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Malevolence

R. Brandon Johnson , Samantha Dark , Stevan Mena    R (Restricted)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. June 27 2014
By Kaspar
Format:DVD
Great Movie at a great Price.
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  46 reviews
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A botched attempt at a horror film April 1 2005
By CreepyT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Martin Bristol was taken from his backyard when he was six years old, and became the innocent puppet of a deranged psychopath. Ten years later, the somewhat less than well adjusted Martin is living the legacy of his captor. Julian (Brandon Johnson), Marilyn (Heather Magee), and Kurt (Richard Glover) are bank robbers who, after botching an attempt at their crime, are seeking refuge from the authorities. Grabbing a mother and her daughter as hostages during a car switch, they head out to an abandoned home in the middle of nowhere where they will become the hunted instead of the hunters.

The makers of Malevolence clearly had a decent film idea in mind, it just wasn't pulled off very well. Malevolence is in part an homage to the amazing stylistic techniques of Carpenter, particularly his film Halloween. However, it seems to be true that none can quite live up to the standard set by the master of creepy suspense horror. There also seem to be elements of Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre mixed in as well. Though a unique idea that attempted to utilize tried-and-true horror elements, the plot and script simply were devoid of entertainment value.

Though there were a couple of genuine scares, mostly due to sound effects and decent camera work (both similar to Halloween), they were few and far between. For the most part, I found this movie to be utterly boring and far too slowly paced to hold my attention. At the viewing I attended, many people simply got up and left.

Being Anchor Bay's first attempt at their own production, one can only hope that things should get better with time. Anchor Bay has a great reputation for putting out excellent DVD releases of other films, but their own productions will definitely need some work. I would suggest saving your money and renting this one instead of purchasing it.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong With Horror Movies Today? April 17 2006
By Joshua Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If I'm not mistaken, this movie was released straight-to-video. I've never seen a s-2-v movie I liked, so I'm not sure why I thought this would be an exception. I had read an extremely inaccurate synopsis on the internet for this movie, but it had sounded good so I rented it. This movie is terrible. I've seen a lot of bad theatrical horror films, this movie doesn't even deserve a theatrical release. But, I must admit. It had a few good elements (hence, my 2 stars). The music (composed by writer & director Stevan Mena) is really good, like "Halloween" & "Friday the 13th" good. Some of the uses of the music during scenes where the killer appears are pretty effective. But this movie sucked from the beginning. It begins with a little kid (who we've already seen has been missing) watching a man kill a young girl in a basement/torture chamber. Then 10 years later, we meets Kurt (Richard Glover), Marilyn (Heather Magee), Max (Keith Chambers), and Julian

(Brandon Johnson). Marilyn and Max are siblings. Marilyn and Julian are lovers. They four plan to rob a bank and after they do (apparently the budget wasn't big enough to film the robbery) Max is dead and Kurt is heading to the meeting spot, a secluded "deserted" house in the middle of nowhere.

When Max was shot, I was compelled to write a thank-you note to the writer,

because Keith Chambers is one of the worst actors I've ever seen. This man should be shot. Anyway, as Marilyn and Julian stop to bury Max's body. Kurt drives to the house when his tire blows. Kurt (dressed in the same jumpsuit he robbed the bank in and holding two bags of cash...What a dumb a$$) jacks a car that contains a young mother named Samantha (Samantha Dark) and her daughter Courtney (Courtney Bertolone). Why does Samantha have a English accent? Anyway, Kurt takes the young mother and daughter to the house, when Courtney manages to escape. Kurt runs after her, leaving Samantha in the house. Kurt ends up at another house (the setting of the torture chamber) and is killed. The killer takes one of Kurt's money bags and uses it as his mask. Marilyn and Julian then arrive at the meeting spot to find Samantha and most of their money missing. Insert next cliche here. Anyway, at the end of the movie we find out who the killer is. Never before have I known exactly what was going to happen before it did, writer Mena doesn't even bother to add something in at the end to make us go "wow, now that's a twist." Instead, after "discovering" the identity of the killer; we are given yet another "I saw it forty minutes ago" twist. I think Stevan Mena should stick to scoring horror films rather than writing them. Seriously, folks. Don't waste your time.

GRADE: D- (because of the music). F (ignoring the music)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice homage, slow plotted. Jan. 3 2006
By J. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
[good things]

The movie, after starting off slow, was fast paced and quite suspenseful. The movie payed homage to old horror classics such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the slaughterhouse), Friday The 13th Part 2 and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the sack head), A Nightmare On Elm Street (green and red walls in the slaughterhouse), and Sleepaway Camp (bug tape). You can tell that Stevan Mena is a huge fan of the genre classics.

The killer reminded me more of Jason in Friday The 13th part 2 with his mannerisms. He stalked and he hunted like Jason. There are also a few scenes that to me seemed like carbon copies of scenes in Friday The 13th Part 2. The acting, in my opinion, was also dead-on along with the directing.

[the bad]

The movie needed more blood and gore. It needed more killing. The whole bank robbery and 'up to the bank robbery' scenes were just too much. It slowed the movie down alot, and really had no significance to the actual plot.

The movie was unique in alot of ways, but the homage was a bit overdone in a few scenes. It seemed like a friday The 13th Part 2 remake in some of the scenes. I did like that, but when it comes down to it, they left a slight sour taste in my mouth.

[final thoughts]

This movie was so hyped prior to it's release. By watching trailers and checking the website periodically I was so anxious to see it. It's sad to say that when I did get around to see it that I was severely let down. I am not saying the movie sucked, it did not, but it was way to slow. I find myself trying to watch it and I can't and if I do I bump it up a few chapters to get to the part where the movie starts go speed up.

But, I really liked the killer, and the story behind him. I liked the references to horror classics, and I liked the soundtrack.

There were hints of a sequel, and I would really like to see it. Hopefully they can fix the mistakes they made in this one and improve.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apprenticeship... April 30 2010
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
MALEVOLENCE concerns a group of bankrobbers who hide out in a forgotten farmhouse. Little do they know that a homicidal (malevolent as it turns out) maniac lives just down the road. This leads to several brutal deaths. There's a bit more to the story, including the killer's novel method of succession. The movie's atmosphere is caustic and full of doom, making it easy to believe that no one will indeed "get out alive". Yes, MALEVOLENCE was obviously put together by someone who loves the genre. It was fun to spot the tributes to TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (the bones and clashing cymbals) , FRIDAY THE 13TH 2 (the hood), and HALLOWEEN (music). As a throwback / retro-horror film, MALEVOLENCE punctures the bloody bullseye...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Malevolence...... March 4 2006
By S.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I don't quite see the connection to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Friday The 13th in this movie!It by no means comes close. A young boy, Martin, is taken from his home at an early age by a psycho. Jump to 10 years later when Martin is now a disturbed soul after what he suffered at the hands of the psycho. We then see a group of bank robbers who are now seeking refuge. They end up taking a mother and daughter as hostages going to an abandoned home. We find what seemed to be an abandoned plant not so abandoned for a madman is living there. Plot is boring at times and the acting is not too good. This is an easily forgettable movie. Not good as I expected it to be.Rent it if you are curious but I wouldn't suggest buying this film.
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