Actors: Alana O'Mara, Cristina Corigliano, Morissa O'Mara, Nicole Zeoli, Sharon Hinnendael
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: ANCHOR BAY
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
Run Time: 82 minutes
At first appearance, Machine Head looks to be your average under-average ‘straight-to-video’ slasher horror film, complete with the cast too attractive to ever consider taking an acting class. In a lot of ways, Machine Head fits in the category, though it does so with a lot less violence and gore than the genre has come to expect over the last few decades. Instead, it hinges everything on a twist ending better than the whole of the film.
There are a lot of horror films with low production values, but there hardly even seems to be an effort made with Machine Head, from the screenplay on down. The manner in which characters are killed doesn’t even align with horror movie tradition, and this is apparent when the first few kills are done quickly with a gun. Guns rarely work in horror, especially against a group of defenseless coed holed up in a house on spring break.
The title comes from a muscle car that a group of girls on their way to a remote vacation home in
encounter. The muscle car roars past them and then lingers for a while, all
hinting of danger to come. The girls are meant to join up with three guys, who
are the first victims of the anonymous assassin. More uninspired deaths follow,
until we are given an explanation that hardly makes the bad acting worth
enduring. Palm Springs
The DVD special features include a photo gallery and a trailer.
Entertainment Value: 2.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 2/10
Historical Significance: 0/10
Special Features: 1/10