Cute and innocent librarian Sally lives a quiet and unimportant life. She has a horrible memory of seeing her parents murdered when she was a very young girl. The townspeople have no idea that this memory of hers has turned her into a chainsaw wielding maniac. Daytime, she's the silent librarian, at night she's a smoking hot serial killer.
I'm kinda annoyed by the fact that I've wanted to see this film since maybe 2006, but for whatever reason haven't bought it until now. I'm sure we all have movies like that. If not, then I might just be stupid. Either way, I've wanted to see it for many years now and my expectations have been high at times and low at other times, but I always knew I needed to see it. One reason is the hot chainsaw girl, played by April Monique Burril. The other reason is.. Okay, you got me, that's my main reason. I liked the whole plot of a female chainsaw maniac. I've heard some good things about it too though, and I personally think 4.7/10 on IMDb is a pretty decent rating for a low budget movie like this. And that's what the movie was, decent. At times I'm actually gonna be gutsy and say it was great even.
"Chainsaw Sally" revolves around the small town of Porterville, and more specifically, Sally and her brother, along with some various people around them. Among them is a guy who's investigating an old house in town (which happens to be the house Sally lives in - uh-oh!). He spends alot of time at the library so that he and Sally start caring for eachother is no surprise at all. The story is pretty standard and nothing too fancy or original. I however think they did a good job at the slow paced and more story-driven parts. Knowing that Sally is all but the quite little girl that she pretends to be makes the scenes really enjoyable and it has a somewhat comedic effect at times, but even outside of that the filmmakers made a few choices that other independent gore/slasher-filmmakers probably wouldn't in this day and age, and that is to not over-do anything, and actually using the slower bits as a way to care about more than Sally and her murdering. This of course takes me to the other parts of the movie; the murdering. These scenes are alot of fun and April Monique Burril obviously plays a maniac better than she plays a calm girl. We have a few murders during the movie but at the end is very it really gets fun for a horror fan like myself. It's not super gory, but there's some nice splatter action going on.
I know it might sound like the movie is perfect, but it isn't. The movie has a feeling of the really cheesy 80's horror movies we all love, except combined with the typical independent budget feel that we have in movies nowadays. Together it's still a good movie, but some of that "modern" feeling ruins some parts. Another thing that reminds me of the old cheese flicks is the acting. It's not too great, but in the movie and in the moment, it usually works the way it is. Like I mentioned above, April Monique Burril's acting isn't THAT great when she plays the librarian, but when she's the psycho... Yikes. Not only is she beautiful with the chainsaw, but her acting is sharp and fits the role perfectly. A smaller minus to this film is that Sally does the famous chainsaw dance from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (I'm referring to the first time it happens. The second time is when her and her brother plays "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"). It's no surprise that it's in there since that movie obviously is a big inspiration on the film, but I always thought that dance was kinda cheesy. It worked in the original movie it was in because Leatherface was a character that would do that, but as soon as someone else does it, it becomes more lame.
Flawless modern independent films are few, especially since pretty much just anybody can get a camera in their hands, but while "Chainsaw Sally" might not always be a masterpiece it's still a very entertaining movie. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and the slow parts of the films are good enough to keep us hooked while we wait for the killings. The killing scenes are as good as they should be, and the special effects for them aren't too shabby. Watch this film only if you want to take a chance. Many of you will hate the film, but some of you will see the charm that I saw in it. I hate to admit that I can't put a finger on the exact things that made me like the film, but I did. I wish to see more films from the team and I hope they learn from their mistakes. If they do, they might end up spitting out excellent indie films.