Release Date – 2019
Rating – 4/5
I randomly get messages from people asking me for indie horror film recommendations. I cover so many indie films at Horror Society so I often draw a blank but one name that I’m consistent in recommending is Chris Seaver and his many indie labels. His Low Budget Productions, Midnight Kids Productions, and Warlock Home Video are all something that I avidly collect and have done so for many years.
Several months back I saw a post on Instagram that Warlock Home Video had remade one of their more popular slashers Death O’Lantern. I had to own a copy so I reached out to the page and ordered a copy. I’m glad I did because I absolutely enjoyed this one. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in a long ass time.
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows three friends that are part of a horror club in Sleepy Hollow. Their love of horror and death has them getting involved in a murder and their investigation uncovers the old legend of Stingy Jack who has to kill 6 kids in order to become human again. He was summoned by a local witch who has a hatred for Halloween after he mother was murdered on the day many years ago. Now they must stop him before he get the 6 kills and in order to do so they must enlist the help of the toughest girl in town and the ancient magician Ichabod Crane.**Spoiler Alert**
I’ve watched my fair share of Low Budget Pictures and all of the Midnight Kids Productions and Warlock Home Video releases and I have to say that this ties with The Weirdsies as my favorite film from their catalog. This one was packed with laughs and hilariously raunchy dialogue. The acting in this one is fun. Warlock Home Video has a way of giving viewers unforgettable characters.
The acting may not be perfect but the characters are always entertaining and over the top. They really have fun with their characters and it shows in each scene. I do have to say that I was a little upset when I popped the disc in and was not greeted with the warlock that is a typical intro for the other Warlock releases.
The story for this one is mostly what we got in the first two films but with some added here and there to make it stand on it’s own. The portions that was taken from the previous films was still funny but the additional elements is what made this one so fucking funny.
Finally, the film has several on screen kills. They use classic movie techniques and practical effects that are far from perfect but their intent is to deliver additional laughs. The kills are modeled after classic slasher kills but with a Seaver twist. Overall, Death O’Lantern: The Remake is a no budget horror comedy that delivers everything I love about indie horror. Fans of sleazy slashers will want to check this one out. I highly recommend it.