Have made no secret in the past of intensely disliking, and even outright hating a lot, a vast majority of The Asylum's (near-universally maligned for good reason) output, though there is curiosity as to whether they are capable of making something good and compulsive about their output's badness. Admittedly, The Asylum do have a small group of watchable films and the occasional (big emphasis on that word) above average one, unfortunately outweighed by the lacklustre at best and often dreadful films they churn out.
'Sinister Squad' is not quite among The Asylum's all time worst, at least it didn't offend as much as others like 'Operation Dunkirk' did, but it is down there with the film that very nearly reached that distinction. The first part of the tagline is correct, the second part couldn't be more wrong. Sinister is also the last word to describe 'Sinister Squad' too.
Despite what people might assume, it is not a blatant rip-off of 'Suicide Squad', having been made and released before that film was released. But like 'Geo-Disaster' did with 'Geostorm' and 'Operation Dunkirk' did with 'Dunkirk', 'Sinister Squad' capitalised upon it. Was one of many who didn't think 'Suicide Squad' was good at all, but compared to this dreck it is a piece of art. Take absolutely no pleasure giving my lowest possible rating and a negative review, being encouraging and generous on the most part, but it is deserved here.
Visually, 'Sinister Squad' looks incredibly cheap even for something made on a low budget. It's very drably, garishly and sometimes dizzyingly shot, incoherently edited (bacon-slicer-like) with glaring and unforgivably sloppy continuity errors and even the scenery doesn't make much impression despite being actually the least bad aspect of the film. Even worse are the pathetic effects, garish make-up and shoe-string budget-like costumes.
Can remember little about the music, which tended to be intrusive, annoying and out of place. The script makes little sense, sounds awkward constantly and on the wrong side of camp throughout.
There is absolutely nothing thrilling, tense, suspenseful, emotionally investable or fun about the story. The predictability may have been forgivable if the film was actually engaging let alone exciting but it fails to be either throughout. Like so many films from The Asylum, 'Sinister Squad' is basically non-stop dullness and intelligence-insulting ridiculousness, with unintentional humour because of the excessive cheese, bouts of mawkish and stilted melodrama and irritating character behaviours that makes one endear to them even less in a film with not one interesting or rootable character.
Won't talk about much the muddled direction, with no style, taste, coherence, direction of story or drama or sense of knowing what to do with the film, or the all round weak at best performances.
To conclude, super bad all right. 1/10 Bethany Cox
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