Monday, August 23, 2010

Sigma Die - Review - @BrandonCSites

Sigma Die (2007) **1/2
D: Michael Hoffman
C: Reggie Bannister, Joe Estevez, Brinke Stevens, Aly Hartman, Christian Anderson, Bob Farster, Jeff Pride

Plot Synopsis: A masked killer murders hard partying sorority girls & frat boys staying at a vacation home during summer break. 

Review: Horror fans that grew up in the 80's to mid 90's watching films like The Slumber Party Massacre, Sorority House Massacre or all those teen sex comedies that used to air on USA's Up All Night will rejoice with this low budget effort that merges the two genres together. Rarely do modern films capture the essence of these films, but Sigma Die is one of the exceptions. 

Part of what makes the teen sex comedy so enduring is that they related experiences that people growing up in that era had, but in a comical way. All of these elements ring true, because these are all things people did as either a teenager or while they were at college. Any person that says otherwise, is lying. Teen sex comedies featured gags that related to the confusion of teen adolescence. A sex scene showing one of the film's main character's obvious lack of technique in the bedroom or a fantasy sequence in which the girls ponder over if guys actually measure their manhood capture the gag part of the teen sex comedy. Helping to capture the spirit & nostalgia of those films is scenes showing kids smoking pot, drinking beer, the awkwardness in trying to make a move, telling ghost stories around a campfire, messing around with the Ouija board, disobeying an authority figure, being mischievous, just partying around, or kids being kids. 

As for the horror, the costuming of the killer is a nicely done and helps exude an air of menace into the proceedings. Some of the film's death sequences are downright clever with a scene in which the killer spikes a beer keg with poison being a particular standout. And there is some fun little cameo appearances from iconic horror film stars of that era. The only thing that disappoints is that in the film's last act in which several scenes from the opening sequence are repeated (yet again) in an effort to pad out the running time. Come up with some new material or just don't feature it in the opening of the film. In all actuality, it's better for a film to run only 65 some odd minutes if the final product is going to be more concise vs running 75 minutes and padding things to achieve that running time.

In its 75 minute presentation, Sigma Die isn't perfect, but it's awfully hard to complain when a production like this brings to life a bygone era of film and does so with such an attention for detail. [R] 75 mins.

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