There’s something really cool about the idea of a 1980’s themed film focused on a Pizza company. Let’s be real, my food of choice when watching horror films is pizza. It’s comfort food at best, delicious at worst. There’s basically no such thing as bad pizza. So obviously, I was pumped when I saw the trailer drop today for Slice, a new film from A24. Check out the trailer below.
Alright, so first up, this thing looks ridiculous. I’m talking a Cabin in the Woods, seriously that shit is ridiculous, kind of ridiculous. Zazie Beetz rightfully takes over this trailer because let’s be real, she’s a star. Between Atlanta and Deadpool 2 she’s more than earned this. Also set to take on a big part in the movie is Chance Bennett AKA Chance the Rapper. That actually makes a ton of sense. Not only Mr. The Rapper extremely talented as a performer as seen from his SNL music performances, but he was great in his SNL hosting performance last year. Also, Austin Vesely is making his directorial debut. Vesely directed the “Sunday Candy” and “Angels” videos in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
What’s really great, is that the film just has style. The Relax its Perfect Pizza t-shirts everyone is wearing look awesome. I want one so bad. I might bootleg one myself if this movie is even a tenth as good as I hope it is. The score is a synth-based 1980’s throwback and instantly will appeal to the Stranger Things fans. Then again, they might show up to see this one because of Joe Keery, who plays Steve on the Netflix series. Regardless, the cinematography does an excellent job of playing with darkness against some crazy bright reds and greens. The combination of bright colors and ’80s aesthetic is sure to appeal.
This also seems to be stealing a page out of the Scream playbook. Blend in some fun young actors, which this film has in spades, with some solid older comedians. Beetz and Chance are entertainers on the rise. Keery should be able to bounce off of Rae Gray nicely. Combine in comedic performances from Paul Scheer, Christ Parnell, Hannibal Buress, and Y’Ian Noel and you got magic. This can help set the stage for some great moments, give the movie a self-reflective edge, and add in the comedy that helps to heighten the scares. One wouldn’t watch This is the End and think it’s necessarily A-level horror on its own. However, by blending in the talents of Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill, it made the highs even higher. Pun intended.
However, I can’t stress enough how awesome it is to have a horror movie, that basically looks like a slasher, full of NON-WHITE PEOPLE. Seriously. Let’s be clear, there are some tropes we need to break in horror films. Yet, Get Out was about the black experience in America, so there have been horror films with black people in them that don’t immediately get killed. You know what would be nice? For Busta Rhymes doing karate on Michael Myers to not be one of ten best scenes for black people in horror films. With Zazie Beetz, Chance, Y’Ian Noel, and Hannibal Buress just representing some of the diverse cast along for the ride, it’s actually a big positive for the genre.
This movie looks amazing, and “Slice” is one of my most anticipated movies for the rest of 2018. We can’t wait for it and we hope you’re pumped too. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but is due out before the end of 2018. I’m expecting this to come much quicker than that, potentially by the end of October. It should really hit that sweet spot before Halloween to capitalize on the hype train.