Written & directed by Larry Wade Carrell
Billy/Otis...Larry Wade Carrell
It's 1979 in the small town of Melvin Falls, Texas, and trouble is always brewing at the old Kell place. When the sheriff isn't out there on a domestic disturbance call, the deputy is dealing with complaints of Jacob, the hulking mentally-challenged son of the abused Edith. In fact, the only person that has any sort of control over Jacob is his unconditionally loving younger sister, and when she is taken away from him, there's no longer anything holding him back from full-on homicidal mayhem.
This is a lower budget film, and that really shows on a few occasions. Some of the acting is extremely rocky, and the old-age makeup used on once or twice is less-than-stellar. The plot moves along rather slowly sometimes, and yet I found that I enjoyed this movie when viewed with the proper goggles. For the first 2/3 of the movie, it's not a horror film but rather a dark drama. The horror doesn't kick in until the final third of the movie, and that's when it becomes something less. It goes from a white trash gothic to just another slasher film, with a little bit of ghost business mixed in.
Where it stands out from the pack, though, is its beautiful locations. It's a widescreen buffet of eerie natural backgrounds that the cinematographer captures well in every single shot. Even if the movie were a complete loss, you could pause on the scenery and treat it as a book of photography.
Worth a watch, even if it won't blow your mind.