Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mercy (2014)

Starring: Chandler Riggs, Dylan McDermott, and Frances O'Connor

Homicidal Maniac: Hastur (through possession of Mercy)

Run time: 1:19:00

Quick Synopsis: A mother and her two children go back to her small town home to take care of her mother, a woman with apparent mysterious powers.

If you are going to make a movie centered around a child actor as the star make sure that child can actually act.  Unfortunately for Mercy, Chandler Riggs may be the worst child actor to ever be a central character in a film.  I understand he may have his fans, but he is truly horrendous.  His line delivery, stupid facial expressions and lack of emotion make
almost all of his scenes unbearable.  If you can get over his performance, or have no issue with it, the movie will definitely be enjoyable.  The story is interesting and the rest of the cast performs at a high level.  The climax starts strong, but fizzles out a little towards the end.  There just seemed to be a few unnecessary parts to the conclusion that didn't add much in the way of suspense or entertainment.  And while you do get closure, it seems a little more rushed than it had to be, especially when considering that the film was only 79 minutes long.  There was also something a little awkward with the editing of some scenes.  I did like the fact that the movie was fairly efficient though.  There very few scenes added in as filler.  Mercy is a watchable awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  The film is based off the Stephen King short story, "Gramma."

Hidden Gem: The are several references of Lovecraftian characters such as the character Hastur. 

Total Kill Count:
Frank- Chris Browning (1:00) Ax to the Head Gore Rating: 7
Lanning- Mak Duplass (43:00) Found Dead Gore Rating: 6
Jim- Dylan McDermott (1:04:00) Hit by Car Gore Rating: 0
Jinny- Abigail Rose Solomon (1:05:00) Found Dead Gore Rating: 4
Mercy- Shirley Knight (1:11:00) Ax to the Head Gore Rating: 6

             Horror Film: 6
             Entertainment: 5
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 5.5