Lowlife (2017) (Blu-ray Review)

Lowlife (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Ryan Prows
Starring: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald
Rated: UR/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

What happens when you throw together one fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, one just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and one recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate — and a ruthless crime boss — connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane.

You get a few movies that come along from time to time that like to toss around the name Tarantino and Lowlife has been getting that named used with it a lot. I can get that Tarantino feel due to the way the story here is told but I also feel we’re far away from Quentin Tarantino territory, even if Lowlife is still pretty darn good being what it is. We get some blood, we have some pretty cool characters with El Monstruo probably being the one we’ll talk about for years to come. If this movie does reach that cult level you’ll all know El Monstruo well and probably be seeing him on lots of stuff. I liked how you just never knew what was coming next and it is that type of storytelling that keeps someone watching and that type of stuff that makes Lowlife an easy pick for any best of the year list. It might not have every little thing nailed down to a tee, but it has enough of what it has to make you take notice.

Lowlife is a crime film that might just have enough horror elements and blood to justify being tossed on the Scream Factory brand. Just don’t go into this one expecting a full-on horror show and I think you will have a very nice time watching this one. It’s good to see an indie film bring out as many creative juices as this one does. This is the type of movie that feels kind of retro but has a newer school feel to it that also makes it stand out in the over-saturated waters of movies today. If you are iffy on taking a chance on new films you should still let Lowlife have its day in your court. I think you’ll be happy with what you get.


– Audio Commentary With Director Ryan Prows And Cinematographer Benjamin Kitchens
– Audio Commentary With Director Ryan Prows And Writers Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, And Shaye Ogbonna
– Making-of Featurette
– Short Films