Saturday, October 10
Despite seeing my share, I've never been much of a fan of the backwoods inbred cannibal maniac subgenre. This goes so far that I don't even fully understand the fervor surrounding Craven's original The Hills Have Eyes. Wrong Turn seemed like the unofficial sequel before Aja/Levasseur made the Hills remake their introduction to American theaters. This sounds nuts to admit, but I find the majority just a bit too senselessly brutal and monotonous portraying the deformed as murderous eaters of the innocent amongst an endless sea of trees or sand. It's just hard for them to not all bleed together.
Dead End is pretty much no different, but there's some amusement to be had. After a simple set-up and some boring relationship claptrap from characters that will inevitably end up cleaved; the action picks up as the standard pissed off malformed products of incestuous relations begin stalking their prey with an assortment of primitive weapons. The action sequences are edited in such a way as to frantically convey the shit-yer-pants terror victims of the axe-welding bad teeth contingent experience. The few skits requiring comedic timing also hit the right tone and act to soften the piles of bloody predominantly girl ass stacking up behind the shack.
Henry Rollins plays a super badass retired military man that presumably pisses WD-40 and shits tank grease that must resort to his training to face down the raiders of the cleft palate. One annoying aspect about the musician/writer/orator/everyman's filmography is the dearth of roles that play upon his public persona. So it's exciting to see a meaty role that casts the aging hot animal machine thoroughly in type with tats intact.
So yea, it's enjoyable as a DTV backwoods inbred cannibal maniac flick and worth the cheapo prices it pops up for. One techy thing to note about the DVD's transfer. The anamorphic picture appears to be progressively flagged, but still exhibits subtle combing like the digital encoding got screwy somewhere in the chain. So it might behoove those with Blu-ray capability to check out the BD and skip the standard def disc.