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Skull & Bones (2008)

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"Gay sex buddies Nathan and Justin are united by their passion for slasher, vigilante, serial killer and zombie films. Bored and frustrated with their lives as students at an obscure college in impoverished New Haven, Connecticut, they decide to teach a self-important classmate, Andy, a lesson by raping him. The drug-fuelled incident goes awry and Andy dies. High on the thrill of their first killing, Nathan and Justin decide to pay a visit to nearby Ivy University to wreak more havoc on the elite campus. What follows is a harrowing and bloody tale of homo-cidal mania."


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Review Date: 08 April 2008 My Rating: out of 5

 

T.S. Slaughterís debut feature film sees gay couple Nathan and Justin tire of their daily lives and when even sex becomes boring for them, they decide to take their anger at life out on an obnoxious fellow student. The plan (inspired by a news story Nathan heard) is simple, drug the guy and rape him for kicks, but when he accidentally dies, the guys take a liking to the idea of killing and set out to continue their plan on a bunch of Ivy League jocks who have previously wronged them.

Skull & Bones is well made there is no denying that. So I was particularly surprised to learn that this was Producer/Director of Photography Paul Serranoís first time working with DV. The film also features some decent acting and some dreadful acting. The biggest flaw in my humble opinion is that tonally, the film is all over the place. Starting out quite eerily, S&B descends into camp at every available opportunity and whilst this works and is indeed entertaining, it essentially destroys what could have been a quite creepy vibe. It also leaves the viewer confused and slightly disturbed, as we are essentially being asked to laugh at rape, torture and murder. As if that isnít bad enough it also delves way too deeply into (one can only assume) Writer/Director T.S. Slaughterís personal social and political views. I couldnít help but think that he has a huge chip on his shoulder as his characters really went to town on the fact that they are viewed differently and shunned by other more prominent social/political groups. This in my opinion will really alienate straight audiences who perhaps may not be able to relate.

Skull & Bones eeks a lot out of its meager budget and comes up trumps in the looks department. It is also carried well by the two leads with Derrick Wolf in particular doing a very convincing job. Itís light and bright and moves quickly.

OVERALL SUMMARY
In the end, this is a well shot and thought out feature that does have more going for it than just surface value. Unfortunately, it is too damn smart for itís own good and the casual horror fan will perhaps find it too heavy.




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