revenge

By Amy Mead

Final Girl poster

Directed by Tyler Shields

Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, and Alexander Ludwig

After unseen events take her parents from her at a young age, we see our heroine Veronica being “interviewed” by a mysterious man named William.  At the completion of the “interview” and seeing that she seems particularity unfazed by the death of her parents, he asks Veronica if she’d like to come and stay with him and be trained for a job for “special” people.  After asking if she can have ice cream and being told that she can have as much as likes, she agrees.

Flash forward twelve years, and we see how Veronica is put through training exercises and situations of varying degrees of intensity. From running barefoot through the forest, being injected with a combination of truth serum and a psychedelic drug that makes her face her fear, and learning how to fight and protect herself,  she is shaped into a force to be reckoned with. Finally, he tells her that her training is finished and explains to her exactly her “job” will be.

It seems that there is a group of virile young men who like to “hunt” and kill girls.  The girls are selected by their ringleader, and they are always blonde.  Veronica is to be their next “victim” and she must kill them all on her own, in order to survive.  She is to be the murderous group’s Final Girl…

Not to be confused with the campy horror comedy The Final Girls, starring Malin Akerman, Tyler Shields’ directorial debut Final Girl is a revenge/payback thriller that feels like the ultimate mash up of female ass kicking films in the vein of Sin City,  Sucker Punch, and La Femme Nikita.

Although fairly refreshing and a nice departure from so many overused formulas we see in horror lately, the script feels a little underwritten and mildly underwhelming. The lack of character development, although seemingly intentional, leaves the audience less invested and maybe somewhat confused. We don’t get much back story with any of the players, but that in itself seems to speak volumes about the strange relationship Veronica and William seem to have and is most likely an intentional and integral piece of the film.

Breslin and Bentley do their parts justice with their acting and this unlikely pair seemed to fit really well together, but unfortunately they don’t have much on screen time together as Veronica is to take on this band of assholes without the assistance of her mentor.

After a long wait for the action to begin, it is sadly underdone, almost painfully predictable, and the outcome is not much of a surprise nor does it feel like much of a victory for Veronica, more of an obligation. However, the ending seems a little open ended and the audience is left with a desire to see more of Veronica and William, a little more vigilante justice from them, maybe even see them kill together.

All in all, Final Girl was a decent film for what it is, and definitely worth a watch.  It’s just far less brutal than some of the other female-centered revenge films out there.  For me personally, the lack of character development really affected my enjoyment of watching her kick ass. I only wanted to see her defeat these young men because they were so unlikable, not because I related to her and I kind of wish that aspect had been a little different. Overall, Final Girl is entertaining and I would recommend giving it a go.

 

MOVIE REVIEW: Final Girl (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Final Girl (2015)

By Amy Mead

Final Girl poster

Directed by Tyler Shields

Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, and Alexander Ludwig

After unseen events take her parents from her at a young age, we see our heroine Veronica being "interviewed" by a mysterious man named William.  At the completion of the "interview" and seeing that she seems particularity unfazed by the death of her parents, he asks Veronica if she'd like to come and stay with him and be trained for a job for "special" people.  After asking if she can have ice cream and being told that she can have as much as likes, she agrees.

Flash forward twelve years, and we see how Veronica is put through training exercises and situations of varying degrees of intensity. From running barefoot through the forest, being injected with a combination of truth serum and a psychedelic drug that makes her face her fear, and learning how to fight and protect herself,  she is shaped into a force to be reckoned with. Finally, he tells her that her training is finished and explains to her exactly her "job" will be.

It seems that there is a group of virile young men who like to "hunt" and kill girls.  The girls are selected by their ringleader, and they are always blonde.  Veronica is to be their next "victim" and she must kill them all on her own, in order to survive.  She is to be the murderous group's Final Girl...

Not to be confused with the campy horror comedy The Final Girls, starring Malin Akerman, Tyler Shields' directorial debut Final Girl is a revenge/payback thriller that feels like the ultimate mash up of female ass kicking films in the vein of Sin City,  Sucker Punch, and La Femme Nikita.

