The Violent Kind Review

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A curious concoction of blood, beer, babes and biker ghosts.

Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores' (aka The Butcher Brothers) latest demented entry emerges from Sundance’s Park City at Midnight section: a late night showcase dedicated to horror and extreme (often saucy and raunchy) comedies, which has played home to such sublime sleeper hits of the horror kind as The Blair Witch Project, Saw and Paranormal Activity.

Though producers and distributors aren’t likely to find the next big thing in The Violent Kind, The Butcher Brothers' genre-twisting shocker no doubt provided a sharp and revitalising slap in the face for audiences during the Sundance witching hours.

The film follows Q (Bret Roberts), Cody (Cory Knauf) and Elroy (Nick Tagas), young upstart members of the infamous biker gang, 'The Crew', who, after beating up a couple of much larger meatheads, head off into a cabin in the woods for some beer, brawling and brainless banter. However, when the party winds down, the young Crew members find themselves up to their belt buckles in possible supernatural activity when Cody’s blood-drenched ex turns up, waffling incomprehensibly and eager to bite the faces off whoever gets too close.

Gathering inspiration from cinema’s weirdest Davids (Lynch and Cronenberg), and adding a touch of Lovecraft, Stephen King and (weirdly) even a sprinkle of Philip Kaufman’s 1979 greaser gem, The Wanderers, for good measure, The Violent Kind is a baffling but ballsy low budget mind-bender that keeps the viewer on their toes and refuses to play by the genre rules.

Though things get off to a slow and shaky start, with the film boasting plenty of dull and flat dialogue and poor characterisation, the tedious elements are eventually shoved aside in favour of some weird and wacky shenanigans that amuse and disgust in equal parts (though they don’t always make a whole lot of sense).

Indeed, the entire thing is rather silly and the members of the crew aren’t all that convincing and look like Jean Paul Gaultier interpretations of bikers, but, the Butcher Brothers ignite a certain spark here that delivers high-energy thrills which suggest that these boys may be a bloody axe throws away from producing something that’s truly inspired.

Sex, violence, biker ghosts, possession (and a possible alien invasion?!): it’s Sons of Anarchy meets The Evil Dead by way of Sometimes They Come Back, and then some.

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