Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Phil's Halloween Horrors Marathon, Day 2: Phil reviews DARK WORLDS: SLASHER from DarkRider Studios-October 2, 2012

Starring: Beau Yotty, Michelle Shields, Dax Spanogle, Kitsie Duncan and Jason Hignite
Written by Zack Daggy
Screenplay by Zack Daggy & Allen Sale
Based on the novel Dark Worlds: Project 31 by Zack Daggy
Produced by Chris Jay, Kitsie Duncan, Zack Daggy & Allen Sale
Directed by Chris Jay

While I was covering the Miss Misery's Days of Terror Horror Convention over the weekend, I picked up a plethora of new indie horror films to review. One of these films I purchased from actress Michelle Shields, which she graciously autographed for me. The film is entitled DARK WORLDS: SLASHER, and it's the first chapter in a horror anthology based on author Zack Daggy's novel Dark Worlds: Project 31.

The short film focuses on William Rosum (Yotty), who is better known in his hometown as the serial killer called the Careview Slasher. For the past 5 years he has killed 55 people, but then one night he meets his match in the form of Allison Smith (Shields), his so-called "Snow White." Now William will find out if having all this fame is worth the price.

The film is a loving nod to the golden era of slasher films. The movie is fun to watch, as we get to peek inside the mind of William, the Careview Slasher. We get to hear William's inner dialogue, which right away is a different spin from your typical slasher flick. It reminds me a little bit of BEHIND THE MASK, but with more emphasis on his lack of a worthy challenger. But as the old saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for." Shields just radiates has Allison: fun, perky, and a little bit obsessed with her idol. Both have great on-screen chemistry which gives the film a high level of reality and believability.

Yotty's costume is very effective, a combination of Michael Myer's jumpsuit and a Jack Skeleton-eque style mask with one evil sewn on smile. Kudos to costume designers Zack Daggy and Derrick Clark, who was also the cinematographer for the film. And of course, director Chris Jay does a impeccable job of creating the look of nostalgia while simultaneously keeping the film well paced, well shot, and having some very cool and creepy looking scenes that are very reminiscent of the good 'ol days when slasher films ruled the world.

The DVD comes with some cool special features, such as cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes photos, the film's trailer, and ordering info for the Dark Worlds: Project 31 novel.

Overall DARK WORLDS: SLASHER is a great short horror film that truly deserves more recognition throughout the horror community. So tell your friends, email them, text them, tweet them, do whatever you can to get their attention and have them check out this film! 5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!

DARK WORLDS: SLASHER can be ordered online. To purchase a copy, please visit today. Also be sure to check out Michelle Shields' official website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the screaming!

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