Friday, 21 April 2017

Fled (1996)

KABOOM! 'splotions! Chasing! Shooting! THE 90'S!


Fled

A-Typical 90's action flick, Fled, starts with hacker, Dodge (!) and, um, criminal, Piper (!), breaking free from a road gang, and fleeing the law. What follows is 98 minutes of action. Cars explode on impact. Guns wielded at funny - yet extremely effective - angles. All meetings happening in strip clubs. Floppy disks. Yes. Floppy disks.

For it being about escaped convicts however, it couldn't be more of a buddy-cop movie.

Stephen Baldwin and Laurence Fishburne star as the two escaped convicts. Baldwin trying to carve an action man niche for himself, and Fishburne sitting comfortably in his. Baldwin has a mixed career, going well until the mid-nineties (starring in Bio-Dome in the same year, ouch), and then slowly drifting towards straight to DVD obscurity. Sadly, I mostly know him for the latter, so could have given this a miss, which would have been a shame. Fishburne is always likable, and his performance here reminds me of his role in 92's Deep Cover opposite Jeff Goldblum. As leads they're both capable and carry the film well.

The supporting cast is large, but not overly memorable, with the exception of always great Will Patton, and the sudden appearance of RuPaul, bizarrely.


Lawrence Fishburne / RuPaul


The film is as you would expect it to be. It has a little Lethal Weapon. A lot of generic 90's action. There are certain aspects drawn from earlier Die Hard II, which leads to comparison.

None of this is a bad thing. 

It is what it is. 90's action. Well enough made, and enough explosions to sate any Michael Bay fan.

If you've not seen it and want a fun action flick, go see it now. It's as good as any other of the period.










Friday, 14 April 2017

Bunnyman (2011)

The IMDB synopsis for this movie is: A couple of dimwitted teens get chased by a killer dressed in a bunny suit. 

I shit you not.


He's behind you!

This is a strange, strange, movie. The synopsis is surprisingly accurate, however, before we get to the couple there were six.

Six lonely travelers in a car doing twenty.

With no dialogue to speak of, which is not a bad thing because of the quality of the acting, six friends (whose names are so unimportant we aren't given them, nor do we know where they're going) get driven from the road by a large, lumbering truck - that they could have sped away from should the driver have known how to drive. They are then picked off by a man in a bunny suit.

BUNNYMAN.


Scary.

Trying its hardest to be the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and failing miserably, Bunnyman is simply a man in a bunny suit offing 'teens' with a chainsaw in the forest. A couple of the gore effects were okay, and I put that down to them being practical rather than CGI.

The acting is terrible, the direction as base as it can get, the screenplay non-existent, and the killer was in a bunny suit.

Says it all really.

Starring Cheryl Texiera (Girl Meets World) and Matthew Albrecht (The Eves) as the two final 'teens' and Carl Lindbergh (Director of Bunnyman) as Bunnyman, the movie hardly has a reason to be good. It tries, which is something, but comes off as a group of friends mucking about at the weekend with a camera.

It also spawned two sequels, which I now have to watch.

I can't recommend the movie, however, I feel a one star rating is a dupe. Only for hardcore bad horror fans, this one.






Friday, 7 April 2017

Lights Out (2016)

I might have pooped. Slightly.


Lights Out

To say too much about the movie is just a spoiler nightmare. Opening with the death - by possible supernatural forces - of Paul, it appears that a curse of sorts has befallen the family. The son is seeing the same force. The mother has a 'friend'. I'm trying to be vague.

A superior horror film is made, and of course, none other than producer James Wan is present. The man largely behind Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious etc. Of course it's good. The man has had a hand in most of the best horror movies of the decade so far.


Billy Burke as Paul
 
Based on the award winning short of the same name, below (2013), I honestly wasn't expecting much. Sure the trailer (below-er) is scary. But I couldn't see how it could be made...real. Feature length. It seemed too good to be true.

The short is nothing less than fucking terrifying. Here:






Anyway.

The movie is a distinct step aside from the short, but while offering a little plot, is a simple film destined to scare. 

Acting is well done. Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman do a solid job. But this film's secret lies with direction and editing to make it scary. Director David S. Sandburg does a stellar job. He was the mind behind the short, and this is his first feature length presentation.

Good job, man. 

So what's the film about? It's a...ghost?...story. It doesn't matter. The film rates up there with The Conjuring, and Insidious. It betters The Babadook, in my opinion. 

