Cinema) 2004. 83 Minutes. Not Rated. Gory, horror flick. Sally and her
brother, Ruby (????) watched their parents get slaughtered during
Christmas when they were very young. The two young’uns buried their
parents and went on their way. Now they are grown and Sally works in the
local library and Ruby stays home and takes care of the house. Oh, and
they also kill people; people they think are bad. Sally tries to justify
it as killing bad people, but you can tell she’s just freaking nuts.
If you want to do a gore flick with a paper thing, redone a million
times plot you need three things: lots of gore, lots of naked and lots of
laughs. The gore in the flick is primarily the close up, spray blood at
people type with very little actual rending of latex flesh. Strike one.
There is a pair of pretty nice boobies at the beginning of the flick, but
there are women in this flick that really needed to get naked. Strike two.
The movie never seems to be able to decide whether or not it wants to be
funny or not. Strike three. And that’s a shame. The lead April Monique
Burril, wife of the director Jimmy O, is really believable as the
soft-spoken librarian, Sally. She’s actually more attractive and
realistic in the persona as opposed to her chainsaw wielding counterpart.
And where does all this killing come from? You would think that watching
your parents getting slaughtered would put you off violence not make you a
second cousin twice removed from the gang in House of a 1000 Corpses.
And that’s another thing. I saw shots in this flick that were so close
to being lifts of the aforementioned flick that it bordered on plagiarism.
The one true shining moment of this movie is the appearance of Herschell
Gordon Lewis as the proprietor of the local hardware store where Sally
gets all her…um supplies. He looks fantastic, sounds great and is a
shining light in an otherwise mediocre production.The DVD has extras and
interviews with April and Jimmy and Gunnar Hansen. Oh, I didn’t mention
Gunnar Hansen was in this flick? Yeah, it’s hardly worth mentioning. He
appears in a couple of flashback scenes and does a really lame chainsaw
scene that would make Leatherface lower his flesh covered face in shame.
The documentary of the film does have a lengthy talk with Mr. Lewis so
that is cool. The documentary also showed them doing some particularly
gruesome effects that I did not see in the flick. For H.G. Lewis
completists only. Chainsaw Sally lacks any true bite. -