review by Bobby Blakey
Through the years Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up for some great flicks, but their last big film together was the awesome At World’s End in 2013. Now they are teaming up once again for their latest film Slaughterhouse Rules costarring Asia Butterfield, Finn Cole and Michael Sheen from The Fantastic Fear of Everything director Crispian Mills, but does it offer up the fun fans have come to expect from these guys or should have stayed underground?
Slaughterhouse Rulez follows an illustrious British boarding school that becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror. I was really looking forward to this film and while I did enjoy it, it is still far from perfect. The story itself is interesting but it tended to take so long to get to anything it made me wonder if anything was going to happen. This is mostly due to there being more than one story happening here beyond what the trailer leads you to believe.
The first half of the film is ok as it follows the dysfunctionality of the student hierarchy. All of this just felt very clichéd and over done to me. I know they were trying to build some mystery, but almost all the characters are so annoying or unlikable that it makes it hard to really care about their direction. Simon Pegg offers up one of the more layered fun characters with his ongoing personal drama making for the best parts of the film. As the film progresses it shifts gears into a creature feature of sorts that is both hit and miss.
I give them points for using what appears to be mostly man in suit for the creatures despite them being kind of silly looking. I’m all for ridiculous looking monsters, but need to make them stand out and for me they were just average at best. Make no mistake everything from the moment they are unleashed on is a ton of fun despite being predictable at times, but there were just so many things jumbled together I just couldn’t get fully invested.
This is one of those films that I think has an audience a lot of people will no doubt love it, but for me was just average at best. It will likely be one I revisit later and end up loving, but decided for yourself and check it out when SlaugherHouse Rulez hits DVD on June 18th and available now on Digital from Sony Home Entertainment.