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A cliched filler mess of a movie
getconedproductions0930 April 2019
Scathing Written and directed by Joseph Mazzaferro

This is an independent movie from a filmmaker based in Florida which used to be my home base. I know the producer and two actors in the movie. I say this because folks need to know what potential bias might be there as I review this film. I like to focus on independent filmmakers. I don't judge on a curve based on this fact. I feel like that does a disservice to them growing as filmmakers.

I did not like this movie. I should let you know a bit about what it's about. Plot summaries also aren't my cup of tea. But in this case I'll do a quick one. I know breaking my own rules. I'm a devious rulebreaker. Okay back to it, the movie is about a young couple who travel to a vacant lot in a neighborhood kind of far from the main hub of the city to do some late night necking. Well that lot ain't so vacant. It turns out a giant monster of a man who is a cannibal and murders people resides there. He traps them in their car much like the plot of Cujo. There's some torture and some inane plot twists and a lot of filler and ta da you have Scathing.

Let me tout some positives. The gore effects in this movie are top notch. It looks realistic and it works for the moments of shock value. The killer is imposing. He has a good look and his work is really well done. Allie Sparks has some decent moments. She plays the character well even if the character is super annoying.I love Lisa Arcaro in pretty much anything she does and she makes good use of limited screen time. Everyone else aren't really in the movie long enough to develop more than a passing fancy of set characteristics. In most slasher movies, this is par for the course. But with the boyfriend, this felt like a waste of a character. They're stuck in their car for a majority of screen time. You couldn't develop some character there.

I get that it's meant to feel a lot like Cujo but where that worked because of the rabid dog and the small boy, it doesn't work here. This killer had to never sleep ever. He spends a large amount of time torturing and mutilating someone that they could have run. This brings me to the end. I'm not going to spoil it because I'm not that kind of guy. It really negated everything that came before it. It tries for some kind of shocking twist but it falls flat and only left me scratching my head. The movie is also really dark and muddled. The color correction is pretty obvious but it also makes things hard to see and follow for this reason.

I enjoy independent cinema and I support filmmakers continuing to get better. But I have to be honest when I see something that I just don't like. I didn't like Scathing. It had a weak script that revelled in cliches and not enough character development before the depravity starts. It's not scary. It wallows in gore however well done that may be. It is frustrating in bad ways. I give this movie an F.
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Cheap and nasty
Leofwine_draca18 March 2017
Warning: Spoilers
SCATHING is a cheap and nasty horror film made by amateurs on a non-existent budget. This feature is completely derivative and takes an age to get going, which is unforgivable given the short running time. After around half an hour of set-up, the plot mainly involves a couple of characters who are trapped in a car by a hulking masked maniac.

The blurb describes this guy as a giant but he's just a tall, well-built wrestling-style actor. He wears a welding mask for the duration. The film seems to copy the format of CUJO for a while before veering off into torture porn with a very nasty kill sequence utilising some raw offal from the butcher's. The viewer is treated to incessant shrieking, unlikeable characters, and plenty of gross-out moments.
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A Scathing Review
shawnblackman27 November 2016
I finally get to do a scathing review. This horror has a young girl sneaking out of the house to go with her boyfriend to a remote area for some loving. They fall asleep and wake up to a car that won't start. A couple of their friends come to help, only to be killed by a six foot cannibal psycho wearing a welder's helmet. The couple get trapped in their car with no way of getting help.

This is another awful attempt at creating a horror film. First, I didn't know how buddy was able to see out of a darkening lens used for welding but the helmet looks intimidating so why not use it. He does seem like the a cross between the killer from Bikini Girls On Ice and Hazard Jack. Second, he never uses the weapon he gets ready. He always uses foreplay and sharpens a weapon on his grinding stone. Then when he goes to use it, a complete different weapon is utilized.

The gore consists of a bunch of fresh meat from the butchers in various stages and a dead baby prop that gets baked in the stove. The picture quality is awesome. I think it was shot in 4K. The sound was good as well.

It felt like Cujo for the first hour and then any bad teen slasher for the rest of the film. This is one of those films where the protagonist does everything wrong. She won't get out of the car for the first hour even though the killer is nowhere around. Then when she does get out, she runs to the house on the same property for help. Later you see her stopping the first car as well which was right on the property and guess where that car lives? Avoid this one. If you hear amazing reviews check their links to the production team.
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I'll always remember
nogodnomasters2 September 2017
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Amanda (Allie Sparks) sneaks out of the house to go parking with her boyfriend Adam (Michael Frascino) at 3 in the morning. They fall asleep and the car won't start. Help comes and then a huge man (John Kyle) appears wearing a welding mask, which you normally can't see out of. Amanda is trapped in the car like the killer cannibal is Cujo. We know she survives because she tells the story.

The acting wasn't that great, especially the opening scene. The story was you basic slasher gore, one without an apparent reason. Not very well developed.

Guide: F-word. Implied sex. No nudity. Paola Duque in bra and shorts.
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