Berkshire County (2014)
Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a small boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick-or-treating, Kylie's night transforms into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game. She must go beyond what she ever thought possible if she and the children are to survive the night.
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I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
One of the most extraordinary films you will see this year. Take that as you want.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
Pretty well done for an indie production, the film looks good, has some creepy set pieces (I don't know if I ever want to eat "the other white meat" again, and the main actress turns in a believable performance. There are a few moments when you want to yell at the screen "DON'T GO THERE!" or "CALL FOR BACKUP AND TAKE YOUR GUN OUT!" but that's the fun with genre pictures such as this. Reminded me a lot of the slasher film classics I grew up on. That said there's a brain behind the thrills, the script has fun playing with the archetypes of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as well as turning the Three Little Pigs story on it's head (in this one the pigs are not the ones you're rooting for!) and you find yourself invested in the main character persevering. By the time she starts fighting back you're ready for some ass-kicking, the gorier the better, and Tormented does not disappoint. The ending is pretty over the top and made me laugh, but then again Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees pretty much were superhuman killing demons so it all makes for a fun experience reminiscent of those types of films. Worth checking out if you enjoy horror and a strong female character!
The only horror and crime about this movie is that it was ever made. This movie is just plain awful. This movie borrows so many story lines from other good movies, such as Halloween, the strangers, the purge and when a stranger calls mixes it up and vomits it up into this poor showing. The acting is average and the dialogue is even worse. This is only trumped by plot holes and characters making highly unlikely decisions even (even for a horror movie).Thirty minutes in and I watched the remainder of the movie on double speed only occasionally returning to normal speed at what I thought might be crucial moments only to speed up again. The ending of the movie tries to shock but fails miserably even in that. This movie is constantly horrible and I would recommend not wasting your time on it.
This movie was awesome, I was impressed by the makeup. Well done! Most films have an inability to portray a good scare but this was great. Special effects were good! A classic thriller with some of the best chase scenes, the script is good, the performances are good, if you're a fan of suspense, you've probably watched this movie.Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a small boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick- or-treating, Kylie's night transforms into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game. She must go beyond what she ever thought possible if she and the children are to survive the night.
WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERSBerkshire County is a true gem of the horror genre for telling a story that goes above and beyond the classic fear and survival themes into a much deeper tale of self-discovery and coming-of-age. The directing, writing, and acting all come together to pull off a tour-de-force of suspense, drama, and even some comedy along the way. The imagery sprinkled throughout the film depicts a world where everyone has a mask and no one shows their true colors until forced to. It is fitting that the first scene finds our heroine, Kylie Winters attending a pre-Halloween party dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, only to be tricked by the big bad boyfriend Marcus, who ruins her reputation by filming her in an uncompromising position and shares the video with fellow classmates. From here on out, the name of the game is that no one is truly what they appear to be. Kylie is not the weak flower she appears to be, Marcus is not the cocky confident jock he wants people to think he is, and even our villains are not everything they seem to be. After Kylie agrees to babysit two young children while their parents go to a Halloween party, she is given the tour of a country villa mansion. The choice to walk her through this mansion, describing every inch of it was a great touch, helping the house itself become a creepy and dominating character in the story. Every room has a sense of meaning, from the children's play room with depictions of fantastical imagery and imagination to the pure white minimalist living room that later becomes a tomb-like kill room, we see an interesting juxtaposition of life and death and all the characters stuck in between, trying to balance the scales in their favor after a family of what appears to be pork butchers attempts a home invasion in the guise of trick-or-treaters wearing life-like pig masks. Kylie reacts to the break-in by curling up into an almost fetal position, calling for help through an operator who becomes her crutch throughout the film. But it is not the crutch Kylie needs to survive, nor is it police, but her own sense of self-reliance that will be her saving grace. Kylie attempts to use the help of her now ex-boyfriend Marcus who under his tough exterior becomes a fearful coward. We see this surprising play against stereotype throughout the film and it is refreshing! What is interesting about our villains is the expectation that we are going to see some disfigured hillbilly inbred family underneath the masks, but instead find relatively normal looking people. Which hearkens to another great theme of the movie: Evil is often hiding in plain sight. Those who look confident in this world are actually fearful, those who look normal are abnormal, and those who seem weak turn out to be the strongest. By the end of the film, Kylie is faced down with wolf who she thought was a grandmother, only in this version of the tale, there is no Huntsman to save her. She sheds the weak and delicate "cloak" of Little Red and becomes a wolf in her own right. To watch this transformation on screen is a visceral experience not to missed.