Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Methodic (2007)


Written by Chris R. Notarile and Brandon Slagle
Directed by Chris R. Notarile

Nicholas Matthews...Stephen Muzzonigro
Melissa Matthews...Rachael Robbins
Lana Matthews...Niki Notarile
Colin McDermott...Brandon Slagle
Chief Speranzza...Charles Cyphers

Nine-year-old Nicholas Matthews becomes obsessed with a fictional character (apparantly of his own devise) called The Dollman, and then uses a hammer to beat his parents to death. Only a last minute intervention prevents him from murdering his sisters Melissa and Lana in similar fashion, and he's apprehended and placed in the Cedar Grove Sanatarium. And there he sits, silently drawing images of the Dollman, for the next 20 years.

Lana, who was just a baby at the time of her parent's murders, tries to reconnect with her unstable brother against the advice of Melissa. Her visit doesn't seem to get her anywhere, but a short time later, Nicholas beats the guards to death, frees the other patients, and escapes into the night.

Once free, Nicholas fashions himself an insanely creepy mask and goes after his two remaining sisters in order to finish the job that he started two decades before.

Sound familiar? You're probably thinking that the plot is a bit derivative of Halloween--and it is. But to be honest, what slasher film (or in this case, basher film--but we'll get to that later) isn't? But this is no mere Halloween copy, and the Dollman is no mere Michael Meyers clone. The set-up may seem all too familiar, but once you get beyond that, you'll see that this is a very different animal indeed.

Dollman is, for the most part, portrayed as a human killer, not as an inhuman killing machine. He runs, he doesn't walk only to appear beside you. He drives a car. He jumps off of roofs. All in all, he has to work hard to get his victims. But he does, indeed, get them.

This movie is billed as the first Basher film, and that may very well be true. Meaning that the Dollman doesn't use knives and machetes, he uses hammers and baseball bats and pretty much any blunt object that he can get his hands on. It may seem like a minor difference, but in truth it makes all the difference in the world. Not only is it something novel, but the bludgeoning of someone gets across the undying rage of the character much more acutely than simply stabbing them (which, as any good criminal profiler will tell you, is actually symbolic of sexual intercourse. So when Jason Voorhees stabs you with his machete, he's not just fucking you up, he's actually fucking you.)

Methodic has much higher production values and much better acting by the principals than we're used to in lower budget films. If there were more explosions, CGI bloodshed, stronger performances from the secondary cast, and at least one lead from the CW, I would guess that this was a Hollywood film.

Although they probably would have done away with the random lesbian sex scene, and that simply wouldn't do.

View the trailer below!

Not Rated
97 Minutes
United States

Methodic is currently ranked #9,941 in DVD's at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it (or, rather, save it) at Netflix, visit the official homepage, or buy it today!

The Blinky Productions website even offers Dollman tee-shirts AND masks!  And who among us doesn't want one of those?


  1. Wow when I saw the DVD release, I never thought anyone would rightfully watch it, but after the review I think I need to get in on this action, if not for anything more than a rent. Thanks for the review Jman!

  2. Yeah, man - this is something I normally would'a passed on, but I'm now intrigued. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Carl & J.--I saw the preview for this film on another screener ("Dreams of the Dead", previously reviewed), and fell in love with that mask, so I knew right away that I had to see it. If you get around to watching it, let me know what you think.



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