A few days ago, I was picking up a few things from the Walgreen’s up the street from us and, as I usually do, I ended up browsing a bit to see what other items they might have added (I considered it Christmas window shopping).
I came across a movie in their bargain bin called Wedding Slashers. I wasn’t interested in paying $4.99 for it. But, it caught my interest and, when I got home, I added it to our Netflix Instant Watch queue. And, last night, after the kids went to bed, my wife and I sat down to watch it.
To be perfectly honest, I really wasn’t expecting this movie to be any good. The description was a bit vague and I figured it was going to have a plot similar to every other slasher film; either the wedding was going to be ruined by an escaped lunatic or the bride would turn out to have a split personality. I even had a zombie movie picked out just in case we got bored 10 minutes into this one.
However, it turns out the movie wasn’t that bad.
It took a little bit for the movie to reveal the real plot (this included opening the film with one of the longest flashbacks I have ever watched). But, once we learned the bride escaped the family that raped and planned on marrying her to a cousin only to have them find her on the day of her wedding, it actually got pretty good. Even though it was a bit farfetched, there was just enough realism to make us wonder if something like that really could happen. In many ways, it was a bit like watching the movie Wrong Turn; a film my wife and I both love.
That being said, there were quite a few things about this movie that prevent it from being one of the best I have ever seen. For one, I don’t mind blood and gore but, in my opinion, it really has to fit the scene. In many cases, the killers went a bit out of their way to be “creative” with their murders rather than simply stabbing people.
When you throw in some of the non-violent (and somewhat funny scenes) with the family members sharing their own bizarre philosophies with each other and the fact only one person seemed to own a cell phone (and that got left in one of the cars) and some of the scariness and realism does fade.
Final opinion: At best, it’s an average slasher movie, mostly because it didn’t quite live up to its potential. But, it is still entertaining enough to watch at least once.
Average Netflix Grade: 2.1 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 3 stars.