Hello, my lovely horror fans! It is time for another edition of Underrated Horror Movie of the Month. I am on a mission to shine a light on genre films that deserve more love and attention. Every month, on the second and fourth Friday, I talk about a movie of my choosing. Specifically, I address concerns and issues some viewers have with it. In this edition, I dive into the 2006 film Plasterhead. Stick around to see why I think it deserves more love.
Every small town has a legend. Some are more dangerous than others. However, what happens when the legend is more than a myth? When four friends heading to Miami stop over in a small West Virginia town, their lives are at risk. They are about to come up close and personal with the local legend, Plasterhead. They must survive long enough to uncover the truth and get out of town. Unfortunately, the local sheriff will stop at nothing to keep what happened 15 years ago buried.
This film stars Kathryn Merry, Ernest Dancy, Josh Macuga, Raine Brown, Gerard Adimando, Brandon Slagle, Steph Van Vlack, Kevin Cannon, Drae Williamson, Artie Brennan, Tom DiNardo and Brian Dixon. Kevin Higgins wrote and directed the movie.
Plasterhead has no Tomatometer Score and only a 15 percent Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Its IMDb Score is 3.5/10.
While I am always skeptical of horror movies that use the “backwoods West Virginia” trope, I enjoyed this one. It has a strong Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe at times. There is also a little Friday the 13th, which is referenced in the film.
As always, I dove through online reviews to see what other viewers thought of the film. My first discovery came from finding shockingly few reviews to read. Regardless of whether they were positive or negative, all of the ones I did find seemed to agree on one thing. The acting is not stellar. One person also noted the glaring lack of West Virginia accents. On the positive side, there was one thing repeated by almost every reviewer. The cinematography is spectacular.
In reply to the acting, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, Plasterhead is a low-budget film. Therefore, the cast tends to be lesser-known actors. Sometimes, that means less experience. The cast may not be the best of the best, but they do a decent job, especially a few of them. Regarding the accent issue, I prefer no accent as to the butchered versions usually heard in media. I’m looking at you, Clarice.
The story itself is intriguing in that it could easily happen. There are some plot holes and issues with parts of the story, but I generally take movies like this at face value and don’t dig too deep into the intricacies. One reviewer said it put them off that the characters were supposed to travel on a road that does not run through West Virginia. A couple of things here. First, they said “Highway 95,” not “I-95,” which leads me to believe they purposely used a fake road name. The town itself is not real, so why would the road have to be?
The effects are not bad for this type of film. The blood is not glaringly fake; the wounds are decently done and gory enough. Do I think it is going to be up for awards? No, but it is enjoyable and a fun, spooky tale. Anyone who loves horror movies like Texas Chainsaw, Friday the 13th or Hatchet should like Plasterhead.
If you go into this one without crazy high expectations and enjoy it for what it is, this movie is good. I highly recommend giving Plasterhead a look if you have not seen it yet. If you are interested in watching, it is not available to stream anywhere that I have found. It is available on DVD or Blu-ray, which can often be found on Amazon or eBay.
Let me know in the comments if you have seen this one and, if so, what you like or dislike about the film. If you have not seen it, why? Until next time, enjoy the trailer for Plasterhead below. Stay spooky and watch more horror movies.
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