Sunday, August 19, 2012
THE VIOLENT KIND (2010)
Directed & Written By: Mitch Altieri & Phil Flores
Story By: Adam Weiss, Mitch Altieri & Phil Flores
Cinematography By: James Laxton
Editor: Nic Hill, Jesse Spencer & Joel T, Pashby
Cast: Taylor Cole, Tiffany Shepis, Cory Knauf, Nick Tagas, Bret Roberts, Joe Egander, Joseph McKelher, Samuel Child
One night at a secluded farmhouse deep in the Northern California woods, a small group of hardened young bikers and their girlfriends are tormented when one of the girls becomes savagely possessed and a gang of "Rockabillies" seemingly from the 1950's descends upon them to collect what is growing inside her.
I expected to dislike this movie and though it’s not the greatest it is ok. I will say though it’s last 30 minutes save the endeavor from being a generic straight to DVD title.
The film is written and directed by Phil Flores and Mitch Altieri a duo known as the butcher brothers whose work I have run across THE HAMILTONS which had a genius idea but not a great follow through then I caught the remake of APRIL FOOL’S DAY (In title only) Which felt like their attempt to make a teenage Straight to DVD horror film. I hated it. Here like THE HAMILTONS they have a great idea, Here though they do a bit better at following it through. The actors are all decent.
First off it must be noted this is a pretty small gang. I know it’s one of the chapters, but really only 3 guys. The women in this film are really good looking. There is little to no exploitation. Which is shocking as you would expect it from this type of film of film. Where it actually starts to stand out from the typical type it easily could have gone down the road with. In the middle it feels like the film plays filler to just keep things going with ridiculous violence. There really to throw you off. The violence has nothing in it that is interesting or thrilling, yet a early tip of the hat to what might be going on. It proves to be a bit of a false lead.
The last 30 minutes of the movie really save the film. Before that it is kind of amateurish in parts. Then turns into what seems like a typical horror film, then it just gets strange. It all comes together in the end to make the film quite enjoyable and strange
The film tries and succeeds somewhat it’s not good or great but it is interesting. I don’t want to give it away, But I will say it feeds the imagination and will haunt you once the film is over. Watch on cable or streaming as long as you don’t expect too much. It’s a good time waster.