The Crooked Man (2016) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Jesse Holland
Starring: Angelique Rivera, Cameron Jebo, Michael Jai White
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Lionsgate
While at a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend, after singing a song (created by a reclusive mastermind, Milo White) that summons a demonic figure known as ‘The Crooked Man’. Returning to her hometown six years later, a string of unusual deaths lead Olivia (Angelique Rivera) to believe that she’s still being haunted by whatever she saw that fateful night. Once you sing the rhyme, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands.
Okay, I know I’m going to take a whole lot of heat for saying this, but I kinda dug The Crooked Man. I know, I know, that is a strange thing to say apparently. This is a made for TV horror film that stars Michael Jai White as a blogger of all things, who posts about the legend of The Crooked Man online and caused everyone who has since heard of him to fall victim to him, but the movie has some good stuff going on. Our real lead, Angelique Rivera, plays Olivia. Her friend died years ago from singing The Crooked Man song and she took the heat. Now she’s back in town, The Crooked Man is also back, and he’s looking to finish the job. Her deputy friend, Noah, is the only person who believes her, as even her other friends aren’t buying it all the way until they see it happen themselves. Yes, the whole thing can at times be rather hokey and we don’t always have a plot that follows any form of plot or logic, but it still held my attention and turned out to be a bit of fun. Like, I’d probably watch it again or have one of my friends watch it. I was THAT impressed.Or maybe just shocked that it was as watchable as it is.
One thing I dug here was the gore! This movie doesn’t skip out on a good chance to butcher teens and it does so in a very relentless fashion. I don’t even recall any CGI getting in the way of things either. So, either they’ve somehow managed to use CGI to the point I actually don’t notice it or they actually put forth an effort in the gore and kills department with this one. So, if you want to see a supernatural slasher that doesn’t care to rack up a body count, you might The Crooked Man to be just as big of a surprise as I did. Again, I’m not saying we have a modern day classic by any means on our hands. I’m not saying we have the best plot or actors in the world here. I’m just saying this one is surprisingly solid and better than it probably had any right in the world to be. Bring on The Crooked Man 2. Just make sure you bring the gore along with it.
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