Director Mike McKown, working with a script from producer Jim Towns, will see his double-slasher/serial killer gem, Survival Knife, make it’s DVD debut from Wild Eye Releasing on Jan. 26.
Undoubtedly, if you are reading this announcement about a slasher film heading to the DVD arena, you’ve seen your fair share of these genre delights. There are the good ones, the bad ones (which can be good in their own way) and the truly awful slasher films. Survival Knife is unique among them, and despite its budgetary limitations, this is one that is worth catching come the New Year.
At first sight, Penny (Danielle Donahue — Queen Crab, Jurassic Prey, Empire of the Apes, etc.) is a perfect member of every slasher/horror film’s requisite “victim pool.” You know the type, one of those very attractive young ladies who goes into the spooky house with her friends — or the haunted insane asylum — or goes out camping in the woods … or is counted as one of the party guests at a sorority party. She will end up in a blood pool.
Slashers and other deranged killers need these beauties for their victim pools. That’s understood; it is a given.
So as Survival Knife opens, Penny and her friends are off for some fun in the woods and here lurks “The Survivalist,” a deranged serial killer who quickly slashes his way through her friends. Nothing is left to the imagination.
And there she is, her left eye gouged out and god only knows what body part is next to follow, when she turns the tables and kills the slasher!! Whoa! That doesn’t happen in your typical slasher film!
Her friends have been carved up, the killer that mutilated her is dead, by her own hand, and she has made the local news. But what hell now lurks in her head as these events fade?
At this point Survival Knife explores uncharted territory — in terms of slasher films — when the options of suicide and drugs solve nothing. Penny becomes what nearly destroyed her, a slasher and serial killer — as with director E. Elias Merhige’s 2004 Suspect Zero, our heroine becomes a killer of killers. GO Penny!!!