Thorn DVD Review (Wild Eye Releasing)
Thorn (aKa The Legacy of Thorn) is a 2016 slasher film written, produced, composed, edited, shot, & directed by the one man army known as Mj Dixon (Creepsville, Slasher House 1/2, Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown, & Hollower). It’s based off the 2009 horror short under the same name. It opens up with Jessica Lawrence (played by: Jade Wallis from I’m Still Here, Beneath a Neon Tide, & Blaze of Gory) counting down the days until the anniversary of the night that changed everything. It shows her trapping her long awaited enemy with some help from Eric (played by: Paris Rivers from Grindsploitation & Slasher House 2), Clark (played by: Craig Canning from Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich & The Guvnors), & Alice (played by: Jane Haslehurst from Zombie Armageddon: The Ultimate Collection & Inside Fear). Four years ago, the very popular high school student Jessica thinks she’s on top of the world with her life. Nothing can wrong with her current luck. She’s celebrating her sweet sixteen with all her friends from school. A local urban legend known as Thorn (played by: Richard Daniel Thomas Holloran from Slasher House) decides to crash her party & ruin her perfect little existence in one night. Her birthday will never be the same! Cherished memories quickly into a unforgettable massacre. The monster shows up every four years to sacrifice his prey & it’s time for Jessica to relive her past nightmare with her new friends by association to stop Thorn from killing again on his usual murderous tradition. Thorn wants to repeat his destruction that will leave no survivors this time. Can they break the curse & save everyone from their gruesome death?
Mj Dixon basically did everything for this movie & that’s very impressive! Sometimes when someone has that much responsibility & it shows but not here. He gave every aspect of this production the same amount of quality. Is this the new horror icon when it comes to British slashers? It’s possible, it definitely delivers all the goods when comes to expectations to the beloved sub genre. High body count? CHECK! So many people got slaughtered in this that I lost count which is awesome. Lots of gore? CHECK! This movie is loaded with blood & it features some devastating kills. Cool looking killer? CHECK! Thorn is kinda resembles what you would expect ChromeSkull’s cousin to look like. He has a similar look to that horror character. Final girl? CHECK! Jade Wallis was solid in this plus she had an amazing ass which the director makes sure you see it multiple times in this. Good backstory? CHECK! Director Mj Dixon who also was the cinematographer for this almost made it feel like two different movies with his stylish approach. Both stories had it’s own vibe & really stood out from each other. The only thing it really lacks is nudity when it comes to the usual favorites for slashers, it has a few nice moments but nothing crazy but it makes up for it in all those other departments! I’ve reviewed a decent amount of flicks from Wild Eye Releasing & this is probably the funniest one so far. It kept my attention & I was entertained ready for more when it ended. Speaking of that, make sure you watch after the credits because it has a few bonus scenes at the end. These days it’s very rare to find a quality slasher but Thorn definitely provided that.
Like I said before, Thorn has a very stylish look to it so it almost feels like two different movies when watching it. It gives both stories it’s own unique vision. The hard rock soundtrack really added to the atmosphere. Now, let’s discuss the special features on this DVD from Wild Eye Releasing. “Thorn: Creating the Legacy” is a 22 minute making of documentary. It features lots of behind the scene footage & interviews with the cast. Two original trailers for Thorn. Last but not least, trailers for Wild Eye Releasing which include Thorn, The Control Group, Asylum of Darkness, Darkest Day, Bonejangles, & The Butcher Possessions. BUY THIS RIGHT NOW! It’s available almost anywhere so it’s easy to find. I had so much fun with this, it took me back to the 80s, highly recommended!