Sunday, July 7, 2013

DVD Review: EVERYONE MUST DIE (2012)

EVERYONE MUST DIE (2012) 
Label: MVD Visual
Region Code: 1 NTSC
Rating: Unrated
Duration: 71 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 
Video: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
Director: Steve Rudzinski
Cast: Nick Lamanta, Nicole Beatte, Seth Gontkovic, Aleen Isley
Tagline: When It Comes To Your Town, No One Can Run, No One Can Hode...

Synopsis: When it comes to your town, no one can run, no one can hide. EVERYONE MUST DIE! A pattern of similar killings occurs, leaving small towns aghast with grief and suspicion. When the massacre left Kyle's sister dead, he vowed to solve the mystery behind the gruesome pattern of slaughter, and find out where this seemingly death-proof killer will strike next.

If you're gonna make a micro-budget slasher go all out, scrap your art house pretense and gut as many fucking teens as possible in as short a span as you can... and show some tits.... and to that end the producers of the indie-slasher Everyone Must Die (2012) are pretty damn successful. 

Sure, the story is a bit absurd, the effects are bloody but not great, and the acting is scary bad, but the performances are pretty fun in a schlocky sorta way. What we have here is a clever micro-budgeted slasher with some fun douche nozzles getting killed off one after the other in quick succession, so quickly in fact that there's little room left to squeeze in the ridiculous storyline about a killer going from town to town killing large numbers of teens, and that's probably a good thing. However, the script has just enough clever witticisms and playfulness that most of the many shortcomings of the production can be easily forgiven, especially when we have fun characters like a homosexual rapper, a narcissistic class president elect and a young woman whom gets wet at the sight of blood, this is a very funny slasher film, no doubt about it, it just looks like it was filmed on an a second gen iPhone in your neighbors backyard, and that okay, you just need to know what you're getting into. 

Special Features:
- About EMD! (22:37)
- Trailer (1:16)
- Writer Commentary
- Cast and Crew Commentary
- Bloopers (5:11)
- Peter Alternate Takes (1:23)
- Carsom Mauthe EMD! Music Video (3:15)
- MC Pink "Cockfight" Music Video (2:07) 

Verdict: Truly a film that looks every bit like the shot-on-a-shoestring budget that it is, the word slick does not come into play at any time during it's 71 minute duration but it's got a lot of heart, some fun characters, a steep body count and an interesting twist that's probably not as clever as it is just from out of nowhere, but I liked it and give it a cautious recommend to those with a high tolerance for low-budget schlock. 2 Outta 5 

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