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.
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.
Performances – Camille 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.
Story – The 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.
Horror – The 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.
Settings – The 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 Effects – The 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.
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.