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The Last Horror Movie

The Last Horror Movie (2003)

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Release Date: Feb 6, 2004 Wide

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Julian Richards' The Last Horror Movie centers on Max, a wedding photographer who, at night, with the assistance of a homeless person, makes brutal home movies of him killing a variety of innocent people. Max often addresses the camera in a chilling and flamboyant manner. His psychotic state grows even more toxic as he begins to consider how the people watching his films are reacting. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Art House & International, Horror

Dec 7, 2004

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It's a movie that makes you think, and that's far too rare nowadays.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

...the film soon becomes interminable and dull once the novelty wears off.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's a great idea, even if it's far too smug for its own good.

May 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Trying too hard to be different, but doesn't really deliver an argument or a point of view that we haven't seen already.

February 23, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Last Horror Movie

Smooth talking serial killer and amateur film-maker Max Parry has made a fly-on-the-wall documentary about murder. By copying his movie onto a rental tape at his local video shop, he gets people to unwittingly start watching his opus, in which he delivers a snuff showcase of his greatest 'hits', whilst glibly commenting about the nature of killing.

Despite borrowing heavily from Belgian movie 'Man Bites Dog', the classic 'Henry: Portrait of a Seial Killer' and 'American Psycho', and ending with a gimmick which is reminiscent of Japanese ghost movie Ringu, director Julian Richards manages to deliver a grisly film that succeeds in being genuinely disturbing. The catalogue of stabbings, beatings and strangulations are filmed with a gritty authenticity that will shock all but the most desensitised; but despite all of the nastiness, there is a knowing sense of ridiculousness which will appeal to those with a very dark sense of humour. Kevin Howarth's Max is both chilling yet comic; he claims to be sane, and talks intelligently about his project and his reasons for killing, yet he is clearly a few sandwiches short of a picnic. At times he is logical, calm and collected whilst going about his business, but we see just enough glimpses of his completely wacko side to know that he is far from 'mentally balanced'.

A sharp script, impressive hand-held video work and some gruesome effects (try watching the burning scene without wincing) add to the realism of the film. The Last Horror Movie is a brave plunge into the dark world of an unhinged individual. Unashamedly violent and unflinchingly graphic, it is not a movie for the easily offended.
September 25, 2009
matertenebraum

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I really liked this movie. It's a really novel approach to a horror movie, although I liked what Leslie Vernon did much better. Max is such an endearing character that, even when you see him killing people, he is still himself not scary. I found the ending a little gimmicky, but Max' philosophy of murder and death I found endlessly interesting. This film is a real gem.
August 30, 2008
MidnightMadwoman

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This film feels quite disturbing to watch, mainly because it?s filmed in the style of a documentary and makes it feel real, but is probably no different in violence to your average horror movie. A clever concept that makes the viewer uneasy as if watching a real snuff film, but brings to light a few valid points and in some parts, is actually quite humourous in a dark comedy kind of way. A slow moving, but orginal film
March 21, 2008
76Majikat

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This was an incredibly creative idea for a movie, centered around quite possibly the coolest serial killer ever. This guy was so cool, yet so realistic. He wasn't your over-the-top movie serial killer, nor was he your tortured soul who kills because of his pain. He was just a guy who had a deep interest in human psychology and explored it through murder. I loved how the film went back and forth between the mundane aspects and the murderer aspects of his life. As no time does anything feel silly or forced. And the philosophy behind it just makes it even better. Yes, it's a message I've heard before, but it was done great and that's all that matters.
November 1, 2011
Alex Matarese

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