Killer Waves (2016) … Surf, Slashers, & T*****s

I know I sound like a broken record whenever I review a James Balsamo film, but I’m going to repeat myself once again. Watching a Balsamo film from his Acid Bath Productions in 2017 transports me back to the days when I first discovered Troma films in the 1980s. Balsamo’s films are funny, gory, full of energy, and are made for one reason and one reason only:  James Balsamo loves to make films. There’s no Hollywood ego at work here. Balsamo makes the kinds of films he wants and he never compromises. They are unpretentious and are always guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Balsamo’s latest film, Killer Waves, is another entry into the “gory fun with nudity” category that Balsamo is currently dominating. The film in centered around the Killer Waves Surf Contest and stars Balsamo as a professional surf board maker. It seems someone doesn’t like the contestants and is offing them one by one in some gory and fun-filled ways. The killer goes by the name, “The Unholy Diver,” and wears and old-timey diving helmet and suit. He also has more bad one-liners after he dispatches his victims than even Freddy Krueger!!

Balsamo with Scream Queen, Genoveva Rossi

Balsamo has been making films since 2011 and has since made ten films (about two a year), and he’s showing no signs of slowly down. His films are fun, and whereas they may not be winning any Oscars, they will have you smiling from ear to ear while having a blast watching them. He has also made some serious connections in the industry and the indie scene (there’s barely a horror convention he doesn’t attend) and this results in a ton of cameos by well known people in all his films. Killer Waves is no exception. We get cameos by indie horror filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, special f/x wizard Robert Kurtzman, Scream Queen Genoveva Rossi, and Pantera front man, Phil Anselmo (to name a few). 

Everything about an Acid Bath Production/James Balsamo film is fun, and they will take you back to the old days of guerrilla filmmaking. The dialogue is witty, fast, and fun, the gore is all practical and very gooey, and the stories are uncomplicated and straight forward. Oh yeah, these movies are also full of t*****s. Lots of t*****s. Check out Killer Waves and support one of the hardest working and fun indie filmmakers out there today.

My Summary:

Director: James Balsamo (and producer, cinematographer, editor, & star)

Plot: 3 out of 5 stars

Gore: 7 out of 10 skulls

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer

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