Atmospheric, Bizarre, Creepy, Fast Pased, Unique
Dead Enders is an odd sort of film. What starts out looking like a bad low budget Hostel rip off quickly turns into a disturbing and strangely emotional journey into the mind of a truly deranged, truly sick woman. Clearly the budget for this film was low and it does show sometimes. However, Having seen hundreds of micro budget and low budget horror thrillers I can honest say that there is an energy behind this film that makes it feel bigger and smarter than many other films in its genre. The Acting, Direction and Camera work all seem to be playing well together. The plot toggles a bit from torture Horror to supernatural thriller but due to the skewed reality of the lead character Sydney, it all seems to work. The undercurrent of twisted rage is dark and uncomfortable but the clever presentation and smart acting helped me, the viewer, connect with Sydney in a much deeper way than I did any of the characters from Saw or Hostel, which some have compared this film to. To be clear, Dead Enders is not a perfect film. The direction could have been a bit more focused from time to time. Weird for Weird's sake is occasionally a bit much for the viewer but in the end, ultimately, Dead Enders was fun, sophisticated, and surprisingly ambitious for a low budget horror film in the age of Direct to Video garbage.
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