Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Evil Gene (2016)

evilDirector: Kathryn F Taylor

Writer: Kathryn F Taylor (Screenplay)

Starring: Richard Speight Jr, Cameron Richardson, Lindsey Ginter, Anthony L Fernandez, Gene Gabriel, Ted Heyck, Lindsay Ayliffe


Plot: FBI agent Griff Krenshaw is dispatched to solve a murder at a federal correctional facility for inmates with a rare genetic defect that leads to psychosis and violence. Once there, Griff becomes convinced that the facility is plagued by a much darker force.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Good Tension Builder


Story: The Evil Gene starts in a world where scientists prove that there is something called an Evil Gene which causes psychotic behaviour and now they are looking for a cure. Griff Krenshaw (Speight Jr) is an FBI agent in trouble for shooting first too often and is sent to a correctional facility to solve what looks like an apparent suicide of one of the doctors.

While inside the facility Griff finds himself being led in different direction by the Warden (Ginter) the fellow DR Ehrhart (Richardson) and the inmates themselves. As the investigation gets though Griff starts to question his own decisions as he finds a bigger force within the facility trying to take over.

The Evil Gene is a very good tension builder as we see how people inside the facility have been genetically branded Evil and this does offer up a moral question about whether if there was such a thing how would we deal with it. The only downside to this film is the almost lacklustre vision ending to the film as we are promised some sort of violence only to find ourselves only having the after effect. This is a very interesting film that does keep us guessing with moments that take things in all direction even though they do end up coming back to answer all the questions.


Overall: Great tension building horror.





Wreckage (2010)

logoDirector: John Asher

Writer: David Frigerio (Screenplay)

Starring: Aaron Paul, Mike Erwin, Kelly Kruger, Scoot McNairy, Roger Perry, Cameron Richardson, Erin Soto


Story: When four friends Jared (Erwin) Katie (Richardson) Rick (Paul) Jessica (Kruger) break down they head to a small junkyard looking for parts to fix their car. After someone shoots Katie her boyfriend Jared runs to town to get help. He returns with Sheriff Macabee (Perry) and his fellow officers along with medical support, but when they return the friends are gone. Along with all this going on an escaped convict is on the loose. What is going on in the junkyard and who will survive the night?


Verdict: A horror film with so many loose ends it’s unbelievable.

Story: I feel the story on paper has potential to be very good, unfortunately it is told dreadfully, giving us three opening segments that don’t all get answered. The story tries to throw a few curve balls but never give enough bait to make any of them believable. The cops could well be some of the dumbest in film history. (3/10)


Actor Review: Mike Erwin – The ex-marine who happens to be the one who has to take down the evil inside the Junkyard and save his friends. He looks too young to be an ex-marine as well as falling for the simple tricks and not showing any knowledge of sneaking up on people. Poor Performance Award, Miscasted Award (3/10)


Jared & Katie

Jared & Katie

Actor Review: Aaron Paul – The friend who seems like he is drugged up or drunk the whole time you can never tell which. Average performance at bet but not sure why he ended up in this film with Breaking Bad running at the same time, lucky he has something people enjoyed to show he can act well. (5/10)


Actor Review: Roger Perry – Sheriff who spends more time asking for back-up than actually being a cop, it actually turns comical how often he asks for back-up. Tries to give a good performance but fails to do anything special or even good. (4/10)


Actor Review: Scoot McNairy – Youngest member of the Junkyard owner’s family, fills every stereotype for a dumb hick with voice you will remember and funny lines. Best performance in the film funny throughout and even in the end credits makes you want to see them till the end. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award, Comic Relief Award, Funniest Character Award (7/10)


Actor Review: Cameron Richardson – The innocent victim who survives against the odds. Spends most of the film missing but when on the scene just plays the plain girlfriend. Not enough time to put in any major performance. (4/10)

Actor Review: Erin Soto – An EMT who get stuck with the wrong cop for protection. Ok performance doesn’t add much to the story but good use of surprise for addition on the body count. Unlucky Character Award, Babe Watch Award  (6/10)


Actor Review: Kelly Kruger – The nagging girlfriend of Rick who does plenty of screaming that just gets annoying after a couple of minutes. Annoyingly bad performance that makes you glad of the characters outcome. Get Off The Screen Award (2/10)


Director Review: John Asher – Puts together a very poorly directed film that will see why there is no attention being paid to this film. (3/10)


Horror: Tries to be scary but fails miserable. (3/10)

Thriller: Again tries to add some suspense and fails. (2/10)

Believability: It could become believable as the outskirts of the story could, but the outcome not very much so. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: NONE (0/10)

Settings: Good setting but used badly. (7/10)
Oscar Chances

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not but on paper could.

Suggestion: I don’t think anybody should have to sit through this; the only people that might give it a go are the diehard horror fans and Aaron Paul fans. (Switch the Channel, Put Back On The Shelf)


Best Part: The End Credits are funny.

Worst Part: The poor twist.

Kill Of The Film: EMT

Funniest Scene: The End Credits


Overall: A poor horror that is set where the film should be put, The Junkyard

Rating 22