Fifteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.
|Release Date||:||August 26, 2016|
|Production Company||:||Floodland Pictures, Tea Shop & Film Company, Fantastic Films, Liquid Noise Films, Level 5 Films, Winterland Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Director||:||Billy O'Brien, Aleshia Mueller|
|Writers||:||Dan Wells, Christopher Hyde, Billy O'Brien|
|Casts||:||Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records, James Gaulke, Tim Russell, Karl Geary, Bruce Bohne, Matt Roy, Molly Gearen, William Todd-Jones, Ryan J. Gilmer, Morgan Rysso, Emmylou Barden, Joel Thingvall, Lucy Lawton, Sally-Anne Hunt, Noah Odegaard, Michael Paul Levin, Patricia Enger, Elizabeth Belfiori, Dee Noah, Alan Holasek|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on novel, minnesota, winter, halloween, thanksgiving, supernatural, psychopath, high school, murder, gore, stalking, serial killer, snow, christmas eve, midwest, troubled teen, tracking device, gps, embalming, christmas|
As an average movie goer who was let down by major titles released this year, I decided to give this one a go. As it was part of the Melbourne International Film Festival program this year, I closed one eye and picked something that sounded mildly interesting to watch with a friend.
This is a movie-adaption of Dan Well's book, which already received quite a reputation, but I didn't know that. Heck, I didn't even bother to look at the cast list, or anything further than the 'psychological thriller' genre. Boy, was I in for a ride.
Overall, I was mildly surprised by how entertaining this movie was. The pacing was adequate - not rushed, nor was it too slow. It was also quite easy to follow with no convolution in the story and it doesn't feel forced. I was even more impressed about the clever slice of humor being thrown here and there. I enjoyed the cinematography and clever use of sound effects to keep you at the edge of your seat.
So I'm giving this a good rating, simply because I really enjoyed it - and that 2016 really need more gems like these. I wouldn't mind watching it again, or pick up the book.