★★★.5 out of ★★★★★
Written and Directed by Jay Burleson.
Many horror movies attempt, however equally, many movies fail to concoct the proper interval piece. Usually instances ideas for interval items on the earth of horror appear to be centered round somebody’s uncle who has a very mint 1977 Trans Am. Looks like a straightforward tasked to construct a complete movie round some funky classic garments and a candy journey, however as a rule it’s a process the place many fail.
To concoct a world of yesteryear with little to no price range? Properly, that takes some actually doing. A process that the Third Saturday in October manages to tug off with a lot aplomb. Nevertheless it’s not simply the groovy ascots and the boss rides. This movie has a really particular cinematic imaginative and prescient that you just don’t see in lots of horror movies.
The Third Saturday in October follows a sleepy SEC neighborhood as they put together for the deeply fictitious rivalry sport between the Alabama-Cellular Seahawks and Tennessee A&M Commonwealth in 1979. Within the curiosity of full disclosure, the rivalry sounded so good that this reviewer truly needed to lookup whether or not it was actual or not. It case you’re questioning, it’s not.
Additionally happening on this similar Saturday in 1979 is the execution of deranged serial killer Jakkariah Harding (Antonio Woodruff). Whereas Harding had killed many there’s solely two of his sufferer’s households that present as much as his execution — Ricky Dean Logan (Darius Willis) and Vicki Newton (K.J. Baker). In a hysterical operating gag, Ricky Dean Logan refers to himself as “Ricky Dean Logan” and solely refers to Vicki as “Vicki Newton.”
Whereas many are settling in to observe the large Seahawks-Commonwealth sport many sadists in the neighborhood have set as much as watch Harding fry to a crisp. Seems he does fry to a crisp, however in a really Voorhees-esque flip, he’s one way or the other energized and able to Ok-I-L-L. Harding is brutal, relentless, and speechless as he menaces the soccer fixated neighborhood.
The later portion of the movie fills out as a good homage to Halloween with Ricky Dean Logan and Vicki Newton successfully serving as Dr. Loomis and Laurie Strode. There’s even an exquisite, if not a bit bizarre assortment of rambunctious teenagers who lure in a pure and healthful closing woman (Allison Shrum as Heather Hill)— and properly all know what occurs to promiscuous teenagers and completely pure closing women, proper? Whereas there’s many extra influences that may very well be implicated within the movie it’s clear that there’s a real blue love affair with Halloween and the Third Saturday in October.
What in the end makes the Third Saturday in October so rewarding is the bizarre TV cleaning soap opera-like pacing and movie work. The scenes unfold like a herky-jerky episode of Dark Shadows working inside a late Seventies episode of All My Children. It’d be simple to dismiss this as novice movie making, however the care and thought that goes in to this explicit movie work just isn’t simply replicated. Utilizing fashionable know-how to throw a grainy filter on the movie just isn’t terribly tough, however the digicam motion, deliberate points with focus, and the off-putting angles is fairly darn sensible. If you wish to know what Seventies TV appears like, properly that is it.
Other than the studied digicam actions is the costuming, musical rating, units, and autos. None of those are simple to come back by on any price range, however for a small price range movie to tug off all these things harmoniously is basically spectacular. The Third Saturday in October can also be full of fake classic information clips, interviews with soccer coaches, and ads. Pulling these things collectively within the context of a b-grade slasher reveals unbelievable care and thought for the style and the interval that it’s representing.
The Third Saturday in October is nevertheless a LOW price range movie that punches manner past its weight class — learn: WAY past. At first look the movie will probably flip off many causal horror followers, however those that know and recognize its aged aesthetic and coy digicam strikes will go run to their basement to mud off their moldy VHS assortment.
Third Saturday in October is certainly Rated R and at the moment enjoying at horror festivals all over the place.