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directed by Mark Jones
USA 2007

 

Zeta Alpha Rho is planning to celebrate its "Hell Night" at an island resort but gay pledge Jack Jones (Tyler Farrell) has more to worry about than coming out of the closet when a "broad-minded" maniac in a clown suit starts stalking his scantily-clad fellow pledges. Could the killer be the Johnny Brooklyn, the pledge who went insane during the last hell night and has escaped from the nuthouse with kindly Dr. Calloway (Helen Walk Bowman) on his tail (she picks the lock on the gate but is considerate enough to lock it behind her)? How about Jack's roommate Andy (John Pickle), the legacy student overlooked by Z.A.P. because twenty-five years ago, his father was the president of the fraternity and poisoned 10 pledges (did I forget to mention that ? is obsessed with clowns)? Maybe its Jack's secret boyfriend Roger (Michael Gravois), the DOCTOR WHO/STARS WARS/LORD OF THE RINGS-obsessed senior fratboy who refers to a gleaming butcher knife as his "precious." Maybe it's the frat president Tommy's (Kaleo Quenzer) girlfriend Sarah (Corie Ventura) who resents always being second to the fraternity. Could be the dean who was blackmailed into allowing this years' Hell Night to take place (he argues with his dead mother unless he takes his happy pills)? Or could it all have to do with the four patriotic entertainers who were poisoned and cursed by a gypsy to forever remain on the island until they can get four people to take their place (and they'll certainly have their pick on Hell Night)? Or how about the daughter of one of the poisoned performers who comes to the island to be near the spirits? Despite expectations, FRATERNITY MASSACRE AT HELL ISLAND is a fairly funny slasher parody that doesn't take itself seriously for a second (despite the underdeveloped yet major "coming out of the closet" plot point which seems less of a stigma than getting seen studying at the library on this campus). References to past slasher films abound as the seniors trying to scare the pledges are the first to realize there's a real killer loose (Tom DeSimone's HELL NIGHT), a past pledge that went insane during the last initiation escapes from the asylum (TERROR TRAIN) and is pursued by his psychiatrist (HALLOWEEN), and the killer clown does a bit of Leatherface-esque dancing, and there are probably some more in there. There's even a SCOOBY DOO-esque unmasking of the killer. Farrell is fairly good in the lead and the variable performances of the rest work since the characters are obnoxious because they are there to be killed. The plot sets up a lot of blatant suspects and is actually able to tie up all of the loose ends (including the supernatural one and another one under the end credits). There's some female and male nudity but (in the context of the rest of Arizitical's catalogue) if you don't go into this expecting the male equivalent of the slasher genre's gratuitous female nudity, you'll find this to be one of the funnier slasher parodies (there's even a "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" joke for those who remember the TV commercials).

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: April 20, 2010

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DVD Review: Ariztical Entertainment (Screener) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution

Ariztical Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:18
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Ariztical Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Extras Unconfirmed

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 7

 

Comments

The disc from Ariztical Entertainment is a screener disc, not a finished copy so there are no menus or extras.

As such, the feature itself is anamorphic and represents the digital video image faithfully (care seems to have gone into the photography with some of the darker scenes probably shot flat and darkened in post) and the instances of aliasing (in long shot) were likely present in the original recording. Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound is always clear.

 - Eric Cotenas

 

 


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