Mask Maker (2010) – Review

Not a bad entry into the masked killer genre.

A young couple buy an old home and the surrounding land for a very low price. They soon find out why they got such a great deal.

Directed by – Griff Furst

Written by – Griff Furst, Eric Miller

Starring – Nikki Deloach, Stephen Colletti, Anabella Casanova, Ross Britz, Terry Kiser, Mariah Bonner, A.J. Allegra, Lara Grice, Michael Berryman, Treat Williams, Liann Pattison, Johnny Lee, Chelsea Morgan Thomas, Ritchie Montgomery, Joe Chrest, Jason London, Earl Maddox, J.D. Evermore, Jonathan Breck, Kennon Kepper

There’s really only a few things you need to craft a passable slasher flick. Have a good villain, make sure to have plenty of blood and at least try to get a bit of nudity in there. If you can add those ingredients you know that you’ll find an audience. Mask Maker manages to get all those elements into the film even if the originality is a little lacking. I was most suprised to find that the dialogue in the film was better than the average slasher flicks out there. That means I got to spend more time watching the movie and¬†less time¬†cringing at the annoying exchanges between characters.

The story gets a little messy when it’s all revealed but I’ll give you the very basic synopsis. A young couple, Jennifer (Nikki Deloach) and Evan (Stephen Colletti) buy an old house with acres of land for a very cheap price. A big house plus lots of land for almost nothing is never a good idea. Their friends show up to help them fix the place up and they unknowingly resurrect a serial killer that used to live in the house. There’s some curses involved in there somewhere but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Viewers are only looking for some good hack and slash fun and Mask Maker delivers there.

Teens, woods, killers. Yup, all the elements are there.

Pretty much everything in the film is lifted from other slasher flicks. The villain wears the skin of his victims and there’s a crazy old coot trying to warn the kids to ‘stay away from that house!’ Even some of the kills seemed familiar to me but you can’t really ask much from the sexy kids in the woods idea. The actors do a good job in their roles and, like I said before, the dialogue is well written. That’s a refreshing change of pace at least. The villain looks creepy both in and out of other peoples skin and the film builds a good atmosphere. The only real problem is that there’s nothing to really make this one stand out. With recycled ideas and genre cliches we’re left with a film that’s good but can never leave a lasting impact.

He looks creepy but the killer is just a mash-up of other villains we've seen before.

It may not break any new ground but Mask Maker can still be some good fun for a creepy night in. Compared to some of the other offerings out there this one is a masterpiece. The reason for that is because it’s taking some of the best ideas from the films horror fans know and love. There’s really not much else to say about this one. The slasher genre is full of the same stuff over and over again so you know what you’re in for right from the start. The fact that the movie doesn’t totally suck is what its got going for it. Well, that and any dude wearing someone else’s face as a mask makes for a creepy killer!

Under the marquee – Will

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