Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!

Studio: Cleopatra Entertainment
Directed by Jared Cohn

Oct 25, 2017 Web Exclusive
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With the horror genre recently gaining serious spotlight with hits such as Get Out and IT, the genre is slowly starting to be looked at through a different lens, inviting more adventurous viewers to take a gander at one of the hardest genres to sell. It’s important to note that while horror has become more mainstream with box-office breaking records, it’s still entertaining to put on a good, ol’ fashion, schlocky slasher that doesn’t take itself too seriously. While newbies might prefer thought provoking thrills, veteran fans will be drawn to gory classics and b-movie delights. Unfortunately, those looking for a a good time will be extremely disappointed with the embarrassing Halloween Pussytrap Kill! Kill!

With an obvious play on the 1965 exploitation flick Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill!, fans of the cult genre will be rather dismayed by this abysmal attempt. Members of an all-girl punk band find themselves trapped in a heavily-monitored house of a crazed man as they must play his deadly game in order to escape the maze. It’s a poor and lazy knock-off on the Saw franchise and strangely feels about 10 years too late to the torture porn genre. It’s not even worth diving into the huge issues with the script or the problematic portrayal of women that often give the genre a bad reputation.

B-movies are supposed to be fun and often times a bit kitschy, which is the appeal of them. It’s great to be caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse even if the special effects are a bit silly. I, for one, take unusual delight in seeing red corn syrup and melon smashed guts as it’s a reminder of simple practical effects before CGI heavy horror films started saturating the market. Working on the bare bones of a budget using unusual props has made for some pretty iconic images such as the use of the Star Trek William Shatner mask for the timeless supernatural killer Michael Myers in Halloween.

However, Halloween Pussy Trap isn’t campy, fun or even as punk rock as it suggests with it’s synopsis. The low budget actually weakens in the film and only highlights the obvious cheapness of it. Perhaps Megadeath fans will get a kick out of Dave Mustaine playing the evil mastermind. Otherwise, I would recommend sticking with Carpenter this Halloween. 


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