"The Haunting of Rebecca
You know that guy?
That guy who has all kinds of funny jokes and great stories and
really knows how to be the center of a party but sometimes gets
carried away? Yeah, that guy! That guy you wish you could get
to quit drinking after three tequilas because BEFORE that he's
Well, if that guy were
a DVD, he'd be The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine. Hands down.
The plot is fairly
simple--the Verlaine Commune is suddenly wiped out by a couple
guys in clown masks one Christmas night. Founded by a wealthy
musician, the Commune now has but one survivor of that horrible
Christmas: Verlaine's young daughter Rebecca. After coming out
of a coma, Rebecca grows up and sets out to live her own life,
having forgotten the night on the Verlaine Commune. At least,
until her dad starts appearing on television. And only she can
see him. Now, she's got to find out who the guys in clown suits
were and get them back to the Verlaine Commune, where the recently
dead commies can exact horrific and blood-soaked vengeance.
In fact, a LOT of this
movie will be blood-soaked. Normally, special effects in low-budget
films like this really don't have a lot of punch, but man, did
the Verlaine crew ever know where to pick it up! The Haunting
of Rebecca Verlaine, as a result, is horrifically graphic, but
also, believable. I can believe that, when a chick gets an axe
through her forehead, it looks a LOT like how The Haunting of
Rebecca Verlaine showed it. I can believe that those things Rebecca
keeps seeing are horribly murdered ghosts. I believe this movie,
and that's a long step. Rebecca's hallucinations are constantly
and consistently freaky, and the opening dual-nightmare sequence
is a tiny packet of joy bursting onto my TV screen.
But there are problems.
Make no mistake. The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine depends so heavily
on jump scares that if you've got no adrenal gland at all this
movie will bore you to DEATH. And the gore effects that really
look like gore? They have a tendency to get wildly out of control.
Like wildly. Like splatter on the CAMERA LENS wildly.
And then they start
tearing arms and shoving fists through people and a couple cops
get torn apart for no clear or good reason and then there's the
POWER DRILL and You see what I mean. You just want to start screaming
at the TV, okay, OKAY! Dial it DOWN a notch, huh? There's a LIMIT,
and you people aren't just crossing the line, you are crashing
through it like extras from the fucking Dukes of Hazzard!
I can see The Haunting
of Rebecca Verlaine shrieking "Yeeeeee-haaaaa!" as it
takes a bright orange car with a Dixie flag on its roof off a
sweet jump while an ineffectual cop mumbles and screams unintelligibly
in the background about how he's "gonna git dem Verlaine
The ending, meanwhile,
is jam-packed with multiple twists, including an absolutely priceless
twist at the end. Plus, lots more action and blood-soaked carnage.
Lots and LOTS of carnage.
The special features
include audio options, Spanish subtitles, and trailers fro The
Chambermaid, Live Feed, Experiment, and Magus.
All in all, The Haunting
of Rebecca Verlaine is a blood-drenched over-the-top gorefest
that depends on a half-decent storyline and lots and LOTS of blood.
It should be a fun rental for virtually any horror buff.
Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine
Directed by Olaf Ittenbach
Written by Thomas Reitmair, Olaf Ittenbach
Starring Natacza S. Boon, James Matthews-Pyecka, Daryl Jackson,
Beli B. Felsenheimer
Produced by Yazid Benfeghoul, Ricky Goldberg, Leo Helfer
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