hackPhase 4 Entertainment
2007
R

Reality filmmaking can be murder.  Just ask Vincent King and his wife Mary Shelley, two passionate horror fans determined to create the ultimate slasher movie with the unwitting help of a cast to die for.  Let by deceptively bookish biology major Emily, a group of horny college students visits the King’s remote island to study the local flora and fauna, unaware that they’re about to end up on the cutting room floor – literally! – as they are gruesomely dispatched in the style of both classic and contemporary shockers.  Who will survive the King’s insane homage to horror?  Any way you slice it, Hack! will keep you guessing and gasping right until the credits and/or heads roll.

The first time I heard about this little movie named Hack! was back in 2006.  I was working at the local Radio Shack, and my manager had a long-running subscription to a DVD Video trade magazine that video rental shops normally get, something for us underpaid sales jockies to read in the restroom or on the floor if it got to be too slow.  I saw the short blurb of Hack! and thought, “huh, Winnie from The Wonder Years found work.  Good for her.”  Actually, I already knew the actress had a very successful stint as a certified math genius, but to see her get back into acting was nifty, even if it was a low-budget slasher horror flick.

Flash forward a couple of years, and I happen across the movie at the local Wal-Mart, as part of a four-movie DVD pack that I love perusing so very much. I figure, four movies for $10, and I’ve actually heard of a couple of them, why not?  Was it ten dollars well spent?  Jury’s still out on that one.  But concerning Hack!…

First of all, it’s a horror movie that has an exclamation point in the one word title.  That in and of itself should be an indicator of what kind of quality level we’re shooting for.  Here’s a hint: B-Movie.  And on the surface, Hack! can be seen as a loving tribute to the horror B-Movies of the past.  And for the most part, Hack! was rather mindless slasher-ific fun.  There are a couple of actors besides Winnie (yes, I’m going to just refer to her by her character name from that TV show I could never get away from in the 90s); namely, I speak of one of my Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan crushes, Juliet Landau.  I tell ya, it was weird not seeing her in her Drucilla persona.  Then I came to my senses, separated reality from fiction, and…still felt kind of embarrassed of some of the lines she had to recite in this movie.  Still, it was all in good fun, and the kills were rather imaginative to say the very least.  Overall, once you get past the first half an hour or so, and just let your mind switch to screen saver mode, Hack! was a decent and fun slasher watch.  Good for a rental with friends.