I wanted to say a few quick words about Muck. There’s plenty of trash talking going on out there about this one, and I think most of it is an over exaggeration. Is it an original horror picture? Well, it’s got stalk and hack attributes that would have you believe that this a typical CG gorefest with a big name (Kane Hodder) on the front line doing the dirty work. You'd want to believe that they put Hodder's name is up there to sell the movie rather than have a professional actor doing what professional horror actors do. While it may share similarities to movies like Hatchet or even hillbilly horror with fishies out of water getting their end at the hands of a humanoid destructor, Muck actually creates a baddie that comes straight out of the goo to decimate some gorgeous bodies. It’s not exactly a monster movie, but I still feel it has modern day creature feature attributes. Hodder is all Hodder. The mess is going to need more than a roll of Bounty and some police tape to clean it up.
The premise or backstory behind our baddie, is fun and leaves room for sequel and prequel alike essentially going for the franchise tag with one movie under its belt. In fact, Muck has had a successful Kickstarter campaign to do just that; create a new horror franchise in the form of a prequel. My only word of warning to director Steve Wolsh, you avoid that computerized gore in all installments. Keep the computerized effects basic if you must and use some filler splats if you need to, but stray true to what worked well in Muck. Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick is exactly what the month of March needs for horror and after enjoying Muck I'll be sure to check out the prequel when it rears it's marshy head.
There are some extremely attractive ladies on this shoot. They do not wear clothes often. It is a pleasure to watch them run around in their deathday suits, and that’s not entirely my hornball libido speaking as though it were my brain stem. Actually, the look of this movie with slow motion action sequences and fantastical shimmery lighting with plenty of blues and black to accentuate the night is something to be admired. Yeah, you can see that girls boobs loosey goosey, flippity flopping across the screen like a Jello commercial, but they do so with style. For a movie whose theme and focus is based around a marsh and burial ground, the movie looks beautiful, messy. The blood is good. The kills work. I’d love some more entrail-filled body splits, but I’m okay to wait for the more over the top sequel should one arise.
To sum it up, Muck’s got a strong musical selection which plays well to it's entertaining nature even in the face of coming off moderately mean spirited. Hodder is almost playing in a more energetic, night crawler version of Hatchet which totally works. I had a great time, enjoying it as a sexually stimulating, fast paced, slay stopper that didn’t leave me scared but did leave me perfectly entertained. It’s a handsome looking Blu-ray with a great cover. Make sure to try to locate one of the promotional, underwear clad shot glasses floating around. Lots of nudie cuties in this one with a Playboy Playmate donning the victim card as well as a bunch of fresh hot bodies. Plenty of solid kills with strong effects and makeup work by Ben Bornstein who has had plenty of experience, this . While not original enough to be groundbreaking, it has enough novelty to feel fresh especially with the shooting style and “throw you right in” story telling style. As for director Steve Wolsh… this is his first full length, and it’s a damn fine way to get out of the gate as writer, director and producer.
You can order Muck on Blu-ray now.
Jacklyn Swedberg, Lauren Francesca, Stephanie Danielson, Lachlan Buchanan, Victoria Sophia, Leil a Knight, Puja Mohindra and Gia Skova… you have captured the perfect balance horror and sexual intrigue that made me a horror fan for life at a young age. Great job to the entire cast for their horror acting.
Synopsis from Anchor Bay: