Saturday, October 20, 2018

My Review Of "An Hour To Kill"

"An Hour To Kill" is an indie horror anthology that blends classic satirical episodes with gonzo storytelling and traditional disturbia. It is directed by Aaron K. Carter and stars Mel Novak, Frankie Pozos, Aaron Guerrero, Amanda Rau, Joe McQueen, Brendan Mitchell, Gabriel Mercado, Luna Meow, Arash Dibazar, Vince Kelvin and Veronica Ricci. 

Two assassins have an hour to kill (so to speak) before their next hit. To help pass the time, they entertain themselves by sharing horror stories to one another. With bizarre titles such as "Valkyrie's Bunker" "Assacre" and "Hog Hunters" - which hit-man's story will be deemed most disturbing when all is said and done?

The three stories within "An Hour To Kill" starts of with a nice wrap-around featuring hitmen out on an assignment, and engaged in indepth conversation. It is a crime noir styled tale that literally presents each of the other tales. At times the wrap-around feels sketchy, sort of haphazard in its flow. But a lot of it is cool, indie fun with plenty of entertainment value. 

"Valkyrie's Bunker" is the first story presented within the anthology. It takes us back in time to the 80's. The story feels more like 90-91 affair,  and demands a suspension of belief- Nazi's in Southern Cali? Most of the kills are off screen and the ending hits more like a non-ending. My least favorite of the twisted tales.

"Assacre" is a bit grosser and more comical than any other story in "An Hour To Kill". It is a tale worthy of any foodie's gag reflex. Still the story is fun and the limited gore and bloodletting is done nicely for lowbudget horror.

"Hog Hunters" is the more traditional short in the series. The tale of rednecks seeking out the arousing squeal of the pig. A definite homage to "Deliverance" but in the guise of mutant creature feature fanfare. This one is the cleanest,  more developed of the stories. The complete short feels more like a cut-down of quality feature length horror comedy. My favorite one.

"An Hour To Kill" is quality low budget storytelling. The concepts may not be too original but they are clever, amusing and done well. On the down side some line delivery is choppy, at times the execution of scenes is amateur  , and not nearly enough gore and guts as I was hoping for,  but still it is a solid anthology with plenty of indie goodness. (3/5)

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