Steven R. Monroe, shown two photos above) is certainly professional: Every "good moment" in the movie is designed to tickle a sadist's fancy. The cast is plenty professional, too -- with Andrew Howard as despicable as any good-ol'-boy/family man villain you're likely to encounter. Among the transgressors is Jeff Branson (above and below, right), who was so fine in one of the best (and practically unheralded) indie films of the last decade, The Big Bad Swim. Well, actors have got to eat. The female lead, TV veteran Sarah Butler (below, left, and on poster, top), is very pretty but looks so slight and vulnerable that we doubt her ability to withstand the initial attack, let alone coming back for all those kills. (And who knew the girl was an Olympic-level swimmer? That sure got left out of the meager exposition!)
From Anchor Bay Films, I Spit on Your Grave (un-rated) opens in ten cities this Friday, October 8. Click here and then click "showtimes" on the menu at top to see the locations and how to get tickets.
RED WHITE & BLUE, the new movie from Simon Rumley, is a half-step up from his earlier The Living and the Dead (a slight tale about a very odd dysfunctional family which the filmmaker buried under a bundle of repetitive visual tics and back-and-forth time trips), and is also several steps up from I Spit on Your Grave. Rumley, shown below, and his well-cast principals offer some interesting situations and characterizations before the godawful tortures/murders begin. From what TrustMovies can gather, Rumley's themes encompass everything from America's sex/drug/rock-and-roll mentality to its current mid-east wars, general state of health (pretty sick) and employment opportunities.
Noah Taylor (shown above: an actor who could easily corner the market on whacko roles) as his lead. Taylor is always good, though here, he's saddled with a major hurdle, which he bounces over handily: Scrawny as a dry leaf, still, he's awfully scary. Amanda Fuller, below, as the young girl who connects all the movie's dots, is less successful, though it's probably not her fault. Rumley saddles her with a hunk of exposition (explaining her nympho behavior) that would choke a horse: this is not the best way to treat your lead actress. Exposition regarding her past history is probably unnecessary to begin with; if used at all, it should be handled very subltly. Marc Senter (shown at bottom), a cute actor who seems a bit above his abilities here, tackles the third lead.
IFC Films, opens theatrically this Friday, October 8, at the reRun Gastropub theater in Brooklyn's DUMBO area. (Click and scroll down to the Concession Stand menu: Popcorn coated with garlic and then dribbled with duck fat? I'm drooling! Meanwhile, Red White & Blue has been available via IFC On-Demand since September 24 and will continue there for some time. Click here to see if and how you can view it via your local TV reception provider.