Review: ‘The Violent Kind’

Buckets of blood run throughout this latest effort from the Butcher Brothers.

Buckets of blood run throughout “The Violent Kind,” the latest effort from the Butcher Brothers (aka Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores). But while the duo tickled adventurous horror fans with 2006’s “The Hamiltons,” a low-key, blackly comedic vampire spin recalling George Romero’s great “Martin,” the current pic is as over-amped and pointless as that earlier film was carefully calibrated — and grows only duller and more annoying the harder it strains to shock. The tale of motorcycle gang members under siege by mysterious forces should attract genre diehards on DVD. Impressing them is another matter.

Despite screwing up a drug deal, young ex-con Cody (Cory Knauf) drives north from Oakland for his mother’s 50th birthday, along with others in their extended motorcycle-gang family. Once the guests leave, strange things start happening. Cell phones die, a local hermit is found slaughtered, Cody’s ex-g.f. becomes demonically possessed. Eventually a group of 1950s greaser ghosts arrives to torture stragglers. What all this means is never explained, not that one cares. “Kind” is violent, yes, but also suspenseless and increasingly silly. Packaging is fair, though filmmakers noted some post-production tweaking remains to be done.

The Violent Kind


A San Francisco Independent Cinema presentation of a Michael Ferris Gibson production. Produced by Michael Ferris Gibson, Jeffrey Allard, Andy Gould, Jeremy Platt, Malek Akkad. Executive producer, K'Dee Miller. Co-producers, Don R. Lewis. Directed, written by the Butcher Brothers.


Camera (color, HD), James Laxton; editor, Nic Hill; music, Joshua Myers; production designer, William King. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Park City at Midnight), Jan. 26, 2010. Running time: 100 MIN.


Cory Knauf, Taylor Cole, Bret Roberts, Christina Prousalis, Tiffany Shepis, Joseph McKelheer, Samuel Child, Joe Egender.

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