Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

fredag 2 mars 2018


Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Written by: James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen
Stars:  Jody Barton, Nicholas Adam Clark, Greg Depetro... read more

Country: USA
Style: Action | Thriller
Runtime: 1h 13min

James Cullen Bressack was put in directors chair when he was only 12 years old. Eight years later, as self-employed for his film company Psykik Junky Pictures LLC, he would make Hate Crime, his second feature and one of the most deprived movies of the independent market, mainly for its thematic content, but also because it has been so misunderstood.

Hate Crime is an outrageous story of an incident that affects a Jewish family preparing to celebrate their youngest son's birthday. When they are about to settle around the table, they are suddenly surprised by a group of Neo-Nazis in ski-masks that make an intrusion into their house. When the Nazi's have tied up the family, they are subjected to a brutal trial of humiliation and torture. One of the children is forced into the gangster world, the wife is brutally raped and the other two children are beaten and humiliated in front of their father who has to watch.

This is one of very few movies in the style of found footage that's relatively credible - besides a rather poor actor's effort. We are placed in the middle of an action and with the technical parts it works out very well with the shaky camera movements and the fact that it takes place in real time. These elements guarantee absolutely roughness and it sure does creeps under your skin. Many of the typical horror elements are there, but the story isn't of the same old boil - Here we are subjected to a terrible act of violence with a very small context that lacks a true value, but it adds a reality unlike similar movies.

I think Bressack tries to frame Hate Crime as a social commentary against the open society in an attempt to give its importance a meaning. But sadly, somewhere the film has fallen between the chairs and it has been hailed by various unpleasant movements, which of course is inevitable when this sort of motif are up on the wall. But I don't think Bressack's opinion as a director is to provoke, he just wants to show us a strong issue inspired by the reality we live in.

My biggest disgust is bullying, injustice, war and blind people who value themselves higher than others. Maybe that's why I'm getting pissed when I watch such movies as Hate Crime and it's that kind of outrage that makes this movie so great to me, It makes me feel so bad.

All in all, I can't say it's a top ten movie, not at all, since there's a lot of things that's falling out of the palette. The acting is over-the-top, very theatrical, which destroys much of the otherwise good atmosphere that brings the realistic points to the core. But one must remember that James was only 20 years old when Hate Crime was made, and I think he was brave to actually dare to make this project with such strong messages and to face the consequences.

Otherwise, James is a very active director. He has made nine feature films since this one, and three are already in post-production including a segment of the upcoming zombie-anthology 'Virus of the Dead' which will have its premier this coming fall. Check it out.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


Produced by: James Cullen Bressack, Jarret Cohen
Cinematography by: James Cullen Bressack
Editing by: James Cullen Bressack
Special Effects by: Ashley Hooker, Katie Middleton
Music by: none
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorUnearthed Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.