A small town becomes the playground to a masked killer stalking and killing the locals for no apparent reason. With the town’s sheriff and locals still more worried about a high school football game than getting to the bottom of what’s going on, one detective from out of town must rush to save the lives of a group of teens tossing a party in the middle of all the chaos. But as we soon learn, these teens have some complicated issues of their own.
We here at Modern Horrors love slasher films. We LOVE em. Whenever a decent one comes around we jump for joy and wallow in the bloody grue that washes over us. A good slasher has to have a couple elements. There has to be blood, boobs and a fantastic final girl. Morbid, a 2013 slasher film brought to you by independent filmmaker Chuck Conry, owner of Zombies Don’t Run.net checks all these boxes. The gore is pretty awesome. I must say I was pretty impressed with what they were able to accomplish here. Morbid obviously has a very low budget. In the past I have seen cheap slashers that weren’t able to provide the plasma and I chalked that up to the budget. But Conry and the crew of Morbid prove that it doesn’t take buttloads of cash to deliver some satisfying kills. There was one particular murder at a party with a knife that had me cheering. Morbid really shows what a filmmaker can do with ingenuity and a little moxy. You can see the seams in a few of the kills and I did have some major problems with some of the “death acting” but overall, I was pretty impressed with the gore.
As far as boobs and various states of undress go, there is a scene that gets pretty close to the money shot but slams on the breaks just before we get to the prize. I wasn’t really expecting much so it didn’t bother me a whole lot though. The scene is also supplemented with a great sense of humor. And here is where we get to the real allure of Morbid; the script and humor. Morbid is freaking hilarious, not in a bad way either. There are a few performers who really throw themselves into their roles. Again, I didn’t expect this. Often in low budget films the actors can be stiff or downright amature. In Morbid, the script is what kept the movie rolling. Of course there can’t be bloody murder every minute in the film and hilarious performances from Richard Chilton as Sky and Brandon Layne as Sheriff Rollins elevated the film.
Then we have the killer, The Business Man. Clad in a dapper black suit and snappy red tie, his appearance is fairly striking. Not to mention the strong look of his mask. It reminds me of the killer from the slasher Smiley, but here it is better implemented. Morbid’s killer doesn’t say anything and goes from gleeful murder to deranged sexual depravity throughout the film. While the character doesn’t set the world on fire, the filmmakers nailed his costume and its one of the strongest elements of the film.
Unfortunately, Morbid is not perfect. The movie is a micro budget film, which means that most of the flaws are in the production quality. The color and sound production in the film are off. The editing is wonky in several scenes and the lighting is too dark in several spots. And while the acting is great from some participants (most of em) there are others that are nearly painful to watch. The kill scenes were also shot very strangely. When The Business Man advances on his helpless victims the movie transforms into a silent film. The victims are struck speechless every time. The first time it happened, I didn’t notice. But as the film went on, each character silently allowed themselves to be butchered. I’m not sure what the reasoning for this was, but it did become distracting towards the end of the film.
The final slasher element, a Fantastic Finale is accounted for as well. While I wasn’t expecting much, let me assure you that the ending is worth the wait. Something happens that took me completely by surprise. I don’t want to ruin it, but it completely syncs with the style of the film and rewards viewers for showing up at the credits.
Morbid is a thoroughly independent film. The production feels a bit amateur in spots, but ultimately the film is fantastic. There are several scenes that are laugh out loud funny. A few of them draw out too long, but not so much that they ruin the laughs. If you are looking for a good slasher with a lot of gore, and a whole lot of panache, look no further.
Chuck has another production, The Ballad of the Worms set to commence production this Summer (2015). Focusing on a mystical moon rock that resurrects a vengeful soul to go to war with a woman-hating cult in the backwoods of Tennessee, the film looks to follow in the irreverent nature of Morbid (2013).
Although the presentation leaves something to be desired, if you can put that aside there is a lot to like in Chuck Conry’s slasher opus. There is a great feel to everything. The script and a few of the performances are hilarious. It’s worth a watch if you can throw it a few bones.