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Bad Turn Worse (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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Three Texas teens hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them steals from the wrong man.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Davis ... Sue
Logan Huffman ... B.J.
Jeremy Allen White ... Bobby
William Devane ... Big Red
Jon Gries ... Sheriff Shep
Mark Pellegrino ... Giff
Erasmo Martinez Erasmo Martinez ... Ernesto
Ashley Adams Ashley Adams ... Girl At Bar #1
Kelly Kimball Kelly Kimball ... Bobby's Mother (as Kelly Kinstley Kimball)
Ty Adams Ty Adams ... B.J.'s Little Brother
'Big Boo' Brett Mitchell 'Big Boo' Brett Mitchell ... Tractor Mechanic
Raul Gonzales Raul Gonzales ... Tractor Mechanic
C.R. Marsh C.R. Marsh ... Norm Wolfson (as C.R. 'Stubby' Marsh)
Joyce Marsh Joyce Marsh ... Nelma Wolfson (as Joyce 'Meme' Marsh)
Debie Duprie Debie Duprie ... Real Estate Agent


Three Texas teens hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them steals from the wrong man.

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Release Date:

14 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad Turn Worse See more »

Filming Locations:

Corpus Christi, Texas, USA See more »

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Rough & Tumble Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Actor Mark Pellegrino (Giff) and director Zeke Hawkins first met on the set of the film Capote. Mark was playing the role of Dick Hickock and Zeke worked for Capote director Bennett Miller. See more »

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Meh... Not Bad but Cartoonish
4 March 2015 | by hookyhornsteinSee all my reviews

I seldom write reviews - especially about forgettable films, but I can't understand why every prior review for this film is either so adulating or lambasting. I thought the film wasn't that bad, but it's not all that great either.

It's not a nonstop adventure like "30 Minutes or Less." Its pacing is more like that of "Near Dark" or "A Simple Plan." And the pacing very fits well with the story and its setting.

The script was pretty well-thought out and well-written, if not exactly moving or memorable. The direction and cinematography were excellent. They used the flat, bland, decaying Texas coastal plains marvelously - kind of like John Ford used to use the American west. When the film is over, you may forget the characters, but you'll remember the scenery.

Mark Pellegrino has fun with his role as a charming and self-wise sociopath. William Devane makes the most of his minute on camera.

Mackenzie Davis affects more of a middle Tennessee accent than a south Texas accent but at least she tried. Logan Huffman sounds just like Bruno Kirby and somebody apparently thought he would be more believable as a Texan if he simply called everybody "Hoss" or "Podner." I doubt that annoys anybody outside of Texas (I see most of this movies rave reviews came from Canada, Scotland and Ireland) but sure annoys the hell out of people who know better.

But my biggest complaint, however, is that I haven't heard so many racial insults since "Django." Again, maybe this is the stereotypical Texas that people elsewhere want to imagine, but people in south Texas haven't spoken like that since the '40s or '50s. There's so much intermingling of ethnicities in that area that to think or speak like that would offend the overwhelming majority of ones' family and friends.

Now granted, fictional stories deserve a wide latitude for artistic license, and people involved in nefarious activities can be offensive and without conscience. But so much of the characterization was simply cartoonish and ultimately I think that undermined the film.

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