• Review: Slink (2013)

    In horror films, humans have been used for many obscure and grotesque purposes. In the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, a character by the name of Leatherface would skin his victims to make masks out of their flesh. In Motel Hell, a sadistic farmer used humans to aid his garden soil and sold sausages made of their flesh to the locals. And in Sweeny Todd: The Barber of Bourbon Street, our title character would slit the throat of his unsuspecting victims and have them baked into pies for the bakery downstairs.

    In the new horror/thriller Slink we get a fresh innovation for human skin – designer purses. Written and directed by Jared Masters, Slink stars Julia Faye West, Danika Galindo and Art Roberts in a morbid tale of a local tanning salon owner who drugs, kills and has his victims skinned. The skin is then used in the manufacturing of designer purses and sold in their local purse store, Virgin Leathers. The salon is owned and operated by Dale and Joan (Art Roberts and Dawna Lee Heising) and their side business of skin purses has made Virgin Leathers a success even outside of their small town, Wickenhaven.

    On a collision course with the salon are Kayla Nunez (Danika Galindo) and her sister who head to Wickenhaven after the death of their uncle in an effort to administer to the estate. There they meet the mysterious Aunt May (Julia Faye West) who may or may not have had something to do with their uncle’s death.

    As the plot plays out, Kayla will eventually look to use the services of the tanning salon and her resulting appointment makes her a potential victim where only luck and some quick thinking can keep her from becoming a fashion accessory.

    Slink is one of those rare movies where you expect to yawn and time track your screening period allocation but find yourself instead engrossed in the events unfolding to the characters. In some ways, Slink reminded us of a Troma feature mixed the warped senses of a Cronenberg.

    Slink separates itself from many of its low budget independent peers by doing a lot of things right. The concept is nothing new, but its take on how the human flesh is manufactured was definitely fresh and certainly showed that Jared Masters was thinking outside of the stereotypical horror box when trying to develop the screenplay.

    Helping the film’s entertainment cause was the inclusion of some very nice female eye candy. Danika Galindo looks like the girl next door (or at least the girl I wished lived next to me) and Julia Faye West makes my aunts look like…well, my aunts. On top of their stellar looks, both actresses proved a talent for acting that is usually lacking in such low budget fare.

    Unfortunately, some of the other main characters were less than believable with their lines seemingly strained and improvised rather than flowingly convincing. But their interactions are short enough so that the film never really falls off the tracks for more than a few moments here and there.

    Slink really begins to hit its stride after Kayla awakens to find herself a targeted victim of the salon’s franchise business. Scantily clad, the young Kayla fights in an attempt to escape her captors in an effort to (literally) save her own skin. We’ve seen this many times before, and too often in low budget films which try to rehash old conventions. But Slink manages on the strength of its characters to be better than the rest and walks the high wire between horror and black comedy. And for that, it should be rewarded with a recommendation.

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    1. Shane14's Avatar
      Shane14 -
      Interesting. I might have to check this out.

      Girls look hot in the trailer