killers hideaway), the acting holds up pretty well throughout, and the killer (Purge) is violent and fitting for a slasher. Sure, there could always be more blood, death and gore, but for a modern slasher, it works. In the end, this is a decently entertaining flick and if you love low budget horror like I do, you should at least find it watchable, but be warned when the movie is over it will probably run into the abyss of horror movies in your mind.

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