Review: Keepsake (2019)

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A few months back I had the pleasure to watch the 2019 indie horror sensation The Sideling Hill. This was my introduction to HardGore Core Productions and filmmaker Harry Collins III. I thoroughly enjoyed The Sideling Hill and knew I’d be on the lookout for anything else being put out by these guys. As luck would have it, they are in the process of releasing a brand new short called Keepsake. I had the pleasure of seeing an advance copy of the film, and I thought it was great.

The story follows a man who meets a girl in a bar. They go back to her place, which just so happens to be a rundown house that isn’t as attractive as its occupant. After a nice dose of some illicit drugs, they get down to business. While they are getting intimate, the young lady decides to murder her suitor. She accomplishes this, and keeps parts of him stashed away with various bits and pieces of her previous victims.

Although the story is quite simple and the run time isn’t quite a half hour, there’s still a punch that’s packed during this film. Obviously the film is targeted for the gore hounds. When it comes to the gore, this film did not disappoint. There were buckets and buckets of blood and guts on display throughout a majority of the film, mostly the result of what I believe may be the longest throat slash scene in cinema history.

The film is short and to the point, but still a gory piece of art. This is not high brow horror, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but members of the extreme horror underground community will surely love this. The acting isn’t going to win any awards, but that doesn’t matter a whole lot to people like me. Keepsake whets my appetite for more gore-drenched cinema from Harry Collins and the folks at HardGore Core productions. These are definitely people you want to keep your eye on.

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About Chuck Ransford 94 Articles
Ah now for the one thing everyone loathes...writing about themselves! Well for starters, my name is Chuck, and I am a south Jersey transplant living in Amish country. I’ve been a horror fan since 5th grade, about 16 years ago. My horror fandom started when I got my hands on a copy of Jay Anson’s novel The Amityville Horror. The book terrified me, and I knew I just had to watch the movie. An older cousin of mine had a copy of it, and that was the genesis of my obsession with the genre. Over the years I have expressed my horror fandom in many ways. Since about 2005 I have been regularly attending horror conventions. These have been great ways to amass collectibles, movies, and to meet some of my favorite celebrities. My best friend Mike and I used to run our own horror blog years ago, and we also dabbled in script writing. I am looking forward to going back to writing about horror, something I’ve always loved. When I’m not working (I work at PNC Bank), my non-horror interests are studying theology and economics, watching Japanese tokusatsu, and doing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling. I’m also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and singing in a Barbershop quartet. Oh, and I’m probably the biggest fan of the Golden Girls you’ll ever meet. My top 5 horror flicks (definitely subject to change): 1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 2. Basket Case (1982) 3. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 4. The Beyond (1981) 5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)