Although fairly refreshing and a nice departure from so many overused formulas we see in horror lately, the script feels a little underwritten and mildly underwhelming. The lack of character development, although seemingly intentional, leaves the audience less invested and maybe somewhat confused. We don't get much back story with any of the players, but that in itself seems to speak volumes about the strange relationship Veronica and William seem to have and is most likely an intentional and integral piece of the film.

Breslin and Bentley do their parts justice with their acting and this unlikely pair seemed to fit really well together, but unfortunately they don't have much on screen time together as Veronica is to take on this band of assholes without the assistance of her mentor.

After a long wait for the action to begin, it is sadly underdone, almost painfully predictable, and the outcome is not much of a surprise nor does it feel like much of a victory for Veronica, more of an obligation. However, the ending seems a little open ended and the audience is left with a desire to see more of Veronica and William, a little more vigilante justice from them, maybe even see them kill together.

All in all, Final Girl was a decent film for what it is, and definitely worth a watch.  It's just far less brutal than some of the other female-centered revenge films out there.  For me personally, the lack of character development really affected my enjoyment of watching her kick ass. I only wanted to see her defeat these young men because they were so unlikable, not because I related to her and I kind of wish that aspect had been a little different. Overall, Final Girl is entertaining and I would recommend giving it a go.

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Revenge Is Her Middle Name (2011)

By Travis Love

Revenge

Directed by Anthony Matthews and released in 2015 on Unearthed Films Revenge is Her Middle Name tells the story of a calculative downtrodden hooker named Kat, who has plans of changing her life for the better by any means necessary. Unfortunately for Kat, her pimp doesn't hand out a severance package or 4-Ho-1k to hos that betray him. What follows is an unbridled ride full of twists and turns and a few tricks pulled by the whore with a bloodlust for gore.

The plot line is as follows:
1.) Kat discovers that after countless tries she's finally become pregnant with the assistance of her dope fiend boyfriend.
2.) They formulate a plan to rob Kat's pimp to keep themselves in drugs, upon robbing her pimp Kat backstabs her boyfriend and bolts for a better life.
3.) Her pimp catches up to Kat after a some time and his posse has an all-you-can-rape buffet leaving Kat broken, bleeding, and childless.
4.) Kat begins to hunt down each member of her pimp's posse and dishes out her gruesome revenge Costco bulk style leading to her eventual main target...her pimp.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the gritty depression of Combat Shock and the unmerciful brutality of I Spit On Your Grave hooked up, and bumped genitals on a soiled mattress in a seedy alleyway? Well this movie is totally the bastard love child of that hump session in the best way possible! Every bit as dirty as it is bloody, the film leaves you feeling tainted by its unbelievable filthy sexiness, but begs you not to use protection so that you can enjoy the feeling (oh and you will!).

If anything can be said of 'Revenge is Her Middle Name' it's that it wins the hearts of Revenge film aficionados like a hooker shooting ping pong balls out of her ham wallet at a bachelor party, it makes you stare at it in awe and bewilderment. The story is filled with unapologetic risqué dialog that is every bit as enjoyable as the violence. During the rape scene you feel the tension building to the boiling point that will eventually explode into a tidal wave of epic revenge!

Anthony Matthews is definitely a talent to watch as his writing finds something often missing in indie cinema, actual plot twists. So many times during the film it directs you to one conclusion but immediately finds betrayal or hidden facts that don't come into play until later..or sometimes until the very end of the film. It's amazing when a film doesn't just give you all facts in a linear fashion, but leaves surprises and story arks to keep you on your toes.

The violence unleashed upon Kat's transgressors is completely bloody and cathartic as she dispatches her own brand of twisted justice. Sometimes dehumanizing and humiliating her victims before slitting their throats cold and void of any emotion but rage. The glory hole scene alone will have you covering your mouth in the grandest "Holy fucking shit!" moment ever. Horror nerd boners will be bountiful upon watching this film.

In conclusion Revenge is Her Middle Name has to be hands down one of my personal favorites to be released this year. If revenge films are your jam then you owe it to yourself to find this film and love it to death like that hamster you wouldn't quit petting in grade school. To quote Kat's pimp, "Blood and semen will spray in a frenzy of revenge", and I loved every minute of it!

Rating: 9/10

-Travis

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