Slapstick gore movies deliberately focus on graphic comical portrayal of violence. They are a mix of slapstick and splatter comedies. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 131 slapstick gore movies sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Off the rails!
Like Beyond the Door II, Beyond the Door III is a sequel in name only to Beyond the Door. I’m not sure that piggybacking on such a weak and unfocused franchise was the way to go. This isn’t a terrible movie, after all. This film is misleading for a handful of reasons. It’s an Italian/Yugoslavian production disguised as an American one, for instance.
This is the story of some American co-eds hopping a train after witnessing a pagan ritual and almost getting burnt alive. They’re shit out of luck, because the train is haunted. At least, it’s got only two cars. They couldn’t afford the whole thing. And, so, you have it; two movies in one. The cult subplot is rushed, leaving room for a lot of train action. That train is a character in itself.
The budget was obviously modest, yet the creators constantly surpass themselves with impressive cinematic prowess. This is easily the most accessible film in this franchise, and it becomes obvious that it should have stood alone. It would’ve been easier to market. This was a fun ride, only limited by poor photography. There’s abundant gore and a significant body count.