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The Slaughter is a 2006 American horror film.

A group of friends own a cleaning company. They have been hired to clean an abandoned house, where they discover a book bound in human flesh. Reading the book, they discover that the house has a demon inside it, who can be awakened by a sin. Two of the cleaners end up having sex in the house, and the creature awakes to pick them off one by one.

It was distributed on DVD by Lionsgate.


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This film contains examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: The Lady's victims include a misogynistic Jerk Jock, a scummy, verbally abusive corporate executive and his obnoxious sycophant.
  • Big Bad: The Lady of Darkness, the demon that haunts the house.
  • Downer Ending: After tricking Dana into committing suicide, the Lady of Darkness takes over her body and begins the Apocalypse.
  • Event Title
  • Fan Disservice:
    • The first scene of the film is a bunch of beautiful women stripping naked. They proceed to kill each other to summon a demon.
    • The Lady of Darkness spends her entire screen time naked, but is a scarred, gray monster who spends the film tormenting and murdering people. However she earns her Fanservice status once she turns herself into a naked sensuos woman.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The Lady doesn't wear clothes, even when killing people.
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  • Genre Savvy: Brandon, in a subversion of the traditional Dumb Muscle Jerk Jock, knows the house is creepy and wants to get out ASAP.
  • Hell on Earth: Earth was like this when the demons controlled it, and the Lady seeks to return the Earth to such a state.
  • The Hero Dies: Dana blows herself up in an attempt to destroy the demons.
  • Hollywood Satanism: A cult of this sort awakened the Lady via Human Sacrifice.
  • Human Resources: The Tome of Eldritch Lore used to summon the Lady is bound in human flesh.
  • Human Sacrifice: All the kills in the film are sacrifices as different parts of a ritual to bring the Big Bad to full power.
  • I Love the Dead: Iggy, when cornered by the zombies, grabs zombie!Heather's breast. However, he's immediately repulsed by his act.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Lady throws a woman down a flight of stairs, impaling her on a coat rack.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Heather is a self-described slut who wears a belly shirt and gets two naked scenes.
    • The Lady herself. At first she's an horrible, gnarled zombie-like monster, but once she gains the power to make her spirit flesh she's revealed to be a gorgeous albeit still creepy woman.
  • Our Demons Are Different: These are terrifying Humanoid Abominations from prehistoric times, who have magical powers and can control the dead.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: These are tortured spirits trapped on the mortal plane by demons.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: These are the victims of a demon, forced to its will by Blood Magic. Behaviour-wise, they're shamblers, but with superhuman reflexes. They also talk and eat brains.
  • The Stoner: Raz is a long-haired eccentric who wears weed shirts and likes to ride in the trunks of cars. He also hallucinates when he smokes.
  • The "The" Title
  • Villain Opening Scene: The Lady of Darkness being summoned and killing her summoners.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Lady butchers an eight-year-old girl with an axe as a Virgin Sacrifice.

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