"Perkins' 14" DVD
14 DVD cover
is it. This is the last chance for me to be really, REALLY wrong
and say that what I projected to be the best of the lot in the
After Dark Horrorfest actually turned out to be the dog. Frankly,
I'm already sorely freaked out by the fact that, as of right now,
there WAS no dog in the Horrorfest, an achievement that is as
Thus, we sail into
our last entry, Perkins' 14. No, this has nothing to do
with a casino robbery. Trust me, I checked. Instead, we get Dwayne
Hopper, sheriff's deputy and bereaved father, whose son was abducted
as part of a string of disappearances. Ten years later, Deputy
Hopper finds a fellow who bears a strong resemblance to the guy
who did the kidnappings to begin with. Hopper embarks on a one
man investigation into the man's past, and discovers sufficent
evidence in the man's apartment to drive Hopper to near-madness...and
an insane, blood-soaked revenge.
There's a significant
downside to Perkins' 14, however--its first half-hour is
a little slow. However, they will make up for this lag with a
sequence that almost serves as a terminator, demarcating the difference
between sludgy slowness and insane, overcharged action. I'm absolutely
astonished by the direction in which they went with this.
Let's put it this way...that
title doesn't mean what you probably think it means. Instead it
means something much, MUCH, worse. When I first got an inkling
of what that something worse was, it shot my respect for Perkins'
14 into the stratosphere. No one that I can think of has done
anything even remotely similar to this, and the end resort is
just patently, purely, beyond belief. I can't even tell you very
much about it without spoilering like no tomorrow because it is
just that amazing. Starting at about the half-hour mark, Perkins'
14 turns into the most incredible sort of survival horror
flick that I've seen in recent memory.
The ending is appropriately
fraught with peril and represents one of the tautest action sequences
I've seen in quite some time.
The special features
include fully TEN making-of featurettes, along with Miss Horrorfest
webisodes, audio options and English and Spanish subtitles.
All in all, that's
it for the After Dark Horrorfest this year, and man, what a way
to go out. Perkins' 14 is easily the freakiest movie in the set,
and I'm downright blown away by it. This was a pure joy and an
utter triumph to watch.
by Craig Singer
by Lane Shadgett
Patrick O'Kane, Richard Brake, Michale Graves, Mihaela Mihut
by Christopher Milburn, Matthew Kuipers, Jeremy Donaldson
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