Movie Review: Lasso (2018)

November 10, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

A bunch of old farts and their caretakers embark on a senior citizen field trip to the ol’ row-die-oh. After much carnival game ass-foolery, and ridin’ and ropin’ the sun sets and the murder biz begins, as the psychotic cow pokes behind the show change gears from lassoing to lacerating. Now it’s up to our heroes to survive the night and get the hell of that revoltin’ ranch!
Lasso takes a simple premise; folks have to survive a horror show rodeo, and boy-oh-boy does it play it for everything it is worth! The setting, used to perfection, provides us with a veritable shit ton of unique kills (branding rods, prods, horseshoes, the eponymous lasso) all delivered with spot on practical effects that will surely satisfy gore hounds. Along with that we are presented with an incredibly enjoyable cast on both sides of the fence with Lindsey Morgan and Andrew Jacobs as the fresh faced, likable leads whose characters are tasked with the well-being of their aged charges…who themselves are played by a cast of talented thespians. What does all that mean; we get well presented characters that we actually give a damn about as they traverse this bit of dude ranch deviltry. Finally the film is well shot and edited which adds to the frenetic, fast-paced fun immeasurably.
With all of that being said, Lasso does have one minor fault…some of the dialog in this puppy is cheesier than the nachos you could get at the concession stand of your local rodeo. Does it hurt the overall presentation? Not really, as the rest of this fright flick is so top notch, so don’t sweat it to much bucko…ya dig?
Lasso is just straight up a a good time to be had in our beloved horror biz; it’s full of gore, action, production value, and solid action….but I know the lot of you were sold after the “gore” bit!


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