Saturday, May 17, 2014

Way of the Wicked
1 hr 32 mins
Not Rated
Horror, Thriller, Suspense



Kevin Carraway


Vinnie Jones as John Elliott
Christian Slater as Henry
Emily Tennant as Heather
Jake Croker as Robbie
Aren Buchholz as Greg
Matthew Robert Kelly as Detective Fleming (as Matt Kelly)
Brittney Wilson as Cindy
Jedidiah Goodacre as Matt
Jillian Fargey as Elizabeth
Chris Shields as Teacher
Anna Galvin as Laura
Sydney Waack as Young Heather
Ryan Grantham as Young Robbie
Jason Burkart as Janitor
Bal Nagra as Boy #1
Clive Holloway as Boy #2

Review by Stephen M.

Christian Slater (Stranded, True Romance) stars with Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Snatch) in this heart-stopping supernatural thriller. After a series of inexplicable murders sweeps a small, isolated community, Father Henry (Slater) goes to a local police detective (Jones) with a theory on why the murders are occurring. The two learn that a troubled teen with a dark past has recently moved to town and has set his sights on the cop’s beautiful, young daughter. Father Henry, who turns out to have secrets of his own, finds himself pitted against a demonic force more diabolically evil and twisted than any of them could have imagined.

Way of the Wicked is a pretty awesome title that sports an interesting premise.  The twist at the end really got me as I never suspected the truth.  But despite all of this, the horror/suspense film by Director Kevin Carraway fails to live up to its name and is rather quite tame in the horror/supernatural department.

With the catchphrase of "Evil never dies" on its cover, you would have expected something more diabolical.  However, rarely do you ever get a chill down your spine as the viewer is hand fed the answer as to who the evil child is, early on.  Because of this a lot of the suspense is sucked out of the film as far as the whodunit part.  As far as effects and grisly deaths, they're quite missing in this small town that reminds you something out of a CW television show with all the teenage drama.  Quite possibly the most interesting death is in the form of a farm vehicle is muted by off camera action showing just blood splashing everywhere.

Despite the film being quite tame, I actually enjoy the acting which is led by Christian Slater as Father Henry who has been tracking Robbie (Jake Croker) since he was a child.  Robbie's object of affection is his childhood friend Heather (Emily Tennant), whose father John (Vinnie Jones) is a cop.  Vinnie Jones is an odd choice given his British accent and the lack thereof from his "daughter" Emily Tennant.  Yes her character is American born and raised however even then there should be some type of accent carried down from growing up with your parents.

Overall, I would still recommend picking up this DVD or at least renting it.  Even though it could have been scarier, the twist in the end is actually quite clever given what I discussed about above.  I would have love to see more action and explanation on the part of the killer as well as Father Henry.  Also the ending doesn't really give any concrete conclusion that is satisfactory if there is no sequel.  The movie borrows themes from the Omen as well as Carrie which both would better satisfy your horror needs.


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