Slashening, Final Beginning

From Annum Films and Troma, Slashening: The Final Beginning is an absolutely fun and bloody slasher comedy starring Addie Weyrich and Jean Louise O’Sullivan. Writer/director Brandon Bassham delivers a comical frenzy filled with hilarious one-liners, lowbrow jokes, and imaginative kill scenes.  

Five years after “The Slashening,” 22-year-old Madison Santangeli moves to Brooklyn to start a new life in the wake of her father’s suicide. But a series of murders committed by a familiar masked killer starts happening around her. Is it coincidence or is someone sending a message?

Here are 5 reasons why we love Slashening: The Final Beginning:

5. Addie Weyrich!

Addie Weyrich does a fantastic job as Madison Santangeli, the composed straight man surrounded by oddball and goofy characters. Weyrich’s emotional neutrality perfectly captures the eccentricity around her. She is quite phenomenal when given a chance to play off the other zany characters. 

4. The Kill Scenes!

Writer/director Brandon Bassham has such great enthusiasm for the slasher genre, which shows in the kill scenes. In a fun display of tracking and movement, the camera spins 180 degrees while following the masked killer during his massacre. Bassham successfully manages to keep that high-spirited energy through the lens during the entire running time. 

3. The Zany Humor!

There’s enough sexual humor, visual gags, and off-the-wall dialogue to keep the narrative running at full speed. From Madonna Refugia to Rasheda Crockett to Jaime Lutz, everyone has such a great handle on the broad humor and their comedic timing.

2. The Opening!

Even though The Final Beginning is considered a sequel, the opening works for audiences who haven’t seen the first installment. The opening works as a short film to recap past events and get newbies caught up with the mythology. 

1. A Hilarious Send-up!

Slashening: The Final Beginning is an entertaining and hilarious send-up of slasher movies. The Slashening sequel works mostly because of its laugh-out-loud looniness. 

Slashening: The Final Beginning will be screened at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Festival on October 4th, 2020.

By Jorge Solis

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