Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A supernatural thriller set in a cozy Tennessee town where Sheriff Jimmy Muldoon and younger brother, Deputy Lloyd Muldoon, have a firm grasp of law and order until a stranger, Denny White, comes to town and horrible things begin to happen.
Is it good movie?
This is obviously a movie that was made for tv, as it seems to have commercial breaks built right into it. The plot isn't anything overly memorable. There's a scary scary demon who's been awakened by a young writer, and it starts wiping up local livestock and mows thrown a few people before taking out the small cast.
First of all, the small cast is not very good. There are a lot of awful, lame duck southern accents that grate on the nerves. I should also mention that Costas Mandylor is the town sheriff, and he's a bit more animated than he is in Saw movies but I really don't dig the guy and don't see his talent (his brother also has a bit part, I didn't even know he had a brother..he's not much better). On top of that, the lead actors (Brad Thornton and Fransesca Cecil) are just passable and don't add an ounce of watchability to a flick that's already hackneyed as it is. It seems as through neither one of them really know how to emote properly and it's just hard to stay interested.
The CGI in this movie is absolutely bargain basement and let me tell you, if your CGI looks like this, you should NOT use CGI. I've never understood why it happens, but it happens all too often. The characters are absolutely shallow and uninteresting. I mean, how many times do you see a 'team' of people with different reasons for doing trying to kill the 'ancient, unkillable, evil'. Sigh.
Ultimately, this is a dull movie. The demon looks like a scary old detective or something, although the animations when it attacks were pretty cool. In fact, the design of the creature is the best thing about the movie.
Unless you dig disembodied cow heads, you should avoid this movie. It doesn't have enough cool moments to warrant existence and the acting is dull like the rest of the film.
Video / Audio
Video specs aren't listed, but the picture comes in widescreen and looks okay.
Audio comes in 5.1 surround and sounds sharp but is mixed a little rear-heavy.
No extras for La Bamba!
There's no real reason to run out and watch this movie. The cast is unexciting, the effects can be BRUTAL, the atmosphere is rarely creepy and the plot feels too familiar. Avoid.