Sundance 2010: THE VIOLENT KIND Review

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Sundance 2010: THE VIOLENT KIND Review
[Our thanks to Ryland Aldrich for the following review.]

Another entry in Sundance's very strong Park City at Midnight program, The Butcher Brothers' The Violent Kind is sexy, bloody, and way out there. In other words, it's a lot of fun. The Butchers are able to change courses multiple times, constantly upping the ante to the point where all of humanity might just be at stake.

We meet Cody (Cory Knauf), his cousin Q (Bret Roberts) and their buddy Elroy (Nick Tagas) when the guys get in a driveway brawl over some bunk drugs Q sold. The guys are second generation of a Nor Cal bike gang and everyone is heading up to an old farm house to celebrate Cody's mom's birthday. It is not Cody's night.  Q and the guys are mad about a deal he messed up and his ex-girlfriend Michelle (Tiffany Shepis) shows up with a new guy.  Things take a bit of a turn for the better when Michelle's little sister Megan (Christina Prousalis) starts showing him a lot of attention.  The party winds down and the guys decide to just crash at the farmhouse.  Michelle takes off, ditching Megan there, and then shows up a bit later, incoherent and covered in blood.  This is when things really start to get weird.

The guys try to get the truck going but it inexplicably won't start.  No one's cell phone is working and there are strange colors in the sky.  Michelle wakes from her comatose state and attacks Elroy, taking a bite right out of his jugular.  The guys tie her up as Elroy clings to life.  Cody's only choice is to hike the mile to an old cabin where someone might have a car.  Megan goes along and what they find scares the shit out of them.  Tensions are high and things are looking pretty bad.  Then some mysterious figures emerge from the darkness and what they have in store, no one is expecting.

The Violent Kind is the pinnacle of the WTF?! genre.  Just when you think you might have the story figured out, the Butchers throw you a curve ball.  Cody and Q's story works as a backdrop, but it is really just a framework.  This movie is about the spectacle; hot girls covered in blood, fist fights, and pure supernatural evil.  Anyone who takes it too seriously is bound to be dissatisfied.  Don't! Just enjoy the mayhem.  This is one wild ride.

[Ryland Aldrich is a screenwriter and freelance writer based in Los Angeles.  He blogs at enderzero.net]
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