I’m a huge fan of indie horror films and a sucker for a good slasher, so when I heard about CRY HAVOC, I was pretty intrigued. I dug the look of the killer and had also heard great things about the film.
CRY HAVOC was directed and written by Rene Perez. The film stars Robert Bronzi, who is best known for his roles in Death Kiss and Once Upon a Time in Deadwood. It also co-stars Richard Tyson, Emily Sweet, and JD Angstadt. The film centers around an ambitious reporter who is granted a special interview with one of the FBI’s most wanted. Upon entering his creepy compound, she discovers one of his most prized possessions – a serial killer known as Havoc. She soon realizes she has set herself up for a disastrous situation and has no clue how she’ll escape alive until a rogue policeman shows up in hopes of finding his daughter. The question is, will he be able to save them both?
I wanted to like this film, but I just couldn’t get into it. The story was boring, mediocre, and trying way too hard to be like other iconic predecessors. I also felt like there was too much going on and had they just focused on one thing the film would have had the opportunity to stand out more.
The acting was also very meh. I didn’t feel connected to the characters at all and none of them left a lasting impression beyond Havoc. There wasn’t enough backstory to feel invested or build any emotional relationship with them; basically, you don’t care if they live or die.
The look and style of the film were awesome, though. The dark and gritty tones helped created an intense and moody atmosphere filled with fear and panic. I also loved the use of color, especially the blue and red hues. This is often seen in Dario Argento’s films but has been used in many modern-day slashers as well. It tends to deliver a nightmarish setting like the blood is pouring off the screen.
As far as serial killers go, Havoc is gruesome, terrifying and overall badass looking. He reminded me of a mix between Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. The barbwire wrapped around his mask made him even more unapproachable and definitely a dude I would steer far the fuck away from. He also delivers some graphic kill scenes featuring loads of blood and gore.
Unfortunately, I was pretty let down by the ending as well. It felt super over the top and cheesy and left me feeling puzzled. Although I wasn’t into this film, I’m sure many horror hounds will love what it has to offer and will find some charm to it. If you want to check it out for yourself, CRY HAVOC is now available On Demand through Midnight Releasing.