The Last Horror Movie (2003)

Today’s pick was awesome. It’s a good break from the crap I’ve been watching since I got home from vacation. This was a gem I picked up in a bulk purchase that I had forgot I even owned, now it’s going to be one I show everyone who comes over.

The Last Horror Movie starts out the same way as The Signal. That’s to say, showing us ‘another’ movie before it jumps into the real movie. During this false film though you’ll catch references to Halloween, Friday The 13th, and even The New York Ripper. The effects during this part are also purposely bad.

But then the real film kicks in. It would seem that serial killer Max has recorded over the tape we got from the store, to show us what he would consider a much better film. The film in question would be a documentary about his life, as a serial killer. It follows him around his day by day, as he talks about, and shows us, murders and violence.

Max is very well acted in this, as is everyone else, but since he’s on screen 99% of the time, I feel I need to single him out. In movies that fake a documentary feel, it’s very important that the main character not only not look familiar, but also to be acted like some one who isn’t acting at all. This is harder to pull off than many hollywood roles.  But Max feels real.

The effects in the movie are done very well. Be it a hammer to the head, or being stabbed repeatedly, it looks real enough. The camera work is excellent, and even chilling at some points. As Max is killing some one’s wife in front of her husband, the camera stays on the husband. When he’s being killed, it stays on the dead wife. The camera work and the violence in that scene is very profoundly moving.

The messages being passed on through the film are quite disturbing when you think about it. Do we really believe this is fake? If we don’t why are we still watching? There’s many more questions asked by the film, but I think you owe it to yourself to sit down for a viewing and see it yourself.

Score – 90%
Gore – 9/10


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