Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crowbar: The Killings of Wendell Graves (2010, Scott M. Phillips)

Just another slasher film with potential that fucked it all up with hefty doses of unoriginality.

An inter-racially wed couple moves into a house where a young boy saw his parents brutally murdered on Halloween ten years prior. While wifey and the girls are getting tipsy on wine, a similarly dressed (if not the same...) killer breaks in and kills two out of the three with his crowbar. Apparently, the double-homicide investigation is able to wrap up within the night, but the couple is hesitant to go back inside immediately. So, they decide to do some detective work of their own and find out the origins of the house and who the killer could possibly be. Turns out, the towns people, themselves, may have something to do with the house's secretive past...

For a flick with an obviously MEGA-low budget, the camera work and atmosphere are all well done. That's about all there is for the "pros". Cons: awful acting, tremendous predictability, and clich├ęs abound! Not to mention the killer's ensemble looks like it was designed by someone who had never seen a horror film before yet ignorantly compiled the outfit based on what they figured your average slasher antagonist WOULD wear; welder's mask and apron. Why wouldn't he wear a mask that is easier to see through?

Unfortunately, no nudity is included in the film and the gore is relatively tame. In all, it just seemed like the director wanted to make the most standard slasher film he could. Seems kinda lazy considering it's an indie effort and he most certainly had all of the creative freedom he could muster at his very fingertips, yet he decided to scrape by with the bare minimum which is "Crowbar: The Killings of Wendell Graves". Don't bother with it...

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