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Shredder (2001)

Big air! 

And even bigger coffee stains.  Wait.  What?  Horror has hit the slopes as a low-grade B-flick finds its footing (again) on blu-ray.

"getting through this mountainous backstory is a bit of a slough"


Hey, man, it isn’t that I hate all snowboarders.  Far from it, in fact.  It is just that I appreciate a damn good beheading and, on that account, Shredder absolutely delivers the gruesome in its sometimes tongue-in-cheek treatment of the slasher genre. 

The film, a straight to video feature that once wanted all the MTV-viewers attention, is not on blu-ray thanks to Scorpion Releasing and its partnership with MGM

Beware the snowplow!

Occurring in the film’s opening few minutes, we get a gnarly decapitation and a shower scene.  It’s as if writer/director Greg Huson can read our minds with this slasher.  Sex and blood.  Blood and sex.  And, thanks to a chilling setting (an abandoned ski lodge), this horror-comedy earns its lowly place in the slasher sub-genre thanks to a mysterious skier in black, tormenting the teens who only want to get laid and record their skills on camcorder.  I mean, at least the kill scenes are well done.

The script, co-written by Craig Carlson, isn’t all that original.  The teens, played by Lindsey McKeon (Saved By The Bell: The New Class), Scott Weinger (Fuller House), Juleah Weikel, Holly Towne, and Brad Hawkins (Boyhood) are all stereotypes from all the other slashers out there and the plot (of what there is) is vaguely familiar, seeing as how this film patterns itself after a Friday the 13th flick . . . except with snow.  The teens (all older than they ought to be) just wanna have fun, but someone doesn't like their free nature and their breaking of slope rules.  And he's the one who is going to put an end to their fun on the slopes.Shredder (2001)

There are a few great gags.  The death on the ski lift is a solid kill and the fact that the poor victim rides around on the lift for the rest of the movie (at times, right in front of everyone) is damned hysterical.  And, sometimes, the dialogue itself – ramming one too many “DUDE!” exclamations into the ground – will grant us a chuckle or two.  The problem is that you have to be a bit more inebriated than you might like to truly enjoy the innuendos and the carnage.

Because getting through this mountainous backstory is a bit of a slough and, if you ask me, completely unnecessary.  While not a complete misfire, Shredder isn’t all that great either.  I get the hate on this lowbrow production.  I really do.  But the film, regardless of its lows and its horrible acting, has some beyond gnarly death scenes . . . and the wintry mix only adds to the grime and gristle of the blood splatter. 

Death to all snowboarders.  Shredder is now on blu-ray thanks to Ronin Flix and Scorpion Releasing.

2/5 beers

Shredder (2001)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- July 27, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

This is a wonderful 1080p transfer, retaining the chilly atmosphere and a healthy layer of grain for some texture.  It’s gritty, but not over stylized like the usual horror film.  When the lights go out and the only visible light is the moon, the color balance is solid with a nice and noticeable evenness to its black tones.  The soundtrack is solid, too.  It’s presented in a high quality DTS-Master Audio track.  The sound is subtle at first, but it quickly builds as the tension mounts and pays off with sonic textures that amplify the wilderness surrounding the teens.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a fun audio commentary with writer/director Greg Huson that is included with this release.

Special Features:

Fans will dig the new interview from McKeon that is included on this release.  This release also includes a Limited Edition Slipcover and 9x11 Mini Poster with artwork by Devon Whitehead while supplies last.

  • NEW Lindsey McKeon On-Screen Interview
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 2/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars

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MPAA Rating: R for violence/gore, sexuality, language and some drug use.
Runtime:
86 mins
Director
: Greg Huson
Writer:
Craig Donald Carlson, Greg Huson
Cast:
Scott Weinger, Lindsey McKeon, Juleah Weikel
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Death to Snowboarders.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Yeah, and Cole rhymes with Asshole."
Theatrical Distributor:

Official Site:
Release Date:

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
July 27, 2019
Synopsis: Horror hits the slopes in this slasher cult classic about a group of snowboarders on a one-way chair lift to terror! A homicidal maniac with a grudge against snowboarders turns a snowy getaway into a nightmare with a body count.

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