Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

torsdag 15 februari 2018


Directed by: Drew Maverick
Written by: Drew Maverick
Stars: Alexis Adams, Sally Burnswello, Nick Byer... read more

Country: USA
Style: Comedy | Slasher
Runtime: 1h 21min

Las Vegas, Nevada film maker and major horror fan Drew Maverick brings his love for 80's slasher films to the screen in this humorous and bloody romp. Maverick's love for the genre is prevalent from what I've seen of his presence on social media and Pool Party Massacre was definitely a labor of love as I believe it was filmed in Maverick's own home and made for around $6000. For this low budget the movie looks fantastic and probably one of the more professionally shot low budget outings I have stumbled upon. It's easy to see that Maverick has his tongue firmly planted in cheek with his approach to Pool Party Massacre as it doesn't take itself too seriously and tries to have fun with the story.

I enjoyed the style and playful look of the movie but especially the dialogue in that intro conversation with Blair (Kristen Noel McKusik) and her parents as they leave for a trip making their daughter responsible for the house, the dog and the party she has in store. Blair might have a pool party planned on her parents tab but there is a killer lurking and watching them, waiting to strike. A killer with impeccably clean blue coveralls and penchant for using carpenters tools in a very obsessive compulsive fashion to get the job done.

I also enjoyed the credit intro to Pool Party Massacre as well, crazy techno metal music amalgamated with this old school 8-bit video game animation and it works wonderfully. I read a few reviews before writing my own and I read some claiming the title basically describes what exactly this movie is. I disagree with this sentiment somewhat. It's not really much of a big crazy pool party as it is a small gathering of snobby and artificial looking over privileged slags bitching at each other. Then a couple male goombah's drop by unexpectedly to add to the body count including a character named Trey played by Nick Byer who's supposed to add the comic relief. Byer's character tries a little too hard in the comedic department but his death scene is effective and funny enough.

The gore effects in this are not bad but a lot of them do rely on how many weapons (pick ax, hammer, ax) you can cut the end off and stick in the actors/actresses face. I did enjoy the killers methodical selection of killing tools in the work shed - this added a nice humorous touch. The movie plays out as a throwback or retro homage to the 80's and for the most part it works, but it ends up being almost too typical like the slashers its trying to emulate and becomes a standard slow moving by the numbers slasher with some comedy added into the mix.

Still, when all is said and done it's nice to get a film like this because you can tell there's still a genuine love there and a passion for the genre and anyone who has the balls to get into the indie movie making game and follow their love for the old school horror styling of the 80's gets my respect.

Overall, Pool Party Massacre is a cool new age slasher with its roots firmly planted in the old school zone. I love the poster-art for it and I believe there are also headless figurines to be purchased along with the movie which is every horror collectors wet dream - horror figs and slasher flicks for the win. I believe director Drew Maverick is having great success with Pool Party Massacre which is awesome and I hope to see him take the plunge (no pun intended) again with another indie horror entry because I'm interested to see where he goes from here.

My rating: 3 out of 5


Produced by: Drew Maverick, Brian Mills
Cinematography by: Brian Mills
Editing by: Bryan Mills
Special Effects by: Christopher Arredondo, Katie Jacobs
Music by: Mike Conway
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorFloating Eye Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.