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evil has no face.
few years ago in a small rural town in West Virginia a trucker
by the name of Ray Williams stopped in a local bar to have a drink
before calling it a day. As Ray drank his beer a few of the more
colorful locals began to taunt Ray about the color of his skin,
and it didnt take to long for things to get out of hand.
After a vicious beating Ray was left for dead in an isolated cornfield
and the whole incident was covered up by the local sheriff. But
Ray didnt die in that field that day and for the last few
years Ray has been roaming those fields and hills of West Virginia
seeking vengeance day by day.
Lake has Jason Voorhees, Haddonfield has Michael Myers, Elm Street
has Freddy Kruger and now Rolling Glenn has
you havent figured it out yet, Ray Williams is in fact Plasterhead!
If youre asking yourself how Ray got that name, well he
got beat so bad out there in that cornfield that he now wraps
his face in a plaster cast in order to hide his disfiguration
and to simply help hold it together. Its taken Ray about
fifteen years to exact any revenge on those that have done him
wrong, but for some reason he seems to like to take it out anyone
he can get his hands on, not just those that deserve it.
sit back and follow the story, youll know it pretty well
already. Bunch of kids from the big city on a road trip, get off
the main route and end up in a podunk hick town for some reason
or another. Said podunks of local podunk town are as stereotypical
as the cliché bunch of friends and before you can blink
the friends have fired up the locals and have learned of a dark
town secret that they are going to wind up smack dab in the middle
of. The only problem is the town secret isnt that great.
Sure its a nasty thing to happen to someone, but I couldnt
see why the killer kills everyone.
Ray, err Plasterhead, has all the right to be pissed, but he needs
to focus more on who he is pissed at. In the story the entire
town has just simply closed off the area where it happened and
seem to just let old Plasterhead roam around up there and kill
any hunter dumb enough to walk on in. I mean hell, Plasterhead
has moved into a sweet house that got abandoned, it has electric
and running water, so someone is paying the bills and someone
is also supplying him with plaster for his masks, because he sure
as hell is using enough of it. Wait, maybe back when he was Ray
Williams he was hauling a truck load of plaster, hence all his
plaster supplies. I dont know for sure, but it sounds logical.
is some blood and some brief T&A, but nothing that really
stands out. Plasterhead is just good old independent horror fun,
with a killer, some victims and enough of the standard B horror,
goofs and laughs, to make it worth watching from start to finish.
Its not great, its not perfect, but its a pretty
solid first outing for writer/director Kevin Higgins who has done
what most fans of horror havent even come close to doing,
making their own film and seeing it released.
evil has no face.
Plasterhead have some serious potential? Yes. Does it have a simple
enough story that lays a pretty solid foundation for a pretty
bad ass little slasher? You bet your ass. But I'll be damned if
they didnt fail miserably when attempting to make a solid horror
one is just awful, plain and simple. The acting and dialog are
horrible. There is one scene towards the end where one of the
female main roles is attempting to get to the car while being
seriously injured in the ribs. It is one of the sorriest attempts
at physical acting I have ever seen. I didnt stop laughing for
the duration of the scene.
happens. Not one kill is actually shown (which is a joke considering
how few there were). Little to no blood. The "brief T&A"
forementioned by Prime is a 4 second tit shot at the beggining.
All of the female actresses weren't hot, the male roles were tools
and the attempt at a racey undertone came off as immature and
out of 10 songs performed by a rapper who calls himself Edgar
Allan Floe. Yeah, read the credits.
evil has no face.
was going to give Plasterhead a lower rating because the
acting in this flick is a pretty sorry affair. Then I remembered
some of my all time favorite horror films have genuinely terrible
performances to their credit. Anyone watched Hooper's original
TCM lately? Can anyone say with a straight face that the
acting in the intitial F13 outing was actually 'good"?
point is that once you get past the ability (or lack thereof)
of the cast, Plasterhead actually has a really intruiging
mytholgy to its credit and manages to provide some fairly creepy
back woods atmosphere.
