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Any fright flick whose tag line promises "Cannibals, Self-Mutilation & Bloody Revenge" is bound to catch my attention, so it was with great anticipation that I slipped the Late Night Double Feature blu-ray disc into the player and waited for the film to start. It does deliver on its promise, but as the title might suggest, the three are somewhat mutually exclusive.


In a neat twist on the anthology format that has made quite a comeback in recent years, with films like V/H/S, The ABCs of Death, and Tales of Halloween being popular among genre fans, Late Night Double Feature plays out as a low budget horror show hosted by the washed up and alcoholic Dr. Nasty, who screens two movies for his viewers, "Dinner For Monsters" and "Slit," all while trying the patience of his cast and crew with his lecherous behaviour behind the scenes.

In "Dinner For Monsters," directed by Zachary Ramelan, a nameless chef is summoned to cook for a lavish dinner party only to discover that what's on the menu is not your typical fare. When he tries to back out of the gig, he finds out what the hosts do to chefs who refuse to prepare their feasts. Darkly comic and featuring a standout performance by Nick Smyth as the chef, "Dinner For Monsters" may not offer anything new to the genre, but it is a lot of fun and has plenty of colorful gore to satiate fans of the red stuff.





On a more sinister note, Torin Langen's "Slit" tells the story of a cutter for hire (it's exactly what you think it is) meeting a new client who has something a little different in mind. The performances aren't as strong as in "Dinner" and the story itself doesn't quite go anywhere or explain anything, but the gritty cinematography and lighting paired with squirm-inducing body mutilation make for a decent enough short film.


The wraparound segment centers on Samantha (Jamie Elizabeth Sampson), who plays Nurse Nasty on "Dr. Nasty's Cavalcade of Horror," as she gets increasingly frustrated with the way she is treated by not only Dr. Nasty, but also her insensitive boyfriend/director. When she has finally had enough, heads will roll and carnage will ensue, but with a (somewhat obvious) twist. Director Navin Ramaswaran imbues this segment with a bit of a grindhouse aesthetic, and for the most part it works.


With three wildly different segments, you would think that Late Night Double Feature could not possibly work, but you'd be wrong. It is an unabashedly indie horror film that manages to entertain throughout, despite a few plot holes and some subpar performances. These are three directors to look out for as they continue to hone their skills.


After playing on the festival circuit for over a year, Late Night Double Feature was recently released on blu-ray by Parade Deck Films and it contains a slew of special features, including no less than three audio commentaries (directors, actors, and producers), a feature length making-of documentary that details how everybody helped each other out on the three segments, and video from the film's premieres in New York and Toronto. This is a can't-miss release for fans of indie horror.



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