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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Review: Slaybor Day 7 (Short)

Director: Justin Menoche
Screenplay: Justin Menoche
Year: 2020

Wearing white after Labor Day, especially in the past, is considered as a symbol of wealth and that can be disrespectful for the middle working class. If you are one of those that feel offended by those who wear withe after Labor Day, fear not, as Maddox Mason is your guy to impart justice and respect.

The short film “Slaybor Day 7” is a mockumentary about the character of Maddox Mason, the villain in the Slaybor Day saga, whose movies are as acclaimed as the “Halloween”, “Friday the 13th”, and “A Nightmare On Elm Street” sagas. Maddox is interviewed about his career in the show Behind the Mask, where he exposes his inspiration for the movies, his life during the peak of the saga, and a special announcement for his fans.

One of the purposes of this short film is to bring to light the idea so that in the future it can be expanded into a full-length feature. The question is, does it deserve to be a full-length feature?; for which my answer is a resounding yes. The character of Maddox as a parody and homage to the killers in slasher movies is a fun and well-crafted concept that puts at the forefront the creativity of writer and director Justin Menoche and the talent of Derek K. Moore to give life to Maddox, which is no easy task as he is a charismatic character but by being masked he can only use his body language to show his emotion which is done in a fun and convincing way.

“Slaybor Day 7” is in part a gift to horror fans, with constant references and parodies of the great slashers where comedy has the center stage and, at the same time, it is an homage to this horror subgenre. The best part is obviously the whole thing. How the character of Maddox and its concept is shown is hilarious and if this is done similarly in the full-length feature, we can expect a great fun movie. As a fun fact, Labor Day this year falls on September 7th, 2020, which can’t be just pure coincidence. Just make sure of not wearing white after that date.

This short film will be available on April 29, 2020, in several digital platforms including Youtube, Vimeo, and Prime Video. For more information visit their webpage or Instagram profile. 

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