GMG's statement to the contrary, the kills are actually shown,
just not for the gore shots. This is more along the lines of the
standard "kill them then show the bloody aftermath"
sort of thing, though there is a piece of barbed wire shoved into
to someones mouth and pair of bleeding eyes that are quite effective.
with uncharismatic protagonists who do little to evoke our sympathies,
the real strength of this film is in the sequences where Plasterhead
finally does his thing. The movie spends way too much time setting
the events in motion, but when the titular baddie does finally
get down to business he commands a startling presence on screen.
When all was said and done, I actually found myself entertained
if not overjoyed by this movie.
this is a first time indie for Kevin Higgins and crew, the film
looks terrific and the cinematography is spot on. Terrifc use
of interiors including a spooky barn set and a house that - while
looking too polished to be accepted as decrepit- at least provides
mutliple locations for some decent stalking.
no TCM, but I definitely forsee cult film status for Plasterhead.
out of ten short order cooks who give a whole new meaning to the
phrase "smoking on the job."
evil has no face.
into this I really had to ignore the negative press the film had
I reminded myself, its a hackneyed plot, the dialogue
will likely induce more squirms than the eviscerations, and I
definitely dont foresee any of the cast members attending
the 79th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. But by gum its
a slasher, and Ill be damned if I dont enjoy my free
movie! With an aberrantly optimistic attitude, courtesy
of the bomb-ass box cover and a trite yet intriguing backstory,
I was really setting myself up for heartbreak.
off, Im not one to measure a movies worth by counting
boobs. I do, however, like to know what kind of movie Im
watching. In the opening scene we get a box of Gobstoppers (not
a big box, mind you, more like a Fun Packet, something quaint
thatll tide you over until supper). That scene pretty much
set my expectations for the remainder of the film. Wouldnt
luck have it, the rest of the movie was nippless. It seemed as
though somebody had taped over my copy of the movie but didnt
have the foresight to rewind the whole way back first.
set was fantastic. Gorgeous three-story farm house with four beds
and three baths, polished oak floors and, undoubtedly, central
air. Had a real Field of Dreams vibe going for it.
But in a movie like Plasterhead thats probably
a bad thing. A home with polished oak flooring and central air
doesnt really fit the threadbare home once abandoned,
now inhabited by a homicidal madman fueled by a vengeful rage
bill. You think that maybe the filmmakers would have saved a shaving
or two from their budget by renting an older, broken down and
maybe even ABANDONED home and used some of that extra cash to
Nope. Every time an actor mentioned the poor
condition of the house I chuckled. After I died a little inside,
aside, the movie still sucked. The acting was a notch below sub-par.
These actors were so devoid of chemistry that I sometimes wondered
if they were reading from the same script. That reminds me, the
writing was bad. Its a fun plot, even if a little played
out, but the dialogue was simply atrocious and the characters
were hacked and clichéd beyond the realm of believability.
The writers and actors really worked together to make this movie
so damn unwatchable, so cheers.
A brief reference to The Big Lebowski and pair of
Fairly certain that the aforementioned funbags belonged to a double.
I could be wrong, but if you watch the opening scene for yourself
just save yourself the trouble and take my word for it. This movie
is bad news all around.
Rating: 2 out of 10 - Fun movie to watch if youre with a
group of open-minded friends and a case of beer. Then again, that
sounds like an orgy in the making. Seize the moment.
Merry ... Maggie
Josh Macuga ... Steve
Ernest Dancy ... David
Raine Brown ... Audra
Gerard Adimando ... Sheriff Earl Taggart
Brandon Slagle ... Henry
Steph Van Vlack ... Peggy (as Stephanie Van Vlack)
Kevin Cannon ... Jerry
Tom DiNardo ... Artie the Mechanic
Artie Brennan ... Donnie
Drae Williamson ... Janine Alexander
Brian Dixon ... Ray Williams / Plasterhead