Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)


Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018): 5/10

Crispian Mills, writer and director of ‘A Fantastic Fear Of Everything’, returns with his next project, Slaughterhouse Rulez, also starring his ‘Fantastic Fear’ lead Simon Pegg (‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout’). Slaughterhouse is a top notch boarding school, where “all of the future world leaders” enrol. Unfortunately it’s not where Don Wallace, played by Finn Cole, had in mind, and yet his mum is sending him anyway. Slaughterhouse was filmed at the picturesque Stowe school in Buckinghamshire, which makes for a cracking setting for the school and film as a whole.

Slaughterhouse has been widely billed as a comedy horror, not unlike Pegg, Wright and Frost’s cult classic ‘Shaun Of The Dead’. All the elements are there, but don’t really work in cohesion as much as you’d like, the film really feeling like it’s split into two distinct parts; the school, and the fracking site and repercussions of that site. Slaughterhouse also feels rather slow for large periods, the film seeming to take an age to finish setting the scene. Mills attempts to bring invention to scenes with filming techniques not too dissimilar to Edgar Wright, but they’re a poor imitation.

There are some decent performances though; Michael Sheen has some great moments as “The Bat”, and Hermione Corfield is likeable and fun as school “goddess” Clemsie, who isn’t as much of a fan of the school as some think. The best performance here though is from Tom Rhys Harries as wicked prefect Clegg, who terrorises and bullies the students, in particular Don’s roommate Willoughby, played by Asa Butterfield.

Overall, you’ll come away thinking about what could’ve been. Despite having Pegg and Frost on board as executive producers, Slaughterhouse’s script isn’t as sharp or witty as ‘Shaun Of The Dead’, with its manic and gory conclusion feeling like an incoherent mess.

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