Chainsaw Sally (2006) -Review by Nic Brown-
you happen to be in the small town of Porterville and you need to
visit the local library, you’d be well advised to pay attention to
the “quiet please” sign on the wall and return your books on time.
If you don’t, then you may find yourself in trouble with Sally the
local librarian. Sally may appear to be a shy, mild mannered, young
woman, but if you see her outside of work you better hope she
doesn’t think you’ve been bad. Sally has her own sense of right and
wrong, and people on her naughty list have a habit of ending up
meeting a gruesome and usually creative end. That’s the idea behind
CHAINSAW SALLY, the story of a young woman trying to make the world
a better place, one dismemberment at a time.
CHAINSAW SALLY was originally a character created by Jimmyo and
April Burril to help promote some of their other creative projects.
Her website and the character grew in popularity until, when the
couple were looking for a new movie project, it was only natural to
turn to Sally.
Sally’s parents were murdered by three escaped lunatics right before
her and her
young brother’s eyes when they were both children. Her father
(played by chainsaw wielding legend Gunnar Hansen) is shot and left
for dead by the assailants, but although mortally wounded himself,
he still manages to grab a chainsaw and dispatches the attackers.
His last words to Sally are to tell her to take care of her younger
Sally takes her father’s words to heart and the siblings grow up in
a hidden home somewhere back in the woods. Now she and her brother
are all grown up and when they’re not watching their favorite horror
movies, they spend their time creatively offing anyone they feel
deserves it. Whether it’s for late library books or being an abusive
boyfriend, the pair make short and bloody work of them.
Jimmyo Burril wrote and directed the film and he admits that the
character was created especially for his wife April. When you see
her in action as Sally, this becomes clear. Blending manic energy, a
macabre sense of humor and her own skewed sense of duty, Sally is a
wickedly wonderful character. Unlike other movie killers, Sally,
despite her murderous tendencies, is a girl you have to like. There
is a gleam in her eye as she goes about her business, and although
her weapon of choice may be the chainsaw of the film’s title, she
doesn’t limit herself to that and indeed she employs any number of
weapons to dispatch her victims.
CHAINSAW SALLY is a true treat for fans of horror. Although it is an
independent horror film, the production values are first rate
including creative cinematography and delightfully disgusting
special effects. The soundtrack is also a perfect fit to the film,
matching Sally’s violence and murder with it’s own driving energy.
The film pays tribute to a number of classics, including JAWS, I
SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, and of course the original TEXAS CHAINSAW
MASSACRE. Horror legend Herschell Gordon Lewis even shows up for a
couple of memorable cameos as the hardware store owner who
unknowingly facilitates Sally’s tool themed killing spree. Also look
for a particularly gruesome death scene from Women of Horror
featured actress Jennifer
Rouse as the ice cream girl. Jimmyo and April Burril have
created a memorable and horrifically fun character with CHAINSAW
SALLY, so check out the film and keep Sally in mind the next time
you go to your local library. Return your books on time!