Within the horror genre there are more sub-genres than you can count and none more popular than the slasher. There have been so many variations on the slasher film that at this point it is more about meeting the formula and trying to execute it in a way that feels fresh and entertaining. The latest Bloody Homecoming seemingly pushes for a 80s slasher vibe, but does it have everything it needs to really work?
Bloody Homecoming follows a group of students at a high school dance three years after a tragic event that left one student dead. What was to be the return of a fun tradition quickly turns out to be deadly as a killer is loose in the dark and desolate halls of the high school. There are only a few things that are a must for a slasher film to really work, but most importantly the killer. IF you have a great killer you can let a lot of issues with any of these films go, but if not it comes down to the overall story. This film sports a pretty average killer that really doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but does still work. The acting is pretty cheesy overall and adds to the experience to create pretty much you would expect from this kind of film. While there are numerous kills here and most of these types of films always have the mystery of the killer aspect, this one seems to really focus on that more than the scary slasher moments. Besides the pretty bad acting the only real downfall of this film is the lack of really great kills. IF they had been able to step it up a bit more, got creative and more graphic this would have been a great addition to the genre.
This film does its best and in the end does make for some good cheesy fun, but falls a bit short and isn’t all that hard to figure out who is behind it all. Thankfully the homage to the 80s slasher cheese really makes this movie stand out and is sure to please the hardcore fans of the genre.
Be sure to check it out when it hits stores on September 24th.