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Scream Park (2013) Review

 

Horror

Wild Eye Releasing

January 3rd, 2013

85 Minutes

 

 

After taking almost a year after being shot to be released Scream Park finally hit stands early last year and Wild Eye Releasing may have a hit on there hands with this one.

With a pretty standard story Scream Park may not have you glued to the end your seats with originality. It follows a old horror themed amusement park who with low profits has decided to shut down. On the final night however after closing the group of teenage workers talk the manager into allowing them to stay and party for one final time before it closes. With everyone getting together with their other half it seems however that someone has already disappeared without anyone knowing where he went. When going out to look for him Jennifer (who was hoping to spend the night with Blake who is missing) and her manager Marty stumble upon two masked men in the park. With no idea who they are they quickly soon to find out the masked men are killing everyone one by one with them on their list.

Not winning awards for it story Scream Park does look and feel the part of an old slasher film. The look of the film is dark at times and somewhat grainy similar to an remastered VHS film. They don’t go for technological advancements instead reverting back to old school tactics. Those same tactics are used for many of the kills in the film as well. On rare occasions the kill is shown on screen and can become quite bloody. Usually however the kill is done from an angle where it becomes less graphic.. During one scene however one of the masked men drag away a girl with the implication of rape occurring. That seems to have no effect on the film or what happens.

It isn’t all good though with their production as sometimes the audio seems to dip lower than other scenes. Also the VHS look to the film doesn’t always go on with a few scenes being of a much high filmed quality than most. You can also tell for some scenes where it has been photo shopped to add effects or to try and dim the quality of the shot.

Scream Park defiantly isn’t a film that has you caring about characters though. Very little development past “person x likes person y” is given. A few characters also have the tendency to vanish for periods only to show back up as if nothing has happened or changed. Interactions between characters can seem forced and generic not leading to anything between them. Thankfully a few actors however can save the day. Steve Rudzinski as Marty plays like your favortite creep from old horror films with a side people don’t know about. Ogre as well protrays the brooding silent killer type well. Wendy Wygant gets a mention as well for being the most believable one in the film playing a victim. Horror icon Doug Bradley is also in the film for a very brief moment as the owner of the theme park with the deadly plan though with most films like this it comes across as just having him for names sake.

Overall Scream Park may not be the most original film but it’s a whole lot of fun to watch. If you are a fan of 80’s slashers and horror films this is one you’ll enjoy. Scream Park brings back what we loved about those films while paying it’s dues. Well worth a watch.

 

Score :

7/10

 

Physical Review Copy Provided By Wild Eye Releasing

 

A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy

A Day To Remember - Common Courtesy
A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy

A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy

Released : Oct. 8th , 2013

Genre : Metalcore

 

1. City of Ocala
2. Right Back At It Again
3. Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail
4. Dead & Buried
5. Best of Me
6. I’m Already Gone
7. Violence (Enough Is Enough)
8. Life @ 11
9. I Surrender
10. Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way
11. End Of Me
12. The Document Speaks For Itself
13. I Remember

 

 

A Day To Remember are a band that have worked to get to the top where they now reside in the metal core infused pop punk community. Without a label though and releasing this album on their own is this record a success or are we seeing the slow decline of A Day To Remember?

ADTR have always have multiple sounds for their songs. Some are straight pop punk songs, others lean more towards the metal core side of it with breakdowns and clean singing chorus’, and the soft rock ballads almost. This album pretty much splits into three infused parts between all sides of their sound.

“Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail”, “Dead & Buried”, and “Violence (Enough Is Enough)” showcase the heavier side of the album. All songs contain the breakdowns and fast rhymed screams you’ve come to expect from a ADTR. It’s something they’ve done for so long now that it is easy to almost perfect it. The fastest song on the record though falls to “Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way” which takes itself up to a faster speed than most ADTR songs usually have come to.

“City of Ocala”, “Right Back At It Again”, and “Best Of Me” display their pop punk side. Faster songs with catchy hooks and riffs along with inspirational lyrics. Speaking of lyrics they also make sure to talk about their lawsuit and separation from Victory Records during their songs. The ballads part of the album featuring songs like “I’m Already Gone” and “I Surrender” are by far the weakest part. There just isn’t much to go with listening to them and they feel extremely out of place. The album can go from a faster catchy song to a slow ballad and it kills the moment for the album.

Overall though A Day To Remember really stepped it up with most of this album. Even with the lackluster ballads ADTR once again prove that no matter how large and popular they become they can still put out some good music.

 

Score :

8/10