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The Crooked Man (2016)

TV-14 | | Horror | TV Movie 1 October 2016
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While at a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend, after singing a song (created by a reclusive mastermind, Milo White) that ... See full summary »

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The movie, a spin-off of The Conjuring franchise, focuses on a character from an English nursery rhyme called "There Was a Crooked Man".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelique Rivera ... Olivia Shaw
Cameron Jebo ... Noah Palmer
Michael Jai White ... Milo
Dina Meyer ... Margaret
Amber Benson ... Grace
Dmitrious Bistrevsky Dmitrious Bistrevsky ... The Crooked Man
Reilly Brooke Stith ... Charlotte (as Reilly Stith)
Alexis Wilkins ... Alice
Brianne Tju ... Violet
Marco Rodríguez ... Matthew Shaw
Dia Frampton ... Mia Johanssen
Daniel Booko ... Steven
John Colton ... Sheriff Palmer
Isabella Day ... Young Olivia
Lexi Underwood ... Young Charlotte
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While at a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend, after singing a song (created by a reclusive mastermind, Milo White) that summons a demonic figure known as 'The Crooked Man'. Returning to her hometown six years later, a string of unusual deaths lead Olivia (Angelique Rivera) to believe that she's still being haunted by whatever she saw that fateful night. Once you sing the rhyme, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands. Written by Teaser-Trailer.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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The girls at the slumber in the beginning are, at best, pre-teens (10-12 years old). Later in the film it reveals that six years have passed, yet the girls involved are shown to be old enough to get into nightclubs and drink alcohol which would require them to be at least 21 years old in the US. See more »

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And then there were none
8 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'The Crooked Man', being fond of horror regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing it.

Giving 'The Crooked Man' a fair chance with being interest and apprehension, it turned out to be far better than expected. Won't say that 'The Crooked Man' is a great film (mediocre actually) because it isn't and the potential, while not wasted, is not fully lived up to. Considering the large number of films seen recently being mediocre and less and wasting potential, was expecting worse and was relieved that while wanting in a fair few areas it was actually one of my better recent low-budget viewings.

'The Crooked Man' started off quite well, the first twenty minutes or so starting the film off on a promising, unsettling and atmospheric note that really does intrigue.

Production values did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected.

The setting is effectively spooky. Initially, there are spooky and suspenseful moments, it isn't dull, and the storytelling in the first half does intrigue.

However, the story was severely wanting in the second half after starting off promisingly. It is very disjointed and after the promising start the final third especially loses atmosphere, one loses interest and things start to not make sense. Too much of the film is vague and doesn't explore some elements and story strands enough, some dropped soon after being introduced, go nowhere or serve much point.

Ending is unsatisfying, on top of feeling hasty there are too many loose ends hanging in the air. Got the sense that the writers didn't know how to end the film. Would have liked much more tension and suspense (where there is barely any of either), scares could have been more consistent (again nowhere near enough) and some weren't surprising enough and had no atmosphere, the over-obvious sound not helping.

Found too the script to lack natural flow and with a fair bit of cheese and blandness going on, and the characters bland with some adopting some annoying and not always logical decision making. There is very little menace to the villain, the direction is phoned and generally the acting is subpar with Michael Jai White being little more than a barely used commercial device seemingly.

Overall, mediocre. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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