Movie Review: BAD APPLES

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Written and directed by Bryan Coyne, BAD APPLES is a story that focuses on the violent actions of two menacingly masked twins who wreak their havoc through a suburban town on Halloween Night. The neighborhood’s newest residents, Robert and Ella (Graham Skipper and Brea Grant) find themselves subject to a grisly home invasion, leaving them fighting for their lives to escape the twin’s murderous tricks and twists.

For being an incredibly low-budget horror film, certain aspects shine through with impressive colors, while others remain a little lackluster. The acting was great, with Brea Grant and Graham Skipper having a very natural dialogue, showcasing good on-screen chemistry and producing a nice sense of light-heartedness to the storyline. This sat well alongside the opposing personalities of the film’s antagonists, who create a sinister dent in their new and quiet suburban lifestyle. While the married couple provide the audience with frequent communication, the villains have almost none- a nice contrast for character personalities and suspenseful scenarios. 

Other pleasant additions include the talented and familiar crew members who were apart of this film. The contributions of awesome gore effects by the skillful Josh and Sierra Russell and cinematography by Will Barratt are greatly noticed throughout the movie. I’ve seen their works in numerous films and they definitely add a sense of professionalism to this independent piece. The gore will not disappoint, with one kill scene in particular standing alone as being very creative and satisfying for fans of the genre. 

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Unfortunately, BAD APPLES is a film that appears noticeably incomplete, rushed, and lacks in proper sound editing in regards to its dialogue and effects. This element was the most distracting to me as a viewer, as I felt I was watching a movie that had only gone through a few passes in the editing room before being released. Seeing as this is a very low-budget horror film, I completely understand the frustrations that tag along with funding, resources, and time. But, with the result of denying a proper mix and master, the audience will be left with the bare bones of a premature, unfinished movie. I would love to see this film completed in the sound and visual department, getting the proper mood-enhancing sound edits and color correction it deserves.

In its entirety, BAD APPLES has the makings of a good low-budget horror film. The potential is there, with the exception of a few road barriers like editing, along with an ending that seemed out of place and unnecessary, blocking its path. But with the proper polish and finishing touches, I can see it being a good addition to any indie horror fan’s movie shelf.

Abigail Braman

BAD APPLES arrives on VOD February 6th