Director – Brad Twigg (Killer Campout, Milfs vs. Zombies)
Starring – Rosanna Nelson (WrestleMassacre, Fiendish Fables), Rick Jermain (Bottom Creek, Frames of Fear), and Maggie Hill (Ghoulish Tales, Killer Campout)
Release Date – 2020
Rating – 3.5/5
Tagline – “They were dying to play”
Covid-19 has most of the world on lock down and many of you are stuck in your home with just your family and hobbies as your vice. I’ve worked this entire time but my wife has been lucky enough to work from home. Like her, many of you are at home and using this extra time wisely to finish projects. Indie filmmakers are no exception to this. Seeing this an opportunity to finish up some of their films and I’ve been lucky to see some of these the last few weeks.
Brad Twigg is a man that seems to always be busy. He’s released several indie horror films over the years that I often recommend to other horror fans. Under his name he has released Killer Campout, Milfs vs. Zombies, Frames of Fear 1 through 3, Ghoulish Tales, Fiendish Fables, WrestleMassacre, and now Deathboard. Brad recently reached out to me to review his newest film Deathboard. This is one I’ve been very curious about for sometime. Thanks Brad for sending this one my way.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a group of young girls who are having a get together after one of them purchases a new home. The home was recently owned by a serial killer who the police suspected did not act alone. They thought that the neighbor had a hand in the heinous crimes but could never prove it. Now, the young ladies are in the same home drinking while playing with an Ouija board. What they don’t know is that one of them has ties to the infamous killer and the board has allowed him a second chance to up his kill count. **Spoiler Alert**
Brad Twigg has released some fun and extremely sleazy horror films over the years. Milfs vs. Zombies and Killer Campout are among my favorites but I’m always looking forward to his next release. Deathboard is another one that delivers. Not as sleazy as his previous films but I’m a sucker for an Ouija flick.
The acting in this one is solid. Rick Jermain is my favorite performance in the film. I’ve seen him in at least a dozen other films in the last few years and he has delivered some exceptional performances but this one is my favorite of his. Hs character in the film is really deranged and he makes his sadistic character stand out from others. The lead ladies are all on the same page and deliver solid performances. Their characters are very cliched and unoriginal but they still delivered.
The story for this one has me sold with the Ouija angle mixed with the dead serial killer but the film does slow down when we hit the halfway point. In fact, the scenes with the ladies drinking and talking about board games is a bit of a dry stretch and difficult to sit through for the viewer. The film would lose some running time if this was cut out so I understand why it’s there but it is a bit of a tedious watch. Aside from that, I really liked the story. The twist at the end, the red herring, and the slasher like vibe really pulls me in. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t without it’s faults with the dialogue rich scenes in the middle with the drunk ladies.
Finally, the film wouldn’t be a Fuzzy Monkey film if it didn’t have some blood and gore. We get several kills. Some rely heavily on practical effects while others are quick and take place off camera. The effects we do get are great and really work for the film. Twigg has a fondness for gore and his admiration of great practical effects always show in his films. Deathboard is no exception. Overall, Deathboard is a bloody mess but in a good way. It does hit a dry patch but fans of sleazy horror flicks will really enjoy this one. Check this one out as soon as you can!