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ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FILM FESTIVAL—“SLICE AND DICE: THE SLASHER FILM FOREVER,” “THE G-STRING HORROR,” “ZERO KILLED”

Peter Wongbyline‚ Nov. 29‚ 2012

Calum Waddwll’s documentary “Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever” doesn’t pretend to discover slasher films’ hidden psychological insights. Instead, this amusingly irreverent film owns this cinematic genre’s hallmark of delivering entertaining gore. “Slice and Dice” presents a darkly humorous consideration of slasher films’ recurring themes. Sections of the film include discussions of “character survival” techniques and visually effective gore moments. Less persuasive is the claim of the final girl theme as an exemplar of female empowerment. Such sexist assumptions as women being inherently more vulnerable and less able to defend themselves underpin this theme.