The slasher movie. The one sub genre of horror that seems to get a torrent of abuse from all but the most die hard of horror fans, but it's always a sub genre that will have a special place in my heart. This new take on the slasher genre is incredibly dark, violent and filled with an incredibly suffocating atmosphere. This movie is killer!!
Just like your typical slasher movie, Cross Bearer has all the typical slasher traits such as gore, a high body count, and an incredibly brutal and ruthless killer. But on top of this, Cross Bearer brings an incredibly gritty atmosphere, an incredibly compelling story and a religious nutcase as the killer.
Heather really isn't enjoying life at all. She works at a strip club, but refuses to undress, and just considers herself a dancer. Her live in girlfriend is a cocaine addict, and her boss at the strip club is as sleazy and vile as they come. Heather also has a lover named Bunny, and makes plans with her to run off with the money from a cocaine deal (not only is her boss the owner of the strip club, but a cocaine dealer also). The deal doesn't go to plan, and the Cross Bearer starts picking off victims one by one with his hammer of god, killing people he doesn't see worthy of life.
The effects work in Cross Bearer is handled by Doug Sakmann, who will also be handling FX on Return to Class of Nuke 'em High for Troma. The movie is filled with brutal murders, and plenty of blood and brain matter splattering every surface.
The direction is incredibly well handled, and the whole movie is amazing in every aspect, keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat up until the blood filled climax.
I thought this movie was incredibly different and fresh, as it doesn't fall into the trappings of the slasher sub genre, and that is nothing but a good thing. It's movies like this that keep the sub genre alive. Cross Bearer managed to make good on all the promises it makes with the trailer. This movie is no pretender, it is the real thing. A certified creep fest with lashings of gore and despicable characters littered throughout just waiting to meet the hammer of the killer.
Director Adam Ahlbrandt is definitely a name to watch out for in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for more of his work. If you enjoy dark cinema, gore movies, horror or are just drawn to the darker side of life, you have to check this movie out. I can stake my life that you will not be dissapointed!
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