It's new. Different.

Scary.







Friday, 31 March 2017

Tunnel Vision (2013)

Cristos. Is. A potato.


Do. Not. Watch. This. Film.

According to IMDB:

When a jury fails to convict the serial killer who savagely murdered his family, one man must rise above his desire for revenge and descend into the deranged world of a sadistic predator to uncover the truth and finally get justice. What begins as a classic revenge tale takes a dramatic turn into a haunting land of horror and murder.

Cristos (yes, just Cristos) plays the lead in Cristos vehicle, Tunnel Vision. Written and produced by Cristos, Cristos is Gabriel, a man/potato who rides a motorcycle...a lot...a man/potato who jogs feebly after serial killers...a man/potato with all the charisma of a bag of pickled onion flavored chips.

This film is so laughably bad, I'm trying to entertain myself while writing this.


Artist's Depiction of Cristos

Okay, so basically Gabriel is a bike mechanic (I think. It's not really made clear). While working one night, and riding the oh so long ride home, his house is broken into, his wife and kid murdered, and when he finally arrives, he's boshed over the head with a rusty pipe. Or something. I don't know, the cinematography didn't exist.

Later, after much moping - you know, dead family and stuff - he thinks he sees the killer in the local DIY store (!) and takes chase! It's stunningly uninteresting. Want to re-create it? Roll a potato down a wide alley.

Gabriel completely fucks up the court case, gives shoddy evidence and the guy is unsurprisingly let go.

What follows is 45 minutes of boring melodrama that doesn't go anywhere. Culminating in Cristos and the only police officer who believes him (played by Ion Overman - the best actor in the film by far), tracking down the killer - from the DIY store - and laying down justice. It sounds better than it is.

The problem is that the film doesn't know what it wants to be. The trailer, below, is cut together like a horror movie. It isn't. It has, in fact, every scene in it that isn't talking. The poster looks like an action film. Potato in an alley. I'm not even sure why it was called Tunnel Vision.

With no budget, and sadly little skill on show, the film comes off as little more than a student film.

Check out the trailer for some sweet, sweet, Cristos on a bike action.





Friday, 24 March 2017

Get Out (2017)

Damned white people.


Get Out


So this film is good.

Underlined by a deceptively simple horror premise, Get Out subverts genre norms, and plays the game a little differently. Chris Washington is going to meet his girlfriends parents for the first time. Troubling for all young men, I'm sure, but she hasn't mentioned he's black. But I'm sure it'll be fine.

Creep factor to 10 when the two of them arrive.

It soon appears that the girls family is racist, but in a strange way. Odd until the reveal. For the most of the running time you're just left with strange unease. Then the reveal comes just before the climax.


Star: Daniel Kaluuya

The genius of the film comes with the choices made by writer/director Jordan Peele. Firstly, not having major Hollywood star power involved allowed the viewer to be sucked into the film. Even Bradley Whitford playing the patriarch of the family was almost unrecognizable. Withholding the what-their-doing-and-why until the last moment is singularly genius. 

The sunken place is something we've never seen before.

Some of the acting is standout: Daniel Kaluuya as Chris is great, and Caleb Landry Jones gives his best performance to date. LilRel Howery as the comedy sidekick has perfect timing.

It's horror with no blood to speak of. It has a few jump scares, but the performances build stark fear by playing hard on the foreboding.

By far this is a step forward for the genre as far as being different. And I'm glad it's making money. I don't normally review films still at the cinema, but as it's still there, go and see it.

Now.








Friday, 17 March 2017

Don't Breathe (2016)

See. This is how you make a film.


Don't Breathe. Really. Don't.

Writer/director Fede Alvarez (who you'll remember directed the excellent Evil Dead remake) brings stark and satisfying horror in the form of Don't Breathe.

Basically a reverse home invasion movie, Don't Breathe is the simple story of three young criminals who decide to rob the home of a blind ex-military dude, who is sitting on a fortune (in cash - reasons) after being awarded recompense for the death of his daughter.

You can see where I'm going here, can't you?

Said dude is totally a skilled mercenary type (Blind Justice!), and the three criminals have to fight for their lives to survive. Nice.


Stephen Lang

The win here comes in two forms. Firstly is Alvarez. He deftly manages to make you root for the criminals. Well, two of them, anyway. I mean, they're robbing a blind guy. Why did I root for them? And the second is the excellent three main leads, Stephen Lang (The Blind Man according to IMDB) and two of the criminals, Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette. 

