On paper, it doesn’t seem difficult to create an effective slasher film. Like most horror sub-genres, there are a few key elements to the proper formula that, if followed precisely, should ensure a good film experience. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case when it comes to independent filmmaking. The most recent evidence I have of this is Maurizio and Roberto del Piccolo’s My Little Sister.
Sheila and Tom are meeting their friends in the woods for a little getaway. On their way, they encounter a mysterious man who warns them to leave immediately or face the risk of being brutally murdered by the deranged killer known as Little Sister.
Like all successful slashers of the golden era of the 80’s, My Little Sister does in fact have all of the necessary components to make a good film. A young cast of potential victims, a secluded wooded area, and a seemingly crazed killer on the loose are all present throughout the film’s 80 minute runtime, but it is the execution that is lacking.
Similar to most other low-budget horror fare, My Little Sister features a small cast. This is generally not a bad thing, but when the actors that make up that cast aren’t the greatest, it tends to make the film a bit harder to sit through, no matter the length.
While I’ve certainly seen worse in my storied horror-watching career, I have to admit that the performances by both Holli Dillon and Mattia Rosellini, our main protagonists, are lacking in certain areas.
Acting aside, My Little Sister does tend to suffer from more of the same budgetary restraints as most other indie films do. Lighting, cinematography, and even the characters’ wardrobe could have greatly benefited from a much higher financial backing.
This isn’t to say that My Little Sister didn’t have some good things going for it. The film starts off rather strong as we are almost immediately thrust into some bloody scenes of torture and mutilation at the hands of the Little Sister killer.
The use of practical effects certainly raised my interest back up to an acceptable level as the film progressed. This, coupled with the attempt at creating a backstory for our human flesh-masked antagonist, does in fact redeem the film quite a bit.
While My Little Sister does gain points in the effects and story department, its lack of true acting chops is really what holds this one down.
If you would like to check this film out for yourself, be sure to pick up a copy. It is available on DVD now from Wild Eye Releasing.
I give My Little Sister a final rating of 2 peeled off faces out of 5.