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Slaughterhouse Rulez

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Crispian Mills
  • 99 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy horror starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole and Michael Sheen. Working-class teen Don is enrolled in a public boarding school, where he struggles to fit in. But when the headmaster's ill-advised fracking scheme opens a sinkhole full of hostile monsters, Don and his meek pal Willoughby are forced to fight back and save the day.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The second film directed by Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills (after 2012's A Fantastic Fear of Everything) sees posh boarding school Slaughterhouse put a group of students in peril when fracking on school grounds awakens beasts from below. It all starts out with a lot of potential, mixing an air of foreboding with high-school angst. From there, however, things descend into a cavalcade of silly gags and flat scares. The biggest disappointment is the missed potential. The film hints at social commentary, environmental awareness and the general hell that is secondary-school hierarchy. But, at every opportunity for satire, there's a cheap gag or a CGI monster. It's a shame the film doesn't have the bravery of its protagonists. What sets out to be a horror comedy in the vein of Shaun of The Dead ends up a bit of a mess, wasting the likes of Simon Pegg and Michael Sheen as members of staff, and leaving you with a longing for the intelligent spoof that might have been.

Credits

Cast

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Willoughby BlakeAsa Butterfield
Don WallaceFinn Cole
Clemsie LawrenceHermione Corfield
The BatMichael Sheen
Meredith HousemanSimon Pegg
WoodyNick Frost
KayIsabella Laughland

Crew

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DirectorCrispian Mills

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2018-10-31
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Formats
Colour
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