Unmasked Part 25

Unmasked Part 25 ★★★★½

And now for something completely different! Is this horror, homage or parody? The title certainly doesn’t provide any clues, it almost makes you not want to watch it. Who wants to step into part 25 of anything? It begins to make sense once you’re into it, as the UK version of Jason Voorhees (“Jackson”) is at it again, presumably for the 25th time.

This starts out as any 80’s slasher would, with promiscuous young people getting violently murdered at a party. The final girl, a blind girl, instantly falls for the disfigured, hockey-mask-wearing serial killer. The relationship formed between them gives us a rich backstory of two characters we wouldn’t ordinarily learn anything about: the slasher and his most vulnerable victim.

There’s a lot going for this movie. Horror fans MUST watch as it explores tropes in a thought-provoking way. It’s insightful, poignant and sometimes genuinely funny. Production values are better than you’d expect, overall good performances especially by our leads and our protagonist’s troubled father. The gore and make-up effects are impressive, too, with close-ups of The kills and lingering shots of Jackson’s disfigured face. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the soundtrack, which we don’t get a lot of, but when it’s there, perfectly projects that late 80’s synth and hip-hop vibe of that era.

A rare gem.

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