The Laughing Mask (2014)

maskDirector: Michael Aguiar

Writer: Michael Aguiar (Screenplay)

Starring: John Hardy, Jeffrey Gwyn Jenkins, Flavia Falquetto, Matt Ganey, Manny Dortanieves, Brent Gaubatz, Sheyenne Rivers, Gabriel Lee

 

Plot: A grisly murder perpetrated by a deranged killer, Jake Johnson’s wife and daughter were murdered by a Psychotic vigilante only known as The Laughing Mask. As the police look for clues and the body count begins to rise, Johnson will play a dangerous game in order to avenge his family’ death.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: He’s Coming

 

Story: The Laughing Mask starts as we watch The Laughing Mask (Jenkins) doing what he does as he has been on a killing spree across the city. Jake Johnson (Hardy) whose wife was killed by the Laughing Mask and his daughter was kidnapped so he has set out to write his own book to draw the killer after him.

The police Katherine (Rivers), Cordova (Lee) and Brock (Rafferty) are all trying to hunt down the killer who has continued to build up his killing numbers, but after Kate runs into The Laughing Mask she learns that he might only be after criminals, is he really just a vigilante and what are his reasons?

The Laughing Mask is a film that takes elements from slasher, saw and detective stories and mixes them all together to make an enjoyable film. We are giving plenty to try and figure out as we try guess what is happening. We do get plenty of twists with the final outcome even if you could figure one out the rest will surprise you. The biggest praise has to come with the idea of a new potential serial killer which the horror genre has been calling for recently.

 

Actor Review

 

John Hardy: Jake Johnson lost his family to the Laughing Mask, desperate for revenge he takes action into his own hands by writing a book calling out the kill against all the police advice. We are left to wonder if he will get his answers. John does a good job in this role playing the desperate man.

Jeffrey Jenkins: The Laughing Mask is the new serial killer targeting criminals giving them a dose of their own medicine.  He loves to play classical music while performing his punishment which also includes his trademark laugh. Jeffrey makes a great scene presence during the film.

Sheyenne Rivers: Katherine O’Malley is the lead detective investigating the crimes being committed by The Laughing Mask killer, she does have her own personal problems that she has to put aside while working on finding answers. Sheyenne does a good job in this role play the problem filled detective.

Gabriel Lee: Alejandro Cordova is the detective who wants to be the lead on the case, he comes off as a womaniser who strolls around moody and against Kate. Gabriel does a good job in this role filled with mystery.

Support Cast: The Laughing Mask is filled with a supporting cast that are mostly the victims of the killer.

Director Review: Michael AguiarMichael gives us a new killer and a story that is filled with twists and turns as everything unfolds.

 

Horror: The Laughing Mask does give us a new serial killer for the genre who is twisted in all his kills.

Thriller: The Laughing Mask does bring you to the edge of your seat as you are left to wonder who will be next.

Settings: The Laughing Mask doesn’t make anything out of the settings which all feel like the generic for the characters.
Special Effects
: The Laughing Mask has good effects for all the kills happening through the film.

Suggestion: The Laughing Mask is one for the horror fans to try, you should enjoy the birth of a new serial killer. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The Laughing Mask in the bar.

Worst Part: Certain kills are chance kills which seems out of character at time.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: If you’re guilty, Beware the Laughing Mask

 

Overall: The birth of a new serial killer

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