Machine Head DVD Review

    Actors: Alana O'Mara, Cristina Corigliano, Morissa O'Mara, Nicole Zeoli, Sharon Hinnendael
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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 Palm Springs 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.


            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


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