The story is simple to the point of not being there. But it doesn't matter. It's all in the acting, cinematography, and direction.

Until the third act.

If you've not seen this movie, then I must warn you about the final act of the movie. It gets nasty.

Really nasty.

Look. I'm not spoiling it. But you'll need a strong stomach suddenly. Alvarez ramps the ick factor with the flick of a switch, changes the balance and the tone of the movie suddenly, and then everything is different. 

And it makes it even better. 

The sudden third act twist will ensure this goes down as classic horror, and sets it aside from other similar movies such as The Purge or The Strangers. (I particularly liked The Strangers. Where's my sequel?)






Friday, 10 March 2017

John Wick (2014)

John Wick. Oh.


John Wicke

So it's light on plot. Who cares?

Reeves protrays John Wick, a retired mob hit man. His wife dies in the first few minutes of the movie of unmentioned natural causes, and delivers him a puppy on the day of her funeral from beyond the grave. Well, courier, anyway.

John must put his life back together.

The son of a Russian mobster takes a liking to Wick's car, breaks into his house, batters him, kills his new dog, and steals his car. This is the first 10 minutes of the film.

John Wick kills 77 people. This is the rest of it.


John Wick kills people.

Stuffed with outstanding performances (noticeably,  Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, and Ian McShane) and stunningly directed action scenes, John Wick may be the best action movie in years. The world placed before us has some interesting ideas - hotels for assassins, assassin currency, etc - but by and large, this is action the way it should be done.

And bloody good, it is.


John Wick kills more people.

Laced and littered with spot on humor, Reeves makes his best film in years. He stoically guns down people like he's playing whack-a-mole. And he should be. Supposedly the best hit-man in history. Not a man to piss off.

I can't praise this highly enough for being exactly what it is. Keanu Reevs cooly killing people for the whole running time. Massive kudos to the Director, Chad Stahelski (who has no previous directing credits, but was a stunt co-ordinator).

This is old school action. No jump cuts. No flash camera work. Just a great movie. Just great.






Friday, 3 March 2017

Suicide Squad (2016)

But the trailer looked so much fun...


 
Suicide Squad

A team of career criminals are assembled by the government to take down the threat of mysterious new villain: The Enchantress... You know. The Dirty Dozen, basically.

Sigh. Where to start? (Edit - this is a review of the cinematic release, not the extended cut)

Okay, I was suckered by the trailers. Hats off to the people in charge of marketing this movie. It promised fun. Humor. Action. A step away from the tonal problems of BvS. It lied. Blatantly. Look at the poster. Look at it. Doesn't that look like a fun film? Well it's not. It's so bitter in places, you'd think you were watching a Godfather movie. Tonally it's all over the place.

Right. Got that off my chest. Let me explain.

Firstly, the plot is pretty solid, but the screenplay is a mess. I have heard that this is a post-production hatchet job, so I don't know who to blame. The film is convoluted in places to the point of being unfathomable.

And one notable reason is the amount of film they tried to stuff into a two hour running time. Again, likely the hatchet job.

The squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot) all get a backstory of varying length. Split over the running time of the movie, I'd estimate that at between 20 and 30 minutes. The answer to the question of why they all appeared in this movie eludes me. It's clearly DC rushing to get their EU off the ground. Surely Quinn / Joker deserved more than a half-assed eight minute preview of years of backstory (although I wouldn't put it past DC to retread it time and again)? Deadshot Vs Batman was a shoe in for a movie if ever there was one.

Then they have to introduce the Governmental Dept. staff, led by Amanda Waller, Rick Flagg, and Katana, put the team together, introduce Enchantress, give her a backstory, her brother, mobilize the team, and then, fuck me, the film can start.

No wonder it's a mess.

And I haven't mentioned the side story of the Joker trying to rescue Harley throughout the whole movie, yet.

This, and the jarring tonal imbalances are major problems.


Some of this is PITCH BLACK dark.

The tonal imbalances come thick and fast. One major flaw is in the back story of El Diablo. Hernandez plays the character with extreme restraint. So much so, that sometimes his acting could perhaps be mistaken for mumbling. But that's an aside. Without delving too deeply into backstories myself, Diablo's is harsh. It involves the death of his whole family at his own hands. And I find it all so...unnecessary for what is at it's heart, a comic book movie.

