One of the most talked about streaming releases of the week was dropped on the unsuspecting public on Monday like a new album by Beyonce, Radiohead or Kanye West, with nearly identical fanfare, due in large part to it being the big-screen acting debut of Chance the Rapper (or as he’s credited in the film, Chance Bennett). The film in question is a horror-comedy offering called Slice, the feature writing/directing effort from Austin Vesely, who has worked previously with Chance and some of his label mates on music videos over the last few years.

Slice opens with the murder of a pizza delivery driver (played by Vesely) in the part of town occupied by ghosts — and there’s nothing spooky about it. The film takes place in a version of reality where ghosts and other supernatural beings are just a part of day-to-day life. Chance plays a werewolf, who also used to deliver Chinese food; there are also witches about. The town’s only pizza place (owned by Paul Scheer) is built atop a gateway to hell, and it’s partly up to another delivery person named Astrid (the great Zazie Beetz) to find out who’s being what becomes a string of murders of her co-workers.

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Slice Trailer

You can see what the filmmakers are going for. In fact, it’s so clear that it makes it all the more frustrating that writer/director Austin Vesely’s feature debut, Slice, keep missing the mark even as it bombards us at every turn with characters, story turns, jokes, and horror movie tropes, all arranged by someone who has watched hundreds — maybe thousands — of scary movies and not much else.

The result is a work that is whole-heartedly ambitious in terms of its scope — a pizza place built atop a gateway to hells is admittedly a wonderful idea — but so many other elements (character development, creatively conceived special effects, pacing) are left so far out of the mix that the film slogs along, feeling uninspired and overlong, which is tough to do with a film that barely crosses the 80-minute mark.

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slice online

After more than a year of hype and cryptic, creepy teasers, Slice was dropped online without much fanfare.

An A24 horror film directed by first-time feature director Austin VeselySlice has ridden the buzz of its mystery for the past year, culminating in its one-night-only world premiere in Chicago on September 10. Then, mere hours after this flashy world premiere, A24 dropped the horror-comedy on digital platforms at midnight last night.

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slice world premiere

After nearly a year of teases and trailers — but no confirmed release date — A24 is quietly delivering the Slice world premiere next week. The Chance the Rapper horror film has seen several delays since its first teaser trailer dropped last October, and was originally intended to hit theaters in 2017. But now A24 is giving us a surprise delivery of “the perfect pizza” for one night only.

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Slice Trailer

Last fall, A24 revealed a teaser trailer for Slice, a long-delayed horror flick starring Chance the Rapper. Since then, all has been quiet on the Slice front, save for a few pizza-themed posters popping up in the last few weeks. Now, the first Slice trailer is here. Dig in below.

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Slice trailer

Chance the Rapper is set to host Saturday Night Live on November 18, but he’ll be making his big screen debut soon after that in a new pizza-themed slasher movie called Slice. A24 is releasing the film, which also stars actress Zazie Beetz (AtlantaDeadpool 2), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), and Paul Scheer (The League, Fresh Off the Boat), and they debuted the first Slice trailer early on this spooky Halloween morning. Check it out below.
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