Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Muck" Review - Written by Tim Hellman

'MUCK': One and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

B-horror/comedy flick from debut filmmaker Steve Wolsh. Wolsh wrote, directed and produced the movie; on a mere $250,000 budget (and it shows)! It's the first in a planned trilogy and tells the story of a group of friends trying to survive the night in an abandoned Cape Cod vacation house; after being almost killed by something sinister, in the swampy marshes nearby. It stars Lachlan Buchanan, Puja Mohindra, Bryce Draper, Jaclyn Swedberg (who was named Playboy Playmate of the year, in 2012) and horror legend Kane Hodder. Despite the filmmaker's admirable (and somewhat ambitious) intentions, the movie sucks.

The film begins with a group of friends emerging from the marshes of Cape Cod. They're bloody, wounded and frantic. They also apparently already lost a couple of their friends, to something evil in the marshes. They break into a vacation house; as one friend, Noah (Draper), runs to a local bar for help (it's also St. Patrick's Day). Noah calls his cousin, Troit (Buchanan), and asks him for a ride; not telling him of the danger he and his friends are in. Whatever was after them is still hunting them, and killing them off; one by one. Troit, and his friend Chandi (Mohindra), unwittingly venture into the chaos as well.

The movie thinks it's a lot more clever than it actually is. There are a lot of tongue-in-cheek, inside jokes; that aren't really funny, or witty, at all. The acting is also really bad, and the dialogue and story are horrible. There is some decent nudity and gore, but that's about it. Wolsh was apparently trying to make a fun B-horror flick; that's an homage to other classic and popular B- slasher movies, but it doesn't really work. I admire what he was trying to do but I'm just not very impressed by the end results, and I don't think most other horror fans will be either. I really wanted to like the movie, though!

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