But there is some good, too.

Firstly there are some standout performances. I mean, I have to apologize. Apparently Jai Courtney can act. It's just that up until now, he hasn't. He's excellent. Margo Robbie and Will Smith of course, taking center stage, and being very good too.

Amanda Waller is a strong character, played well by Viola Davis.

The action scenes are good, if a little too chopped up in editing, and the special effects stand out.


Jai Courtney / Captain Boomerang


The ending of the movie satisfies, barely, and heavily baits sequel. I don't know if we're going to get it. The more DC movies come out, the further they stray from longevity of story telling. It's too much too soon.

There was so much potential...







All in all, I fear this suffered the same as Batman V Superman. Being chopped up in post to make it a more sellable film has resulted in a mish-mash hotch-potch of a movie. I look forward to some redemption in the extended cut. But for now...




I know, I know... what did I think of Leto?

He was...okay. I'll say more when I've seen more.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Ghostbusters (2016)

She thinks it's a sliding door. She thinks they're all doors. That's sad - she's a scientist.

What the hell is with all the hate for this film?

No, this film is not without problems, but what's with the backlash? Someone shit on your rose tinted glasses?

The plot is simple. Ghosts appear in Manhatten just as our team of intrepid, slightly bumbling, ghostbusters appear like a well timed punchline. Our four busters go on to fight city hall for the right to fight, and take on a city destroying ghost plague.

So first off, I'm not sure if this is a remake, reboot, soft reboot, or sequel. That's not a problem, but as a fan of the original, I was a little confused. There seemed reference that this sort of thing had happened before, and how easily people forget. Then there is the cameos by the original cast, in different roles. But that was done in Ghostbusters by both Ackroyd and Murray (Yes, they appeared in dual roles in the film) but were cut from the theatrical release.

So franchise wide, it's not unheard of.

But that's just a niggle.


McKinnon / McCarthy /Wiig

The cast is strong. Weakest of the main early introduced three was McCarthy, taking to throwing jokes at the screen, as opposed to being 'funny'. Not her fault, one would argue, but the screenwriters. Kate McKinnon by far the strongest, throughout the whole film.

Then introduced was Leslie Jones. Seeing the trailer I was worried that the makers had thrown in an African American for the sake of it.

Jones

She was portrayed in the trailer as oafish. She didn't seem to have much in the way of 'character'. But I was wrong. I think it was a mis-step of the producers of the trailer. She is truly funny. Not only that but she supports the scientist characters with grace.

Then there is Kevin. Chris Hemsworth portraying the extremely dim - very pretty - receptionist. An odd character choice. Not that he exists, or indeed is played by Hemsworth - those are clever choices - but that he is so one dimensionally stupid. Like he couldn't live through a normal week "stupid". I felt the character was unnecessary.

But the "My Cat" joke is a classic.

The villain is uninspiring - until an event takes place involving Hemsworth - but much like the original Ghostbusters movie, it really has little to do with villain, but rather the impending doom caused by them.

And the special effects are stunning. There is the obvious slip up - namely with Stay Puffed - and perhaps Mrs. Slimer (?). But apart from that, this:


Astounding SFX


All round, the movie is not without problem. But it is not bad. In fact it is quiet good. Better than Ghostbusters II for sure.

It's funny. Surely that's the point? The jokes land. The parodies are there in abundance. What was everyone's problem?

If you haven't seen it, see it now. It's a blast.


 





Friday, 17 February 2017

House Hunting (2013)

Indie gems are still out there. And this one is excellent.


Released as The Wrong House in some regions

Two house hunting families stumble upon the perfect getaway, acres of land, deep in the forest, but when they arrive, the house refuses to let them leave.

The two families are very different. The Hays come across as white collar, the Thomson, blue. We're introduced to the Hays first, led by patriarch Charlie played by Marc Singer. It's a clever ruse, feigning the watcher into siding with the family. At no point are we given reason to 'prefer' the Hays, it's just good direction.

Don Thomson (Art LaFleur) leads the second family, and as they try to leave they stumble upon a girl with no tongue, battered and bloodied.


Marc Singer / Art LaFleur

With each family having one child, the Hays, teen Emmy, and the Thomson boy, Jason, there are seven in the house. The food cupboard is replenished mysteriously with seven cans of food daily. And everything starts to breakdown.

