SLASHER MONTH: Slashers (2001)

$la$her$ is a Japanese game show that invites contestants to win millions of dollars if — and that’s a big of — they can survive being hunted down by Preacherman, Chainsaw Charlie and Dr. Ripper. During the show, all crimes are legal, but everyone must remain motionless during commercial breaks.

For the first time ever, the show is inviting six American contestants — Megan, Devon, Michael, Rick, Rebecca and Brenda — each with their own reasons for completing. For example, Megan only wanted to be on the show to protest its existence. Brenda wants to be an actress. Devon is an ex-Marine. Rebecca is an adrenaline junkie who has just learned that she has MS. And it turns out that one of them is the Bible Doll Killer and wants to have a spectacular death.

Looking cheaper than most TV it imitates — they really should have hired some people who have shot pro wrestling to give this the right look — Slashers has a great idea at its heart. If the execution isn’t exactly perfect, well, at least there’s a scene where a man cuts his own head off.

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