Night of the Slasher (2015) is a short horror film written and directed by Shant Hamassian. Starring Lily Berlina as “Jenelle”, Scott Javore as “The Bait”, and Adam Lesar as “The Killer”.

A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and defeat him.

Not rated. 11:16 run time. Watch the film on Vimeo (here) and the trailer (here).

Film links: website/Facebook

My thoughts… O! M! G! Night of the Slasher is the best and most inventive take on the slasher film since The Final Girls! The concept of this short film delivers a fresh twist on the opening scene of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) in which a sexy undercover FBI agent lures Jason Voorhees into a trap and kills him. The most obvious difference is that, well, Jason Goes to Hell sucked, while Night of the Slasher does not suck! Night of the Slasher‘s ‘shot-in-one-take’ style is brilliantly executed and the film, overall, is a witty, sexy and suspenseful masterpiece! It also offers an amusing homage to Halloween‘s Michael Myers by giving its unstoppable killer a Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) mask to wear instead of the William Shatner mask worn by John Carpenter‘s iconic horror villain! Oh, and the lead actress Lily Berlina is fantastic! She’s the best final girl (on film) ever! I love that this badass beauty spends almost the entire run time in her undies!

Favorite line: “Not a lot of girls at school pay attention to me. Some of them say mean things like I look like I’m thirty years old,” the Bait to Jenelle.

And I love Jenelle’s scarf trick!

Night of the Slasher is actually “based on a full feature original screenplay” that the film’s director Shant Hamassian wrote. He “wanted to write a slasher film where on the surface, it is a self-referential genre film, however there is a deeper meaning behind everything we see and how we are all connected to this genre as a culture.” Man, I hope that feature is in the works!

Oh, and Night of the Slasher gets bonus points for the song that Jenelle dances half naked to! It’s called “Dying For Love” by Grayce and it’s “an 80’s throwback song written for the OSCAR® qualified short.” The female-driven retro coolness of the song is “in the vein of AC/DC and Heart complete with retro synthesizers!” Buy the track on CD Baby (here). I did!

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