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Bastard (2015)

R | | Horror | 18 October 2015 (USA)
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Five strangers - newlywed serial killers, a suicidal, depressed policemen, and two young runaways with a secret - become suspects and potential victims when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.

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Powell Robinson (co-director), Patrick Robert Young (co-director)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rebekah Kennedy ... Betty
Ellis Greer ... Hannah
Dan Creed ... West
Will Tranfo ... Jake
Tonya Kay ... Rachael
Burt Culver ... Michael
Ryan Shoos ... Tanner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadine Arlyn Nadine Arlyn ... JoBeth
Micah Fitzgerald ... Max
Brian Foyster ... Dick Clive
Kelly Hancock ... Gertrude
Emily Lopato Emily Lopato ... Tami
Austin Nimnicht ... Ray
Powell Robinson Powell Robinson ... Al
Bobby T ... Davie
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Five strangers - newlywed serial killers, a suicidal, depressed policemen, and two young runaways with a secret - become suspects and potential victims when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.

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The lucky ones die first

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexual content/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

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Release Date:

18 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Films to Die For: Bastard See more »

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$287,000 (estimated)
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Murder in the isolated mountain town
29 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A creepy cover. One of the best concepts for any low-budget film seen recently in my "low-budget film quest for curiosity sake". An appreciation for the film's genre. Reasons enough to check this out and had real potential to be somewhat of a guilty pleasure.

The good news is that the concept for this is nowhere near as wasted as those for other films seen recently, having seen my fair share of frustrating wastes of good potential with failed execution. Compared to other recent viewings for low-budget films, this is oddly enough, despite the lacklustre rating, one of the better and more watchable ones. Not a great, or even good, film by any stretch. Not a terrible one either, it left me frustrated at how it didn't do enough with what potential it showed but at least it didn't leave me angry.

It starts off well, with a startling, effectively creepy opening that is one of the film's most inventive scenes. There is effort at making some of the characters interesting, parts are creepy and suspenseful in the first part and there are a few brutally inventive kills.

My intelligence at least wasn't insulted anywhere near as much as other recent film viewings, it didn't get excessively stupid and the location was an atmospheric one.

Sadly not matched in the less than slick way it was shot and edited. It is unfortunate that the promising start and what made it so isn't maintained in the rest of the film. The further the film got, the suspense dissipated and the sillier, duller and more predictable it became. Too many of the kills are too ordinary, no matter the over-the-top gratuitous in quality and excessive in quantity gore and violence was.

Things did start to become confusing in the latter stages and not all the characters worked, with not enough done to make one care for them. The male serial killer was interesting, however the female one did irritate and the cop was basically pointless melodrama. There is nothing natural about the dialogue or interactions, insipid stuff awkwardly delivered. The acting is at best lacklustre, while the killer is far too obvious and the ending is so incoherent and what the heck that it brings the film down significantly.

Overall, started off well but goes downhill too early and never recovers. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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