10th Nov2020

‘Return to Splatter Farm’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jeff Kirkendall, Danielle Donahue, Melissa Heflin, Marie DeLorenzo, James Kelly, Ken Van Sant, Tim Hatch, James Carolus, Niko Bryant | Written by Jeff Kirkendall | Directed by Mark Polonia, Jeff Kirkendall

Thirty years after the infamous ‘Death Farm’ murders in rural Pennsylvania, serial killing is in season once more. A young woman and her friends descend upon the farm to party after discovering that she has inherited the land. But soon after, the strange occurrences and brutal murders begin again…

Who would have thought that over thirty years after the shot-on-video original debuted – made by a group of teenagers out to totally shock and gross out the audience – that we’d be seeing a direct sequel, made with the involvement of one of Splatter Farm‘s original directors? I didn’t. But I’m certainly glad we have!

Penned by frequent Polonia collaborator Jeff Kirkendall, who also appears in the recently reviewed Mark Polonia creature feature Shark Encounters of the Third Kind, Return to Splatter Farm isn’t as wildly offensive as the original film aimed to be (after all in 1987 no-one told the Polonia Brothers what they COULDN’T include in a movie back then), instead it follows a more traditional slasher movie formula with one of the original films characters returning to hunt and massacre a new group of unsuspecting victims.

The idea to change-up the formula to a more generic slasher-like affair actually works in the films favour; as is the decision to treat everything with complete seriousness, letting the camp nature of the film comes out naturally rather than forcing it. The fact that Return to Splatter Farm is a more serious film also means, for me, that it’s one of Mark Polonia’s best films. Honestly, if this had come out in the 80s this film would, today, be looked upon with fondness like a myriad of that era’s slashers are.

And with good reason.

Return to Splatter Farm is a GREAT slasher movie. It may be low-budget but that doesn’t stop the film from being packed with fantastic ideas and tons of gore! Yes, for those that loved the over the top gore of the first film, Return to Splatter Farm delivers a similar disgusting vibe – on a similar low budget too! Decapitations, mutilations, stabbings, slashings and more, this film is packed with the red stuff. And it’s not only the tons of gore that harkens back to the original… we get some necrophilia too! Yes, not everything that could be considered “offensive” in Splatter Farm has been dropped for this modern-day sequel.

A superb sequel to the 1987 original, Return to Splatter Farm is a fitting tribute to a beloved SOV classic and a damn fine movie in its own right. Best of all, you don’t really have to have seen the original to enjoy this slice of slasher terror!

Return to Splatter Farm is out now on DVD and Digital from Wild Eye Releasing.


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