It is hard to recall the last great slasher made on British shores.
Us Brits always seem to be looking across the pond for the next great horror icon, but this could be about to change with ‘I Scream on the Beach’.
With its tongue set firmly in its cheek, this independent production recalls the VHS era of the mid-1980s (such as My Bloody Valentine and Friday the 13th) whilst also paying homage to more modern slashers such as I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Limited budgets sometimes dictate that narratives can fly out of the window in favor of splatter and gallons of blood.
Luckily, ‘I Scream…’ manages to find a good balance of gore with a story that becomes a whodunnit with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way.
A cameo by Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman is also a wink and nod to the films that helped shape some of its story.
There is some comedy here but ‘I Scream on the Beach!’ doesn’t pander to it and become slapstick. There are some memorable kills and also commendable practical effects that recalls the golden age of the slasher.
It wouldn’t be an 80s slasher without a synth soundtrack either, which is provided by Coeur, which helps drive the films more intense sequences along spendidly.
In the small seaside town of Mellow Coast, Emily (Hannah Paterson) is trying to discover what has happened to her father, but as she searches for answers her friends start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer.
‘I Scream on the Beach!’ may be the best British slasher in living memory.
Catch the film at the Starburst International Film Festival on Friday 13th and 14th March at The Landing, Salford.