President's Day (2010) ***
D: Chris LaMartina
C: Bennie Mack McCoy IV, Nicolette Le Faye, Lizzy Denning, Shawn C. Phillips, Ryan Thomas, Lee Armstrong
P: A high school presidential election turns deadly when a killer dressed in an Abraham Lincoln costume starts killing off the candidates.
Every time I watch a Chris LaMartina film, I see who he is. He has a clear vision of who he is and what his films are all about. To date, his films have featured elements of nostalgia, mystery, gag casting, small town living, comedy & spoof, everyday characters juxtaposed against outrageous, over the top characters, etc.
Even though his films demonstrate a clear vision as to who he is as a director, something about them has always been somewhat aloof. That changes with President's Day. President's Day is a quick, fast paced, tremendously entertaining slasher. All of LaMartina's trademarks come across intact, but the difference is the material is far more accessible then in his previous efforts.
Anyone that has been to school, can relate to the politics involved in a high school election. The players, their behaviors, what they are all about, are sent up with amusingly clever results. For all those that complain about this being an era of unoriginal films and ideas, they should seek out President's Day. It's original. It's different. It's a breath of fresh air in a sub-genre that has been feeling awfully stale lately. Yet the situations and scenarios presented here are familiar enough that they are relateable and that they can engage the viewer.
An interesting little bit of trivia: President's Day was made on a budget of around $5000! However, President's Day gets my vote for being one of the better slashers to come out in some time now. [R] 90 mins.