Honestly, naming your school Slaughterhouse is basically asking for trouble.
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Michael Sheen
Director: Crispian Mills
Synopsis: Don Wallace (Finn Cole) starts the new school year at an elite private school full of rich snobs, bullies, a love-sick teacher and a principal who take money from a company to allow them to build a fracking site on the school grounds. Naturally the fracking company drills too deep and releases some sort of horrible being, causing bloody chaos at the aptly named Slaughterhouse School.
Opinion: I found this movie really slow to build up and even though there is a scattering of quite funny moments throughout the beginning, it isn’t really until the final third of the movie that things get properly entertaining. The cast is good but the characters themselves, while each quite different and weird, were honestly still bland and uninteresting. Not only that, there were these underlying sinister tones to some of them kind of hinting at ulterior motives or that they were hiding secrets but then nothing came of it so it felt like a letdown that there was no giant reveal. It wasn’t all bad though, some of the humour was genuinely laugh out loud good and as I said before the final third of the film is basically everything that the trailer promises with blood, gore, horror and hilarity all throughout. I wanted so badly to love this film but instead found myself thinking the whole time that it was trying really hard to be another Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz but missing the Edgar Wright factor which made those films so great. Sorry Slaughterhouse, you unfortunately didn’t rule and instead were kind of just okay.
Gore Factor: I mean the movie title contains the word Slaughterhouse so I think that’s kind of a hint at what’s to come but yes there is blood and gore and limbs being bitten off etc etc. Look, it sounds worse than it is but this is my friendly warning to avert the eyes if you don’t like such things. I also suggest watching the trailer too, as it does give a pretty good idea at what to expect from this movie.