An Hour to Kill from Director Aaron K. Carter – Film Review

When mob boss Mr. Kinski (Mel Novak) assigns hitman Gio (Aaron Guerrero) his next job; Gio and his rookie partner Frankie (Frankie Pozos) are left with an hour to kill. To help pass the time, they decide to entertain themselves by sharing horror stories which include; a secret disused Nazi bunker, a practical joke gone terribly wrong and a bowling initiation that unveils an unexpected surprise.

An Hour to Kill is a new micro-budget horror comedy from co-writer and director Aaron K. Carter, which managed to create a memorable anthology, thanks to the twisted humour and a bizarre originality of the stories. It may not be for the mainstream, but if like your schlock horror and not easily offended, this is a film which you will not soon forget.

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The film itself is held together with the main story regarding the relationship between experienced veteran hitman Gio` and his loose cannon rookie Frankie. When Gio is given his next hit by mob boss Mr. Kinski, he has an hour before he has to execute his next kill. Unfortunately for Gio, his next kill is his new partner Frankie.

There is a mis-matched partnership between the two hit men work really well and is easily the strongest element of the film as their own unique scenario develops. Arron Guerrero playing Gio as the more experienced hitman who acts almost like a mentor, to the young and somewhat unpredictable Frankie played by Frankie Pozos. The conflicting personalities create a nice buddy chemistry in the film and with time to kill sets up the film well for their stories that they tell as they try to pass the time until their next hit. Unbeknown to Frankie, each story could also be his last.

The first story they tell is called Valkyrie’s Bunker is the most straightforward of the three films, adapting a slasher style premise the segment takes its time to build up the tension in the scene. The story revolves around a secret bunker in California which was allegedly built by the Nazi’s during the second world war. With rumours that weed has been growing wild over the disused site, five girls decide to check out the bunker and stock up on whatever weed they can carry. Unfortunately for them they soon find out that they are not alone and perhaps there was some truth behind the story of the secret bunker.

Valkyrie’s Bunker is the weakest of the stories because despite showing promise at the start it doesn’t quite deliver at the end. It does well to build up the atmosphere in the scenes, which includes some well-placed camera shots as we follow the girls into the bunker, unfortunately just as it feels as though it’s getting started the segment suddenly ends. Apart from the anti-climax at the end, the main issue is probably due to the fact all of the kills occur off screen. It never really explains what happens to the girls and therefore never reaches a satisfactory conclusion at the end.

The second story takes a completely different approach which is intended to leave you both laughing and disgusted in equal measure. I would recommend that you don’t watch this segment when you are eating, especially if it is anything spicy.

Assacre refers back to when Frankie was a competitive eater. Competitive eating champion and Food Coma host Jake O’Toole (Brian Reagan) wins another eating contest, two of the fellow contestants decide to play a prank – as they decide to sell him the hottest chilli known to man. It seems like the perfect challenge for Jake, but unbeknown to him the effects of the chilli are not instantaneous as the heat comes later and can prove to be more hazardous to your health.

I had an idea how this might have played out, but the final execution was unexpected and despite being hilariously funny, is also disturbingly grotesque. All credit to the team on this, I wasn’t sure how they would pull it off on the budget, but this floats well above my expectations. It is a scene which leaves both laughing and feeling nauseated in equal measure and possibly even manages to surpass Joe Fleishaker’s toilet scene in Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006). There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into this scene and they made sure they showed all of it.

Aaron Guerrero and Frankie Pozos in An Hour to Kill (2018)

Saving the best for last, however, the third segment called Hog Hunters had me laughing from the opening scene as we are given a rather twisted introduction to a seedy farmer called Zed (Cal Alexander). A man whose love for his animals takes things a little too far. It may have you squealing with an uncomfortable laughter, but that is only a taster of what you can expect. It does serve as a warning if you felt that the opening scene may have crossed the line of offensive – because, with the events that happen next, you can see that they just kept on walking.

Following the rather disturbing intro, the main story begins in a bowling alley where a bowling team called The Wolves decide to do an initiation for a new team member.  The events that follow include drinking, facemasks, an unexpected musical number and a planned night of hogging. As the night goes on, however, things take an unexpected turn however when the definition of a hogging backfires and takes on a whole new meaning.

It is one hell of a twist in the tail as the events unfold and between the laughter, you start to question what it is you are watching. Politically incorrect, all sorts of wrong and I am not sure if it is genetically possible. I am not sure how this read on paper, but the visual delivery is hilariously funny and creates yet another image which you won’t forget any time soon.

As a cross between a gangster film and a Troma movie, An Hour to Kill is a perfect example of what you can be achieved on a micro-budget horror. It may not be perfect, but it is easy to overlook the film’s shortfalls, thanks to the creative crude humour and unexpected twists which keeps it so entertaining. It may not for the main steam and definitely not one for a first date, but if you are a fan of independent schlock horror which delivers plenty of laughs, I would recommend that you give this film a watch.

An Hour to Kill is available to view now on Amazon.com

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Review of the anthology horror comedy An Hour to Kill from director Aaron K. Carter

Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!