The Horror Honeys: 'Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir' ~ Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

'Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir' ~ Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

A Slasher Honey Short Film Review by Chassity

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (2015)

Who says the slasher genre is suffering from neglect, lack of creativity, and a bad case of the “reboot fever?”

Oh, wait. That was me. 

Still. When I say that, I definitely don’t say it happily, and relish the idea of being proven completely wrong. 

In the event that more projects like Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir start to surface, I just might be proven wrong yet. 

So what is it? Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir is a short film about a young man coming into his own, standing up to his father, and running the family business while trying to care for a sick mother. 

I know what you’re thinking. That’s it? Of course not. The extra layer is that, from what I gathered, this young man is killing the guests and… well, doing unspeakable things afterwards with certain body parts, if you catch my drift. Things that are related to the care of his mother.

Maybe “extra layer” isn’t the correct term here. There are actually a heavy load of layers to this short. Surprisingly so for a film of this length. So much is going on—much more than one would expect in this kind of project—that you can’t help but feel like you want to know more. 

Let’s start with the father and son. Right off the bat, you can sense the animosity between them, and the power struggle. It’s in the dialogue, but most of it is expressed without words. This is always hard to accomplish, and it plays so well that I’m just dying to know more about their history and what the root of the power struggle is. Because there’s clearly more to it than just differing views on how to care for the mother. 

These are not your ordinary slashers. In fact, they are the furthest thing from it. They’re not your strong, silent types or your backwoods hillbillies. The father and son are everyday people, who could be easily overpowered. But this only adds to the eerie factor. The son is a small, well-spoken young man, who clearly has something a little off about him but also appears to have it all together. There’s something about him that makes you both trust him and fear him. 

I cannot express enough how rare it is, once you’ve been a horror fan for long enough, to find things that actually scare you anymore. Inevitably you have moments where you feel like you’ve seen it all. Which is why it’s all the more significant that the death scene in this short actually made me squirm. It’s not torture porn, but there was enough buildup for it to definitely have an impact. 

What it comes down to is this: in terms of a full-length feature, what you want by the end is to leave the film feeling like you enjoyed what you saw and you can’t wait to see it again. I know a movie did its job if I can’t wait to see it again. For a short, the ultimate goal is to feel so intrigued that I wish it were longer. I want to know more. Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir passes with flying colors on this point. I wanted to see much more. I want to know more about the vineyard. I want to know how the mother got sick. I want to know all the secrets these people are keeping that make them the way they are. I want to know the backstory of how they became killers. That’s right, I actually wanted to know more about original killers who, even in less than 15 minutes, have more to offer than the average slasher whose story is attributed to an abused mother who then abused her son in the name of Christianity and internalized misogyny. 

Slasher Honey Rating: 4 wine glasses out of 5

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