As time passes the Hays start falling apart as a family. There are issues below the surface. Charlie starts to become villainous. The Thomson's stick together, but there's something wrong with Jason.

Based loosely on Sartre play 'No Exit', the parallel's between the families, and the purgatory nature of the house, the truth slowly starts to come out, and the body count rises.

It's a very cleverly directed movie, with the viewer's loyalty constantly being challenged. It twists. Turns. The performances are strong. Singer and LaFleur show why they have been stalwarts in the industry for so long. The matriarchs, played by Hayley Dumond (Charmed) and Victoria Vance (Skin Crawl) give as good as they get, and the younger cast are excellent.

Rising dread gives in to horror in the last third of the movie, and the conclusion is as surprising as it is chilling.

Definitely late night viewing.







Friday, 10 February 2017

Holidays (2016)

I love anthology horror movies. This, like many, has ups and downs.

Surviving the holidays...

Unlike most anthology movies, this one has no wrap-around segment. There are eight tales, each differing in quality, and each focusing on a different holiday.

There are several middling efforts. St. Patrick's Day, directed by Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), tells the story of a teacher desperate for a child, who falls pregnant with assistance from a creepy little girl. The performances are strong, but the ending odd, and left me wanting more. Mother's Day, fell into weird, with a woman who couldn't stop getting pregnant, and is then kidnapped by a cult. Again, the ending let it down. New Years, a serial killer, looking for love on the last day of the year finds more than he expected. And Easter. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) tells of a strange incarnation of the Easter Bunny. The ending let it down.

So there's a pattern to the average segments. Poor endings. Which is frustrating to say the least. The direction was good across them all, and pretty strong performances. It was as if none of the film makers had seen or read this sort of material before. Still. It could be worse.


Madeleine Coghlan in Valentine's Day

So, the bad.

Christmas. I really wanted to like this one. Directed by Scott Stewart (Priest) and staring Seth Green, it was a simple story of getting a VR headset that purported to show you your true self. How a short can leave you with some many questions, is unimaginable. That, and having no ending. Actually, there was little middle.

And the worst.

Poor Kevin Smith. Halloween. Starring his daughter (of course) it told the tale of Cam-Girls getting revenge on their 'pimp'. Smith has written and directed some of the finest movies. This, however, is a mis-step matched only by Cop Out. Which is sad, because it actually does tell a story. It has an ending. It's just not very good. And I know he likes to put her in things, but Harley Quinn Smith is not a great actor.


Ruth Bradley in St. Patrick's Day

But, then the good.

The opening segment, Valentine's Day is the old story of a young girl having a crush on her teacher. And murdering people. Directed by Kevin Kolsch, the film has strong undertones of Carrie. Well acted by a young cast, and confidently produced. It has a beginning, middle, and end, and is a fantastic start.

By far the superior story, however, is Father's Day. Told almost entirely by a voice playing on a tape recorder (Michael Gross) and emoted wonderfully by star Jocelin Donahue in a near silent performance. A solid story, oozing with style and foreboding. Director Anthony Scott Burns should be proud.

It's a mixed bag, but worth watching.






Friday, 3 February 2017

Black Dynamite (2009)

Dynamite

DYNAMITE!



He's a powder keg of black fury that's about to explode!

70's blaxploitation from 09. And it's glorious.

When Black Dynamite's brother is killed by street dealers, no one will get in his way. Yep. That's the plot synopsis.

Consistantly laugh out loud funny, BD riffs on the popular low budget 70's movies of the ilk. Think Shaft.

The movie follows a solid story line, with BD himself trying to track down the killer of his brother, and stumbling onto a nefarious plot to poison African American men with a liquor that shrinks your penis. I shit you not. And although the film is hilarious, it's played straight.



Can you dig it?


Towards the end of the movie we skew off thread, introducing two new villains to the piece. One of them is Nixon. Yeah. BD and Nixon fight with nunchucks.

The film is littered with continuity errors and filming mistakes, all placed in to replicate the 70's exploitation style. You can't watch it without beaming. It's ridiculous, and so non-PC, it's scary. But you know what? I can dig it.

Michael Jai White stars, and takes the role in great grace, playing a bad mother wonderfully. He also co-wrote. Acting across the board is amazing. Straight faces in daft places. 

Certainly for adults, with piles of swearing, violence, drugs, nudity... the list goes on, if you want a beer and a fantastic watch, go watch this. 

