In Taft, California, 1981, Johnny (Fred Meyers) is a unassuming baseball hopeful who turned against his stern and demanding father (Joe Estevez) and beat him to death with a baseball bat on...
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In Taft, California, 1981, Johnny (Fred Meyers) is a unassuming baseball hopeful who turned against his stern and demanding father (Joe Estevez) and beat him to death with a baseball bat on a baseball diamond field. 17 years later, Johnny is released from the local insane asylum and begins a killing spree, with his father's ghost as an umpire. Written by
After watching THE CATCHER, I said to myself "I've seen everything now".
Who ever thought of combining baseball and horror? Nevermind BASEketball.
Seriously, the concept here is very odd but not too odd to be completely dismissed if the incongruous elements were handled correctly. But in this case, the sport of baseball is just a flimsy premise for the makers of this oddity to create horror where horror usually never lurks. Unless showering with full grown men or men wearing protective cups scare you.
Because the acting in THE CATCHER is atrocious, this very important element kills any chance of this odd premise to be believable under any circumstances. The look of the film is somewhat interesting. I believe it was shot of HD video and it looks polish and sleek. But the actors populating the scenes get in the way and the idea of a psychotic catcher who kills people because they're in the way of his baseball glory never goes beyond its ludicrous premise.
And to add more oddity to this film, THE CATCHER is filled with such blatant homoeroticism that THE CATCHER looks like a long lost David DeCoteau film. The scene when one hunky baseball player gets duct-tapped to a locker room bench by the killer, who then proceeds to sodomize the player with his baseball bat is not the most subtle scene ever shot in the history of cinema. Those with a fetish for violence and baseball will definitely get a kick out of that scene or the whole movie itself, all ten of them out there.
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