Studio: Anchor Bay
Reviewed by: Jonny Botsch
A slasher movie that stars both Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) as psychotic brothers who prey on victims of car accidents by posing as fake paramedics should be amazing and exactly what you, as a horror fan, want to see.
Although this effort is not a swing and a miss, it doesn't knock it out of the park either. There’s plenty of violence, gore, and even the threads of some cool themes not often seen in these kinds of movies. However, this movie seems to suffer from odd pacing that doesn't truly build towards the climax. Even twenty minutes before the end, the movie feels like you could be watching an opening scene.
Also of note is the fact that Old 37 is an Alan Smithee. Alan Smithee is the pseudonym of a director when he has requested to take his name off of a project to effectively distance himself from the film. This usually happens because of a director's dissatisfaction with the final product often due to creative differences with the studio. One wonders what those differences were. Unfortunately, professionalism is likely why all of the disc's special features completely ignore this fact, leaving us only to wonder. There's a commentary and some storyboard breakdowns, as well as cast and crew interviews. Nobody talks about the director or what happened. In effect, this makes most of the commentary less insightful, and instead it is filled with the writer/producer and composer riffing to themselves about how much they love their own movie. Fun, if that's all you're looking for, but not addressing the elephant in the room seems silly. Old 37 will be watched by slasher fanatics and the hardcore horror hounds that frequent Fangoria conventions…and missed by everyone else.