Violent Kind [Import]
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Brace yourself for an unrelenting new horror classic that?s scary, rough, and willing to break all the rules! Your life will never be the same when you meet The Violent Kind, a ruthless pack of unstoppable psychopaths terrorizing the wilds of Northern California. Now they have their eyes on young Cody, the member of a notorious biker gang whose ex-girlfriend, Michelle (scream queen, Tiffany Shepis), turns up hysterical, drenched in blood? and carrying a dark, terrifying secret. Unrelenting and wildly unpredictable, this acclaimed shocker from the Butcher Brothers, directors of the horror hit, The Hamiltons, shocked audiences at Sundance and takes you on a wild ride you?ll never forget!
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I walk a fine line here not to spoil this but i will say this, one man's rapture is another's damnation and it all hinges on perspective. This is a great film disguised as a horror flick and a real bargain.
The events are confusing and the movie waits too long explain what is happening.
Pluses: The bad guy had his own music as he whistled in an off key "Pop Goes the Weasel" although it wasn't used again.
The zombie/demon Michelle possessed (pun intended) that certain "Evil Dead" quality.
Dead people have a sense of humor.
Home invaders are from the "1950's."
Negatives: Not a movie for those who take their films seriously.
Sex, nudity, F-bomb.
The only really entertaining moment comes when the one woman is covered in blood and acting fishy, so her friends tie her up in the bedroom. Well one of the perverted guys decides to attempt to take advantage of her while she's in a blood-soaked, oddly peaceful state of mind. To HIS surprise, she actually likes being touched between the legs. That's because she's now possessed and ready to rip him a new one! Shortly after when the other friends are aware what's going on, they slowly walk into the bedroom and approach the demon woman with extreme caution. Where did she hide? Not under the bed, not in the closet but... on the ceiling! Excellent segment.
However it's impossible to overlook the poor acting and storytelling. The actual demonic figures that appear later are more like badly designed costumes with less than spectacular line deliveries making it feel like you're watching a high school play, and the computer effects that emphasize the demonic presence near the end is totally laughable. Overall, it has its moments but is mostly a flawed affair.
Here's the scoop. Bikers Cody, Elroy and Q are headed up to Northern California, and some remote house, to celebrate biker mom's 50th birthday. Both the earlier and newer members of this club are partying hard. But as things thin out weird stuff begins to happen. The sky develops a weird aurora, cell phones go nutso, cars won't start, and Cody's ex-gal turns into some carnivorous thingoid. Next thing you know they are set upon by some retro 50s guys and gals intent on releasing whatever alien thing is residing inside Cody's ex-gal.
I had a really good time watching this movie. I don't know squat about the butcher brothers and had no expectations going in so I was pleasantly surprised. This is not an expensive movie but I felt the money was well spent. I liked the direction. The shots were set up well and the special effects were good enough to get the point across. The writing was decent as well. They didn't just set up the situation and hack their way to the end. The main characters have histories so there's some gravity to the proceedings. The music was pretty good, particularly the 50s rock-a-billy type tunes. The performances were generally decent with the exception of the Vernon. Joe Egender, as Vernon, was outstanding. He reminded me of a thin-faced Giovanni Rabisi. Things ramped up a few notches when he and his friends hit the screen.
There are some hints as to why this is all happening. Vernon and his pals went missing in 1955 and there are some references to Jonas Saulk, the relevance of which I didn't understand. But, again, this isn't just a gory romp. And the ending was as cool as I've ever seen in a movie. Some might say it's nothing more than an open door to a sequel. It is certainly part that but it struck me with much greater impact.
This won't set the world on fire or change your life but, for my time and money, it's a solid entry to the genre.