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Todd and Bruce, a hapless screenwriting team, get one last shot at success thanks to Todd's wealthy uncle, Sarge. If they pen a worthy horror script, Sarge will fund the entire project. But there is one condition - the script must be complete in two weeks. With the deadline looming and no fresh ideas, Todd and Bruce head to Shangri-La, a serene artist's retreat, with the hope that the peace and company of fellow artists will inspire greatness... or, failing greatness, at least enough for straight-to-DVD. Shangri-La proves to be anything but serene, as the artists die off one by one, seemingly by accident. Bruce convinces Todd to soak in this morbid atmosphere to help with the writing, but soon those two are fighting for their lives as well.Written by
Arriving at a secluded artists' retreat, aspiring writers looking to pen a new horror script find the series of strange murders in the woods around the camp as perfect inspiration only to suddenly get caught in the killer's spree and must get away alive.
This one here wasn't all that bad as a horror/comedy and offered a lot to like. What really helps this one out is the rather enjoyable and meta take this gives on the process of doing a movie, with the concept of the guys being chipper yet down-on-their-luck losers that can't catch a break in their work gives this a solid base for the kind of jokes present here once they get to the retreat. Again, basing it off of the guys being quite an obvious group of loners that can't get a break on their careers which makes for a rather funny time as it goes along here with the group being unfazed by the events around them and turning that into the genesis of their story they're writing. Tho reenactments of their story as they begin writing it, from the opening recreation of their slasher film villain stalking the gang in the cabin, the several encounters with the killer inspiring other great action throughout the film and the absolutely great stalking throughout the retreat that occurs at the end which is a rather fun and engaging part utilizing the area for some nice action while having a nice twist that works rather well due to the ploy of it being the recreation of his story which is pretty clever. The real-world realization of the killer comes off even nicer with the comedic set-up clearly painting him as such and then actually going through with it based on his over-the-top characterization that makes for a fun time overall here. Even beyond these positives, though, there's a few flaws at work here. The main issue here comes from the main positive aspect here where it's comedy isn't really all that appealing to everyone. This is mainly based on the idea of them being losers and having to always be corrected for their overblown ideas makes for a one-sided take on the comedy side of things and it may not always score a laugh here relying on this to be it's one singular route. Another problem here is the fact of it being way too slow-going in the first half before anything really happens here where it mostly tends to concern itself on areas outside the stalking and slashing where it's mostly on the writing process and going around the retreat where there's not a whole lot of action to come from these events. The killer doesn't come into view until nearly an hour into the film despite all the set-up, and even then it's the recreation rather than the actual kills. The other flaw here is the fact that there's just so little time here anyway that beyond the slow start up it doesn't get much time to actually do anything and it really shows when there's scores of bloopers and cut scenes still keeping the movie from reaching an eighty-minute running time with the credits. These here are the film's main flaws.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Language, Graphic Violence and Nudity.
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