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Friday, June 26, 2015

'L.A. Slasher' Theatrical Release Awesome Unreal Commentary on Reality TV


L.A. Slasher (2015) Poster

The highly stylized animated opening credits that use the '80s hit "The Look of Love" as the theme provides an excellent sense of the fun of the satirical comedy "L.A. Slasher," which hits multiplexes on both coasts and in flyover states on June 26 2015. This story of the titular knife-wielding psychopath directing mayhem at folks who are famous for being famous further is a violent representation of the objective behind naming this review site Unreal TV. Death to reality TV indeed.

The following clip, courtesy of YouTube, of the trailer for "Slasher" nicely showcases the camp horror vibe that evokes thoughts of the original "Scream" film.


The stereotypes begin with the titular villain or hero depending on your perspective. Quirky '80s and '90s actor Andy Dick provides the voice of this character, who vaguely looks and dresses like Michael Jackson.

Said slasher herds his victims into his stereotypical lair and literally turns the camera on them in an unflattering light in several senses. This "cast" of stereotypes includes a C-List actress (whom Mischa Barton of "The O.C." wonderfully plays,) the fabulous in her own mind socialite with the British accent, and a teen-boy pop star who former teen star Drake "Stinky Pete" Bell awesomely channels Justin Bieber to portray. The "and the rest" among these stranded castaways include the teen mom and the heiress. The credits solely listing these characters (including their captor) as well as many others in the ensemble by their designations further indicates their disposable nature.

The Slasher takes things even further by imposing his form of justice on non-reality show folks who experience their own unwarranted celebrity. The physical and psychological torture of a sleazy producer is particularly awesome.

This harsh commentary on reality goes on to have a TMZ-style host express great delight regarding the mayhem and the general public view the slasher as a folk hero. Folks who relish the following clip, courtesy of YouTube, in which a character whom Bieber plays in an episode of "CSI" gets riddled with bullets can easily understand the message of "Slasher." (No comment regarding how many hits of this clip are attributable to your reviewer.)



The appeal of "Slasher" extends beyond the vicarious pleasures associated with the candid portrayals of reality show participants to hiding the underlying important message in blood-soaked sugar. Satire truly is an effective form of communication.

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