Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 17 – Perkins’ 14

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

Perkins’ 14

In the resort town of Stone Cove, fourteen children have been missing for more than ten years. One of them is Kyle, the beloved son of Sheriff Dwayne Hopper who is obsessed to find out what happened to him. When pharmacist Ronald Perkins is arrested, Dwayne suspects that he might have abducted his son. He asks his pal Hal to go to Perkins’ house to investigate. Hal goes to the basement and finds many cells, and accidentally he releases the creatures that are imprisoned. Hal is murdered and the creatures escape.

Spoiler apologies, but that’s the most concise synopsis on IMDb.  The movie’s concept is strong.  There aren’t hundreds of movies just like this although they do get to use some well-worn zombie movie techniques once things get going around the half hour mark.  The opening is pretty effective.  It has Richard Brake who is one of those character actors that looks like and plays a complete scumfuck in everything that he’s in.  I totally buy him in his role.  It seems accurate.  It’s a shame there isn’t a little more time with him, because I still have some major unanswered questions.  For example, does his judge friend know about his side project in the basement?  They mention his relationship with a judge repeatedly, but nothing ever comes of it.  I’m kind of on the fence about recommending this to someone.  Most of the individual elements of the film are from fair to good with the exception of the accents and the tone.  The filming locations are in Romania standing in for US or Canada and you can really tell.  The town’s name is Stone Cove which I just want to yell repeatedly while doing a Jim Ross impression.  As far as the tone of the movie goes, it’s just a little too nihilistic for it’s own good in my opinion.

You can hear us talk more about Richard Brake in the Motion Picture Meltdown episode on Doom and Max Payne.  Check it out and I’ll be back again tomorrow.

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