Because donuts don't wear alligator shoes.





Friday, 27 January 2017

Kill Me Three Times (2014)

Simon Pegg is famous for two notable things. Scotty, and playing whatever Edgar Wright says. While this is neither, it's closer to an Edger Wright character than not. This is not a bad thing.


There's another Hemsworth!

Kill Me Three Times is a fairly simple story. It is told with a non-linear narrative which ultimately serves little purpose, but allows the tale to be told from multiple perspectives, and thus a few twists.

Fundamentally an action comedy, KMTT is a Pegg star vehicle. The tale of a cheating wife, insurance fraud, illegal gambling, and a hitman. Pegg is hired to hit Alice (Alice Braga) the adulterous wife of club owner Jack. When he arrives locals Lucy and Nathan are having a botch at doing it themselves.


Charlie Wolfe. Slightly shit hitman.

While Pegg falls into his Corneto trilogy persona here - and thus he takes great glee in his own performance - most of the rest of the cast play it for deadpan. It makes Pegg standout. The murderous Lucy and Nathan (Teresa Palmer and Sullivan Stapleton) are excellent. The rest of the cast amble along, which is fine. Pegg alone is so over the top in places that a calming influence from some of the cast helps balance it out.

The story is good, and the odd narrative is well done, and not, as it can be, confusing. 

It's funny. The action works. Pegg gets stabbed in the hand. Again. (But not by Peter Jackson donning a Santa suit this time.)

Worth seeking out, for sure.






Friday, 20 January 2017

Antiviral (2012)

What did I just watch?


Antiviral

I had high hopes for 2012's Antiviral. It sure seemed like an interesting concept, and it seemed that director, Brandon Cronenburg may have been following in his father's footsteps. Sadly, this is more of a mis-step.

Set in the near future, people have the ability to purchase, and contract their favorite celebrities diseases. Syd, a worker for one of the clinics practicing this is dodging the system. Taking risks to sell the product on the black market, and eventually infecting himself with an incurable disease, leading to a bizarre murder mystery. It sounds good satire on today's infatuation with celebrity. It sounds Cronenburgian.

Sadly the direction hits too heavily on the weird, and not enough on the narrative. A hard road to walk, but one Cronenburg Snr. has managed deftly in the past.


Malcolm McDowell / Caleb Landry Jones

Cast largely with younger actors (and McDowell, who let's face it, gets in everywhere) the delivery of the bizarre materials is done pretty well. The special effects are good. I think conceptually it is a solid movie.

It is simply lies at the feet of Cronenburg that the pacing is jarring, and the surreal is laid on so thick that in places the film is hard to follow. The ending is not satisfying. Five years on, and he is yet to release anything further.

I hope he has been fine tuning his art.

This is sadly not for any mainstream audience, and even for myself, a fan of horror, body horror, bizzaro and such, this wasn't for me. It never came across as intentional. Just experimental.




Friday, 13 January 2017

The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Brother and sister. Tail end of the craziest family you ever heard of.

The People Under the Stairs

From Wes Craven The People Under the Stairs is a bizarre film, a journey into the minds of crazies as seen by Fool, a 13 year old boy trying to help his family. Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) needs money to buy medicine his mother needs and is taken on a burglary by Leroy (Ving Rhames). They, accompanied by Leroy's partner attempt to burgle the house of Fool's family's landlords (credited only as Man and Woman).

But inside the house they find far more than they bargained for.


GIMP!

"Man" and "Woman", as we are led to believe are brother and sister, live together - we assume - in an incestuous relationship. Man wears a gimp suit. There is an abused young girl living there who believes herself to be their daughter, but who isn't. There are people living under the stairs. There is a young man living in the crawl space with no tongue.

I would say that it only sounds weird on paper, but I'd be lying.

True, the film is inherently strange, but it is also monumentally watchable and enjoyable.


Brandon Quintin Adams and Ving Rhames
   
Writer/Directer Craven gives the viewer a taste of what's to come in Scream four years later. Spattered with dark humor and splattered with blood, the tale twists to the very end. It's creepy, without doubt.

The acting is good, especially from Adams, as such a young and inexperienced actor. Everett McGill as Man, shines. Even the dog is good.

It's a disturbing story when you sit back and think about it. The connotations of the actions suggest far worse things than are presented on screen. But the film is comedic with a deft touch.

If you like horror and comedy, this is for you.