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American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire - Midnight Releasing Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Severed Cinema review of American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire from Midnight Releasing


AKA: Slew Hampshire

Directed by: Flood Reed
Written by: Flood Reed
Produced by: Flood Reed
Cinematography by: Thomas Peter Logtens
Editing by: Flood Reed
Music by: Nick Annis, Sean Fetterman
Special Effects: Michael Todd Schneider, Eric Boring, Nathan Millspaugh
Cast: Dayo Okeniyi, Shawn Thomas, Tyler Rice, Jeremy Isabella, Flood Reed, Claire Dodin, Matt Hish, Mike Apple, Brian Allen, Michael Todd Schneider
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 43min

Studio: Gluefactory Features
Distributor: Midnight Releasing

American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire is an energetic and well-made horror experience which boasts intense gore effects and a plethora of zany characters. It features some mean-spirited violence, and very bizarre off the wall performances from many of its cast. Slew Hampshire mixes elements from such films as Deliverance with backwoods cannibal films such as Wrong Turn or The Hills Have Eyes. It’s the mixing of so many sub-genres which gets the film a bit side-tracked and takes the wind out of its sails in certain moments.

The story follows four friends who have plans to go on one last bender before going to college. The group head out on the highway to find a strip club, and end up with some bad directions which lands them in the grip of some crazy backwoods hunters. Upon further inspection we see how the wheels of sabotage were put into motion much earlier in the movie, and the hunters have special plans for their victims as they plan on letting them go and striking them down in cold blood for sport. This part of the plot is straightforward but then we also see there is a savage monster of some sort also stalking the woods and mercilessly killing everyone in sight including the hunters. Not only is there this monster thing but there also seems to be a clan of primitive beings traveling the countryside who also have murderous instincts to them. All parties collide and some crazy shit ensues as the poor young friends try to stay alive.

The acting in this varies. The redneck hunters probably steal the show for their dialogue but the college boys are rather lame. Some of the hunters display bizarre behavior due to past events that I never quite understood why, as if there was a back story I missed. The college kids really get fucked over in this as they are subjected to various mental, physical and sexual torment. Our hunters really radiate some strong homosexual vibes which definitely brings that "I'm gonna make you squeal like a pig boy!" element to the whole affair. The line that will forever be ingrained in my mind is "Would you like some cream to go with those berries?"

The makeup effects are realistic and brutal in both appearance and effective sound technique. The film was honorably mentioned by Rue Morgue Magazine as having one of the goriest sequences. My main criticism goes back to what I mentioned before. There is just so much going on that it definitely bogs the flow of the movie as it focuses too much on the hunters, and we forget completely about the college kids. Then it focuses too much on this group of primitive tribe savages, and we get too mixed up in each individual story line so all valid interpretation is lost and muddled. Bringing so many elements together left me confused and made the story drag. I was waiting for more to happen and nothing really ever evolved for me.

If you’re looking for a straightforward horror/gore thriller than Slew Hampshire will probably not be your thing. If you crave some basic story elements thrashed with some different styles and genres, and a rather bizarre story and characters which are quirky yet savage, then this movie will fit the bill.





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