Movie Review: Slaughter of the Innocents (Special Edition) Blu-ray

Slaughter of the Innocents was written and directed by James Glickenhaus and stars Scott Glenn, Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus, Sheila Tousey, Kevin Sorbo and Armin Shimerman. There’s also a few scenes with an up-and-coming Aaron Eckhart.

Scott Glenn stars as FBI Agent Stephen Broderick, a man who has attained legendary status within the Bureau for his crime-solving abilities. There is only one other person whose abilities rival his own… his young computer genius son, Jesse (played by Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus). Working together, they are an unbeatable team but they may have just met their match in a deranged religious fanatic who preys upon children. Eager to close the case, the police irresponsibly push for the execution of the wrong man, leaving the real serial killer at large. Jesse and his father piece together clues from past murders and recent events, leading to a desperate race against time as Agent Broderick finds his very own son in the hands of the deranged psychopath! Time is running out, and Broderick is the only one who can stop the slaughter of the innocents!

This 1993 psychological thriller follows FBI Agent Stephen Broderick who’s brought onto a unique case to hunt down a religious psychopath who’s going around killing children. The FBI Agent is the best at what he does and he has a special relationship with his son Jesse who’s about as good at solving crimes as his old man is. The FBI has a few leads that get them nowhere but at least they get to take out a Nazi in a violent blaze of glory.

What happens is, while Stephen is away searching for the killer, young Jesse goes out on his own and starts finding clues that end up leading him to the mad man’s isolated layer out in the desert. This concludes in a terrifying confrontation between Jesse and the unstable psychopath he’s been looking for and it becomes a race against time for Stephen to try and save his son before he becomes the next victim.

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 Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this Blu-ray release.

Bottom line is, Slaughter of the Innocents ended up being another first time watch for me. I don’t how this one slipped by me back in the day because I was at the video store every Saturday as a kid and even worked in four different ones later on over the years. It’s obvious I missed a few, aint it. Anyway, the story about this religious psychopath who’s killing kids and the father-son team that’s searching for him was interesting. A little over-the-top at times but still interesting. There’s some mystery and suspense that builds as the movie plays out but the final act is easily what turns this cop thriller into an atmospheric horror show. The isolated location and set design where this killer took his victims were spot on. I’m still trying to figure out how there was electricity way out there since I didn’t hear a generator running, but hey, why ask why. Right? There’s also some blood and gore to go along with it. Slaughter of the Innocents fits in with fan favorites like The Silence of the Lambs and Seven and I think James Glickenhaus delivered an entertaining thriller. It’s not as good as those classics but it’s still worth a watch and deserving of this long overdue Blu-ray debut. Slaughter of the Innocents is finally available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Synapse Films

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) All Regions

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary, two new featurettes with interviews, two trailers, a TV spot, HBO promo, film fest footage, test footage, archival EPK, five deleted scenes, an alternate “shoot out” scene and archival interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • Audio Commentary with director James Glickenhaus
  • All-New 2019 Featurette with Make-Up Effects designer Gabe Bartalos (10:42)
  • All-New 2019 Featurette with Director of Photography Mark Irwin (09:45)
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer (02:05)
  • International Theatrical Trailer (01:54)
  • TV Spot (00:37)
  • HBO Promotional Spot (02:07)
  • Dylan Dog Film Festival Footage (05:30)
  • Jesse Cameron-Glickenhouse Screen Test Footage (02:10)
  • Archival Electronic Press Kit Featurette (09:12)
  • Deleted Scenes (12:45)
  • Alternate “Shoot Out” Sequence (02:11)
  • Archival Interview with James Glickenhaus (04:09)
  • Archival Interview with Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus (00:53)
  • Archival Interview with Scott Glenn (03:11)
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