Friday, June 24, 2005


I watched Malevolence tonight. I enjoyed it. I really did. But there are some embarrassingly blatant homages..yes..that's it...homages, strewn throughout the movie. There are no less than 10 shots taken directly from Halloween. The killer is a carbon copy of Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13Th part 2. He wears a sack over his face. The killers home bears an incredible likeness to that of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Bones and all. Broken down cars on the property? Check. Bones hung in the shape of a person/monster? Check. The score is lifted from John Carpenter's B-sides. Complete with the same cues from Halloween. There are two scenes that are almost identical to Dr. Loomis(Donald Pleasence) scenes in Halloween. In fact the killer is just about a cross between the young Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Director, Producer, Writer Steve Mena should be ashamed of himself...and proud. He has made a film that will constantly beat you over the head with its influences, yet stay surprisingly interesting. He has created a real horror movie, and not a teen comedy where all the characters are in the know. This is a straight up horror film. The fact that he labored for 6 years to get this film made is great inspiration for all those aspiring to make their own film.