DVD Review: SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ

SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ was directed by directed by Crispian Mills who co-wrote the screenplay with Henry Fitzherbert that’s based on a story by Luke Passmore, Mills & Fitzherbert and stars Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole and Hermione Corfield alongside Michael Sheen. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost appear in the film and serve as executive producers.

Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness…and they’re about to meet their match.  This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations – literally – when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole and an unspeakable horror is unleashed.  Soon a new pecking order will be established as pupils, teachers and the school matron become locked in a bloody battle for survival.

Slaughterhouse Rulez follows Don Wallace (Finn Cole) who gets sent to this elite boarding school by his mother who wants nothing but the best for her son. Upon arrival he meets his new roommate Willoughby Blake (Asa Butterfield) and Clemsie Lawrence (Hermione Corfield). It doesn’t take long for this fracking incident to happen and when it does, a hoard of monsters from beneath the surface are set free and begin to hunt down and devour anyone in their paths.

While all of this is going down, Don gets a life changing introduction to this ancient academy that includes supernatural powers, hidden chambers, trap doors and terrifying creatures. Don, Will and Clemsie team up with a few other friends from school in their fight for survival where they’re joined by Mr. Meredith Houseman (Simon Pegg) from school, Woody (Nick Frost) from the woods and a few others. In the end, they find a way to fight back against this monstrous threat but not everyone makes it out alive.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is chrome and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Slaughterhouse Rulez ended up being a fun horror-comedy that has parts in it that’ll definitely remind viewers of the Harry Potter movies. The story was interesting and the characters were fun to follow. There’s heroes and villians running around in this one besides the monsters on the loose. This is easily a character driven watch but it does feature some special effects when called for in certain scenes. Speaking of SFX, there’s plenty of blood and gore to go around! This movie is a horror movie that has a lot of action scenes in it but there’s also some dark humor to go along with it. Crispian Mills has delivered an entertaining watch with a little help from friends like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and it’s worth putting on your watch list. Slaughterhouse Rulez will be available on DVD on June 18th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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