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THE VIOLENT KIND (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: The Butcher Brothers

Starring:
Joe Egender
Cory Knauf
Tiffany Shepis
Christina Prousalis


Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A biker gang partying at a shack out in the woods become terrorized by some sick, supernatural folk that have the ability to infect people with some dark, violent entity.

Is it good movie?
Okay, from the very start, I really didn't want to like this flick. I'm not a big fan of "biker gang" movies and THE VIOLENT KIND was showing all signs of precisely that at the beginning. You had the group of bad-asses wearing leather vests with their "team name" on the back, the beating up of random posers, the beer-swigging, the women, and of course, the harleys. I was not impressed. However, I still stuck with the movie because it was directed by The Butcher Brothers, who made the highly enjoyable horror offering, THE HAMILTONS.

Luckily enough, at about a third of the way into the flick, some better, horror-themed elements began presenting themselves. The gore quota went up nicely as well. Sure, I had no friggin' clue as to what the hell was going on, but I also didn't necessarily loathe what I was watching either. One thing is for sure, though: Tiffany Shepis can even pull off hot while covered in blood. That may sound kind of sick, but watch and see what I mean.

The acting ranged from fair to pretty darn good throughout the flick too. The standouts were Ms. Shepis, Cory Knauf and Christina Prousalis as the would-be hero couple, and Joe Egender as the leader of the strange and malicious pack of bad guys. It was the odd charisma and sadistic sense of humor displayed by Egender that seemed to ignite the performances of the rest of his evil group. And what I liked most about these baddies was the vintage 50's-era vibe they were sporting with oldies music included. I've always felt that oldies fit in with horror real nicely and in THE VIOLENT KIND it was no different. Pretty cool stuff.

Now, on to the actual story. I'm afraid this aspect frustrated me. On one end, there seemed to be something really neat and sick panning out in regard to why the biker gang was getting f*cked with. However, after a good amount of crazy ideas were presented, the resulting conclusion did very little to explain why it all happened. I know that sometimes it is better to leave it up to the audience to make their own conclusions, but the data that we were given to make our own summation was nowhere near enough. There was some real heavy shit towards the end and I just wish that it all got tied together a little bit neater. I don't need everything explained, but VIOLENT's ending owed way more clarification than was given.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.77:1

Audio English dolby digital with English and Spanish subtitles.

The Extras
A Making Of featurette that gave a fair enough inside track.

A couple of Deleted Scenes that were rightfully snipped.

And, of course, the flick's Trailer.

Last Call
An unexpected adrenaline shot of a horror flick with some nice gore, hard-hitting violence, and interesting baddies. That's why it is so depressing that the lack of a fully fleshed out story hurts all the coolness that the film was injected with. Still say it's worth a rental, though.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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