Cry for the Bad Man (2019) Movie Review

Director: Sam Farmer

Writer: Sam Farmer (Screenplay)

Starring: Camille Keaton, Scott Peeler, Karen Konzen, Eric Dooley, Christopher James Forrest, Victor Jones

Plot: A small town widow faces a grisly confrontation with her would-be extortionists.

Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thriller 101

Story: Cry for the Bad Man starts when Marsha Kane (Keaton) a widower who finds herself being pressured into selling her home by the MacMohan family, with the three sons, Wayne (Peeler), Derrek (Dooley) and Billy Jr (Forrest) visiting and trying to intimidate her with nightly visits.

Marsha is prepared for the next visit, which shows she has a much deadlier side then the brothers believed, which sees both sides needing to try and stay ahead of each other or face death.

Thoughts on Cry for the Bad Man

Characters – Marsha Kane is a widow living alone in the family house she has been living in for most of her life, built with memories she never wants to give up, she finds herself being harassed into selling, something she isn’t willing to do, this brings out a side of her that will fight for her home over the people trying to push her out. Wayne, Derrek and Billy Jr are the three brothers who are trying to force Marsha to sell, they visit with threats of a deadly exchange next time, which sees them arrive guns ready to take the house by force, only they learn how dangerous she truly is.

PerformancesCamille Keaton in the leading role is the strongest part of the actor, we know she is the biggest name in the film too with her legacy in horror. The supporting cast is solid only they don’t seem to be selling the pain their characters should be experiencing well at all.

StoryThe story here follows a widow that is being pushed into selling her by an aggressive family, only for her turn the tables on them, when they come with their biggest threat. This story can be broken down to be very simple to follow, seeing both sides trying to gain control of the situation, with flashes of action. We do have a few too many stand offs, which do go through the same conversations about the situation without going anywhere different, with certain character changes not making complete sense to everything we get told earlier. Overall the story is an easy follow, doesn’t challenge the audience too much and works for the simplistic nature of the concept.

HorrorThe horror in this film does rely on the ideas of seeing a home invasion, while it is more prepared for it, rather than sudden impact of it, which does take away moments of fear.

SettingsThe film is set in one location for the most part, Marsha’s home, it is isolated away from the world, which does show the threat she could be facing.

Special EffectsThe effects are injury related, with the biggest one, never seeming to look like it actually hurt the victim of it.

Scene of the Movie – The second visit start.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The injuries seem to not hurt much.

Final Thoughts This is a by the book horror thriller that does the spinning the tables on the invaders with ease, keeping everything simple to watch.

Overall: Easy Watch Horror.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – U – Under the Tree (2017)

Director:  Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Writer:  Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Huldar Breiðfjörð (Screenplay)

Starring: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson,
Þorsteinn Bachmann, Selma Björnsdóttir

Plot: When Baldwin and Inga’s next door neighbours complain that a tree in their backyard casts a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat between neighbours in the suburbs unexpectedly and violently spirals out of control.

Tagline – Two Families. One Tree. A Bloody Mess.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Quirky Dark Comedy

Story: Under the Tree starts when Atli gets kicked out by his wife for watching porn, which happens to star him and a woman they know, he is forced to move back into his parents Inga and Baldvin who have their own problems, being in a bitter battle with the neighbours Konrad and Eybjorg about an overhanging tree.

As the battle between the family’s starts getting more personal, the mystery about Inga’s missing son starts to come to the forefront, while Atli is doing everything he can to put his life back together, without getting any success along the way.

Thoughts on Under the Tree

Characters – Atli is caught by his wife watching an old sex tap of himself with another woman, he kicked out and spends the time trying to put his life back together, trying to make sure he gets time with his daughter, with his wife not willing to give him any time of day, he will cross the lines, though he is doing this in an act of desperation. Inga has taken the rivalry with the neighbours much more personally than her husband, she gets into a battle which will see her do things she shouldn’t even consider, while deep dpwn she is dealing with grief about the loss of her own son. Baldvin is the long suffering husband that is willing to talk out the problems with the neighbours, but is caught up needing to support his wife, even turning on her with her actions. Konrad and Eybjorg are the neighbours that have simply asked for one thing and end up being the victims of all of Inga’s hate despite doing what they can to remain calm.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are wonderful, you do understand each characters mindset, why they are acting up the way they are, leading to the decisions which will only end up making their lives more difficult.

StoryThe story follows the lives of one family, the son who is trying tos save his marriage and his parents that get caught up in the middle of a battle over the position of a tree in the garden, which gets personal quickly. This does give us a story that is dealing with marriage troubles, where people get to a stage where they will make silly decisions, which could cost them everything, which does reflect just how petty the actions of the parent characters are, when it comes to the actions when arguing about a tree. We do go to a couple of very dark places in how everything unfolds, which is what makes this such a brutally honest way of seeing how people can make more out of nothing important.

Comedy/MysteryThe comedy in this film is very dark throughout, it shows the extremes that a bitter rivalry between neighbours can get, when things get out of hand. The mystery involved in the film does focus mostly on a missing cat, which is why the battle becomes more personal.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple, we see the neighbours going at it, trying to stay ahead of each other, keeping most of the action between the houses, with only Atli story stepping away from here.

Scene of the Movie – The Tree changes everything.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Inga is a truly horrible person.

Final Thoughts This is one of the darkest comedies you will see, it has a simple idea which focuses on neighbourly rivalry and how things can get out of hand so easily.

Overall: Dark comedy delight.

Small disclaimer, I haven’t used the actors names because I don’t have the correct way to spell them available on my computer.