Slaughter Weekend (2010) – By Cary Conley

Seinfeld famously poked fun at his own show for being about nothing. Well, Slaughter Weekend is the cinematic equivalent of Seinfeld. Except that it isn’t funny. Or interesting. Or entertaining. But it is about nothing. To be perfectly fair, there probably is a certain audience for this film. It has Lloyd Kaufman, which kind of informs the viewer the level the movie is on. It also has a short vignette with Ron Jeremy (who thankfully keeps his clothes on) which might entice some viewers to watch the film. But the people who will enjoy this film are those that enjoy "trash" cinema. This is a (very) low budget film, in every sense of the word. The term "B-movie" is probably a few letters too early in the alphabet than should be used to describe Slaughter Weekend. But that is precisely the charm some viewers will find with the film.

The plot of the film is threadbare, consisting mainly of lots of little scenes that don’t seem to have anything to do with each other until some of them are loosely cobbled together near the end. While the title indicates plenty of death and destruction, in reality only about three people die, and one of them by their own hands. There is some bloody but brief gore primarily involving the chopping and dicing of a corpse. The film is described as a comedy/horror film, but there really aren’t any scares and the comedy is of the infantile and potty variety. The acting is pretty bad as well, and it seems like first-time director Robert Nemere just called up some friends, asked them to bring some buddies along, and then commenced filming.

Technically the film looks good. The lighting is very nice and the picture is clean. The sound is another story. The mix is very low, resulting in my having to turn the volume to the maximum in order to hear well, but some characters then blew me out while others still couldn’t be heard at all. Sound is one of the most difficult aspects to get right when filming, and it can make or break a movie. While this isn’t the worst sound I’ve experienced on an indie film, it doesn’t do the viewer any favors. I will say though, that while the score was simple, it was fairly effective and one of the high points of the film.

While Slaughter Weekend wasn’t my cup of tea, if you enjoy campy B-movies with a decided similarity to Troma films, then you might enjoy this film…especially with a six-pack of your favorite brewskies and a group of friends. Bonus: a couple of topless scenes. Boobies are always good! The film is available for purchase or rental at Amazon.