Confession time--I'm not an expert when it comes to the d20 System. Sure, I have a passing familiarity with the rules set and a few gaming sessions under my belt, but I don't feel qualified to comment on this product's "crunchiness," or its mechanical accuracy.
However...I am a connoisseur of fright flicks (the trashier the better) and creepy rpgs (Chill, It Came From the Late Late Late Show, and Dark*Matter rank amongst my faves), so I can say, quite immodestly, that I know superb spooky sleaze when I see it. And I have seen it in this product--oh, yes, this book has STYLE.
Michael Tresca, our esteemed author, obviously knows his stuff, and his knowledge, respect, enthusiasm, and unabashed affection for the slasher genre shines on every page. And such energy was contagious for this reader--I wanted to crack open my d20 books and play in some grindhouse-inspired gaming.
<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: ) A refreshing lack of political correctness, which is appropriate--nay, mandatory--for the genre. Audiences watch slasher flicks for babes, butchers, and bloodshed, and the author runs with the concept.
) Genre-appropriate "Victim Classes" (that means the PCs) with inventive skills and abilities. The Cheerleader gets "Tight Shirt" (used to fascinate male targets), the Nerd has "Enforce Logic" (wherein the geek explains why a monstrous maniac can't possibly have supernatural powers...which causes said maniac to lose them), and the Stoner utilizes the Dude, Dude?, and DUDE! trio (which provides Skill Check and Save bonuses). I giggled plenty while reading the char-gen sections.
) Analogues of sanguinary celluloid psychos sent straight from the silver screen. Any Fangoria reader worth his salt will recognize beasties from the likes of Mimic, Pumpkinhead, Jeepers Creepers, Halloween VI, Phantasm, and more. That's right, I said Phantasm...which means the Tall Man and his trepan-o-spheres!
b>: ) Not a darn thing. However, to avoid sounding like a complete fanboy, I'll mention a teensy, tiny, extremely petty nitpick, which is this...while the majority of the text was firmly of Scream caliber, it sometimes veered into Scream II and III territory. Translation: "Sometimes the material was too snarkily self-aware for its own good."
(Again, let me emphasize that I'm REALLY stretching to make this complaint.)
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>
[5 of 5 Stars!]