7 Jul 2012
Nightmare Maker - Lisa's Review
Bit of a weird one this week. This movie, like a few other 'nasties' has the feel of a TV movie to me, but the content is most definately not something you would find on TV. Obsession, incest, homophobia and murder pretty much sum it up.
We focus on teenager Billy, who has been living with his aunt Cheryl since the death of his parents in a car accident. The movie actually opens with the accident and some pretty ok effects I thought. A nasty decapitation for the dad and a roll job and burst into flames for the mum. I thought the sudden and fast entry into some action bode well for the movie, but we were led onto a completely different movie from then on.
It becomes very clear early on that aunt Cheryl is not all she seems and has rather sinister incestuous intentions towards young Billy. Given that she has raised him from a very young child and is like a mother to him, this is very disturbing and somewhat uncomfortable to watch. All seems well in their rather wierd world until Billy starts to live his life to the exclusion of his aunt, intending on going to college (which she does everything initially to dissuade him from) and spending time with a girl from college who seems to have a crush on him. The very thought of losing Billy from her clutches seems to send Cheryl over the edge of whatever small amount of sanity she possessed.
We cross from disturbed and creepy into completely insane and murderous when a poor TV repair man spurns her advances and she reacts by stabbing him to death. Billy walks in while she still has the weapon in her hand, still stuck into the victims neck... she immediately claims rape. A couple of neighbours also call in and witness the gory aftermath, so obviously the police are called in. Cheryl manages to talk Billy into covering for her to the cops but our cop smells a rat. Questions are raised as to how Cheryl managed to escape from the heavyset repair man to stab him and he is later discovered to be gay.... so obviously its a bit odd that he would be trying to rape a woman.
The cop may smell a rat but he is chasing the wrong person as he believes Billy is hiding something and is to blame. He also believes Billy is gay, something he has a whole load of problems with. This is another aspect of the movie that is quite uncomfortable... the homophobic language and derisory manner that gay people are discussed throughout. It is very clearly from a different time and uses language no director would dare to today. I lost count of the amount of times 'Fag' was mentioned. The police have it seems no interest in solving any crime or getting to the bottom of any murder in this movie. There is an altogether more important agenda for this dirty cop.
The rest of the movie plays out as you would expect with more madness, more violence and death, more incestuous discomforts and more homophobia. I found it really difficult to stay focused and pay attention without my mind drifting. Its a sign to me that I'm not enjoying a movie when I have to force myself to pay attention to it.
I wouldn't say I hated this movie, but I personally didn't particularly enjoy it. It certainly wasn't one of the worst I've seen but I could understand people enjoying this one, it just didn't stand out for me and the only thing remotely different about it was downright cringeworthy.
In conclusion, I wouldn't say avoid it, but I wouldn't say rush out and watch it either.
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