An old man is telling his grandkids a scary story about Halloween night in a small Irish town filled with trick or treaters, ready to get their annual dose of candy. But there are other reasons to go out there as well. A gang of wackos dressed as clowns are out for something else - the trick or treaters themselves.
Here we have a movie that is so appropriate for modern Troma that I'd be surprised if they'd turn it down - if they get the offer, that is. Somewhere between an intentionally stupid, Troma-esque, splatter and a holiday slasher, "Splash Area" feels like it's very on topic with what a lot of people enjoy in independent horror today. They want it cheap, they want it silly and they want it bloody. I can't deny being amused by the movie, and admiring some of the efforts with such a small budget, but like with recent Troma title "Psycho Sleepover", it's just not what I am most interested in.
Who could anyone complain about the plot, though? In a slasher, we really just need a theme/location to set the mood (holiday, hospital, etc.), a few semi-likable characters and someone killing them. "Splash Area" is set on Halloween, has younglings that we don't entirely hate and a whole bunch of maniacs dressed as strange clown killing people. I'm accepting it with open arms! It doesn't do any strange turns, nor does it try to re-create the genre. Some movies need a little extra innovation, but most slashers don't - this one hit the nail on the head of what we need. It simply appreciates the genre enough to fit into it. I have watched slashers that just seem to struggle, even though it's an (almost) effortless genre.
The fact that this has a bunch of men dressed as clowns - and creepy looking clowns at that - works really well. They all look slightly different (the fat one with a doll's face was the creepiest) and it just makes them entertaining to watch. One issue here would be that they are so god damn annoying. I know, I know, they are supposed to be nutjobs. And they really make that clear, as they make a lot of weird noises and act as... nutjobs. The filmmakers clearly wanted it, and they succeeded, but for me it became too much at times. Especially when the movie is a constant run from them, as you'll be hearing them through the entire movie.
You're all thinking one thing, aren't you? "Does it splash?" Actually, it does. It has an alright amount of gore and it doesn't look too bad. Perhaps it needs a bit more to really belong to the splatter genre, but it does a good job at splashing when it's on screen. It does lose a few points for having some added CGI splashing when there was no reason for it - most scenes where you get it, you already have enough regular blood that it just upset me.
"Splash Area" shows that love for the genre comes before a big budget when it comes to horror, but it's not without its flaws. Smaller flaws such as a few scenes of CGI blood or the really unnecessarily added scratches (I swear, I always feel it looks like movies were edited in Windows Movie Maker when they add scratches) can be overlooked, but I am personally not into this sort of silly horror. A good horror comedy with stupidity in it is fine, but there are a few movies that haven't managed to win me over by it, and "Splash Area" is one of them. Oddly enough, the Troma title "Psycho Sleepover" remains the closest movie I can think of while watching this, and that one lost me for similar reasons as well. Though I would probably choose "Splash Area" over that one. I think this movie will find a good home and get a base of fans, because I know there is always a demand in this sort of films. Just wasn't my cup of tea.