Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Savage Island (2005)

"Starring":  Kristina Copeland, Steven Man, Mathew Turner

Homicidal Maniacs: The Savage Family

Run Time: 1:23:54
Quick Synopsis:  A married couple travels to Savage Island to spend some time with their family.  After a car accident kills a young child, the child's family seeks revenge.

Review:  I am really not sure what to take from this story honestly.  If someone told me they loved the film, I might understand their opinion, but personally I have to lean in a more negative direction.  The movie was shot on digital video rather than film and I personally think it is a mistake.  Although it does add to the tone of the movie, it is just too poor to overlook at other points.  There are many times that picture quality is horrendous.  Some may argue that it was intentional to make the viewer feel like they are part of the film, but I don't believe that this was the best way to go about achieving their goal.  The acting is up and down in the film.  I was a big fan of the work of the antagonists in the movie, however, the acting of both Kristina Copeland and Steven Man becomes extremely annoying.  Add in the fact that the movie appears to be dubbed (assuming caused by the use of digital video since the actors speak English) and the two are completely unwatchable.  They give off the feeling that you are watching a movie rather than bringing the viewer into the story.  The film does have a decent overall feel with a little suspense, but the dialogue issues take away from some of the entertainment.  Since the plot is nothing special and the ending is pretty ridiculous I cannot rate Savage Island any higher than a below average awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  The film was made in just 16 days and post-production work was done on an IMac in the directors living room.

Hidden Gem:  The role of Mary Savage was played by Lindsay Jameson, however, the voice of the character was Sheila Tyson.

Total Kill Count:
Jimmy Savage- Kyle Sawyer (17:54) Neck Broken Gore Rating: 4
Beth Young- Beverley Breuer (43:50) Stabbed to Death Gore Rating: 3
Peter Young- Brendan Beiser (49:32) Throat Slit Gore Rating: 5
Keith Young- Don Davis (55:46) Suffocated Gore Rating: 0
Lenny Savage- Zoran Vukelic (1:09:43) Rock to Head Gore Rating: 1
Julia Young Harris- Kristina Copeland (1:13:30) Shoots Self in Head Gore Rating: 2

            Horror Film: 4
            Entertainment: 4
            Suspense: 4
            Overall: 4

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