Now on VOD, For the Sake of Vicious is tailored for midnight screenings at movie festivals: Loopy-ass title, miniscule price range, violence step by step escalating to deranged ranges of bloody depth till there’s a second the place a character grabs a bottle of vodka, sanitizes their wound with it then takes a lengthy, deep pull. That’s possibly a free metaphor for the expertise of watching this wild horror-thriller, so think about your self warned.
The Gist: It’s a completely common day for Romina (Lora Burke): Work, come house, discover a bleeding and unconscious man on your kitchen flooring who was put there by a desperately deranged wide-eyed man. “Don’t you remember me?” the awake man says. His title is Chris (Nick Smyth), and we all know this as a result of he says “I’m Chris,” and Romina replies the solely manner she ought to, “F— you.” She quickly remembers him — she was the nurse who handled his eight-year-old daughter after she was kidnapped and raped a few years prior. The bleeding man is Alan (Colin Paradine), who Chris believes dedicated the horrible crime; Alan additionally occurs to be Romina’s landlord, which may be related for a minute however in all probability in the end isn’t. That’s form of the manner this film goes.
We get a couple of flashbacks. One is the horrible evening when Chris adopted his daughter’s screams out of the home and by means of the snow to a close by playground, the place he finds her ripped pajamas. One other is of Alan at house along with his two cute daughters; he’s a household man I assume, however along with his Porsche and entourage, he offers off a notably fragrant mob-boss whiff. Which may additionally clarify why some goons in satan masks and motorbike helmets present up at the home and flip this intimate three-person gathering into a full-blown par-tay. However I’m getting forward of issues a bit right here. Alan appears like a creep, and Chris may be sympathetic, besides the crowbar, hammer and hand cannon he introduced alongside point out he’s not down for speaking issues out. That is about the level the place that pint of booze would possibly turn out to be useful for the folks in the film, and additionally for these of us watching.
What Motion pictures Will It Remind You Of?: The violent almost-slapstick of Vicious stops simply shy of Sam Raimi ranges of cartoon ludicrousness (assume Evil Dead II), with parts of a tight-confines home-invasion thriller like Don’t Breathe or You’re Next.
Efficiency Value Watching: Smyth’s efficiency is distractingly Nic Cage Lite, circa the one-time famous person actor’s late-period paycheck roles or wide-eyed-crazy junk like The Wicker Man or Kiss of Demise. So let’s credit score Burke for bringing a sense of pragmatism to a film that’s in no way plotted in accordance with logic or cause.
Memorable Dialogue: “Why are YOU a part of this?” Alan asks Romina, a line that comically calls consideration to a massive ol’ plot gap.
Intercourse and Pores and skin: None.
Our Take: Did I point out that For the Sake of Vicious is ready on Halloween evening, which possibly explains why the ruckus in Romina’s home — gunshots, screaming, smashing, and many others. — doesn’t increase any of the neighbors’ eyebrows since they’re in all probability too preoccupied with trick-or-treaters and events through which folks gown up like homicidal maniacs however don’t truly do homicidally maniacal issues? There are loads of holes to be poked on this plot after the truth, and you don’t want a actually massive knife or the not-curved finish of a crowbar to do it. However the expertise of watching the movie is intense sufficient that its flimsy premise and logical inconsistencies are usually suppressed by our incredulous laughter and/or cringing at scenes through which very sharp and/or heavy issues are utilized for his or her most brutal functions.
The film crescendos with a sequence that’s an ultraviolent mayhem-dervish localized in Romina’s rest room, bathe curtain torn down, toilet-tank lid wielded like a cudgel, blood throughout the crappy wooden paneling. It spills out into different rooms, of course. The brawl and the blood, I imply. We wince as kneecaps are smashed and knives are damaged off in legs; when all else fails, administrators Gabriel Carrer and Reese Eveneshen resort to good old school stabbings, a staple maneuver that makes this film go spherical. The sensible visible results are admirably, convincingly gross, as are the squelching noises that sometimes accompany them. It’s entertaining for sturdy stomachs and horror professionals and these of us who admire a film that builds layer upon layer of inhuman savagery like a chaotic, semi-comic agony-fugue. I really feel like the screenplay might’ve been tighter and funnier, a contact extra tongue-in-cheek, and due to this fact extra OTT pleasant. However there’s one thing to be stated for a movie that retains you intently centered in the second, and conscious of how deranged it’s.
Our Name: STREAM IT, however don’t give it some thought an excessive amount of. For a juicy gob of B-movie pulp, For the Sake of Vicious lives as much as its title.