This gleefully demented remake of the 1981 Canadian original is one of those few slasher remakes that feels both like a film unto its own, and a reasonably faithful adaptation of its source material as well. The screenplay, character development and acting are fairy unremarkable, which isn’t so much an insult as much as it’s an acknowledgment that this is the type of hyper-violent slasher where everything revolves around the kill scenes, and everything in between is good enough to keep things going. When it comes to the kills however, boy oh boy, does this one knows what it’s doing: Director Patrick Lussier goes for the jugular with the death scenes, painting the walls red every chance he gets, with extra body parts and protrusions galore thrown in for good measure. In some ways I was reminded of Steve Miner’s “Friday the 13th Part 3-D” not simply because of the 3D technology, but how the two respective filmmakers deliberately and liberally employ the gimmick to maximize the gross-out factor of their over-the-top violence and, in the process, give their core audience exactly what they want. So this is the type of movie that has a built-in audience that it caters to, and that audience’s expectations are satiated.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)