L.A. Slasher

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bloody, numbing attempt at satire is a waste of time.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 86 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Takes a stand against reality TV, people being famous for no reason, and too much social media, although it also seems intoxicated by these same things. The movie's whole world feels very plastic and inhuman, as if everything were for sale. People become so caught up in the serial killer that they follow him online and become "fans." Yet it's all so numbing that it doesn't really give viewers a chance to care.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are barely any characters in this, let alone role models. The most frequently shown character is a masked killer. Women are portrayed in a very sexualized manner.

Violence

Very gory blood spatters and blood-covered victims. Victims (mostly women) captured and briefly tortured. Shooting and stabbing. Body dragged behind a van. Victim drowned in a pool.

Sex

Somewhat graphic sex scenes with moaning. Characters work as strippers and porn stars and are shown wearing sexy/skimpy clothing. A sex tape is leaked. Brief toplessness. Drawing of an ejaculating penis. References to masturbation. Innuendo. A sex joke. Real-life porn star Tori Black plays a role.

Language

Very frequent use of extremely strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch," as well as "t-ts," "p---y," "c--k," "d--k," "ass," "slut," "douchebag," "sucks," and "whore."

Consumerism

Twinkies are shown and discussed. Several "tweets" are shown (and viewers will know what they are), but Twitter itself isn't shown or referenced.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Secondary characters are drug dealers. Another secondary character has a drug trip. Secondary character is shown drunk. Many characters drink socially.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that L.A. Slasher is a kind of social satire that takes aim at people who are famous for no reason, reality TV, and social media. A mysterious killer targets several of these "stars," captures them, tortures them, and kills them in gory, bloody ways while his social media status soars. Most of the torture and killing is aimed at women; there's also some stabbing and shooting. Sex acts (with thrusting and moaning) are shown, as well as a brief topless scene. Women work as strippers and porn stars and are sometimes shown in skimpy/sexy clothing. Language is very strong, with frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and other words. Minor characters are drug dealers, a drug trip is shown, and characters get drunk.

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What's the story?

In a Hollywood overrun by people who are famous for no reason -- with more trying for that status all the time -- a mysterious masked killer (voiced by Andy Dick) decides to do something about it. He targets an actress (Mischa Barton), a stripper (Marisa Lauren), a pop star (Drake Bell), the mayor (Eric Roberts), a reality TV star (Brooke Hogan), and an heiress (Elizabeth Morris). He provides online status updates and tweets and starts amassing a plethora of followers. He occasionally walks around or goes to dance clubs. A TV reporter (Abigail Wright) tries to get the real story, and two drug dealers (Dave Bautista and Danny Trejo) provide intermittent comic relief.

Is it any good?

This bloody attempt at satire suffers from comparisons to other movies that did the same thing much better, and from a flat, facile approach that renders everything slick, soulless, and vacuous. L.A. SLASHER comes nowhere near the complex discourses raised by movies like Natural Born Killers or God Bless America, and in fact it really has nothing to say other than "reality TV stinks" and "we're all obsessed with social media." But 86 minutes of those messages, repeated, with no interesting characters to follow, grows quickly tiresome.

Add to that the chilly scenes of torture and bloody murder, and it becomes even more disturbing; the movie can't make us care about the victims, nor can it make us root for their demises, and the whole thing just becomes a cruel sideshow. In addition, the movie simply looks bad, with awkward cutting between conversations and endless scenes of empty filler.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about L.A. Slasher's gory violence. What effect does it have? Is it thrilling? Gruesome? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • What does the movie have to say about social media? Is it a bad thing? A good thing? A useful tool? Exploitative?

  • The killer claims to hate fake celebrities, and yet he more or less becomes one himself. What does the movie say about this phenomenon?

  • What role does sex play in this movie? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

Movie details

For kids who love scary movies and satire

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