A pair of comic book writers begin to notice scary similarities between the character they created and horrific real-life events.

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Jay Baruchel

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Jay Baruchel (screenplay), Jesse Chabot (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Williams ... Todd
Jordana Brewster ... Kathy
Jay Baruchel ... Ezra
Simon Northwood ... The Man
Niamh Wilson ... Aurora
Isaiah Rockcliffe ... Young Todd
Clark Backo ... Todd's Mother
Victoria Snow ... Borden
Eric Osborne ... Adam
Nia Roam ... Megan
Aviva Mongillo ... Hannah
Wade MacNeil Wade MacNeil ... Gary Reston
Amir Sám Nakhjavani ... General Store Clerk
Kyle Gatehouse ... Fan
Mark Andrada ... Awkward Fan
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A pair of comic book writers begin to notice scary similarities between the character they created and horrific real-life events.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Back in 2011, Eminem was originally set to star in the movie. See more »

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In the 75th minute the Christmas tree which was set afire by a thrown candle tips. It would not tip so soon, let alone that a thrown candle would likely go out before reaching the tree. See more »

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A grissly horror from comedian Jay Baruchel
20 August 2020 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

If you were to pick a director to helm the big screen adaptation of Justin Gray's and Jimmy Palmiotti's underground comic Random Acts of Violence I am fairly positive Jay Baruchel isn't the first name that would've sprang to mind.

The Canadian funnyman, best known for his supporting turns as a wise-cracking loudmouth in the likes of This is the End, Goon and Knocked Up, shows a completely different side to himself in this Shudder release as he takes on duties behind the camera, in the writer's room with co-screenwriter Jesse Chabot and in front of the camera as the highly strung Ezra.

A grisly affair that follows Jesse Williams comic creator Todd as he ventures to a fan convention with his girlfriend Kathy (played by the Fast and the Furious's Jordana Brewster), his business partner Ezra and their assistant Aurora (Niamh Wilson), only to find that he and his fellow road trippers face the deadly proposition of his comic's lead The Slasherman becoming a bloody reality, Random Acts of Violence is a true gore-filled exploitation ride as Baruchel holds nothing back as the bodies start piling up in creative and regular fashion.

Taking aim at the toxicity of fandom and how sometimes peoples heroes can be anything but upstanding citizens, Random has a message that is tucked away in the midst of all its more slasher orientated antics but one wouldn't expect to walk away from this quickfire 80 minute affair with any life lessons as Baruchel's low-budget exercise fancies shock value moments over anything of real substance.

With this focus in mind Random is a sure-fire hit with genre fans and with the big screen iteration of Slasherman the year has one of its most memorable horror figures but when the film is focused more around the character beats and interactions the audience is left wanting as our protagonists get caught deeper and deeper in a life and death game of cat and mouse.

Todd himself is a fairly unlikable creation, Williams unable to evolve his creators arrogance into something that becomes relatable and likable while Kathy, Ezra and Aurora are more fodder than anything else but the lack of a truly gripping character doesn't detract from a genre-orientated offering that acts as a showcase for an unlikely career pivot from Baruchel.

Final Say -

A gory and grim affair, Random Acts of Violence is one for horror buffs specifically as this blood-filled affair shows us a whole new side to comedian Jay Baruchel.

3 toy trucks out of 5


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Release Date:

20 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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