An Hour To Kill review

By Daniel King

Everyone likes an anthology horror don’t they?

Some of the best-loved horror films of all time are anthologies so you’ve got a lot of audience good will on your side if you take one on.

That’s what writer-director Aaron K. Carter has done here and he shows a good understanding of what makes these films work.

There’s a good wraparound story, featuring two hitmen with – wait for it – an hour to kill; there’s a strong vein of black comedy throughout; there’s some out-and-out horror and there’s a surprise ending.

Exactly what you want then from an anthology.

The three individual segments, which are presented as stories the hitmen tell each other to pass the time, concern potheads who tangle with a Nazi serial killer, a chilli pepper that’s hotter than hell, and some bowling buddies who get more than they bargained for when looking for some, ahem, plus sized women to pick up.

The Nazi one (“Valkyrie’s Bunker”) is probably the weakest of the three being little more than a situation but the other two (the delightfully named“Assacre”, and “Hog Hunters” respectively) are much better, setting up as they do some endearingly weird freaks and outsiders who drive their stories.

The best part though is the wraparound story, because it has the best acting, the best premise and is the least ambitious. That last bit is crucial because when special effects are called for elsewhere the seams of this low-budget production really start to show.

You have to give it full marks for effort though, especially the supporting cast who make up what for what they lack in acting chops with energy and goofiness.

It’s not astoundingly original by any means – it’s clearly in thrall to PULP FICTION – but it’s definitely entertaining.

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