Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Next on the pile, I have Shredder.
IMDb: Shredder (16 December 2003)
At an exclusive, secluded North American ski resort up on Mount Rocky Summit, brutal slashing, severing and beheading on a group of teenagers are taking place and are believed to be the work of a mysterious skier dressed in black.
When I hit play on this movie, one of the last things I expected was to see the weird face of Scott Weinger, the guy who played Steve on Full House and was the voice of Disney’s Aladdin. He’s 28 at the time of this movie and he seems so much older than all of this co-starring victims, but he’s also has a his boyish thing about him. He’s an old boy, personified cognitive dissonance. Aside from him, there isn’t a lot too this. I was thinking about how this compared to the other ski slasher that I had seen, Iced from 1988. I’d say more time, effort, and money went into Shredder and it would be the winner between the two. Then I realized that if you expand the scope even a little bit to slashers that take place in a ski lodge setting, this takes a huge step down in comparison to movies like Cold Prey and it’s sequel. The fact that there are so many this similarly themed makes me realize just how thin the slasher sub-genre is. Don’t read any further if you don’t want spoilers. I need to talk about the ending. Aladdin steals a happy ending for himself straight from the jaws of impending death when he gets saved by a charater that we just saw with a hole in her head. He saw her dead. Her eyes were stuck open. Either they changed it because watching a 6 foot toddler getting shredded to a bloody pulp is depressing or the character suffered a psychotic break when faced with imminent doom and his rescue is a hallucination. I hope it was the latter.
I’m keeping this going for the rest of the month. Keep checking in for more. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown talk about the xXx movies. There’s skiing in it which allows me to make the tenuous connection.