The Last Horror Movie (2004)

The Last Horror Movie




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Movie Info

What begins as yet another teen-slasher horror flick transforms into a frightening travelogue through the mind of a serial killer who hides behind the mask of a mild-mannered wedding photographer.

Rating: R (for strong brutal language and violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: James Handel, Julian Richards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Bedford Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for The Last Horror Movie

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | December 31, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2006
Dread Central

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 1, 2004
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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2004

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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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